Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Power Of The Pause

PAUSE AND POWER The true business of the literary artist is to plait or weave his meaning, involving it around itself; so that each sentence, by successive phrases, shall first come into a kind of knot, and then, after a … Continue reading

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Tempo in Public Speaking

Change of Tempo Produces Emphasis Any big change of tempo is emphatic and will catch the attention. You may scarcely be conscious that a passenger train is moving when it is flying over the rails at ninety miles an hour, … Continue reading

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A Change Of Pace

EFFICIENCY THROUGH CHANGE OF PACE Hear how he clears the points o’ Faith Wi’ rattlin’ an’ thumpin’! Now meekly calm, now wild in wrath, He’s stampin’ an’ he’s jumpin’. —Robert Burns, Holy Fair. The Latins have bequeathed to us a … Continue reading

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How to Emphasize Words

The necessity for changing pitch is so self-evident that it should be grasped and applied immediately. However, it requires patient drill to free yourself from monotony of pitch. In natural conversation you think of an idea first, and then find … Continue reading

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Pitch Perfect

Continual Change of Pitch is Nature’s Highest Method In our search for the principles of efficiency we must continually go back to nature. Listen—really listen—to the birds sing. Which of these feathered tribes are most pleasing in their vocal efforts: … Continue reading

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Pitching Your Speech

I’m not talking about marketing here, but the pitch that you use in your speech.  Do you remember the music teacher using a special instrument (known as a pitch pipe)to ensure that everyone was on tune? EFFICIENCY THROUGH CHANGE OF … Continue reading

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Listen

Attentive listening means “hearing” the message that isn’t being verbalized as well as the one that is. Fran  

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Emphasis in Public Speaking

There are no steel-riveted rules of emphasis. It is not always possible to designate which word must, and which must not be emphasized. One speaker will put one interpretation on a speech, another speaker will use different emphasis to bring … Continue reading

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Master the Mechanics

When you have mastered the mechanics of speech you will no longer be troubled with monotony. The complete knowledge of the principles and the ability to apply them will give you great variety in your powers of expression. But they … Continue reading

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