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December 31, 2008
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Who Can be a Great Speaker?Table of Contents
1. Anyone can speak in public, your contributions, buying speeches.
2. "Quotes To Speak By"
3. Practice is the way.
4. One last thing.
Welcome to our newsletter on the wonderful world of the spoken word. I would like to personally welcome all new subscribers, and thank those who have recommended our site. As always, we welcome your questions, suggestions, and contributions. Our aim is to help newcomers to public speaking, and aid old timers polish their skills. Hopefully whatever your status, you will find useful tips, suggestions, and ideas in our words. But before we begin...
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Alexander Gregg (1819-1893), a U.S. representative from Texas, summarizes the purpose of public speaking.
"There are three things to aim at in public speaking: first, to get into your subject, then to get your subject into yourself, and lastly, to get your subject into the heart of your audience"
If you don't believe in what you are saying, no one else will either.
Why is it that some people appear to be natural public speakers, while others struggle with the most simple presentations? Confidence in speaking is generally a hard won talent, and the "naturals" often put in hours of work to sound effortless.
First, know you subject! It may sound obvious, but how can you expect to teach anyone if you are unfamiliar with the subject yourself, or have only rudimentary knowledge?
Second, be passionate about what you are saying. The audience will know if you believe in what you are saying, or "just winging it." Do your research, preferably more than you actually need. That way, you will have a strong base to rely on, and there is less chance to be blind-sided by a random question.
Finally, getting into the hearts of your audience. Again, the choice of words is very important, and being able to read your audience is vital. Above all, don't appear arrogant or speak down to your audience! Nothing will turn them off sooner.
This leads into getting your subject into the hearts of your audience. Read you audience, then target you speech to the majority. Appear friendly, almost conversational. Your tone of voice and body language will draw then in, then your knowledge of the topic will keep their attention.
4. One Last Thing.
I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year. As said best by Benjamin Franklin, "Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man."
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