Monday, July 4, 2011

Be part of a speaking tradition: Read the Declaration of Independence aloud

Before CNN and the Internet, public speaking helped  communities learn the news--particularly major developments. And when the colonies that became the United States declared their independence from England, that declaration was read in public in cities and towns. It has become a 4th of July tradition still in force--and it's wonderful practice for today's speakers. Reading aloud from a well-known text can help boost your eloquence, giving you the chance to work on inflection, pauses, and vocal variety without having to learn a new set of words. Don't want to practice on this U.S. holiday? Listen to NPR's hosts and correspondents share their annual reading of the Declaration of Independence.

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