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Points To Remember: Delivering a speech successfully

There are various occasions that come across in life where we are required to deliver a speech or just give a few words. At that point, the first few thoughts that strike our minds are “What do I speak?” “What do I not speak?” “How do I say what I want to say?” “How can I retain the interest of the audience?” Well, here are a few points that I keep in mind during every motivational session. These points are all backed by my personal experience in the field of motivation.

1. Include as many senses as possible

A monotonous speech or lecture would make the audience go:

In order to avoid this, include the audience into your session. Help them participate in the topic. Make sure that they not only use their ears but also their eyes by making the presentation more visual (using a powerpoint slide or other means). Help them get into the session by physically involving them through various activities which require them to act.

2. Never pass any negative:

As you turn in front of your audience, you need to understand that you are given a great responsibility. Your each word can immensely influence your audience. In such a case, passing any negative or comparing things that may seem that you are debasing someone can backfire you. So avoid giving negative at all costs.

3. Add the essence of humor:

Laughter not only instills interest but also assists in enhancing the bond between the audience and the speaker. Being all too serious, without even a smile may lead to a frog-cold session.

4. Tell a story to make a point:

In Skill with people, Les Giblin highlights the point Whenever you make a point, tell a story and whenever you tell a story, make a point.” Stories add spice into the presentation. They help stimulate the brain and makes the audience to imagine what is being said, in turn, ensuring proper apprehension of the point being made.

5. Know your audience:

It would prove to be very valuable if you know your target audience in advance because that will let you mold the content of your speech according to them and their knowledge. Having the information about the people you are going to address would also aid in helping them to relate to what you are saying. For instance, if you talk to management students about how to dissect a frog, it would not have much impact. On the contrary, if you talk to doctors about how to increase the output of their subordinates, that would not hit the iron either. So, you need to make the content according to your audience’s knowledge.

To conclude, I can say that a sure-fire speaker is the one who can successfully have his audience’s attention, keep it, maintain it and at the end leave them by giving something worth thinking of.

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Desi employer, angrezi (western) morale

As I came back home at 2100 after attending an 8 hour long educational seminar, I went to a Dhaba to have dinner. While the food was being prepared I stood there watching here and there observing the whole scene. There was darkness everywhere, all the shops were closed and it seemed as if it is a no man’s land. And then I saw a man treading his way towards the Dhaba. He was carrying a huge white colored bag. His forward-bent walk confirmed that he has something heavy in that huge bag.

He put down the bag on the footpath and started to take some diffident steps towards Dhaba. His body language, the walking speed, his hand-to-mouth gestures all supported my earlier perception of him having a low self-esteem. As he came into light, I saw his hands colored white as if he has been picking up some dirt and has not washed his hands. His torn jacket showed dirt marks which corroborated the fact that he has no other pair of dress. His torn shoes highlighted that they have really worked hard to carry the man’s as well as the huge bag’s (with whatever is in it) weight all day long.

The owner of the Dhaba was standing just at the entrance instructing his men to close the business day.The man demanded for food from the owner. The owner interrogated, “Tu ki karda hain?” (Translation: What do you do for living?). The man replied, “Mai kuda chakda haan” (Translation: I am a salvager). The owner asked, “Kine kamma lena hain?” (Translation: How much money do you make?). The man replied, “Das rupayeee” (Translation: Ten rupees). The owner suggested, “Das rupayee di ki cheej andi hai aaj kal!” (Translation: Ten rupees have no value in today’s world).

At this point, I thought that the owner is quite arrogant. But I forgot that the most valuable lessons of life are learnt from the bitterest experiences, and that is what the man was learning right now. As the conversation went further I realized that the owner actually is very wise. He said, “Apne aap nu dekh. Ena hatta kata hain. Kal naah toh ke mere kol aa javin, tenu kam de dunga.” (Translation: Look at yourself, you are so strong. Take bath and come tomorrow, I’ll give you work) and after a pause he added, “Jo mai kar sakda haan, tu v kar sakda hain.” (Translation: What I can do, you can do it too)

After this conversation the owner told one of his workman to give him food. By the time, my order was ready. I collected the packaged food, paid the money and drove back home thinking about this till I fell asleep.