Speaking Expressively -- Monday, December 1st at 6:30 PM

From: John A. De G.
Sent on: Monday, December 1, 2008 9:16 AM

Hi all,

This is a reminder that today (Dec 1st) at 6:30 PM is our second meetup, entitled "Speaking Expressively". The name reflects the theme of tonight's meetup, which is the opposite of speaking monotone with a blank, expressionless face!

Last meetup, we met at my house. We started by snacking on appetizers while playing a game of Pictionary, modified to use gestures instead of drawing pictures (for practice gesticulating). This was a lot of fun and served to warm everyone up for what followed: two rounds of impromptu speeches, on topics ranging from easy to hard. We adopted a rating system where easy speeches ask you to talk about an event in your life, moderate speeches ask you to talk about some preference, view, belief, or idea you have, and hard speeches ask you to talk about none of the above. Everyone did well, including two members who had never given impromptu-style speeches before!

The format of tonight's meetup will ultimately be determined by the people who come. However, to get the discussion going, I'll suggest the following:

1. Start by playing a game for around 30 minutes, one that exercises skills in acting/gesticulating (Blanche was going to bring a game, but has not RSVP'd Yes; I'll have a backup prepared just in case).

2. Move on to group discussion of a speech -- I'm suggesting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhQtoVe-lh8 because it's the "just words" speech Obama borrowed from Deval Patrick, and in my opinion, Deval does a better job delivering the lines than Obama did.

3. Do 1-3 rounds of impromptu speeches for anyone so inclined.

4. If there's any remaining time, everyone can craft their own opening to the same speech topic, then deliver the opening in front of the group and discuss what makes various openings effective/engaging.

As at the last meetup, feel free to bring snacks or your favorite beverage of choice.

I look forward to seeing you there!



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