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My outstanding skill is that of doing research and putting information together. I also have done a website (and still am), polished my public speaking and writing skills, knowledgeable about nutritional medicine, history, and putting together a newsletter covering hearing loss issues.
I was a school librarian with the DC Public Schools, working with grades pre-kindergarten thru 12th grade. I was active in toastmasters, did both public speaking and performed leadership roles. I also did training on various topics in Toastmasters.
My teaching style is to incorporate as many learning approaches as possible. This includes auditory, visual, games, and hands-on. Also, as a teacher, a major part of my philosophy is to build up the student's self-esteem and build up on their strengths. My outstanding skill is that of doing research and putting information together. I also have done a website (and still am), polished my public speaking and writing skills, knowledgeable about nutritional medicine, … Read more
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I have been doing public speaking with Toastmasters in the Washington, DC metro area for the past fifteen years.
Many of the presentations that are done are based the five to seven minute speech. We are expected to write our own speeches. I have worked with a basic toastmaster manual, which covers the elements of a public speech, a number of times. This includes each speech having a message, a speech that follows a structure, the use of words to enhance the message, the use of vocal variety, the use of body language, both facial gestures and body movement, and projecting your voice.
Also, some speeches involve being persuasive, the use of props, and inspiring the audience. I have done 30 minutes and 60 minutes presentations, on nutrition, detoxification, and hearing loss issues. I have included humor and short anecdotes in my speeches.
Examples of my speeches are available to potential students. As public speaking is an auditory environment, there are some differences in speaking versus writing. One of them is the use of shorter sentences.
A speech has two components, the content and delivery. Every speech needs to have a message and it needs to be geared to the audience. Furthermore, the use of short anecdotes and humor goes a long way enhancing the effectiveness of the public speaking presentation.
References are available on my public speaking skills.