Staff Writer

   Smoke Signals

                   Jul./Aug. '10


A Few Hints for Your Next Speech

When giving your next speech, whether its on the fur trade, or just addressing a groups of people, here are some tips to help you put your best foot forward.

* Before your next talk, and of course you are well prepared, make sure you are well-hydrated. (drink at least 5-6 cups of liquid that day).

* Avoid dairy products, for an hour before giving your speech. This will help with mucus buildup and the need for clearing ones throat.

* Hot tea and coffee can cause a dry, parched mouth or throat.

* Sugar and alcohol can trigger a blood sugar reaction that can cause the "jitters".

* Never speak on an empty stomach, eat a piece of fruit, drink juice or have a dinner roll 30 minutes before your eye-opener of a speech.

* Stay away from caffeine, it can make you jumpy during your presentation.

* If you have a head cold, open your sinuses by breathing some hot steam from the sink or shower. Use a nasal spray for first few days if needed, before your speech.

* Sore throat, gargle with warm salt water several times in the hour before your speech. (1/4 teaspoon of salt to two cups of water).

* Throat lozenges help to fight cold symptoms and nervous dryness.

These helpful steps have saved me a few times, they maybe slightly modified from the one's used by Samuel Adams, when giving one of his famous 3 hour orations, he also used some of these steps to his advantage, with co-speakers, a few drinks or tea/coffee with a nice dry pastry, of which he gave in large amounts and encouraged all to have more, but himself, did not partake in.

He's the one that stated "The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms", with some of our citizens of today, I wonder what little things he would serve them before they made their speeches?



Randy Bublitz


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updated  07/10/2010   

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