January 24, 2017

Little Speaker, Big Presence

Seen|Read|Heard , Public Speaking , Just For Fun

"What would the world do without books? The world would be empty! It would be empty, like a bucket without water. Like a brain without knowledge. Like a file cabinet without papers."

– Madison Reid, young orator

Buckley coaches are avid readers and love a speaker who's committed to her message. One of our all-time favorite videos continues to be this one we happened across. It stars an eight-year-old girl making a pitch for Little Free Library.

The speaker's name is Madison ("read it on my sweater") and when it comes to using voice, face, body language, and gestures--well, take a look. We're guessing she gave the little speech you see at the end of the video (keep watching) to a group of people, then repeated it for the television camera.

While adults might not want to be quite so expressive, Madison gets off great descriptive gestures, (hands to head as she says "they fuel our mind"), pauses for dramatic effect ("we" pause "need books"), and varies her voice and pace throughout.

It's been a couple of years since Madison made her first book pitch, and we're happy to see that she's as expressive, uninhibited and articulate as ever. 

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