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9. ' i' ' ! ! 11 i W W I ' I)!"! A 4' ' -V THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 15D PALM 0EAC1I COUNTY L!i?13 Jensen woman teaches positive public speaking "Be careful with jokes. They j NUS jUS NUS j can make the audience nervous. By Jen Butler .' Palm Beach Post Staff Writer '. What is the biggest fear people have? Death? Snakes? An IRS i audit? "Surveys show that public I speaking is the number one thing j people are afraid of," said Pamela j Hope-Levin, a speech and theater ' instructor. ! ; "The fear is really perfor- ten in everyday language. "No big words. You're not a college professor," she said. Of course, unless you are a college professor. Hope-Levin has helped many professionals, including attorneys, engineers, executives, and well as PTA presidents and others, develop enthusiasm for public speaking. Speeches also need to be edit ed. "Look at FDR's famous speech after Pearl Harbor. He had written 'a day that will live in world history,' and he changed that to 'infamy,' " she said. Much better. Hope-Levin likes to begin her speeches with short poems or humorous anecdotes, which she says is different from jokes. V 4 rote ttiS she said. "But beautiful visuals, large enough for everyone to see, are effective," she said. All of Hope-Levin's techniques are incorporated into her workshops called "Speak-Easy Seminars." For information, call 229-3049. ' mance anxiety, and a little of it is ; good. I I But too much nervousness can kill a speech, no matter how im- Desserts on us Hair that looks truly alive comes from feeJing it a balanced diet. For a limited time, purchase a 250ml Nexxus shampoo and receive a 30ml trial she Nexxus conditioner FREE. 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