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Unasuming lady who is obviously an expert in her field which is encouraging people to feel confident when they speak.


Background Information

I remember my teacher well - he was young and not very chatty (at least not with ten year olds). During the course of a conversation with my mum, he told her that I seemed happy enough but that he couldn't remember speaking to me during the year! My mum was furious. I was an incredibly shy girl and if he didn't speak to me I certainly wasn't going to go out of my way to speak to him. As a result of this I was taken to elocution lessons - my mum had gone as a young girl. I thoroughly enjoyed these lessons and took - and passed - various exams in speech and drama and bible reading and took part every year in the Bournemouth Festival. These lessons gave me confidence but didn't change the way I sound - I still have a Dorset accent and I believe we shouldn't all sound the same. You shouldn't be able to pick out people who've had elocution lessons because you think they sound 'artficial'. I have to admit that I feel very pleased with myself when people say to me 'Don't your daughters speak nicely!' I was still a very shy girl but I knew how to speak when I had to. At my senior school, the different classes used to take it in turns to participate in the morning assemblies. We had a very elderly Maths teacher who claimed that the only time he could hear the assembly was when I did a reading! In return for this I was excused Maths tests in his class. (Luckily my maths didn't suffer - I went on to pass 'A' level Maths). I took a degree in Law and Economics and went on to become a trainee accountant - for all of 12 weeks!! Sitting in an office all day was not for me! Years later when my daughters were 2 and 5 I went back to the same elocution teacher and studied to take my teaching exams and gained my A.N.E.A.(Speech Training)

Accomplishments

B.A.(Hons)
A.N.E.A.

Favorite Links

Afraid of Speaking
Filled with loads of tips about speaking in public








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