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Do you have a friend you want to officially beat in a debate? Are my fees too high? Do you like showing off in front of people? If this sounds like you then bringing a friend is the perfect solution! More people means a judge and maybe an audience. Every judge is a different and being judged is great practice! And we can have debates! Although I am rarely asked to organize debates they can teach us all so much. I cannot stress how useful it is to imagine that there is an opponent when writing a speech. Even if there is no opponent, the audience and the judge(s) may not agree with you. In essence they will have become your opposition. If you are not ready for a grumpy judge you will almost certainly fail. In short: bringing friends is awesome for three classy reasons: 1) It will save you money! 2) There will be an audience/judge to persuade! 3) Debates! And don't forget the fun!!! Contact me now!

I have received this question many times in many forms. The short version is it depends on what you, the student, needs. Do you (or your children) need speaking confidence? To stop stuttering? To speak loudly and proudly? But below are some specific skills and abilities I can teach in addition to whatever you need. Proper body movement while speaking - foot work, hand gestures, even facial expressions! The removal of filler words - "um" "er" and improper use of "like" just to name a few. Word choice - words like "thing" "stuff" and slang are okay for your friends but not for a crowd! Speech writing - oh the tricks! So very, very many; but here are a few: defining words in your favor, speaking to the judge (the judge is the person or people who matter, not necessarily the crowd), and listing examples in groups of three or two (did you notice me doing that yet? If so you have some experience already!). Fixing the lies... read more

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