Archive for the ‘Language’ Category

A small task

February 28, 2009

jukebox on whiteThis week I have a small task for you. I would like you to choose one of the three options below to complete.

Option 1

Find your favorite piece of music and listen to the piece, write down why you like it. Do you like the tempo, the highs and lows is it the chords that are used or the words? Think about what attracts you to this particular song.

Option 2

Watch your favorite movie and as above, write down what you like about the story, is it the characters, is it the drama or excitement, how does the story start and end.

Option 3

Read your favorite book, poem or story and as with the film look at where the story starts, how are the characters described? what words are used and how does the story end.

You may be wondering why I’ve set you this task but over the next few weeks all will be revealed. We’ll be looking at why particular pieces attract us and how we can use similar principles and styles in our public speaking.

Keep speaking – Carrol

Horton hears a what?

April 20, 2008

I have just seen Horton Hears a Who, and loved the film, but what I loved even more was the language.

Dr Seuss, or Theodore Seuss Geisel, frequently used alliterations and rhymes in his books and stories to help capture the attention of the reader and the listener.

As speakers, we can use these same techniques to capture the attention of our audience and keep their minds and ears active and interested in what we’re talking about without them even knowing what we’re doing.

So here are my speech tactics:

Alliterations: is the repetition of a leading consonant sound in a phrase – Horton hears a Who (all H sounds). Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers (all P sounds)

Rhyme: is a repetition of identical or similar sounds in two or more different words. I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam-I-am.

Onomatopoeia: is a type of word that sounds like the thing it is describing. “Oink, quack, meow” all  animal sounds. “Hiss, squeak, clang” again are onomatopoeia words.

Hyperbole: is a figure of speech in where statements are exaggerated. “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse”

Similes: are comparisons, you compare two nouns that are unlike with “like” or “as”. He walked as quiet as a mouse” “Her eyes shone like diamonds”

Next time you’re putting together a speech, think about the words and language that you’re using, can you use a couple of the tactics above to help keep the interest of your audience?

    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“I meant what I said and I said what I meant.” Quote from Dr Seuss.

Keep speaking, Carrol