I’ve never acted or studied drama. If I had, I expect I’d have liked it, but as I understand acting craft, you have to say the author’s lines as written.
Public speaking, on the other hand – a different experience, speaking your own words to tell a story, make a point, influence an audience with surprise or change their thinking about something – hopefully, magically, sometimes doing all those at once!
Some speakers start with their written script, then recite/perform it from memory, or read their text from lecterns. In my experience, well-thought-through presentations delivered with some well-honed technique has better/deeper impact in terms of audience appreciation and effective message delivery.
Public speaking, to any size crowd anywhere, is one of my most joyous pastimes – something I’ve not been able to do much of for quite some time. Online speaking or Zoom meetings are de rigueur these days, but sitting in front of a computer screen/camera is a far cry from moving about the stage.
Or is it?
I’ve been ‘honing my chops again’ inspired in considerable measure by Darren La Croix’s recent conference presentation – taking the thrust of his message – and so far, it’s becoming a refreshing-again, magic-again part of my life. That’s the magic of any ‘new thing’ is that it becomes a different thing for everyone.
I’ve done several talks recently. You can click here to access them.
I’m not sure if I’m metaphorically shaking the rust off, knocking barnacles off an old boat – or just blowing some carbon out of the carburetor, or possibly all of those.