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So true John. This resonated with me especially well as I am due to give an evaluation of a top speaker who, as I understand it, is doing a manual of speeches that require her to recite pieces. She has tremendous skills in all areas and could well be a competent actor, but at times I am distracted by the precision and almost contrived performance and cannot see her or the authenticity of how the material effects her.
Many bands do cover versions of songs and actors do Shakespeare, but the ones that stand out are those that manage to make the material bring out the essence of who they are through their authentic self. “It is not the language but the speaker that we want to understand.”
I’ll let you know how the evaluation is received.
Cheers and thank for your authentic newsletter.
Hey, Chris. Thanks very much for the comment. More and more, I find myself telling people that the audience does not expect you to be perfect; the audience expects you to be present. Clearly, speeches should be rehearsed, but not to the point where they become so polished that it washes away the humanity, the authenticity of the speaker. I look forward to the report on your evaluation. Good luck!
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