Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Topics I could give an impromptu speech on


This topic from Long and Short Reviews made me cringe, simply because the idea of giving any sort of impromptu speech is enough to bring me out in hives. I can’t even bring myself to join Toastmasters. However, I used to run student inductions, so I suppose I can’t claim to be as terrible at speech-making as I’m making out, although I still would never volunteer to do it.

So what could I give a speech on?

There are only two topics I can think of that I know enough about for this. One is the Parker-Hulme murder case. Slightly odd thing to know a lot about, I admit, but as my favourite film is “Heavenly Creatures” I did a lot of research into the background of the case and read a lot of the considerable literature on the subject – into the families of Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, their schooling, the fantasy worlds they created, and the ultimate murder trial. So I could probably manage that, if anyone would actually want to hear it.

The other possible topic is paranormal investigating. While researching one of my stories I went on several paranormal investigations and, while very little actually happened, I could go into some detail on the sorts of activities these crews use to try and coax spirits out of hiding. I could also give plenty of information on how people fake this, too – I don’t believe the actual organisers were faking, but there were definitely a few attendees who I’m certain were playing tricks.

So what could you give an impromptu speech on?

18 comments:

  1. I'd be very interested to hear a speech on paranormal investigating. (And I'm afraid of public speaking, too!)

    My post: https://lydiaschoch.com/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge-topics-i-could-give-an-impromptu-speech-on/

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    1. I'm more scared of public speaking than I ever was while investigating.

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  2. That sounds very cool. The fam did a paranormal investigation into a prison not far from where we live. The one featured in Shawshank Redemption. Said they got ghost voices. I don't know, but I admire anyone who can do paranormal investigations, so go you!

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    1. Nothing particularly scary happened, but there's always next time.

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  3. I'm with you on the public speaking... and I am also intrigued by the Parker Hulme case, but I came about it from a backwards route - Anne Perry is one of my favorite writers. My post is here: https://jhthomas.blogspot.com/2020/04/wednesday-weekly-blogging-challenge_8.html

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    1. I keep meaning to try Anne Perry. She's on my list.

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  4. I can relate with you on giving speeches. I shudder each time I hear the word. Yet when I'm in front of a crowd talking about my books, I'm in the zone. At lease that's what my hubby says when he observes me at book signings.

    Would love to hear your talk on paranormal investigating, too. Great post!

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  5. I'd never heard for Park-Hulme case, but after reading your post, I did research it. Interesting. As for the paranormal investigations, I've done that and found it intriguing. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed your post. Here's mine. https://www.tenastetler.com/lsrs-wednesdays-blog-challenge-topics-impromptu-speech/

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    1. I'm yet to see anything unexplainable, but I live in hope.

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  6. I should introduce you to a friend of mine - the two of you could start your own paranormal investigation business! LOL

    My post

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    1. We could probably do quite well - it looked like there was a market for it!

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  7. That's an interesting pair of topics. I'd be interested in hearing about either one.

    My list is here.

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  8. Good topics. https://pmprescott.blogspot.com/2020/04/wc-040820.html

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  9. No paranormal investigations for me, thank-you. My neighbor's house is haunted, and having been in it alone one afternoon, was enough for me! Voices whispering...cold air blowing on me...the hair on the back of my neck rose up. Never again!

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    1. The more I learn about the paranormal, the less likely I think it is I'll see anything. I'd have been very impressed by that sort of activity!

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