Make a big space more intimate

Speak Schmeak

Check out these acoustically friendly and unfriendly spaces at Voice Academy for ideas. "In the boom, in the 80s, of comedy clubs, all these entrepreneurs were putting together these rooms with these high ceilings and 'Hey, look at this great comedy room!' It's like, 'You dummy -- it's supposed to be a little box, like this, with a low ceiling. The laughs don't go up in the air.

2010 141

Healing vocal strain, part 1

Speak Schmeak

Having dinner with two good friends wasn't stupid, but talking for two hours over the noise in a busy restaurant probably wasn't the best idea. Voice care #3: Acoustics. Last Thursday, I did something really stupid. The five hours of coaching wasn't stupid, but I could feel my voice getting tired by the end of it.

2010 100
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Healing vocal strain, part 1

Speak Schmeak

Having dinner with two good friends wasn't stupid, but talking for two hours over the noise in a busy restaurant probably wasn't the best idea. Voice care #3: Acoustics. Last Thursday, I did something really stupid. The five hours of coaching wasn't stupid, but I could feel my voice getting tired by the end of it.

2010 100

Make a big space more intimate

Speak Schmeak

Check out these acoustically friendly and unfriendly spaces at Voice Academy for ideas. "In the boom, in the 80s, of comedy clubs, all these entrepreneurs were putting together these rooms with these high ceilings and 'Hey, look at this great comedy room!' It's like, 'You dummy -- it's supposed to be a little box, like this, with a low ceiling. The laughs don't go up in the air.

2010 100

Make me care: TEDxSB Part 3

Speak Schmeak

I thought the placement of Starkey just before the break was a brilliant idea. Electric or acoustic?" Or the man who wrote (shown next to the photo of his tattooed backside), "Why they put tattoo parlors next to bars, I have no idea." Now for the fun stuff! There were several speakers at TEDxSB who knocked my socks off, and I want to talk about what made them effective and successful at rousing the crowd. Read here for part 1 and part 2 of my TEDxSB experience.

2010 100

Make me care: TEDxSB Part 3

Speak Schmeak

I thought the placement of Starkey just before the break was a brilliant idea. Electric or acoustic?" Or the man who wrote (shown next to the photo of his tattooed backside), "Why they put tattoo parlors next to bars, I have no idea." Now for the fun stuff! There were several speakers at TEDxSB who knocked my socks off, and I want to talk about what made them effective and successful at rousing the crowd. Read here for part 1 and part 2 of my TEDxSB experience.

2010 100

The Only Reason to Give A Speech in 2011

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Where you ended up more familiar with the number of acoustic tiles in the ceiling than the number of points in the outline of the speech? There is something profound about gathering a group of people together in a hall and giving them the full force of your ideas presented live and in person. Partly, we’re testing to see if they can structure and present their ideas coherently in real time, abilities that tell us about how articulate and organized they are.

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Use the microphone when you present

Executive Speech Coach

If the room has bad acoustics. ► 2010 (76) ► December (7) How to Write, Structure & Prepare a More Effective. Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations Business presentations tips for executives, sales presenters, managers, technical experts and professionals from the "Speech Coach for Executives" George Torok. Transform your business presentations into effective conversations. George Torok is a Toronto based presentation coach and presentation skills trainer.