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…because they really DO function very differently. In the working world, who wants to be read to? Nor do listeners want delivery to sound like a badly rehearsed play.
But so much prepared spoken content is written, drafted and reworked in”Writer Mode” rather than “Speaker Mode”.
If you’ve ever written a script or notes or slides and then, on delivery, found that you sounded clunky or like you’re reading an essay, then you’ll know what I mean.
This afternoon, I’m (re)watching Aaron Sorkin’s Masterclass on Screenwriting (he wrote The West Wing, A Few Good Men and much, much more). Love that man. He's stunning.
But he's the first to admit in his Masterclass:
“Unfortunately, and I apologise for this in advance, when I’m speaking out loud as opposed to writing... I swerve all over the road.
“I can’t go in a straight line from the beginning of the sentence to the end of the sentence and I would much rather communicate with the world on paper, where I have an opportunity just to be on my own in my room and get it right.”
Was there a more honest insight?
Assuming you do not always have that same opportunity at work (!) a tip for you:
Talk through your content/ideas with someone you know and trust; record what you say and transcribe THAT. You’re guaranteed a more authentic draft, one you can amend accordingly, not least to remove the fillers!
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