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Public Speaking and Private Conversation

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
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Successful public speaking today is like private conversation with more people present. The objective is to successfully convey your ideas to your listeners. The ideas and message being conveyed are of the important thing,  it is no longer a fine art to be struggled with and mastered by only a few talented individuals.

Picture the situation where 2 people are in conversation and one person is talking and the other is listening. Other people are attracted to the conversation and the person talking is now speaking to a group, in effect the person is now effectively speaking in public.The speaker will raise their voice so they can be heard but will continue in a conversational tone which is the most effective way to present.

With public speaking really being private conversation with more people involved it is now “easier” for the ordinary person to become an effective speaker. The only real difference between the two is that there is less interaction with the listeners in public speaking than in private conversation.

In the book The Art Of Great Conversation there is a great quote that indicates how related public speaking and private conversation. The quote is “The same instincts that make men turn and listen to the articulate individual in private conversation, make them turn and listen to public speakers.”  An implication of this is that by improving skills in public speaking it improves performance in day to day conversation and other speaking interactions.

Also the skills and knowledge attained through public speaking can be practiced in private conversation and vice versa. For example if you are to present on guinea pig care, you could discuss guinea pig care in day to day conversation. In this way when you are delivering your speech you are merely extending your conversation on the topic. Secondly, you could try out some of the anecdotes or stories you have so you get used to telling them and you also can gauge reaction to them. Thirdly, if you have been working on the sound of your voice you can use day to day conversation to listen to your voice to note improvement and any areas that may need some more work.

Public speaking and private conversation are closely related and by developing your skills in one area it is possible to quickly apply them to the other and experience improvement.

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Public Speaking – Preparing Your Introduction

Monday, February 23rd, 2009
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Public speaking can be considered as conversation with more than an audience of one. The only other difference is that there is less interaction with the listeners.

On the basis that public speaking is common conversation then the speech is the thing – not the speaker.  In the same way the play is the thing not the players (Thanks William Shakespeare)

Over the next few days I will write a series of blogs on speech writing. First up:-

Selecting A Topic.

How do you select a subject for you speech?

The determining factors will be;-

What are you familar with? What do you know from experience?

Can you speak confidently on the subject?

Is the subject relevant? Timely?

Can you make the subject interesting to your audience? Not just for yourself. The speech should fit the group that is being presented to.

Keep your audience in mind.

Once you have spent an appropriate amount of time selecting your topic get on with the preparation of the speech. Do not procrastinate over it.

The topic you select will determine how you present it.

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Public Speaking – Your Guiding Light is Your Listener’s Pleasure

Friday, February 13th, 2009
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Your delivery and everything else associated with it – your gestures, your tone, appearance, word, pauses etc should be directed toward your listeners.  Your course is directed by the audience at all times.

A good delivery is good manners. When you keep your audience in mind your personality naturally improves. This is true in public speaking and in conversation as people are people in groups or individually.

Also when preparing your speech you will keep the audience in mind. Your speech will be different depending on your audience – are they business people or a literary club.

Ask yourself: Why did they invite me? What do they want to hear from me? What do I know of their organization? Which anecdotes will please them most?

For more information on public speaking and conversation visit to claim a free preview of The Art of Great Conversation.

Public Speaking – Speakers Become Leaders

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
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Public speakers are looked upon as leaders. The men who run a country are men who speak well and fluently. More people have talked themselves into prominence than have gained world renown through all other fields of endeavor combined. Remember how the public speaking talents of a youthful Senator recently raised him to the most powerful position in the world?
Some people play down the influence of persuasive talkers, yet they cannot escape the fact that a good speaker frequently takes over the reins and rides in the driver’s seat. An intelligent businessman accepts the inevitable; instead of resisting public speakers, he becomes one of them. The ability to speak well can carry an individual far in the capacity of an interesting conversationalist. Take any group of people; the persons they prefer to hear are those who have something to say and know how to say it.

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Public Speaking and Private Conversation

Saturday, January 31st, 2009
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Private conversation and public speaking are very similar. The only difference is that in a speech there is no exchange of remarks. Apart from that a speech is conversation with more than one person listening. For example when a man or woman is speaking to one person and another joins them. More people join the group and as it grows the conversationalist is now making a speech. He will have raised his voice so that all can hear him and the most effective style for the speaker is to retain the informal manner.

For more information on public speaking and conversation visit to claim a free preview of “The Art of Great Conversation