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  • Soroptomists Rooms

    28 Otley Street, Skipton BD23 1EW (map)

    53.961410 -2.013971

  • Three speakers have volunteered to give a speech covering different elements of public speaking.

    Janice will concentrate on speech construction so we should expect an introduction, a main body and finally a summary/conclusion. The introduction might be a shock statement or startling facts and the body of the speech should cover a series of points, arranged towards a logical conclusion. A touch of humour along the way can make all the difference.

    Bill will look at how we use notes when giving a speech. Even with the best preparation most of us find it difficult to remember a speech from beginning to end. Writing notes and how we refer to them is a skill in itself.

    We should first produce the speech as a full script and then highlight the important words and phrases. What size paper should we use? Too many sheets can get in the way. It's the delivery of the speech that really counts. Ideally we should familiarise ourselves with the general content of the speech. Notes should not be intrusive and our eyes want to be on the audience.

    Philip will be giving his first speech. The best subject to talk about is usually yourself! What do you do for a living? What are your interests and what about your family? You still need to consider how you're going to present things. There should be a beginning, middle and end. Rehearse it through.

    The latter part of the evening gives us an opportunity to speak off the cuff for two or three minutes each on different aspects of a common topic. You never know, you might find you're rather good at it. It can be quite fun! 

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