Let’s Talk Tuesdays

On Tuesdays, we watch talks and interviews with artists and discuss how to present our work clearly and with confidence.  This week we’ll watch Stanley Lung of the landscape architecture firm Turenscape. He’s talking about the project that won World Landscape of the Year for 2017 at the World Architecture Festival. It is a Chinese rice farm titled Peasant and the Land, and it is located in China’s Hunan Province.

This project is a very interesting concept, but today we’re just looking at how this architect talks about his work. Does he speak clearly and with confidence?  Does he use gestures and intonation to emphasize his points?  Does he smile and look at the audience?  Let’s take a look.

What does he do well? His volume and clarity are good.  His speed is good also, and he looks at the audience when he speaks.  It is easy to understand him and he speaks with confidence.  He also uses a lot of architectural vocabulary, which helps him to share his message clearly and makes him sound professional.

What could he do to improve? He could smile and gesture more – this would give his talk more energy and help him to engage his audience.  He also uses a lot of filler words, like um, er, and so. If he could cut those out of his talk, he would sound more confident.  It’s better to pause if you need a moment to think.

What do you think of this interview?  Do you agree with my comments?  Do you have questions about the vocabulary?  Do you want to suggest a piece for me to discuss next week?  Leave a comment below!

I’ve chosen 5 words or phrases for you to focus on today.  They are in bold.  If you don’t know them, look up the meaning, synonyms, antonyms, and other forms of these words. You can find links to Merriam-Webster dictionary sites at the bottom of this page.

To read the original Dezeen article, written by Sebastian Jordahn on December 18, 2017, click the link below:
https://www.dezeen.com/2017/12/18/movie-world-architecture-festival-landscape-chengtoushan-archaeological-park-turenscape-video/

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Jessica

I help artists and designers with their English so they can focus on being creative and changing the world.

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