Podium Points: Verbal Skills

Podium Points: Verbal Skills

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(music playing and people murmuring) The moon is like water and the sun is like fire Imagine a place where the ocean is black and there is no wildlife. Coincidence? I think
not. Tennis, anyone? Have you seen anyone on the Capital Bikeshare bike lately? Thank you. (clapping) (talking and music) The ineffective oratory inputs all the podium points. There are five verbal podium points: Pace, Emphasis, Diction, Tone, and Volume. We call them PED-TV. Let’s look at each one. Pace is how quickly or slowly a person
speaks. Good pace is easy to understand by all
members of the audience. Another word for pace is speed. The moon is like water and the sun is like fire and that fire is like a light. What can you do to avoid electing a corrupt politician? Well, one thing you can do is take matters into your own hands. You definitely want to
consider slowing down your pace a little bit just
so that you your words are enunciating clearly and so
that we have time to take in what it is that you’re saying.
Creating a couple of pauses that we can let your information sink in and then
moving on to your next point. Emphasis. Emphasis is the stress placed upon
certain words. When speaking, good emphasis puts sharper energy behind words that a speaker wants the audience to remember. Another word for emphasis is accent. Oil
spills affect the environment a lot. It affects plants and animals. It can get in the lungs of animals and can even kill plants. The largest carnivore that lives on land could vanish from the face of the Earth very soon. I like the way you emphasize
certain words and you let us know what was really important. Diction. Diction is the degree of clarity and distinctness of pronunciation. When speaking, good
diction includes pronouncing consonants at the beginning and the end of words. Other
words for diction are enunciation and articulation. Fossil fuels are ruining our planet and putting everyone at risk. Your diction was out of sight. You were so clear with your words. You
said everything so clearly and you pronounced consonants. I heard all the
words that you said. I heard all the important stuff, it was
great. Tone. Tone is the quality of the speaker’s
voice and the emotion that the speaker conveys.
The speakers’ tone should be appropriate to the content of the speech. Another
word for tone is attitude. We have all seen a
politician get emotional because they are so patriotic and they
care so much about the country. Imagine a place where the ocean is black and there is no wildlife. Nothing. No snorkeling or scuba
diving- nothing. Volume. Volume is how loudly a person speaks. Good volume can be heard
by all members of the audience. Another word for volume is loudness. And the planet Earth is like a galaxy and that galaxy is like a spiral. Greenhouse gases
suck in the heat from the suns’ rays. This makes the (music playing) world hotter and hotter! (people talking and clapping) (music continues)

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