Your talent is important. But it’s not enough. To build a successful career, the best artists in all media have a solid technique that becomes second nature and serves as a bedrock for their talent.
At Speak to the Beat, we don’t view public speaking and debate as a beleaguered and monotonous chore, but instead as a performance. As such, the goal is to develop performing artists who think for themselves, respect their own ideas and ideals, and use the stage as a means to share those ideas and ideals.
Just as an actor’s imagination is the most powerful source for them to draw upon to bring theatrical texts to life, speakers must also be able to create a transforming, living experience. To create such an experience, students are taught to use their imagination to locate the fullest range of motivational force.
As poet laureate May Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” To be successful, the next generation of speakers must develop resources of information and experience that connect with the rest of the world — socially, culturally, historically, and politically.
At its highest level, public speaking is an art form. However, before it can become an art form it must be understood and mastered as a craft. Speak to the Beat is committed to helping “tomorrow’s leaders” find their way on that journey.