Communicating to Family Night Crowds

Last week, in the wake of two back-to-back bilingual family night talks–each very well attended–I understood something that politicians must know instinctively. Namely, when addressing large audiences of widely divergent backgrounds, it’s necessary to speak in easy-to-digest terms. Not quite soundbites, but basic concepts that most everyone can walk away with. The same goes for sound effects and interactive drumming. A packed house of 200+ plus people may not hear the rhythms of a hand drum, at least not loudly enough to really snap to attention. But timbales, or tom-toms, played with drums sticks cut through the murmur. When drumming or speaking for large multilingual audiences, big, bold statements carry the day. Here’s a link to a write up in the local paper in Manteca, CA: http://www.mantecabulletin.com/section/42/article/33462/

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