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Mar 28, 2019 15:08:51

My own style

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I am a member of a local toastmasters, a club for improving public speaking. 
Toastmasters has rules for how to do everything.  

Here is a list of some of the prominent rules:

1) Have an intro, body and conclusion
2) Avoid filler words like umms 
3) Do not stand only at one position. Move around the stage area.
4) Have voice variety to keep your audience engaged.
5) Keep good eye contact around the room 


I don't understand #3 - Why we need to move around?
That feels fake.
Outside of soap operas, no one really moves around when engaging in a deep conversation with others. If I am trying to deliver a good speech, I want to focus on what I am talking about and on staying relaxed and clear.

I have struggled to move about while staying enthusiastic and focused on the message that I am trying to deliver. So I started to look at political candidates in debates. Lately everyone is trying to move around on the stage and it looks like a deliberate attempt to appear at ease and emphatic. Feels so fake and forced. 

So may I please stick to the podium and focus on my speech?
Chimamanda's style seems to work!

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    @keni It's your style and it sure works.
    Thinking over this, i think i do both. Standing still is often when i intend to go motivational. I kinda think the idea of moving around is to make the speech relaxing for the audience. This could backfire as moving around might just be distracting.
    For me, i think the mood of the speech/talk dictates the style.

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Mar 29, 2019 06:51:16
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    @keni As Tony Robbins says, "Emotion comes from motion." Maybe from the speaker's perspective, moving around helps keep the energy and delivery going. I know when I'm in front of a group I do not stand still. That could be from my early experience of teaching junior high kids. From the audience perspective, I suppose movement can either enhance or take away from the experience. I should take a look at some of the most popular TED talks and see what those speakers do.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 28, 2019 13:22:44
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      @brandonwilson - Tony Robbins is insanely good at public speaking. I couldn't match his style or energy. I find I do better when I am still.
      Many Ted speakers walk about. But I like the ones that stay still.. ?

      Keni avatar Keni | Mar 29, 2019 01:39:06
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