So you want to present a memorized selection before the audience?
Great, if yes!
You should anyways, I must add, because situations will demand for it.
Unavoidably, we're often called upon to re-narrate stuff like details of a newspaper article or a story we've read.
Here, certainly, the synopsis is what is demanded.
But like the rest of the tutorials, you need to know the road map which of course is the crux of this post, the final leg.
I assumed, importantly, before we continue, you're sufficiently familiarized with all the tips and tricks I've so far shared in my previous tutorials on the top,
If not, there's the urgent need for you to search my blog for the tutorial titled: "How to grasp the meaning of printed page” numbering seven in total.
Now whether you've an audience of one, five or five hundred the requirements are pretty the same but for the range of voice which can either be lowered or amplified to fill the room or auditorium granted that public address systems are to be deployed in any case.
The teacher who interfaced with a handful of students has his task cut out and relatively easy.
But as a speaker from the podium it is important you understand the workings of all mechanics of speech especially the mouth, lung, pharynx and larynx so you're in absolute control of your speech rate and pitch amongst others.
Besides this, all you need to present a memorized printed page are good interpretative skills as well as handy snippets of what to present.
Now let's get down to business.
The first task of the presenter or interpreter whom I ordinarily liken to the classroom teacher is memorizing the selection.
And when I say 'memorize', most definitely I do have a kind of definition in mind.
As a go-between for the author, the interpreter must work towards becoming the worthy unofficial ambassador giving him the best representation possible.
That's he or she must hears, sees, feels as the author; and be ready to relay it exactly as it’s to audiences in private or public only then can the assignment be said to be achieved.
As you becomes the eyes, ears and mouth of the author; your functions are basically two which is to intentionally share the 'insight and pleasure' as conveyed by the writer.
Now memorizing a printed page as always can be a tricky affair.
The reason is these:
One, it is either you memorize words and words alone.
Or two, you memorize ideas and ideas alone as encapsulated in the selection say a poem for example.
While the reading of the selection is mandatory, it does not substitute for what the goal of the exercise is which is communication the essentials.
But what should the presenter memorize?
Unlike the superficial interpreter, the thorough interpreter always aligned with the second option at all time.
He must memorize the ideas and ideas alone.
Every other thing is secondary, perhaps unnecessary.
Hope that did not hurt to hear pare-venture you belong to the other school.
The thing is it is the best way to go.
Even as a student you might pass your exams cramming entire page but you've failed because you did not utilize your power of ‘re-creative thinking’.
And what is it?
It is the acquired ability to re-present ideas in a book or course material in a way that shows learning significantly has taken place.
Doing the first is not only arduous and put a strain on the intellect; it is equally counterproductive.
It kills natural inventiveness in students as well as in any who indulge in it.
Something everybody should make conscious efforts to avoid.
So to memorize ideas in a selection requires that the author is understood in all context.
Mind you communication takes place in context which can be political, economic, social, psychological, Romantic etcetera etcetera.
Even when you're reading the selection efforts must be made to relayed all the emotions of the author in the best possible way because printed page like poetry relies to a large extent on emotional spontaneity for creation.
And its interpretations cannot be complete without emotional role playing on the part of the reader or presenter.
Ideas or themes of a printed page may be just one or many, it is the responsibility of the presenter to identifies them all in their form and brings them alive with all the emotional gutsy it requires.