My triple Axel moment

Speak Schmeak

I had been practicing this ten-minute story for about two months. I was the first teller on stage; what a relief! First, there was a fixed mic on a stand in the middle of the stage, and we were not allowed to remove it or walk around the stage, for the purposes of videotaping.

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Interview w/Ian Tyson: comedian & motivational speaker

Speaker Confessions

In that regard, it makes what I do that much more appealing as a career, if I wasn’t doing it on a stage I would be telling friends over dinner. If I am adding something new to my existing show, it usually develops through improvisation on stage or forethought of a story/bit that I throw in when the time seems right. How important in your process is practice? I am not sure I have ever really “practiced&# as it were, not in a long time anyway.

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Challenging Performing Conditions

Humor Power

Practice at Toastmasters and at good comedy venues first. Give the organizers of the event instructions which will help them set up the stage, lights and sound to give your act a fighting chance. Hopefully you’re aware of how bad the situation will be BEFORE you take the stage. If necessary step off the stage. This isn’t always practical, but be aware that it might be an option.

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Dear Speakers - James Duncan Davidson - James Duncan Davidson

Getting up on stage and speaking is a difficult and demanding thing to do. It’s also hard to know how what you are doing up there on stage is perceived by the audience. Malcolm Matson, OPLAN Foundation, on stage at eComm2009 / ©2009 James Duncan Davidson Please deliver your speech to the crowd, not the screen. This was directed at those speakers that pace from one end of the stage and back to the other at rather high speed. Stages have edges.

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