The joys of public speaking

Peter Greenberg, photo by Ed Schipul (via Flickr)

Public speaking… most of us have shivers of dread run down our spine at these two words.  We dislike and would never choose to speak or present in front of others.  But too often in life we find ourselves in just this situation.  If you are like me, you probably have a horror story or two of public speaking blunders and mishaps.  But whether it be a presentation in your World Economics class, a budget meeting at work, in front of the Parent Teacher Association at your child’s school, or teaching a Sunday School class, we can’t seem to escape those infamous public speaking encounters.

So we can’t escape them, but I do think we can be better prepared and more successful when faced with such situations.  This is where the wonderful world of LMA steps in. As we understand more about our movement and how to present ourselves in a clear, consistent and confident manner… we are on our way to becoming public speaking champs!

To start, this month we are going to watch and learn just how much our movement contributes to the message our audience receives.  To begin our movement observation and discussion here is what you need to do:

  1. Watch the clip below first without sound and see what you notice (If you don’t have time for the whole clip, watch from minute 1.01-3.01).
  2. What are your first impressions of this man?
  3. What images come to you?
  4. What do you think he is saying?
  5. In what setting do you think he is in?

No worries if you’re not an LMA pro… just notice what you see and what stands out to you.  Then watch the clip with sound and listen to what he is saying?  Do you think his movement served or supported the message he was trying to convey?  Why or why not?

My observations will come in next month’s post (I don’t want to taint your thoughts with my own).  Can’t wait to hear your observations and thoughts!



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Alisa received her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of California, Irvine and her BA from Brigham Young University. As a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA), Alisa enjoys teaching and assisting others in realizing their potential as fully functional and expressive individuals.
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