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Presentation, Voice-Over, and Speech Communication micro learning lessons to improve speech, diction, clarity, melody, tempo, attitude, and message impact. From the author of There's Money Where Your Mouth is and Voice-Overs For Podcasting, and the creator of Activate Your Voice and Adding Melody To Your Voice apps. Elaine A. Clark demonstrates specific ways to use the body, subtext, and gestures for added clarity, message arc, visualization, and 3-D storytelling. Each episode ends with an a ...
 
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Join me, Elaine A. Clark, in this Real Talking Tips episode, where we’re going to dust off some basic English class lessons and apply that knowledge to speech and movement. You may recall that the Noun,Verb, and Subject of the Noun comprise the three main parts of a sentence. Your English teacher may have also referred to it as the Statement / Acti…
 
As a speaker, when you need to change direction and attitude quickly, the 'Dip-Down' is your Word Emphasis choice. This Elaine A. Clark Real Talking Tips dip-down technique uses opposing gestures, movements, voice pitch, tempo, and attitude to create a story arc. It's an effective speaking tip to prevent the message from becoming flat-lined, boring…
 
A Parenthetical statement is a way of expressing additional information. It could be a year, number, point of view, quote, clarification, personal insight, or legal disclaimer. Sometimes the parenthetical is an opportunity to show personality and opinion. Other times, it’s spoken quicker to hide the small print, legal information, or incidental or …
 
Time to S-T-R-E-T-C-H O-U-T key words! Business Names, Brands, and Titles require special focus and attention. Slowing down when you say these important Proper Nouns aids audience retention. This 5th of 11 Word Emphasis - Real Talking Tips micro-learning lessons, demonstrates how to use the body to Billboard and Lengthen the client's name, title, b…
 
Ready to sprinkle in a wiggle, sizzle, jazz hands, and voice shimmer when you say keywords? The 4th of 11 Word Emphasis - Real Talking Tips speech communication mini-series lessons - gets your hands, head, shoulders, toes, and derriere ready to move! Listen and practice along. Create a specific sound, pitch, and attitude. Add more variety to your s…
 
Caret It Down - Arrow It Down, is the 3rd Word Emphasis speech variety lesson in this 11-episode Real Talking Tips mini-series. The up-down-up caret (v) adds emphasis to an individual word where the musicality of that word starts and ends on the same high or medium pitched note and lowers in the middle. Arrowing a sentence or phrase down, lands a t…
 
Real Talking Tips Episode 28 is the second in the min-series of 11 ways to add Word Emphasis to speech, presentations, and voiceover recordings. This time, we’ll practice two types of upward inflection: arrowing a phrase up and adding an up-and-down-caret (^) to a word. Arrowing up sets up a statement for the response that follows. An Upward Caret …
 
Congratulations! Episode 27 marks the halfway point in this Real Talking Tips podcast and Elaine Clark’s top 52 public speaking lessons and voice-over tips. This episode begins a new speech communication mini-series: 11 ways to focus the voice and body to create Word Emphasis. The Word Emphasis chart uses a symbol to describe movements and gestures…
 
Being a Speech Choir Director means that the voice, body movements, and gestures work in tandem with the speaker’s feelings and message dynamics. Establishing the power box shape and size helps defines the voice range and musical tune. When practicing this concept, use slower and larger gestures and movements to allow time for the brain to accept t…
 
The voice needs variety for the listener to stay engaged. When a speaker gestures with the same hand, the musicality and tempo of the voice tends to repeat and the audience tends to tune out. The Right-Left-Together Power Box method incorporates 3 different voice placements. Alternating movements inside the various size and shape Power Boxes adds a…
 
The Large and Small Power Box is the 2nd of 4 episodes that explore the use of a speaker's Power Box in this Real Talking Tips speech communication micro-learning series. This time, rather than the speaker’s “stage area” being vertical, the big vs. small power box is horizontal or square. The width and size of the horizontal power box is dependent …
 
