Thursday, August 27, 2009

Public Speaking... and Mary Poppins

by Gilda Bonanno LLC http://www.gildabonanno.com/

Today is the 45th anniversary of the movie musical, Mary Poppins, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick VanDyke. Not only is it a wonderful movie, but it also has some lessons for public speaking.

One of my favorite songs from the movie is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! As a child, I delighted in learning to say this word (all 34 letters of it) because it was so big and complicated. In order to learn it, I had to break the word into sections and practice each section separately. Then we put all the sections together and I practiced saying them. Eventually, I could say the whole word!

What does this have to do with public speaking?

Well, giving a presentation can be a lot like learning to say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - it can be overwhelming and seem impossible. But if you break the presentation down into smaller pieces -your opening, your key examples, your supporting stories and data, your closing - and spend time preparing and practicing each section and then putting all the sections together, you can be successful.

In honor of the anniversary of the movie, watch it again - or for the first time... and use the Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious method the next time you have to give a presentation.

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