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Just Be Yourself

“Just be yourself!”

I often hear these words of encouragement from well-intentioned people suggesting how others could improve their public speaking. “Just be yourself.”

I always wondered what these words meant. “Just be myself.”

Who else would I be? I can’t be you. I can try to be you, or your neighbour, but I would eventually return to being me. I have no choice but to be me. It isn’t something I can vote on, but how does my being me relate to speaking in public? What if I was shy and usually spoke in quiet, whispery tones and rarely met eyes with others. What does being myself mean and is it helpful in public speaking?

Instead of depending on only my opinion for this answer, I asked the opinions of other speakers and speech coaches. The question was, “What does, ‘Be yourself,’ mean to you? To be or not be oneself, what would one do?”

Here are their answers.  (more…)


Fools Worth Seeing!

tempest-in-a-teapot.jpgWe all do foolish things sometimes. Yesterday, I watched some fools for 90 minutes. My friend Cindy took me to see A Company of Fools’ production of “Tempest in a Teapot” at the National Art Centre’s 4th Stage. Saturday afternoon, poor weather, let’s go to a play.

When I watch movies, hear musicians, attend productions, part of my mind insists on looking for production flubs. The more I took in the Fools, the more that part of me quietened and I took in the play. Every part of the play was simply amazing. The clever script meandered between The Tempest and observer, between character and commentator, between classical and modern. Scott Florence, the Director and Production Manager, said they wrote the script collaboratively (after stealing its core from the long dead Bard of course). What an amazing collaboration! Its brilliant tapestry of words kept me looking for the next twist and I smiled at every corner.