Monday, September 15, 2008

ON LISTENING TO CALLAS

When I listen to recordings by deceased opera singer, Maria Callas, I am not having a passive experience. I feel like I am having a conversation with her and finally myself. That's because Callas speaks to us when she sings. She tells us her secrets, her pains, her joys - and we feel a connection. She may express despair or much happiness. And I find myself answering, "so have I!" Callas sings meaning and phrases in paragraphs. She makes wonderful noises . I hear my most intimate feelings expressed in song. Good lessons here for the professional speaker. Everything you have done needs to come through to your audience.

The Coach sez . . . to impact your audience, you need to stand naked on the platform.






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