If you're wondering what a speaker's Power Box is, think of it as a small stage area where the speaker's hands and gestures stay inside. The power box may be tall and narrow, wide or small, v-shaped, thrust forward, rectangular, circular, or square. When the speaker's movements stay inside this specified power box area, the message is more focused …
 
Anticipation… wait for it… moments are powerful. Why? Properly placed pauses engage the audience and make them active listeners. Writers use dashes, ellipses, commas, colons, and semi-colons to indicate pauses. Speakers need to fill in those spaces with an emotion and attitude that rides on the breath and connects the statements together. Contrary …
 
What is Good? What information is Bad? Words can be the same but attitudes and opinions can be completely opposite! When both good and bad information is shared in a script, message, presentation, or conversation, the story and focus of the spoken message and endorsement can easily get muddy and confusing. Adding Tempo Changes is the focus of Real …
 
Lists can turn off a listener if you don’t know how to change the speech rhythm and focus of the key words. Lists need their own location, meaning, and musical placement. Lists shouldn’t be spoken with one repetitive sound and tempo. List items shouldn’t be lilted upward unless the intention is to bore the audience. Lists need their own tempo and f…
 
Why do public speakers, presenters, and voice actors have a tendency to speak at a steady pace and rhythm? In regular conversation, people vary their speaking pace. Important information is slow. Unimportant information is fast. And normal information is spoken at a medium speed. Yet, most people tend to get trapped and forget to add variety to the…
 
Listeners Need Time to Process What You’re Saying. Words can be meaningless or powerful depending on how the message is presented. Hi, I’m Elaine Clark with Real Talking Tips offering practical advice on how to effectively get your message across and speak like a pro. Communication is a Powerful Tool if you’re in sales, making a presentation, hosti…
 
What does it mean to be a Sing-Talker? Your voice and speech pattern are integral to your unique tune. The goal of the RealTalkingTips speech communication series is to help people improve everyday speech and the retention and absorption of information in business presentations, interviews, podcasting, and voiceovers. Rhythm and melody alter when t…
 
Why do people emphasize the word 'and' rather than the key words on either side of it? The purpose of that little conjunction is to connect similar type items together. Yet, AND has a habit of drawing focus away from those items and informational elements. There are several reasons why AND stands out: 1. The musical downbeat and rhythm of the messa…
 
Let’s get to the point about Nouns! There are: Common Nouns – Generic terms for people, places, things or ideas. Proper Nouns – A specific person, place, or thing where the first letter of the word is usually capitalized. Collective Nouns – Group or Team of people, animals, or things. Personal Pronouns – I, me, we, us, he, him, she, her, it, they, …
 
Verbs have Action. That means, when you say a verb you need to have some sort of body movement that corresponds to the action. That movement will be heard in the voice… whether big or small, depending on the type of verb. Okay VERB geeks. I know what you’re thinking. There are Action Verbs and Static Non-Action Verbs. Why should they all have actio…
 
Be a visual and emotional storyteller. Create a three-dimensional world where the listener sees, hears, and feels what you’re saying. Hi, I’m Elaine Clark. And welcome to RealTalkingTips Episode 13. Storytelling. It's the buzzword these in #business, #publicspeaking, #presentations, #podcasting, and #voiceovers. On the surface, it means telling an …
 
Heartfelt... Prideful... Confident... and now... Attitude?! The fourth of this #BodyPostureVoice mini-series uncovers a bit of cocky, sarcastic, and ironic history that we use regularly when talking to friends and family. But where does it go when we talk to strangers? "Attitude Equals Opinion." And when we DON'T know someone, we tend to hold back …
 
One way to effectively communicate with others is to speak from the heart. This is especially important when there's a need to empathize and deliver a truthful heartfelt message. This third of four #BodyPostureVoice micro-learning tips in the #RealTalkingTips series takes us on an emotional heart-warming journey where physicality and movements make…
 
Take Pride In What You Have to Say. This is the 2nd in this 4-part Real Talking Tips mini-series on Body-Posture-Voice. Here, Elaine Clark demonstrates specific ways to morph and posture the body to add pride, and improve the overall sound and authority of your speaking voice. At the end, there's a recap of the first 10 episodes. It compliments the…
 
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