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First; I wish more people in corporate settings worked on adopting a more friendly and human voice without overdoing it, so kudos!That's a great idea; I personally like reading novels aloud (at least the dialogues), and would be interested in hearing people read something they enjoy.
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I'm curious what you mean that they "push you in the direction of TED-style talks?"
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So when I Google โ€˜public speaking skillsโ€™, the top result is a Medium post called โ€˜How to Dramatically Improve your Public Speaking Skills: What Giving a TED Talk Taught Me About Becoming a Better Speakerโ€™ and when I search โ€˜public speakingโ€™ on YouTube etc, I get a reel of TED talks. Also in general information and workshops about how to improve your public speaking is centred around giving TED-style speeches: i.e. 5-6 minutes of some idea or experience you have had, set to a snappy slide deck, with lots of 'pausing in the right places' and 'throwing in humour' and 'storytelling'. I really wanted to like TED talks as obviously the idea behind them is lovely: get help to deliver your ideas and experiences to a huge audience. But I haven't found them helpful to practice speaking aloud - the ideas they promote don't move me, the delivery feels gimmicky, and also they just aren't very applicable to a real-life work context.My theory is that reading from the literary greats - poets, actors, thinkers etc - aloud to a friendly audience is a great way to improve your communication skills. If you want to hear more about this theory let me know!Thanks for asking. And would love for you to try the Speakers Club --->