ns=1&video_id=MeoiJqWo1fs "Taking 'Improper Note' of Your Audience" is the first of a three-part lecture s eries, "The Three Biggest Mistakes in Public Speaking." ___________________ This lecture series, "The Three Biggest Mistakes in Public Speaking," focuses on effective communication with a live audience. The first lecture, "Taking 'Impro per Note' of Your Audience," addresses the mistake of relying excessively either on notes or memorization. These are the two polar opposites that lead to great errors. If you rely excessively on notes, then you read your speech rather than "read" your audience. If you rely on memorization, you will be paralyzed if you have the memory lapse, which may happen even to experienced speakers. Both scrip ted speech and the memorized speech are problematic because the former ignores t he presence of listeners and the latter comes across to listeners as "cane" or a rtificial. In the case of the first great mistake, you should minimize your use of notes an d use memory only for specifics of your speech or for exact quotation or citatio n that you want to be sure or accurate. The Lecture was addressed by Professor John Rodden on 28 March 2012. Professor R odden is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at Tunghai University, Taiwan. He has authored or edited a number of books on Orwel l, including The Cambridge Companion to George Orwell (2007).