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Speak with confidence in public

The task for any speaker is to deliver the message. If speakers are unable to articulate their messages, the intended conveyance of information catastrophically fails.

William Shakespeare said, “Mend your speech a little, lest you mar your fortunes.”

Articulate communication is one of the greatest tribulations afflicting society today. Articulate communication can be defined as the ability to express oneself in a clear and concise manner.

Misunderstanding can occur with both the spoken and the written word. It is possible to correct both, but it is more difficult and more embarrassing to correct the spoken word. Prudence is cardinal when conversing. Misunderstandings crop up when words are used imprecisely or are organized chaotically.

 

First Rule: Be Yourself

An ancient Chinese proverb states that “Knowing others is knowledge, knowing yourself is wisdom”

In order to be yourself, you must know yourself. You should analyze your strengths and strive to maximize them. Your weaknesses should be analyzed and then minimized.

Second Rule: Communicate Clearly

Public speaking is a form of art. It has two primary characteristics: subject matter and presentation. Subject matter is concerned with what we say while presentation is concerned with how we say it.

The functions of a speech are:

  • To influence behavior
  • To impart information and knowledge
  • To direct thought
  • To stimulate the audience
  • To convince
  • To inspire action
  • To console

Third Rule: Always Prepare

Absolutely nothing can substitute preparation. Only a handful of speakers have the innate natural public speaking aptitude. Many successful orators prepare for months and practice for years to hone their public speaking abilities.

Fourth Rule: Know Your Audience

Knowledge of the audience imbues the orator with the power to design bespoke messages and the insight to anticipate queries and concerns.

Fifth Rule: Time is of the Essence

Time is considered precious by many. A wise man once stated that a person who dares to waste even one hour does not know the value of life.

One needs to consider the length of a speech. Ideally the speech should be about 20 to 25 minutes long.

Sixth Rule: Your Title is Critical

There are four crucial components of a good presentation: title, introduction, body and conclusion.

Two 2 millenniums have passed since the Greek philosopher Plato said, “Every speech ought to be put together like a living creature, with a body of its own, so as to be neither without head nor without feet, but to have both middle and extremities, all composed in such sort that they suit each other and the whole.

 

 

 

 

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