Could i ask a huge favour from my friends please ??

Discussion in 'ARCHIVE FORUM: Support discussions' started by Norrms, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. Contrary Mary

    Contrary Mary Registered User

    Jun 11, 2010
    Greater London
    Just adding my good wishes to you Norrms. I'm sure it will go well for you.

    Good luck on the day
  2. sunny

    sunny Registered User

    Sep 1, 2006
    I thought the words were brilliant and I know will be delivered from the heart so what audience could not ever be moved into action.
    I am sure you are nervous, I suppose a bit like stage fright, but just say those very meaningful words and you will be fine.:)
    All the best.
  3. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

    Feb 19, 2009
    Torquay Devon

    Thank you all so so much, amd thank you for the advice about double spacing, talking a bit slower and bigger letters, thats great advice i would never have thought of that, and Helen thats such a good point about it being classed as old in them days, i promise i will keep this in mind, thank you all so much, best wishes, Norrms and family xxxxxxxx
  4. ella24

    ella24 Registered User

    Nov 9, 2008
    South Coast UK
    Normms, that is a lovely and moving speech.

    One other tip, is that if you are using paper or cards, slide a paper clip down the page to the line that you are at as you speak, so that you keep your place in the text.

    I wish I could go and cheer you on!
  5. bigtom

    bigtom Registered User

    Sep 19, 2009
    bolton lancs
    Well done norm, you get up there and enjoy. wish i could be down to support you but i know you will be great;):)
  6. sue38

    sue38 Registered User

    Mar 6, 2007
    Wigan, Lancs
    Hi Norrms, the best speeches are always those where the speaker is passionate about the subject matter, so you should do just fine.

    You may find your mouth goes dry so make sure you have a glass or bottle of water on hand. Some people suggest picturing the audience in their underwear, but that never worked for me! Lack of imagination clearly. :D

    This part of the speech stood out for me.
    We were having a discussion a few weeks ago about meeting the needs of people with dementia and were trying to work out what people with dementia would want. Of course the answer was obvious - ask people with dementia what they want, and don't try to speak for them.

    Good luck with the speech.
  7. rachel1966

    rachel1966 Registered User

    Oct 28, 2010
    good call

    hi norm,

    haven't been on the site for a long time, and yours is the first post i've read - i think that you should be very proud of the content,it says it as it is and I think that is very very important. People don't realise what it is like to suffer, they can only imagine and i don't suppose come anywhere near !! Good luck and take your time to make your point - it's very important:)
  8. JayGee

    JayGee Registered User

    Aug 23, 2009
    kilmarnock ayrshire
    You really are a very special man!!
    Someone speaking up for my darling Sidney and all our loved ones
    Thank you Norrms
    June xx
  9. Necion

    Necion Registered User

    Norms, you're an absolute STAR!

    Fantastic speech, and you've got it just perfect where you ask you audience a question, and pause for them to form an answer in their own minds before going onto the next point.
    No-one will fall asleep at YOUR talk!!

    Best wishes, sure it will be a roaring success.
    Luv, Necion. x
  10. Meercat

    Meercat Registered User

    Aug 13, 2010
    Brilliant speech

    Good luck:)
  11. makalu

    makalu Registered User

    Nov 2, 2008
    West Sussex
    Hey Norms, Good for you, GO FOR IT.
    That is a fabulous speech, you are very brave.
    My father is 62 and suffers from Picks Disease he is now in an EMI unit and doesnt know anything about his situation.
    I have just opened up a Facebook page called 'Dementia and Me Community Page' to do exactly what you are trying to achieve - tell people that its not just old people that suffer. Please join it and shout your message from the roof tops.
    I wish you every success and people will be rivited to their seats when listening to your story.

    Keep us informed.

  12. larivy

    larivy Registered User

    Apr 19, 2009
    great speach Norrms but knew it would be coming from you good luck hope it all goes well sure it will love larivy
  13. Jancis

    Jancis Registered User

    Jun 30, 2010
    I read your thread earlier today and am thrilled that you have gained so much support with your speech. I think it's brilliant and so are you. I have never been brave enough to give a speech or even stand up in public and debate my point.

    At my daughter's school there was great encouragement given to learn the skills of public speaking. She was a naturally shy child but really enjoyed learning the skills and she went on to win public speaking competitions. One of the techniques was to type up the speech and then break it down into sections that fit onto small index cards - so the line width will be quite narrow. She used to stick these onto index cards and then read them one by one - so it's less easy to get lost. However, judging from what I have read you are a natural and not at all shy so you probably have your own technique by now.

    My husband had to give a speech to the school when daughter became head girl - he'd never given one before - so we tried out the index card technique and it worked a treat!
  14. Norrms

    Norrms Registered User

    Feb 19, 2009
    Torquay Devon

    Thank you al so so much, i promise i will do my best, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  15. sad nell

    sad nell Registered User

    W e know you will do your best Norrms and Elaine and that your are the voice for so many that havnt one. cannot think of anyone better. love Pam &Trev
  16. lin1

    lin1 Registered User

    Jan 14, 2010
    East Kent
    I too cannot think of anyone better Norrms

    Its a brilliant speech, and will go down well.

    thankyou for fighting so hard for dementia sufferers especially EOA,

    your bound to be a bit nervious at first, its only natural,it does get easier once you start PROMISE, just imagine you are talking to close friends
  17. elfinpixipi

    elfinpixipi Registered User

    Oct 28, 2010
    Absolutley brilliant Norrms, you will do them proud. xxx
  18. Pacucho

    Pacucho Registered User

    Dec 20, 2009
    Wembley, Middlesex

    This is a fantastic speech. Well done.

    It is not often someone with dementia can make such an invaluable contribution, and this is the greatest advantage Cancer charities have in securing greater funding for research.

    We need more people like you to raise the profile.

  19. Libby

    Libby Registered User

    May 20, 2006
    North East
    Hi Norms

    It's such a fantastic speech - it should without a doubt make people sit up and really think.

    Well done and good luck.

  20. Margaret W

    Margaret W Registered User

    Apr 28, 2007
    North Derbyshire
    My bit of advice would be to have pauses now and again, only a few seconds, but just to allow people to digest the important point you have just made, before you move on to the next. It's a bit like the advice to have some "white space" on a poster, a pause is no bad thing. Just don't let them clap too long!!

    Good luck


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