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Five Speech Practice Exercises…

1. Audiences respond to passion in a speech. So, as part of your practice, explore how you “feel” about your topic. Allow some of your emotion to spill into your talk. 2. Learn only the key points of your speech. Then you won’t get stressed out over what word comes next. Unless you’re an actor in a play, there’s no need to …

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How to start your public speaking career? With a beginner mind.

[pullquote3 quotes=”true” cite=”Shunryu Suzuki”]In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.[/pullquote3] Spring is a great time to open the mind to new possibilities. To do so, we have to have a beginner mind. I used to think I knew a lot about public speaking. After all, I studied vocal music at university, sang professionally, …

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International Women’s Day, A Toronto Woman Finds Her Voice!

It’s poignant on this International Women’s Day to recognize women who’ve overcome obstacles in order to speak out for what they believe in. There are brave women who’ve left abusive relationships, women who’ve pushed for education in countries where they face oppression, women who push for quality health care where there is none and women who fight for equality in …

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Voice Prep for Tonight’s Party Entrances

Before any actor goes on stage to perform, he or she has typically done months of rehearsing. They’ve memorized lines, worked on their voice and movement, interpreted the script, developed a character, practiced in costumes, put on stage make-up, etc. And on the night of the performance, before the curtain rises, the actor does a warm-up. They get into character …

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