27: Real Talking Tips - Word Emphasis - Put a DOT on that!


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Congratulations! Episode 27 marks the halfway point in this Real Talking Tips podcast and Elaine Clark’s top 52 public speaking lessons and voice-over tips. This episode begins a new speech communication mini-series: 11 ways to focus the voice and body to create Word Emphasis. The Word Emphasis chart uses a symbol to describe movements and gestures that draw unique focus to a word or phrase. These include a dot, caret up, caret down, wiggle, stretch, parenthetical, dip down, singsong, hook, arrow up, arrow down, shifts, and transitions.

We’ll start with the dot: a firm, crisply stated word spoken in a short, staccato manner. Additional information, video, and activities about how to use the Word Emphasis chart are found in the Elaine Clark app: Adding Melody To Your Voice. The Word Emphasis chart is also written about in the Elaine A. Clark books: There's Money Where Your Mouth Is and Voice-Overs For Podcasting.

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