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Public Speaking

noun

1. the act or process of making speeches in public

2. the art of effective oral communication with an audience

The concept of public speaking is an art form that has been performed for centuries. Since then, it has taken on many forms, styles, and formats. Regardless, public speaking is crucial and essential to truly expressing oneself and influencing larger audiences. 

WHY IS PUBLIC SPEAKING IMPORTANT?

Job Interview

Public speaking fear has 10% impairment on wages.

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Public speaking fear has 10% impairment on college graduation.

Glass Buildings

According to a recent survey by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, “oral communication is one of the most sought-after skills in the workplace, with over 90 percent of hiring managers saying it’s important."

Japanese Money

Public speaking fear has a 15% impairment on promotion to management.

Goals of a speech

Informative Speech

  • Demonstrative

  • Explanatory

  • Descriptive

An informative speech gives information about a subject to an intended audience. The primary goal of an informative speech is to help the audience understand and eventually apply the information being given.

 

Spreading knowledge and information across and throughout the world is one of the most important goals of an orator. While reaching the full capacity and magnitude of the goal may seem like an impossible feat, the art of public speaking makes the goal of spreading this knowledge through the power of communication much more feasible. Each and every person in this world has a completely different and unique set of life experiences that alter how they view and interact with the world. Because of this, it is important to have speeches that demonstrate, teach, and explain certain concepts, ideas, or theories. 

By utilizing techniques that dissect the complex factors of your topic, your audience can and will walk away from the presentation with a brand new takeaway, perspective, or call-to-action. 

Persuasive Speech

  • Argumentative

  • Call-to-Action

  • Deductive Reasoning

A persuasive speech presents as strong argument in favor of a certain side of an argument or concept. The main goal of a persuasive speech is to essential sway the values or mindsets of the audience to agree with your position after all points have been presented. 

In the modern day, more and more people are becoming comfortable with being surrounded by ideas and belief systems that validate their own preconceived notions. In order to present new ideas to the table, it is important for orators to utilize persuasive speeches to open up room for constructive discourse on a well-known or even  unheard of topic.

By using the art of debate, discourse, and argumentative reasoning, your audience can and will walk away from the presentation with a stance on a selected topic or controversial discussion.

Special Occasion Speech

  • Motivational

  • Commemorative

  • Impromptu

A special occasion speech is entirely dependent and framed around the certain circumstances, needs, or settings of the time period of which it is required to be delivered. The goal of a special occasion speech is not concrete and fluctuates depending on the audience that is present and the event being held.

Whether you are asked to give an impromptu speech at a wedding reception or are giving a formal speech for your graduating class, it is important to know what the environment is asking of you. Does your speech need to be motivational? Does your speech need to be sentimental? Emotion and tone play a big role in defining how the speaker will choose to navigate the delivery and style of the speech.

By utilizing audience cues and knowing the atmosphere of the event prior to actually giving the speech, the intended guests at the special occasion can have a memorable collection of thoughtful words to mark the conclusion of a meaningful experience.

3 STEPS TO STORYTELLING

01

Find a need

Every great story starts with a great idea. However, it is important to find an idea with a unique purpose or message attached to it.

 

What is it that the world needs to know and hear?

02

Find a means

Once you formulate your idea and main topic, it is time to find what techniques, styles, and rhetoric will effecitively communicate your message.

How will you strategically deliver your story?

03

Find an audience

A story needs to be told to someone. In this case, that someone will be your intended audience. Keep in mind what people will be interested, impacted, and invested in your story.

Who needs to hear your message?

 How will you keep them engaged?

Noting the greats

Dr. Cornell West

Cornel Ronald West is an American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual. As a speaker, West commonly focuses on the role of race, gender, and class in American society and the means by which people act  to reform the broken systems historically set in place... 

Dr. Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias was an Indian-born Canadian-American Christian apologist. Zacharias was the author of more than 30 books on Christianity, delving into the complexity of faith and religion on several occasions outside of just his work. As a speaker, Zacharias uses informative and argumentation to construct the message of his speeches... 

Dr. Martin Luther King

One of the most well-known and notable orators in his time and in history, Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Christian minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. As a speaker, his strong tone and powerful voice commanded a wide range of people at a pivotal time in history... 

Oprah Winfrey

Being one of the main role models and leading figures in media, Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist. As a speaker, her motivational aim targets and impacts audiences around the world, regardless if they may be viewing her speeches behind their television screens or in-person... 

educating by example

In order to craft your own powerful speech, watch these videos to gain some inspiration and to notice the various techniques that are employed.

10 QUICK TIPS & TRICKS

1.

Speak with confidence and with authority.

2.

Avoid overused words and simple language when finalizing your speech.

3.

Be self-aware and take note of your body language when speaking.

4.

Make sure to have a consistent tone and pace when delivering your speech.

5.

Be prepared to improvise or adapt to the energy of the audience when a method is not resonating.

6.

Know the dress code, expectations, and legacy of where you are speaking.

7.

Have great eye contact with the members of your audience.

8.

Incorporate YOU into your speech, whether that be your humour, intelligence, or personality. 

9.

Record yourself on tape, practice in front of a mirror or present your speech to people before the event.

10.

Make sure that your speech is driven from a place of pure passion.

PUt POWER BEHIND YOUR PRESENCE

Alanis Broussard's speech for the "Power Our Promise" Event put on by the Girl Scouts Organization.

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