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Public Speaking Lessons

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

There are no office hours for leaders. - Cardinal J. Gibbons

Communication benefits are clear from the least sophisticated creatures to the most advanced, as in humans.

Among the creatures especially endowed with the power of communication, humans make use of them more intensely and with a purpose that each speech has had some effect on the people who hear them.

Not only do humans use communication in everyday survival, but they use it for a variety of reasons. It is used to inspire and deliver important messages well-structured and equally measuredly.

Public Speaking

In a recent survey, more than 90% of the one thousand American individuals interviewed are afraid of hosting a speaking engagement. Twenty percent have at least done such acts and never want to do it again, while 75% commented that there are endowed with such skills and that public speaking should be reserved solely for them.

In a monologue lecture, one must inform, influence, and convince people. This can only be done using well-crafted, revised, and edited speech.

The above criteria can only be met if the speaker has a primary purpose in mind, a tool to convey the same aim with full consideration of the recipient audience.

For your speech to become as effective as you want it to be, you must consider the four elements of the above activity and tailor activities and strategies that will effectively drive your audience into believing everything you have to say.

Who/whom Your audience is your best resource when considering how you would want to conduct your speech. You should deliberately produce a verbal address that is proper to your audience. Consider their age, level of education, place in society, and your level of relationship with them.

Ron Kurtus, an experienced speech master, commented that your first and primary purpose of speaking is to communicate ideas that you think your listeners would like to hear; something that they want to internalize and be part of their lives, and something which they can use for their daily living and gain rewards along the way.

Your topic will give you a compelling idea and help you develop a most proper, prompt, and equally relevant talk to your listeners and spectators. Your case can be as complicated as you want it to be if your audience knows the main issue.

As you make your speech, you may want to ask yourself if the subject of your talk is prompt or something your audience could relate to.

You do not want to explain the science behind Alzheimer’s if you are talking to business folks looking for ways to develop a procedure for managing their business and getting warranted results.

In a sense, one must consider if one has the opportune time to talk about things to their audience that will directly affect how they view the world and the concepts surrounding your topic.

How As today’s world has become a place for entertainment, people expect their speakers to be lively and use strategies that will arouse their interest and help them better understand the complexities by which your topic is founded.

Dr. Stephen D. Boyd says that a 20- or 200-person audience is similar in keeping their interest in what you have to say. Speakers battle the external factors that play in getting their listeners' attention.

Listeners expect their client speaker to speak with vigor, humor, vitality, confidence, and animation. This can be in the form of creating something catchy like a surprising and unusual story, an unbelievable figure, and your subjective experiences.

If you are tired and emotionally stressed, your listeners can feel it. It is evident in your voice, actions, and how you move your hands and body. You will be physically restricted and repressed and could hardly do more to stir excitement among your audience.

While these and other factors affect how you conduct your speech, it is essential to follow recommendations to help you combat the consequences of your audience finding out your actual physical state.

Vary your pace of speaking

Pause to make a point

Demonstrate a gesture that is relevant to the idea that you are trying to point out

Employ facial expressions

Make sensible and purposeful movements.

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