Entertaining, motivational and inspirational
speeches and training by  Dr. John A. Kline
 

Jan. 2006 - Reading Your Talk: Part 1 – Preparing the Manuscript

This Month's Column
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
KlineSpeak Home

Contact Information:

John A. Kline, PhD jkline@klinespeak.com
jkline@troy.edu
Index Next

John Kline, PhD, inspirational and motivational keynote and after-dinner speaker and corporate trainer.January  2006

Reading Your Talk--Part 1: Preparing the Manuscript

Reading a talk from a manuscript—that is, writing out the entire talk and reading it—allows you to plan the exact words and phrases to use. While talks that are read often lack a feeling of spontaneity and a lively sense of communication, there are times reading is the best way. When reading from a manuscript pay special attention to four things: (1) preparing the manuscript, (2) preparing the reading draft, (3) practicing the talk (4) and presenting the talk. This column and the next three will treat these things.

Guidelines for Preparing the Manuscript:

  • Use simple, clear, vivid words.
  • Use short, simple sentences.
  • Make ideas less complex than in writing.
  • Provide clear transitions between thoughts and ideas.  (See Apr 2003 Column)
  • Use repetition to emphasize main ideas and key points.
  • Use personal pronouns such as I, we, our, us, and you rather than such ones as they, people, person, the reader, and the hearer.
  • Use concrete language and follow abstract reasoning with specific examples, definitions, and comparisons.

Next month I will give suggestions for preparing and marking the draft you use when you present your talk.

This material is adapted from my book Speaking Effectively.

John Kline
Montgomery, Alabama
jkline@klinespeak.com

Jan. 2006 - Reading Your Talk: Part 1 – Preparing the Manuscript
Index Next

Previous Columns

Columns Home ] 2014 ] 2013 ] 2012 ] 2011 ] 2010 ] 2009 ] 2008 ] 2007 ] 2006 ] 2005 ] 2004 ] 2003 ] 2002 ] 2001 ] 2000 ] KlineSpeak Home ]

E-mail Dr. Kline

Web development & management by: Hooper Online Services
Copyright©, John A. Kline, PhD, All Rights Reserved