PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES:Behold the power of public speaking

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By Kirsten Laskey

I participated in a speech class in college and while I successfully learned all the terms and types of speeches, I was never very good at putting them into practice. I wouldn’t speak loudly or slowly enough and typically I stared at a blank, empty space rather than making eye contact with the audience.

Maybe my failure at public speaking sparked from my prejudice that this particular art form isn’t really all that important. It’s not necessary to speak in front of others, I concluded.

How wrong I was.

Several local events have revealed making a speech can be vital to achieving any objective.

During the Hope Pregnancy Center’s banquet, the guest speaker Dan Rosencrans used words to rally people into supporting the center. He did this by coaxing people laugh, shout out “Amen” and applaud.

It wasn’t through photographs or a PowerPoint Presentation that won Rosencrans the audience’s attention; it was what he was saying and how he said it.

In order to make speaking a true art form, at least from what I observed during the banquet; that you have to believe in your speech’s subject.

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