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Power of Speech

Warm up activities and quotes for speech classes

Marisol Askey

on 28 April 2016

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Of Speech
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper shades of meaning
-Maya Angelou
No single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us.  To live is to be slowly born. 
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,

He who knows others is learned; He who knows himself is wise.
~Lao-tzu, Tao te Ching

It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy. 
~Lucille Ball
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.  Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.  Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.  Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.  Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.  But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. 
How much is an education worth?
How much more will you make in a 20 year span with a college degree?
If in the last few years you haven't discarded a major opinion or acquired a new one, check your pulse.  You may be dead. 
~Gelett Burgess
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death. ~Anaïs Nin
The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own.  No apologies or excuses.  No one to lean on, rely on, or blame.  The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.  This is the day your life really begins. 
~Bob Moawad
People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself.  But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates. 
~Thomas Szasz, "Personal Conduct,"
The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
~Robert Maynard Hutchins

You can get all A’s and still flunk life. 
~Walker Percy
Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.  ~Doug Larson
You never get people's fuller attention than when you're listening to them.  ~Robert Brault,
No one is listening until you fart.  ~Author Unknown
We must use our words instead of resorting to violence
Make a list of three adults that are not related to you that if asked would give you a good reference
Eye of the Storm
A class divided
Every once in a while we all need to laugh… thought is beautiful. Work and progress are essential to a smoothly functioning society, but never forget how to laugh without worry.
Just plain funny
Think of a story… YOU need to be the main character
The story can be true or made up
The story must be believable
The story must be SCHOOL APPROPRIATE!
The story cannot be corroborated by anyone else in the room
You will stand and tell the class your story
We will tell you whether we think you are telling us the truth or a lie
Truth or lies?
Create an invention that you think you could sell.
It does not have to be believable
It must not already exist
It must be school appropriate
Write down what you will name it
Write down why it is unique
-Get into groups of up to 5
-Create a (school appropriate) team name
-Turn off cell phones & put any dictionaries up front
-Get ready to define words!
“The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.”
Zig Zigler
“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.”
Samuel Johnson
Who determines what integrity is?
Are there basic ethics that we all need to abide by?
If so, what are they?
Ethics/ Integrity
We must be careful when we either do not understand the words we hear or do not hear all of the words in a conversation
What can happen if we do not understand all of the words or do not hear all of the words in a conversation?
Plaza Sesamo
Who likes POETRY???????
Taylor Mali Def Poetry Jam
Please think of a definition for the word
Think of all of the differing meanings that are out there.
In 2001 the median income for men with professional degrees was $78,861 per year greater than that for men who never entered high school.  Men who finished their schooling after earning a BA made on average $20,071 per year more than men with only a high school diploma.
In 20 years that means a person with a college degree will make four hundred thousand dollars more than a high school graduate, and ONE MILLION five hundred seventy seven thousand two hundred and twenty dollars more than someone without a diploma
It is better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and resolve all doubt. 
~Abraham Lincoln
The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven't thought of yet. 
~Ann Landers
I just wish my mouth had a backspace key. 
~Author Unknown
To speak and to speak well are two things.  A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.  ~Ben Jonson
Using just two cuts divide this fish into 3 parts that when put back together will form a perfect square
Do not overlap the parts
Fish puzzle
Resolution Example :
Leggings are accessories, not pants
Leggings should not be worn as pants
Resolved: Leggings should not be worn as pants.
Think of a topic that has two arguable sides
Arguments like “the sky is blue” or “torture is bad” are not two sided… I mean really? Who is going to argue against them?
Write an action statement for that topic
Word it so if the action statement is voted for then a new law would go into effect
Put the word “Resolved” in front of it.
“Resolved” pretty much means “I believe that…”
Writing a resolution
Make a T chart
On one side write good audience; in this column make a list of the characteristics of a good audience
On the other side write bad audience; in this column make a list of the characteristics of a bad audience
Good Audience/Bad Audience
All too frequently, anxiety crushes not only your spirit and your potential, but your ability to take care of your mind and body. ~Jonathan Davidson and Henry Dreher, The Anxiety Book: Developing Strength in the Face of Fear

Nerves and butterflies are fine - they're a physical sign that you're mentally ready and eager. You have to get the butterflies to fly in formation, that's the trick. ~Steve Bull
The only gracious way to accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can't ignore it, top it; if you can't top it, laugh at it; if you can't laugh at it, it's probably deserved.  ~J. Russel Lynes
Some people are like Slinkies... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.  ~Author Unknown
O, she is the antidote to desire.  ~William Congreve, Love for Love, 1695
The problem with the gene pool is that there's no lifeguard.  ~David Gerrold
What is the Fibonacci Sequence?

Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.
Vladimir Nabokov

The outline is 95 percent of the book. Then I sit down and write, and that's the easy part.
Jeffery Deaver

Hey! That is a filler word!
What is a filler... um... like ... word?
6:00 to Elizabeth
If this were my student...
When you are a public figure...
Recent polls have shown that 1/5 of Americans cannot locate the U.S. on a map... why do you think this is?
Has speech style been the same throughout the ages?
Charlie Chaplin
1960s JFK
Present day
TED talks
Be More Awesome
How many things can you pay attention to at once?
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
-Francis Bacon
Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.
-James Thurber
If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
-Mahatma Gandhi
My computer beat me at checkers, but I sure beat it at kickboxing.
-Emo Philips
What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public. ~Vilhjalmur Stefansson, 1964
Advertisers constantly invent cures to which there is no disease.
~Author Unknown

Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
~Stephen Butler Leacock
Can a game be considered communication?
“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
“There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.”
― Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale
Think before you speak
Fear/ stage fright
Self exploration
random but cool
Body Language
Pep Talk
Once I knew only darkness and stillness... my life was without past or future... but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.
-Helen Keller
20 things we should say more often
Appreciate learning
“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein
“Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back than ignore the mess they leave when they fall.”
― Jodi Picoult, Salem Falls
Our opinions do not truly blossom into fruition until we have expressed them to someone else
-Mark Twain
Words have a longer life than deeds
-Pindar (Greek Poet)
I know that words cannot move mountains, but they can move the multitude. We have proven time and time again people are more ready to fight and die for a word, than for anything else. Words shape thought, stir feeling and force action. They kill and revive, corrupt and cure
-Dan Abnett
Analyze your own speech.
What words/phrases do you
most commonly use?
What would the catch phrase of your life be?
2, 4, 8
I am thinking of a rule.
The numbers in this sequence follow that rule
Give me three numbers. I will tell you if they conform to my rule.
Then you may try to guess my rule.
The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.
-Paolo Coelho
A moment of patience in a moment of anger saves you a hundred moments of regret
The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.
-Phillip Dick
“There is no less eloquence in the voice, in the eyes and in the air of a speaker than in his choice of words.”
-Francios De La Rouchefoucauld
Trying to sound intelligent by using long, complicated words, even though you don't know what they mean.

Pete: "hey, listen to this. it's post-hardcore emomathglitch rock. The lyrics really reveal the prerequisite existentialism of the singers inner hades!"

Ed: "do you even know what that means"

Pete: "um... well, no"

Ed: "you're so pretentious"
-Urban Dictionary
: an amusing error that occurs when a person mistakenly uses a word that sounds like another word but that has a very different meaning
Webster Dictionary
Mother's Day is next Sunday.
Do something nice.
Be Awesome.
Charlie Chaplain
The Lab
Welcome to Prof Comm!
Communication is observation,
so let us see how observant you are.

Your first task in this class is to seat yourselves in alphabetical order...
Last name, First name.
Write down one thing that makes you unique from everyone else in this class.
1. Pick up a Mark Twain sheet at the front of the room

2. Read it.

3. Discuss the passage and the question at the end of the passage with a partner of your choosing

4. Be ready to discuss it as a class.
How have electronics affected our life?
Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
Maya Angelou
“It's an universal law-- intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
mal·a·prop·ism noun \ˈma-lə-ˌprä-ˌpi-zəm\
Who can be a hero?
The Kid who is Kid President
Socrates says: You’ll throw me into the river.
Plato says: Make a statement. If it’s true, you may cross, but if your statement is false, I’ll throw you into the river.
Socrates wants to cross a bridge,
but Plato is blocking it.

What is a paradox?

How Many Words in Our Language? How Many Do You Use?

What’s interesting is how two people can experience the exact same sensations differently in their bodies by virtue of the labels they put on the experience. For example, one person may feel “frustrated” while the other just feels “a little confused.” It amounts to a huge difference in the way we feel, and when we change the way we feel, we change the way we behave.

This is the essence of Transformational Vocabulary: the words that we attach to our experience become our experience, regardless of whether it’s objectively accurate or not.

Therefore, if we want to change our lives and our destiny, we need to consciously choose the words we use to describe our emotional states. What would happen if, the next time you were in a situation that used to make you feel angry, instead you felt annoyed? Or if you used a word like “peeved” instead of “enraged” to describe your experience? Maybe instead of feeling “worried,” what if you used the words, “I’m a little concerned,” or “I need some clarification”?

Conversely, if someone asks you how you’re doing, think of the difference between responses like “Oh, I’m okay, I guess” and “I’m feeling on top of the world!” The labels we put on our experience become our experience. Choose your words wisely.
According to Compton’s Encyclopedia, the total number of words in the English language is around 750,000. Of that number, guess how many words we habitually use: 500 to 2,000 at the most, which represents only one half of one percent of the language. In Roget’s Thesaurus there are more than 3,000 words describing various emotions. Of those, there were 1,051 words for positive emotions and 2,286 for negative emotions; roughly twice as many negative words as positive words! Think of the implications.
Words have incredible power in our lives. For one, they provide us with a vehicle for expressing and sharing our experiences with others. Most of us don’t realize, however, that the words you habitually choose also affect what you experience. Transformational Vocabulary is about how you can take control of your habitual vocabulary to change the quality of your life. Simply by changing your habitual vocabulary—the words you consistently use to describe the emotions of your life—you can instantly change how you think, feel and how you live.
Imagine that you are a business owner looking for a new employee
What would you look for in an employee?
What questions would you ask in an interview?
Resumes and Interviews
The greatest musical instrument given to a human being is the voice.
-Dayananda Saraswati

The biggest thing is to let your voice be heard, let your story be heard.
-Dwyane Wade
I work with structure, but I go outside the box and give it my own spin. I adore the challenge of creating truly modern clothes - where a woman's personality and sense of style are realized.
Vera Wang
"The true thoughts that go on inside us are just too fast and huge and all interconnected for words to do more than barely sketch the outlines of, at most, one tiny little part of us at any given instant."
— David Foster Wallace

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.
Potter Stewart
What can Socrates say to make Plato's statement into a paradox?
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