The first step in speechmaking is choosing a topic. Often, a speech topic is determined by the venue, event and speaker. A Commencement speaker probably wouldn’t deliver a speech about the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar everyday or Ariana Grande’s rise to fame. Their speech would focus on graduation-related themes. However, a student in… Read More How to Choose a Speech Topic – Brainstorming Methods for the Novice Speechwriter
When you deliver a speech, your voice becomes the channel to communicate your message to your audience. A speech doesn’t come with subtitles. Your audience can’t hit pause, rewind, and re-listen to what you just said. Not every presenter will have a “golden voice,” however, as a speaker, you should focus on controlling the five… Read More The Speaker’s Voice – 5 Aspects to Control
Do you know the four methods of speech delivery? Check out the infographic below to learn what they are!
Articulation is defined as the formation of clear and distinct sounds in speech. Unless you’re still speaking with the Transatlantic accent of the 30s and 40s, there’s a very good chance you do not articulate your words flawlessly. And that’s okay! Everyday speech has become very lax and casual – it’s not out of the… Read More The Importance of Articulation
When was the first time you used PowerPoint? The transition from poster board and Elmer’s glue to digital presentations is blurry for me. I couldn’t tell you exactly when I first used the program for a school assignment. What I do remember is that I was never taught how to use PowerPoint. Millennials are members… Read More 4 Tips for Creating Effective PowerPoint Presentations
What are you afraid of? Heights? Spiders? Public speaking? Most people are terrified of speaking publicly. Do you remember the last time you had to deliver a presentation during a class or work meeting? How did you feel in the moments leading up to your speech? Was your heart racing? Were your hands sweating? Did… Read More 5 Tips for Overcoming Public Speaking Nerves
Hello there! My name is Heather Hayes, and I am a Media & Communication Arts graduate student and adjunct instructor at Pace University. When I’m not busy completing course work for my graduate classes, I’m teaching Public Speaking to undergraduate students. Based on my passion and dedication towards my own and others’ education, most people… Read More Welcome to The Gift of Gab!