By Dinesh Verma - March 21, 2023
19 minutes ago
History is full of miracles from speeches!
From the teachings of Buddha and Jesus Christ, to Alexander the Great’s speech on the banks of the Indus River, to Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech in 1963, to India’s independence in Burma by Subhash Chandra Bose Be it the ‘You give me blood, I will give you freedom’ speech or Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the United Nations in 2013 on ‘Women’s Education’, all had one common factor, the speaker’s faith in his cause.
words are inspiration
From politicians and generals to religious leaders and public figures, great speakers have the power to inspire and captivate their audiences with their words. In any kind of business, the quality of being a good speaker is useful in a manager to lead, motivate his team.
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So if public speaking is such a great skill, you should learn about it too, no?
6 Solid Tips on How to Be a Great Public Speaker
Here are some tips to be a great speaker
1) Know yourself fully
When you speak in public, your entire personality is under the searching lens of the public. Understand yourself completely – which language you can speak well, how much knowledge you have on which topic, how much you can mold yourself according to the situation, how much emotions you can use, when you get nervous, How loudly you can speak and how well you can handle with decency, how much you have practiced, etc. Only then can one become an excellent public speaker.
Keep in mind – Public speaking is not an art to be perfect all the time, it is just a skill to be perfect at that moment.
2) Know your audience
Understanding the needs, interests and beliefs of the people you are addressing is essential to conveying your message to them. Speak in language and at a level that the audience can understand. This requires research and preparation.
Martin Luther King Jr. was known for his ability to connect with his audience. His iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, delivered during the March on Washington in 1963, was a powerful call to end racial discrimination and injustice. King knew his audience, who were civil rights activists and supporters. Prime Minister Nehru used to comfortably handle hundreds of journalists abroad, and he used to narrate all that strengthened the brand of India.
Remember – your audience will be the judge of all your hard work, not you.
3) Use effective body language
Only spoken words are not important. The way you stand, use your hands, and move can convey confidence, authority, and passion. Eye contact is also important as it helps establish a connection with your audience.
Former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, was a master of body language. He was known for his iconic gestures, such as the ‘V for Victory’ sign, which he used to inspire the British people during World War II. Churchill’s use of body language helped him connect with his audience and convey a sense of strength and determination.
Remember – body language cannot be faked, it comes from the mind and heart itself.
4) Speak with passion, conviction and conviction
Your audience understands that you believe in what you’re saying, and it can be a powerful motivator.
Barack Obama, the former President of the United States of America, is known for his ability to speak with passion and conviction. His speeches often emphasized the importance of hope, change, and progress. The ability to inspire his audience helped him become one of the most successful political leaders of his time.
Remember – this is done by commitment, not by empty claims and talk.
5) Use stories and anecdotes
Oratory experts say that all communication between humans should be in the form of stories. Stories and anecdotes can be a powerful tool for engaging your audience and making your points clear.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela was a master of using stories and anecdotes to connect with his audience. His speeches often included stories from his own life, as well as stories of the struggles and triumphs of the South African people.
Keep in mind – at the end of the stories you have to give positive message only.
6) Use slogans and aphorisms
Repetition of certain words, metaphors and analogies can be used to emphasize key points and make your message more memorable.
This is one of two confirmed photographs of US President Abraham Lincoln taken at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863. In the speech given on this day, he gave the slogan ‘Government of the people, by the people and for the people…’.
Abraham Lincoln’s ‘Government of the people, by the people, for the people’, or ‘British, Quit India’ or ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ slogan is an example of this. It emphasized the importance of democracy and the role of the people in shaping their own future. Be it Barack Obama’s ‘Yes, We Can’, Donald Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ or Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s ‘Swarajya is my birthright’, all were used in speeches.
Be careful – they go straight to the heart, so be careful.
Apart from this, the use of theatrics in your speaking, ie fluctuations in words while speaking, etc. can also be used to improve oratory.
I hope that in your career you will leave the fear behind and become a good public speaker.
Today’s career funda is that the benefits of being a great speaker are so much that fighting all the fears is justified for him!
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