Great Speakers Use Acting Skills

public speaking using acting skills

*MEDIOCRE Speakers

Recently I’ve become more and more frustrated with the way people who call themselves “speakers” mangle the language, who don’t understand that variety and connection is needed in their speech and who are watching themselves and directng themselves.
What do I mean?

A lot of my twitter buddies and face book friends as well as wordpress people send me information I think useful and when I get there this person is destroying the speech.

Mostly these are the qualities “speakers” should be shot for:

Monotone – come on people this is not daily speech.  This is heightened reality where your voice is important and the levels of variety should be second nature to you,  here’s some information that might be helpful http://businesstalk.freetoasthost.com/files/Vocal_Variety.pdf

No eye communication – you need to listen to the audience because the energry always has to go out and because you need to alter what you are saying and how you are saying it according to the information you’re getting.  Granted in a video unless you are speaking to an audience, this is difficult but the focus needs to be NOT on yourself.

and

IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU

It’s about the audience, the message, the gift you are gtiving.  Get over yourselves!

And PLEASE, please

get rid of the “speaking voice” or the “acting voice” – there is only one voice and that’s the one you use speaking to your friends when engaged in an interesting and exciting conversation!

And the last one – so many are trying too hard so back to IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU!

Well, I feel better.   Thanks for letting me rant.

watch http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

and get an idea of what I am talking about in engaging an audience and more.

 

Barbara Kite is an Executive Speaking & Professional Acting Coach, actress and director who resides in Portland Oregon www.barbarakite.com

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June 12, 2009 - Posted by | acting skills, fear of speaking, presentations, Public Speaking

1 Comment »

  1. This blog’s really quite intersting.. Thankyou 🙂

    Comment by Emma | June 12, 2009 | Reply


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