Public Speaking is simply the art of speaking in public.
Did I hear you say “duh”?
Well,let’s have a more elaborate definition.
I define it as the PROCESS of Speaking to a GROUP of PEOPLE in a STRUCTURED and DELIBERATE manner intended to inform, influence or entertain the listeners.
Please notice that I wrote some words in uppercase.
That’s because I want you to pay attention to them.
PUBLIC SPEAKING IS A PROCESS.
It is different from rambling or gisting.
It starts with a central thought which is then followed by a careful deliberation before speech production.
An effective public speaker thinks before he talks.
Dionysius of ancient Rome said “make sure your speech is better than silence or be silent”
YOUR SPEECH MUST BE STRUCTURED.
Every speech should have an introduction, a body anda conclusion.
When you are having a personal conversation with a friend, you can afford to talk about different things at the same time but it’s not the same when you are addressing a group of people.
When you speak in public, each word you speak should express your central thought or message.
The third point you should note is that YOU SHOULD BE DELIBERATE WHEN YOU SPEAK IN PUBLIC.
What does that mean?
It means you should match your movements and medium should match your message.Prune your speech so that you don’t waste words.
Every expression-verbal, facial and otherwise should drive your message further into the hearts of your audience.
Finally, EVERY SPEECH YOU MAKE MUST HAVE A WELL DEFINED OBJECTIVE.
Before you make any speech, determine your objective.
Do you want to inform your audience?
Do you want to motivate them?
Do you want to entertain them?
Your objective will determine a lot of other things including your choice of words, style of dressing as well as mode of delivery.
So let’s go over the four points again:
1.PUBLIC SPEAKING IS A PROCESS.
2.YOUR SPEECH MUST BE STRUCTURED.
3.YOU SHOULD BE DELIBERATE WHEN YOU SPEAK IN PUBLIC.
4.EVERY SPEECH YOU MAKE MUST HAVE A WELL DEFINED OBJECTIVE.
That’s it for now.
Stay tuned for the next lesson.