Comedic Timing…The Hammer of the Humorist

Thor is known for his hammer.  He wields it well and it obeys his every whim.  He owns it.  It is intrinsic almost to his persona and identity.  Comedic timing, and the successful application of it, similarly marks the skilled humorist.  But just like nobody is able to tell Thor exactly how to use his hammer, no one is able to tell a would-be humorist exactly what to do with timing either.  I can describe the shape of it, yes, but what you do with it....well, that is what will make you funny - or not!

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Using Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in Speech and Debate

The Ancient Greek philosophers spent their time observing the world around them and thinking about how and why things worked in our world.  When they came to some insight, they wrote down their thoughts.  Most of you have probably begun to study some of those thoughts.  And, it might be worth knowing that those ancient philosophers had thoughts about what makes good communication work, too.

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Sure-tested Ways to Memorizing Speeches

Recently, at Club, I gave the assignment to my returning kids to have them come up with their favorite way to memorize speeches. Everyone who has participated in speech and debate for more than a year or so, has their own particular way they prefer to memorize. I was amazed by the variety of responses! Some kids are able to memorize quite quickly. Others may struggle.

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Guest Blog- Filler Words by: Kate Peters and Abbey Lovett

Last week, we had an awesome three part series on Impromptu by Kaitlyn Butts, National Champion and Lasting Impact! Coach/Intern. We thought we would start off this week with an article by Kate Peters AND a pod cast by Abbey Lovett (see below) geared toward helping you communicate with out the “ticks and ums”, otherwise known as filler words…

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Making Public Speaking “E-C”

Effective public speakers use C’s and E’s whether they know it or not. And I'm not just talking about the letters!! Here is a reminder to help make public speaking  "E-C". Here is my criteria when processing whether to it was a "good speech" or still needs some work. Here is what I look for...

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