Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Tips on speaking in public
Tips on speaking in public
Mon, 23 Aug 1999 13:22:29 -0500
Since I get this list both at work and home, I don't have access to the
original post regarding speaking in public and don't remember who posted
it. Hence the public mode.
I haven't seen this mentioned yet, so I'll offer it:
One of the best methods of improving one's delivery, pacing, posture,
presence, etc. is the use of a video camera positioned in the audience
so that it captures you during the performance.
Before doing this, one should be warned that viewing the results can be
hazardous to your psyche/health/well-being, and maybe a whole lot more!
We had to do this in a Public Speaking class several years ago, and
everyone agreed that watching themselves on tape was the absolute worst
part of the entire semester. BUT, it was also the most productive
exercise we conducted. Most of us went back and watched the tape again
and again (after the initial shock wore off) to critique ourselves,
usually much more sharply than did the instructor.
I would highly recommend this method to anyone having a sincere desire
to improve their speaking skills. All of the tips I've seen on SCOUTS-L
are excellent methods; this one lets you know where you are right now
and serves as a reference point from which to grow.
ASM, Troop 11
Cub RT Commissioner
Buffalo District, Three Rivers Council
...and a Good Old Fox, too. ( SR-320-Philmont)
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through
experience of trial
and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition
success achieved." Helen Keller