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Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 Speech Tips

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Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect

Rehearse out loud. The only way you can tell how your speech will sound is to do it and listen to it. That means you have to say it out loud. Doing the speech in your head and listening to it doesn’t work – that is not the voice your audience will hear. Aim for clear English so that every word is easily understandable. Copyright Clear Talk Mastery 2021 (140630)

Convincing People

Tip: Convincing People

If you want to convince people, remember this: The more separate arguments you make against your opponent’s position, the more difficult it is for your opponent to deal with each of those items.

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Have You Noticed This Wisdom in North American Media Stories?


The speech tip for today, Tuesday, September 29, 2020, is a summary of wisdom prevalent in media these last several years.  Well… just a preliminary summary. Just a bit and not all. For example pieces of this wisdom you will find here—the best seller in 2019, The Boy, the mole , the fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy, the Disney movies such as Frozen, adult TV police type procedurals such as Blue Blood,  NCIS Los Angeles, NCIS, 2020 Last Tango in Halifax—BBC.

Many of these stories seem to say:

1) Home is not always a place.  It is who you are with.

2) You are who you are, and you are different than any other person and you are valuable.

3) You are loved.

4)  Family is not always blood relatives.  Sometimes the best of the family or the only family is friend or friends.

5)  Sometimes work colleagues are family.  Sometimes the only family.

6) You are unique.

7)  Perhaps the best thing for you to do is what you do in a unique way.

8)  Do not measure your value from how you are treated.  You may be treated badly (or treated as a king or queen and the most valuable of the world).   Your value is not measured by either end of the spectrum.

9) What should you do when you feel bad?  Sometimes sharing and communicating these sad or bad feelings helps.   Sometimes not.  Sometimes thinking of what you are grateful for helps.  Sometimes thinking of happy stuff helps.  Sometimes  not.  Sometimes the best thing to do is wait.  Sometimes that is because all things pass or change, sooner or later.  Too bad some change takes lotttts of time.  Sometimes the best thing to do is to wait.  Sometimes that is because sometimes eventually you may feel bad enough that it will suddenly (or slowly)  make it easier for you to make change.  Maybe you will wait for a day, a week, or….? Then you notice that your heart and mind has become clear and you know what is the best thing for you to do at that time.

You know this—some wisdom stays the same over years, or decades, or centuries, ages, epochs.

And sometimes wisdom or what people think is true changes. Friends as family goes wayyy back in literature and stories.  More and more over the last  thirty years… and more… for many people, their family are their friends.  Their friends are more “family” to them than  their blood relatives.  For some people. Why? Lots of reasons, it depends on the individual person.

Friends as family  showed up in  television series after series in the USA—including the terrifically popular from the 1980s and 1990s and 2000s to now (still) “The Big Bang Theory”, “Friends”,  “Golden Girls”.  Police procedurals  2000s through now.

Is this “friends as family” bad?   Good?   Ack….Relationship is relationship. Connection is connection.  Love and acceptance is love and connection.

You call this a speech tip?   I asked myself that question. Yep, before I wrote these words and now after I wrote these words, I answered, yes this is indeed a speech tip.  If it still feels right tomorrow, I will post this as this week’s speech tip.

OK. I sat on this for 18 hours. Now for the end of this speech tip.   Speech is communication.  Cultural values are communicated in the stories of the time.  Cultural values are fun to think about. And talk about.  Cheers.

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