SPCH 2005 Final: Final Speech Test
SchoolMount Royal University
Course CodeSPCH 2005
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Final Speech Test:
* The storyteller’s physical source of power is the breath. A good breath is one that is taken
deeply. Deep breath, because of its expansive nature, counters the restrictive forces of
nervousness. Deep breath also creates volume and resonance in speech. Volume is the
loudness with which we speak. Resonance is the additional vibration of the body and the
surrounding environment with the initial vibration of the speaker’s vocal chords.
* The storyteller’s pace of speech is determined by the type and complexity of thought
expressed, and by the type and strength of emotion felt.
* When seeing an object during storytelling, the storyteller makes use of ‘focus’, the fixed
viewing of a distant point.
* Strong articulation will help the storyteller make literary devices such as onomatopoeia come
alive, i.e. ‘pouring’. Onomatopoeia is a sound device in which the speaking of a word echoes
the sense/feeling of the word.
* Emotional commitment to storytelling is an absolute necessity. Feeling must be real.
* Fear or anxiety in storytelling can be diminished by substituting that feeling with a stronger
* When asking a question in performance, the storyteller will often open the arms in a gesture.
* The line ‘her talk was as animated as her face’ would require an animation of the face or what
is known as face expression. An example from class would be our friend Kenny. He
demonstrated excellent use of face expression, especially with expressive eyes, and the eye
* On the phrase ‘roaring at his heels’ the most appropriate technical tool to use would be
* Feeling, when honestly expressed in story delivery, will often remain within the speaker for a
few seconds past the end of the uttered thought.
* Gesture is often best applied when it is held past the end of the thought for a few seconds.
* The Macready Pause – a pause momentarily used during the delivery of lines to give the
impression that a storyteller is thinking.
* A good storyteller notes feeling words within a text. Sometimes the feelings are explicit as in
the phrase, ‘he was tired’ and in other instances the feeling is inferred or implied (implicit) from
the overall context.
* During the delivery of a memorized manuscript, insecure memory will derail performance and
interfere with the two impulses of all speech: thought and feeling.
* When practicing storytelling do the following:
• Practice aloud
• Practice with an audience if possible and in the same or similar surroundings as the
anticipated performance space.
* Avoid making false eye contact. Look into the eyes of your audience. The two types of eye
contact are: general and specific. A general eye contact is one in which the speaker scans the
audience making contact briefly with many listener’s eyes. Specific eye contact occurs when a
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