Monday, August 31, 2009

Taylor Mali and the Power of Words

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

I had the chance to hear a wonderful poet present at the National Speaker's Association Convention in July - Taylor Mali.

His use of words was beautiful. He chose each word carefully so its meaning and sound hit just the right note in his poem. And he paused to great effect so the audience had a chance to drink in his words.

One of my favorite poems was "Miracle Workers," his tribute to the work that teachers do. Check out his "Miracle Workers" video on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neslRBRo_wc and observe his masterful use of words and pauses. (You can also check out his other poems, including "What Teachers Make" and "Totally Like Whatever.")

The next time you have to give a presentation, emulate Taylor and choose your words with care.

And for all the wonderful teachers out there who work so hard to educate our students, have a great year!

Gilda's blog www.gildabonanno.blogspot.com

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