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Miss Conduct

Can you hear me now?

Tips on effective public speaking. Plus, a mom whose children ignore her birthday.

> I sometimes have to give talks to the volunteer group to which I belong. My voice isn’t very strong, and inevitably someone will shout out, “Speak louder!” Usually it is one particular person. This is embarrassing, and it’s come to the point that I am thinking of passing on my speaker role to someone else. At one time I did a lot of public speaking, and no one complained. Can you offer any suggestions?

Anonymous / Charlestown

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