Well once upon a time it was the term used in the USA for places that sold alcohol illegally during the prohibition years, but these days knowing how to do it-Speak Easy that is – can be a vital tool.
So, it is that last weekend some of our finest got together to practice the skill.
The Art of Public Speaking Seminar, organised by Lifeline and RFDS local teams kicked off over the weekend with the Charleville Lifeline team jointly organising the event with RFDS.
RFDS Longreach Health Promotions worker, Liz Lynch, and from Lifeline Charleville’s, Community Managed Mental Health/NDIS Support Co-Ordination Officer, Davida Melksham set about organising what is now being hailed as the talkfest with punch.
Ms Melksham says the workshop has been a huge success.
“It was a fantastic and participants travelled from properties in the Neebine, Tambo and Charleville districts to join others from Quilpie and in Charleville. There’s been great support and encouragement from both Aftercare and our Local Drug Action Team (LDAT).”
“It was great to have the support of The Rocks motel who donated some accommodation to enable rural participants to enjoy the whole day, and a night off station before returning home.”
Helen Everingham, Pittsworth Based motivational speaker, singing teacher and performer, from ‘The Centre Within’, came on board to present this practical course in Effective Living.
As the day progressed, participants became more comfortable and speak more easily – reading less and relaxing into it.
They learnt how to: –
• Work with their body
• Handle the nerves
• Produce good quality voice and to vary it
• Use body language to best effect
• Construct a speech – not a reading
• Deliver a short speech effectively.
Davidia says participants agree that Helen efforts will not be in vein as they all left with a new-found confidence for the Art of Public Speaking.
“Helen designed an entertaining workshop which not only developed skills and self-confidence, but entertained participants, putting them at ease. There was lots of laughter as a series of exercises pushed those attending out of their comfort zones.”