Daily Archives: October 19, 2016

Tips for tourists in Ireland.

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  1. Ireland is not that big. 2 weeks should be adequate.

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2. Sites. Dublin. Castle. St James Gate Brewery. National Gallery, Writers’ Museum, Madame Tussaud’s. Cathedrals. Temple Bar. music pubs.  Kilmainham Gaol.

Belfast. City Hall. Cathedrals.

Giant’s Causeway. Antrim coast.

Cliffs of Moher.

Cork – prison. Gallery. English market. gorgeous streets. Blarney castle.

coast. Kinsale. restaurants.

Rock of Cashel.

Kilkenny castle.

stately homes

activities – golf, riding, sailing, cycling, walking. beaches.

 

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3. Good transport in Dublin and Belfast. car for countryside.

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4. Not cheap.

camping. youth hostels.

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5. Great tours. Paddywagon. Paddy palace.

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6. July and August is manic.

It rains rest of year. Spike at Xmas and Patrick’s day

Paddy’s Day not as extravagant as in USA.

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7. Festivals.

Lisdoonvarna  – marriage festival. film with Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore.

Kilkenny comedy festival

west belfast festival

marching season in NI. 12 July

Races. Galway, Leopardstown,

Dublin Horse Show.

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Effective public speaking.

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  1. Visit the room in advance – ideally a few days before. If you do this means who will not be surprised by the room. It is one thing fewer to think about. You can test the acoustics.==========================

2. Mindset is vital. Do not be scared. Build it up. Speak to 1 person at a time and then to 5 people and then to 10, to 20, 50, 100, 300, 1 000 etc….

You can speak to one person so you can speak to a million. It is no different. The only thing to fear is fear itself as Roosevelt said.
Self belief helps a lot.

In the film the King’s Speech a true story was told of George VI. George VI was a king with a very silly voice and a hesitation problem. He was a deeply private person and forced to be king. He hated the limelight and was terrified of speaking in public but it was his duty.

George VI had to give a live speech to millions of people all around the world declaring war in 1939. His speech therapist gave him this advice;
”Forget about everything else and say it to me as a friend.”
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3. Prepare.

It is the boy scout’s motto; be prepared. You will feel a lot more self assured if you have prepared amply.

Have more than enough content rather than not enough. If you do not have time to use all your material you might have an opportunity to say it later on. However, if you run out of things to say very early this is bad.

 

It is good to wrote notes. But these must be bullet points. Do not read aloud every word of a speech. You need to ad lib up to a point. The notes are there so that you do not forget anything. If you get anxious and your mind goes blank your notes will save you. If you are nervous you can squeeze this piece of paper and channel your fear into that.

 
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4. Major ideas.
Have a few major ideas. List these at the outset. Then go through them in depth one by one. At the end remind them of these major ideas. You might have one thing which is vital. What is that vital sentence? If people should remember only one sentence of what you say what should that be? Say that crucial sentence in a memorable way perhaps with a rhyme.
Use a reasonably formal vocabulary. Who are you speaking to? Adjust it to suit the audience.
Do not use abbreviations unless EVERYONE will understand.
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4. Appearance. Make sure that your appearance is perfect. This will instill you with confidence. Your audience will respect you more.
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5. Eye contact. It is good to make eye contact. If you find this daunting look at foreheads. This gives the impression of eye contact without you actually doing it and being unnerved.
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6. No lengthy introductions.
Step up. Wait for quiet. Breathe and then start.
You can admit to nerves, this will induce sympathy for you among the audience. Self-deprecating humour helps.
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7. Speak slowly. You may have run through this speech myriad times. Your audience has never heard it. Allow them sufficient time to digest your words. Do not race through. Pause at punctuation. Elizabeth II is in some ways a superb public speaker because she speaks slowly, enunciates clearly and never mispronounces anything. Obama is a highly effectual orator because he pauses after every phrase which allows his hearers to process his words.
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8. Variety. Do not speak in a monotone – this is one of the failings of the Queen as a speaker. Make sure you vary speed, tone, volume. The rising and falling tone of Martin Luther King made him a peerless orator. Arthur Scargill spoke with a spellbinding rhythm and at the end of some phrases his audience was impelled to cheer.
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9. Enjoy it or pretend to.  Be confident or trick yourself into being confident.
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10. Do not fill time. If you have finished before set time that is ok. Running over set time can also be ok so long as it is only slightly. Public speaking can be a case of less is more.
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11. Strong finale. Make sure that you finish with a flourish. Repetition is good up to a point. The key ideas may need to be repeated but do not overdo it.

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12. Posture. Gesticulate a little. Vary your facial expression. Again this is an extension of your real personality. You do not have to act like someone else. Adopt an upright posture. Always stand up straight. Puff your chest out a little to open the airways. Be proud of yourself. You have something important to say so chin up! Scan across the audience. Look from side to side a little. This will animate your talk.

 

 

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2. Mindset. Build it up. Speak to 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 300, 1 000 etc….

Self belief.

”say it to me as a friend.”

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3. Prepare.

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4 major ideas.

write more than enough material.

Reasonably formal vocab. Who are you speaking to?

do not use abbreviations unless EVERYONE will understand.

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4. appearance.

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5. eye contact. look at foreheads.

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6. no lengthy introductions.

Step up. wait for quiet. breathe. then start.

You can admit to nerves. self deprecating humour.

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7. speak slowly. pause at punctuation.

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8. Variety. speed, tone, volume.

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9. Enjoy it or pretend to.  Be confident or trick yourself into being confident.

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10. do not fill time. If you have finished before set time that is ok. Running over set time can also be ok.

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11. strong finale. repetition.

 

A dream of medical records, a street in Turkey and a salvation.

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I dreamt of Nodsy Car.

She was sppeaking to me in my boudoir. My bedroom looked different in this one. She had been rifling through my stuff and asked me if I had had an op lately. I asked her what made her say that. She said she had seen some document. I rounded on her and was livid. The bacjtracked and was apolgetic. I have sometims thought of telling her fo June 2012 to allay their anxieities. I thought to teling her baout edi but I shan’t.

We disusccsed Gerry who rifled through other people’s stuff and nicked things. Maybe that brought the dream on

I was in Turekey in a hote. Up and down the lifts and along th dngy corrdios getitng lost. a littl elike contientnal hotle nroflk suqre but it has no lifts. seeing a girl in the corridors.

Later I was on  strete in  aTukrsh city but it resmebed London. Tall mid grey buldings form 19th cenutyr on a sloping street. regent street? Mauube turkey as  have eben in touch with father waters

Later I spoke to John the pimp. He ws warning people not to die unsaved lest they go to the devil. h EIS  shoort and slight man. He is very phlegamtic but in this one he was hissing woth menace. It firghtned the life out of me. People have to turn to Jesus at the end. I had a message from him about a party last night maybe that is why he wa sin the dream. he is not sportual at all. He told me he had seen a woan die a good death. an old Polsih woman who knew she was going to Jesus. You do not want to be taken by satan. tHERE was also a middle aged womn givne ire wanring of the mortal soul in danger. I do not believe in Jeuss but wish I did. I want it to be tur eso i can inherit paraise and meet dead friends and kinsfolk.