The power of the well-placed word

I was listening to an interview with the authorised biographer for Victoria Woods on the radio last week.

Apparently, she was a hard taskmaster to work with and knew exactly what had to happen and what had to be said. (And of course, she was right so colleagues trusted her and did what she asked)

She once got cross when an actor changed a word or phrase and made a comparison to the composer of a piece of music. If a composer decides on a C sharp for example it is because it makes a particular sound and creates a certain effect. If someone randomly changes it to a B sharp, the whole sound changes. And not for the better. She placed words and pauses perfectly. To create a ‘sound’ and a ‘feeling’.

I like the thought that a carefully chosen and placed word or phrase or pause is like a note of music. How would this change the way you prepare and practice and deliver your talks?

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