No matter what your age – from teenager to retiree, the basic tenets of interpretation of the spoken word are the same. My approach with any student is to take them precisely where they are now – relate to every-day circumstances and materials at hand (or, in some instances to their specific areas of interest) – and provide applicable coaching.
By applying necessary analysis of the written word, along with personally demonstrating various vocal and interpretation techniques, the end result of becoming more fluent, more easily understood and being able to command the attention of an audience will be achieved. Even though there will always be a small element of “imitation” involved in the teaching environment, the necessary understanding of the student’s presentation, allowing you to pursue your own “voice” is of primary interest.
Even though I have had a considerable amount of speech, music and theatrical training, (University of Wisconsin), my main concentration has always been to relate to every day communication, the business community and interpersonal relationships. While being in the music entertainment profession, addressing large audiences provided insight into methods of relating to smaller groups. I have served as National sales and training director for several industries, and currently, am a successful business owner in charge of a national sales organization. As a result, one-on-one communication as well as serving as panel facilitator for workshops and teleconferences has taken precedence.
Whatever your goals are in terms of getting more comfortable and empowered with your speaking efforts, I know I can be of assistance while making it an enjoyable experience.
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