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Hey, Class -

Let's try and go a bit deeper into what the speaker is saying. I have responded to every statement with some kind of question that asks people to think a little beyond basic observations. These kinds of observations are a great place to start a conversation but a bad place to end one if it is to be meaningful.

Second, we want to really explore the richness of what the speaker is saying, especially things that we don't naturally know or think about. We all know monotone is boring, but what else does he charge his audience with? HAIL, prosody, timbre that is "rich like chocolate." What hope do women have if we vote for people with deeper voices? There is so much stuff in here. I would challenge you to watch the video again or read the transcript (linked right under the video before you begin playing it) and search for something that creates insightful dialogue.

All the best. I look forward to our large group discussion tomorrow. ML

+Wendy Meister There are definitely several points during a speech when a speaker can change pitches. For example if they are impersonating a small child, they can use a very high voice. If they are impersonating an man, they can use a deep voice. They can use whispers or screams. If the audience needs to listen to the speaker, they can whisper to engage them. They can also scream to grab their attention back. I feel this technique can also be used in small groups because everyone's attention will be able to stay throughout the discussion.

I like how all of my friends are not monotone at all so spending time with them is a lot more fun when they're not boring. So not being monotone is a huge aspect of talking to anyone because I don't want to bore people when I am speaking in a speech or having a conversation in general.

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