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2019 National AGM/Conference

The New Zealand Speak Easy 32 nd AGM and Conference was held on 22 nd
September in the Kiwi Room at the University of Canterbury.
The day started with a relaxation followed by the AGM. After morning tea the
Annual Oratory Competition was held with impromptu speeches. All
participants used good technique. First place was achieved by Monica with Nina
second and Angela in third place.
After lunch Ellen Nijhof, a speech therapist facilitated the conference booster
course. This began with Ellen asking Speak Easy members to visualise their
favourite place, where we felt relaxed and at ease, before practising
Naturalness9, in unison with Mark Onslow’s recording. We split into smaller
groups to engage in speaking activities, where we altered our naturalness rate in
mid-sentence, to practice what is necessary for us to do in the real world, i.e. to
use more technique when in difficult situations. This is to avoid blocking or
repeating single sounds, words or sentences. We then had a discussion where
everyone was keen to express their fears in various speaking situations, and
what we would do to overcome such anxiety. To end the session, we had an
Open Forum, where everybody spoke about what they had gained from the day.
To round off the day we gathered at Papanui Club for a lovely meal with good
company and great chatter. This day is planned again for next year.
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