Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Center) will be closed on Monday, May 23, 2016.
Because of elevator repair work scheduled for July 11 through July 14, 2016, the Ford’s Theatre Museum and the balcony levels of Ford’s Theatre will not have elevator access.
Oratory Tips and Tricks
Abraham Lincoln was renowned for his dynamic, powerful and engaging oratory. Ford’s Theatre education programs offer learners of all ages the opportunity to engage actively with this aspect of Lincoln’s leadership by developing their own public-speaking and performance skills. In an effort to support budding orators beyond the D.C.-metro area, we’ve created a series of short videos that capture some basic elements of our oratory programs. These are called the Podium Points. Click on the thumbnails below to watch Lead Teaching Artist/Programs Administrator Thembi Duncan and students from a D.C. school take you through these Podium Points, which are divided into the physical and verbal skills that are the foundation for any good public speaker.
Want more? Take a few minutes to view videos about our process for warm and cool feedback and tips about being performance ready. These videos will help you prepare yourself or your students for a performance.
If you would like to learn more about offering a Ford’s Theatre oratory program in your school or your community, please contact our Education Department via email or call (202) 434-9529.
Podium Points: Verbal Skills
Podium Points: Physical Skills
Warm and Cool Feedback
Be Performance Ready
Downloadable Teaching Artist Training Tips
- Describe, Analyze and Interpret, Reflect (PDF)
- Public Speaking and Performance Podium Points (PDF)
- Tips for Memorization (PDF)
- Elements and Examples of Persuasive Speech (PDF)
- The Rhetorical Triangle: Ethos, Pathos and Logos (PDF)
- Speech Writing Template (PDF)
- Warm and Cool Constructive Feedback for Oratory Exercises (PDF)