From the Latin, Lee’s last name “Amatangelo” means “the angel loves him”, which is not only cool, but also befitting as he was born in Los Angeles, the City of Angels. Might as well be in a place that has a lot of angels. His initials are also LA. Wait, this is starting to sound like a cosmic design!
Lee has been a semifinalist in the World Championship of Public Speaking twice and continues to have a keen passion for that competition as both a speaker and a coach. He has mentored five Toastmasters who have taken either 3rd, 2nd, or 1st in their semifinal round; one made it to the World Stage. Lee puts on many public speaking workshops and seminars that cover basic techniques (the science of speaking) and advanced techniques (the art of speaking). Storytelling, humor, comedy, acting, and figures of speech all fall into the category of the “art” of speaking because these techniques entertain the audience.
His favorite speaking engagement involves doing present-day style Chautauqua presentations (usually performed by Humanities scholars), which have three acts: (1) Start by presenting in the first person as an historical figure sharing your biography and how you came to be part of the historical event; (2) Take questions from the audience as that historical figure; and lastly, (3) Take questions from the audience as yourself. Lee has performed as J. Robert Oppenheimer discussing the Manhattan Project and the creation of the atomic bomb, and Thomas Jefferson discussing the birth of our nation during the Age of Enlightenment. Preparing for a Chautauqua involves studying the biography of the person, the history of the event, associated relevant material (such as quantum physics for the Oppenheimer role) and understanding why that person was poised in history to make a difference at that time and place. The hardest part of a Chautauqua is the second act. The key to success for the overall performance is being a great storyteller who brings the person and the event to life and having the audience feel as though they have just lived through a piece of history.