"How Should I Tell Them..."
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- Narrative - Kind of a supplement to
characterization device, and just like the
scenario/narrative introduction previously mentioned.
It works; people naturally follow spoken narratives
better than spoken persuasive ideological abstractions.
It clearly demonstrates the causal relationship (if
any) in your material, while keeping the audience duly
entertained. Give it a shot sometime; you shan't
- "Applause Points" - It's
helpful to plan in advance the reaction of an
audience; most specifically, when they will react
strongly with laughter or (depending upon the
situation) applause, quiet consideration, etc. I
call any moment where the audience reacts strongly
enough to be considered in the speech an
"applause point." It's a good idea to
arrange these points regularly throughout the speech -
if it goes too long without one, you may lose the
audience. Mix them up - laughter here, a pause
for thought there - and leave time for the audience to
use them. But remember that applause points
don't always work as planned - it's a good idea to
test them, in the context of the entire speech, with a
friend, teacher, or family member first.
- Dashes - Okay, let's talk "speakable
prose" versus "readable prose."
In readable prose, it's bad form to use a lot of
dashes and semicolons, and you can't start sentences
with "and" or "but." Not so
with speech! In speaking, one very often wants
to relate a sentence or clause with the preceding one,
to form an audible progression in thought - such
inflection-communicated associations are best
expressed in the transcript through the use of dashes
and semicolons. (Note the use of the dash
between those two sentences; speak the combination
aloud and you'll see how it works!)
"And" and "but" are useful when
you want to let an idea sink in with a pause and
subsequently add to it (or contradict it) without
losing it. It works. Look at all the times
I've started sentences with these words in this guide;
say them out loud and see how they work!
You've written a speech! Now, how
to present it... On we go, to Presentation