so, you have something to say and you want to say it publicly…

Have you thought about communicating your thoughts and ideas as a unique and powerful oral performance?

Ask yourself, how would you want to be introduced to what you are about to communicate to your audience; what freedom would you want, were you the audience to your own message, to innovate intellectually with what you are about to hear?

Not everyone wants information, particularly new information, delivered to them linearly shrouded in authority and stated as fact or truth. Some audience members will want to access the thoughts and ideas without constraint.1

‘The soul of delivery is in the manful assertion of the orator’s personality, in the revelation of the high purpose by which he is actuated, in the profound conviction of the truth of his course, in the firm resolve to establish it, in the dauntless spirit that faces all obstacles, and, conquering them, sweeps onward to the desired goal.’2

Have the courage to present your thoughts and ideas to your audience in a way that gives them permission to freely interpret; that gives them unconditional access (to the original thoughts and ideas).  Allow them to take ownership and innovate; treat them, your thoughts and ideas, as if they were independent tangible entities with a life of their own; as if, like a work of art, you could walk around, examining them from all perspectives3

Oral45 Uttered or communicated in spoken words; conducted by word of mouth; spoken, verbal; spec. (of verse etc) delivered or transmitted verbally, of or pertaining to such verse etc. E. Belloc Fragments preserved by oral tradition. An oral examination or test.6

Viva voce78  Subject to a viva voce examination, examine orally – voceing.

Perform9 – Make or construct (an object); execute (a literary or artist work).

Performance10 – Something performed or done; an action, a deed; esp. a notable deed or achievement; spec. a literary or artistic work (now rare). P. Gay Freud’s lecture was lively, [a] highly skilful forensic11 performance.

The University of Oregon, USA, suggests, much like a viva voce, an oral performance as one outcome to a collaborative research student project. 12 And whilst the variety of suggested methods of delivery for the oral performance are traditional, their use of performance is in itself recognising the role of performance (the performative element) in communicating thoughts and ideas orally.

Perform your thoughts and ideas in such a way that brings them to life in the minds of your audience. Create a unique and powerful three dimensional performance of your message that you deliver live.

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  1. constraint – noun LME. 1. Coercion, compulsion. LME. E. A. Freeman How far the electors cited under constraint. 3. Restriction of liberty; something that restricts freedom of action of (Mechanics) of motion. L16. M. McCarthy Social constraints. 4. Restricted expression of natural feelings and impulses; a constrained manner. E18. V. Woolf There was always some constraint between them.
  2. John O’Connor Power, The Making of an Orator, The Knickerbocker Press, 1906, p.128.
  3. Perspectivism (German: Perspektivismus) is the term coined by Friedrich Nietzsche in developing the philosophical view (touched upon as far back as Plato’s rendition of Protagoras) that all ideations take place from particular perspectives. This means that there are many possible conceptual schemes, or perspectives in which judgment of truth or value can be made. This is often taken to imply that no way of seeing the world can be taken as definitively “true”, but does not necessarily entail that all perspectives are equally valid.
  4. A. adjective. 2. E17-E
  5. B. absol. as noun. 2. L190 [Viva}. Cf. aural. E17.
  6. Online Shorter Oxford English Dictionary
  7. Verb trans. Pres.pple & verbal noun.
  8. Adverbial, adjectival, & noun phr. M16. [ORIGIN: medieval Latin, lit. ‘by or with the living voice’.] 1. Expressed in speech rather than writing, spoken, oral. E17.
  9. Verb. ME. 3. verb.trans. LME0L18.
  10. Noun. L15. (origin: from perform + -ance)
  11. forensic – adjective & noun. M17. A. adjective. 1. Of, pertaining to, or used in a court of law, now spec. in relation to the detection of crime. M17. Dickens In an imposing and forensic manner.(emphasis added)
  12. http://tep.uoregon.edu/showcase/crmodel/strategies/oral_performances.html

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