Guidebook for Speakers, Presenters & Teachers
In our society today we are all called
upon, at some time, to speak before
others. It may be just a few words
before a small gathering of family
and friends to thank those present
for joining you at a birthday party
or it may be a wedding speech.
Whatever the occasion, no matter
how small or how large, there are guidelines and principles which should be followed
if you are to engage your audience and capture their attention.
Very few people are born with an innate talent for public speaking. Most of us have
to apply ourselves to learning its techniques and then constantly hone and develop
the skills we have learned through hard work and practice. Speaking at as many
functions and in front of as many people as possible also provides much needed
practice and can generate leadership or at least something meaningful in the lives of
those who are determined to succeed. Don't begin and then give up too easily, for
speaking in public produces so many wonderful new windows of opportunity for
those who persevere.
It is well-known that to the vast majority of people, public speaking is foremost with
the fear of death. That is unfortunate for when a person has learned the wonderful art
of speaking before an audience they will also have changed their life for the better.
When you persist, you will lose your fear and forget your embarrassment and they
will be replaced by a growing confidence in your own abilities. As your confidence
improves so does your power to communicate and gradually the self-knowledge
acquired relaxes you and your thoughts become clearer, your words more apt. Your
voice, with practice, becomes musical and interesting, taking on a new richness of
vocabulary, tone and feeling. Public speaking enables you to make new friends and
try new experiences so that you set foot on an ascending stairway of achievement.
Whether you are giving a speech, presenting a seminar or teaching students, the
same principles will apply to achieve a successful outcome. I have distilled these
principles into five pillars which will provide the reader with a comprehensive guide
to mastering the art of speaking in public. Each chapter deals with one pillar at a
time for clarity and ease of study.
Speaking before an audience need not be stressful if these five pillars for successful
speaking are followed. Instead, the experience should be a pleasant one that can be
enjoyed many times over as you become more confident in your own ability and the
skills you learn will enhance both your personal life and your professional life. My
five pillars for successful speaking are:
1. THE POWER OF YOUR WORDS AND VOICE
2. KNOW AND UNDERSTAND YOUR PURPOSE, SUBJECT AND
3. THE IMPORTANCE OF PREPARATION
4. DEVELOP AN EFFECTIVE PRESENTATION
5. USE OF APPROPRIATE VISUAL AIDS
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