Here's a fun way to improve your public speaking

Have you got an important speech coming up? A toast at a wedding, reading a poem to celebrate a life, a work presentation, a job interview, your thesis or a speech about your research?

Most of us don’t enter adulthood with the confidence to speak well in public. It may have something to do with the fact that nearly all children at some point say something inappropriate in a room of adults, and everyone laughs, leaving the poor child humiliated, or there are memories of freezing upon being called to speak. Regardless of our fear, life frequently requires a speech be made. Even if we are not in careers where public speaking is a part of the job,we cannot entirely avoid family weddings and funerals, and occasionally even blue-collar work requires a speech be made. It’s a soft skill that carries a lot of weight in nearly every setting, and done well, it can improve your chance at a promotion or a raise. 

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Or you may simply be tired of bingeing on Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime, Britbox or Crave. You may wish to get off your couch and be the actor, the performer, by bringing your own favorite stories, poems, scenes, or speeches to life. You may be a regular at our local theatrical events and wonder if you would be able to win a spot as an amateur actor. 

“Have I got a deal for you!” Trudy says, in her very best salesman voice. 

The Prince George Speech Arts and Drama Festival, themed “All the Places We Couldn’t Go, COVID-19” is now open for registrations. Whether you need to brush up for an upcoming speech, or wish to indulge your love of literature and theatre, this is the place to get some practice, and, wait for it…. get a professional adjudication! All for the low cost of $10 per entry!

Give an outlet to your dramatic side and get a professional adjudication, all from the comfort of your home! An adjudication is a painless procedure done by a professional trained in literature, drama, public speaking, presentation, understanding and delivery. You will receive praise for what you do well, advice and tips to improve your performance, all for the small $10 fee per entry.

Isolating in our homes may be lonely, but it need not be boring. Go to the speech arts festival website to see the many categories available. We have something for everyone! If you would like to have a coach, click on the link labelled “teachers” and check for available services. You may also contact the festival directly by filling in the handy contact form.” 

That’s my promotional, written speech. 

If that isn’t enough to convince you, may I present it as an opportunity to spend time doing something different with your children or grandchildren? We have many students participating and can you imagine the fun your children would have helping you prepare your piece?  It would make for great evening entertainment. You may even survive. 

I hope to see many new names on the list.

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