All the Way*
(audio version of blog below)
As a result of voicing scripts for ten years, my singing performance experience, and recent Yoga training, I’ve realized an astute ability to coach speakers on their personal performance of a prepared speech.
I recently had the great fortune to work with “The Phone Lady”, Mary Jane Copps, on a speech. Initially, Mary Jane was very confident that she knew what she was doing as a seasoned communicator. She thought she was coming to me for a few constructive comments.
It came as a surprise to her that her own presentation could be improved significantly with coaching. Despite her extensive communication experience, I was delighted to be able to elevate her presentation. We transformed the delivery of her script to a powerful call to action, entwined with her fascinating backstory.
This is not to say the speech wasn’t well written. It was perfect. I didn’t change a word. I did work with Mary Jane to improve the following:
- Posture and breathing
- Volume and projection
- Mental attitude, focus, and intention
- Physical gestures
- Script pacing, conversational and natural tones
- Imagery, word emphasis, and “throw away” phrases
After our brief coaching sessions, The Phone Lady’s speech became a compelling story ready for any Ted stage!! As a Presentation Skills Coach, I was able to offer valuable advice to someone who was already a professional at communicating in her own right. While she is both a prolific writer and a stellar communicator over the phone, a live speech requires additional skills. She really didn’t have any idea that she didn’t know what she was doing.
I will follow up these six points with explanations in further posts. If you need to make a speech, consider the above list. There is more to your speech than the words on the page. Take it further. Take it all the way…
CLICK TO HEAR SONG>>*”All the Way” – a 1950s pop song made famous by Frank Sinatra. The music was written by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Sammy Cahn.
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