Tim Knight lecturing on democratic journalism for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Tim Knight lecturing on democratic journalism for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Luciano Pavarotti had five coaches. Tiger Woods has three coaches. Barack Obama, one of the world’s great orators, has a coach.

People who have to read scripts, make presentations or speeches — performers, athletes, actors, politicians, journalists, businesspeople — need coaches to keep them in top form, at the edge.

Without professional coaching, very few public speakers or presenters can make audiences embrace, savour, appreciate and retain the information offered.

The best speechmakers make the written script disappear.

Instead of simply reading, they “think aloud” the script’s thoughts, see the script’s scenes and genuinely share in the script’s emotions.

National Post article by Finbarr O’Reilly

National Post article by Finbarr O’Reilly

As a result — miraculously — so does the audience.

If you’re not genuinely involved, there’s nothing to give to the audience. Power, a fearsome reputation, charm, perhaps. Great pipes possibly. Nothing more.

Your job is to seize the written information and make it personal, something of value, a gift to give away.

But you have to own the information before you can give it away.

I’ve developed a unique method to help you process and absorb the information in rehearsal, take ownership, make it your own.

So you can give it away.

I’ve also invented a way to use teleprompter/autocue so the audience is entirely unaware that the machine is there.

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