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Elaine A. Clark presents:  Real Talking Tips, a 52-episode Speech Communication Micro-Learning Podcast.

Sep 14, 2021

Caret It Down - Arrow It Down, is the 3rd Word Emphasis speech variety lesson in this 11-episode Real Talking Tips mini-series. The up-down-up caret (v) adds emphasis to an individual word where the musicality of that word starts and ends on the same high or medium pitched note and lowers in the middle. Arrowing a...


Sep 7, 2021

Real Talking Tips Episode 28 is the second in the min-series of 11 ways to add Word Emphasis to speech, presentations, and voiceover recordings. This time, we’ll practice two types of upward inflection: arrowing a phrase up and adding an up-and-down-caret (^) to a word. Arrowing up sets up a statement for the response...


Aug 31, 2021

Congratulations! Episode 27 marks the halfway point in this Real Talking Tips podcast and Elaine Clark’s top 52 public speaking lessons and voice-over tips. This episode begins a new speech communication mini-series: 11 ways to focus the voice and body to create Word Emphasis. The Word Emphasis chart uses a symbol to...


Aug 24, 2021

Being a Speech Choir Director means that the voice, body movements, and gestures work in tandem with the speaker’s feelings and message dynamics. Establishing the power box shape and size helps defines the voice range and musical tune. When practicing this concept, use slower and larger gestures and movements to...


Aug 17, 2021

The voice needs variety for the listener to stay engaged.  When a speaker gestures with the same hand, the musicality and tempo of the voice tends to repeat and the audience tends to tune out. The Right-Left-Together Power Box method incorporates 3 different voice placements. Alternating movements inside the various...