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Are You a Deadpan Speaker?

"Put fire in the talk or put the talk in the fire." This saying suggests informative material alone does not suffice when making a public presentation. And quite often, that is correct.

You've probably seen demonstrated before you the classic stereotype of the poor speaker. The dull introduction of the speaker "who needs no introduction." And that's correct. They need an exit.

There is a need for pitch, power, and pace. Gestures and feeling are essential if one is to maximize impact on the audience. Finally, one should speak to the audience as if speaking to a single individual, a friend.

Now I will never "wow" the world. Still, I have been accused of being an animated speaker. The other night, a sneaky certain someone took a snapshot of me giving a discourse. Do you think you would have described 'yours truly' of being animated if you'd been part of the audience that night?


Image Credit » Animated? Image of the Author.

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MegL wrote on July 23, 2017, 5:26 PM

i have sat through some terrible dead pan sessions! At one, the speaker read from notes and didn't even lift their head to look at anyone! You definitely do not look deadpan. a speaker can be forgiven a lot if they speak with passion.

lookatdesktop wrote on July 25, 2017, 8:34 AM

I bet you were fun to watch.

Kasman wrote on July 25, 2017, 2:51 PM

Some people are natural performers and some are not.

VinceSummers wrote on July 25, 2017, 5:48 PM

I'm an unnatural speaker!