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Public Speaking

Public speaking is challenging for some, and a necessity for others. Recognizing this need, Aurora Suite offers a number of tools for public speaking which should give you the comfort and assurance you need when you get up in front of a crowd.

Using Aurora Talk

Aurora Talk allows you to do public speaking from a prepared speech and interact with your audience quickly and easily.

Prepared Speeches

If you have a speech prepared in your word processor, you can put it into Talk quickly and easily by copying the speech to the clipboard, and then pasting it into Aurora Talk with Edit|Paste. (It is best if you do this with a new conversation that you have created with Conversations|New.) This will put your speech into the current conversation and split it into sentences so that you can easily control the flow of your presentation by repeatedly pressing Enter each time you wish to speak the next sentence.

Tip: Before you do the paste, you might want to change the History Lines setting in Talk Options to 512 to make sure that a long presentation doesn't run off the top of the conversation.

Handling Questions

If you receive questions from the audience, you can answer quick yes and no questions with preprogrammed phrases in the function keys. If a question requires a longer answer, switch to a different conversation (again, created with Conversations|New) by using Next! (F12) or Previous! (F11) and write out your longer response with the help of Aurora Word Prediction. When you are done answering, again use Next! and Previous! to return to your presentation.

Using Aurora Echo

Although Aurora Talk is a better solution for public speaking, Aurora Echo will also allow you to do public speaking from a prepared speech.

Prepared Speeches

If you have a speech prepared in your word processor, you can mark sections of it to be spoken and use the Read Marked Block button to read it.

Handling Questions

If you receive questions from the audience, you can answer quick yes and no questions by typing them into another document in your word processor and using Echo to read back what you are typing.

Using Aurora Prediction

Aurora Prediction also offers abbreviation expansions which provide speech output. You can preprogram your presentation, then use the abbreviation expansions and word prediction to give it.

Pronunciation

We strongly recommend going through your presentation ahead of time to make sure that your speech synthesizer pronounces everything correctly. If there are problems, you can correct them in the Aurora Voice Options dialog with Edit Exception File.

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