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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:OCTOBER/NOVEMBER


IN GOOD VOICE!


~SO, YOU HAVE TO MAKE A SPEECH~


For anyone who isn’t used to speaking in public, this can be a daunting prospect. Where to start?


The two main considerations, are deciding exactly what you want to say and to whom you are going to say it. The way you get your message across, will depend very much on your audience.


For most of us, the speeches we are likely to be called upon to make, are those at a wedding, thanking people for something they have done, or after-dinner speeches. This is very much about communicating in a way that your audience will find entertaining. You may well be speaking to people from different backgrounds and a wide range of ages. At a wedding, for example, anecdotes need to be as appropriate for small children as they are for elderly aunts or young bachelors. Equally, at the risk of offending people you are thanking, if you want to keep your audience interested, lists of people should not go on for ever. Here, you may decide to thank people in appropriate groups rather than mention every individual. For after-dinner speeches, the length of the speech should be timed, so that it fits into the evening schedule appropriately.


If, on the other hand, you are called upon to give a business presentation – are you speaking to professionals in your own field, or perhaps to professionals whose expertise is in an area different to your own? The approach will be different in each case. If you are speaking to people who are unfamiliar with your line of work, any technical information, explanations or arguments you put forward are likely to need to be much more detailed, to make sure your audience has understood the facts.


All-in-all, speech making can be a bit of a minefield and professional help can be invaluable. Whether you can manage with notes, or need to read the whole thing, depends on how confident you are. However, the basic advice I would give anyone is speak clearly and don’t rush. There is always a tendency to speak too quickly if you are nervous. Lastly, don’t make it longer than necessary. Think about all the interminable boring speeches you may have had to listen to in the past and keep it to the point. Say what you have to say, make it interesting, wind it up and sit down. The old adage still rings true… “Leave them wanting more.”


Susan Coombs


Member of the British Voice Association & Association of Teachers of Singing


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JOIN OUR NEW YOUNG DANCERS! ~ COCKERMOUTH SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE CLUB~


Our new class for young dancers has started!


The youngsters have already learned the steps of Skip change, Slip step, Pas de basque and they have mastered some basic formations. They can perform some dances – ‘Prince of Orange’, ‘Gay Gordons’, ‘Lorton Street Progression’ and two new dances published by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society for 2017 – ‘And for the Young Ones’ and ‘Come What May’.


They are learning rhythm, social skills and teamwork as well as exercising their minds and bodies and we are all having fun!


As a new class, we are still quite small and we would love more participants. Classes are held on Mondays at 5.00pm in the Hall at Lorton Street Church and is good value at £25.00 for 10 lessons. Boys and Girls from age 7 (school year 3) upwards are eligible and no special equipment or previous experience is needed.


Scottish Dancing is good for people of all ages and our adult class (from age 16) is held in Lorton Street Hall on Thursdays from 7.00pm.


For further information, visit WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK


www.derwentscd.com or contact the secretary on 01900 817045.


For the youth section, contact cockermouthyouthscd@talktalk.net


19 OCTOBER 2017 ISSUE 419 PAGE 37


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