How to Lighten Up When You Speak

You hear so much advice about giving speeches, such as:
–Don’t say “uh”
–This speech is very important for your career. . .in fact it’s critical
–Be sure not to leave out anything significant
–Rehearse your speech aloud several times
–Don’t refer to your notes very often
–Enunciate clearly
–Our most important clients will be at this meeting
–Vary your speaking rate

Well, no wonder we get so uptight about making a speech. Our colleagues tell us this is a “do or die” situation, so we start believing that ourselves. Plus, we get overwhelmed by the instructions and tips well-meaning advisers offer. To borrow a sports phrase, we fall victim to “paralysis by analysis.”

That’s why I encourage you to watch this video on how to lighten up when you speak.

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Guidance from an Expert Speech Teacher

My interview with Dr. Kevin Mace–Assistant Professor of Speech and Film at Brenau University–stirred memories of my years of teaching Speech Communication at the University of Georgia. Kevin brought excellent information and advice to “The Communication Corner,” the program I host on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. for WBCX, 89.1 FM, “The Voice of Brenau.”

You will benefit from hearing Dr. Mace comment on these and other topics:
–The origins of speech teaching in ancient Greece and Rome
–The most outstanding American speaker
–The single most influential speech in recorded history
–Colorful speaking events connected with the Chautauqua circuit
–Why everyone should take a speech course or enlist a Speech Coach
–Controlling stage fright
–The pluses and minuses of Power Point
–Speech preparation and delivery

To contact Dr. Mace, use his e-mail address:
mailto:kmace@brenau.edu

Be sure to listen to the WBCX-FM program he hosts Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, “Mace on Film.”

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