Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Rehearse your speech until you’re at least oyfol

On September 12th C. McNair Wilson blogged at Dynamic Communication Workshops about becoming an oyful speaker. He made up oyful a few years ago. It’s an acronym meaning On Your Feet Out Loud. You’re not rehearsing effectively if you aren’t oyfol.

Mr. Wilson’s acronym made me laugh because oyfol sounds almost like awful, and the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Oy as a Yiddish word used to express exasperation or dismay. Oy is short for the phrase oy vey.
Once you get on your feet and rehearse your speech out loud, you can begin to really improve it. I’ve discussed more details of how you should rehearse back in 2008.

The image of a speaker is from Wikimedia Commons.

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