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Public Speaking – Speakers Become Leaders

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
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Public speakers are looked upon as leaders. The people who run a  company are people who speak confidently and persuasively. They present to meetings, inverstors, customers, bankers, associations and other stakeholders. 

Great public speaking skills have propelled more people to prominence than all the other fields of endeavour combined. The speaking talents of John F Kennedy and Barack Obama certainly helped raise them to the most powerful position in the world.  Lee Iacocca said “You’ve got to know how to talk to them. Public speaking is the best way to motivate a large group. ”

Some people believe that effective public speaking and communication skills are not that important, but it is very common for the effective speaker to lead the group or organisation or country. The business person that demonstrates commonsense does not deny this but joins the ranks of public speaker. An individual can be carried far by the ability to speak well. Any group of people prefers to listen to person who has something to say and knows how to say it.

The same skills required by public speaking are the same ones required to give clear instructions on a job, to delegate to employees and for pleas in the home.

The ability to inform, persuade or convince people on an interesting topic is the elusive goal of many. It is withn the ability of us all to attain it. Some preparation and practice can add wit and sparkle to the speech of the shy or dry.  And public speaking today is more about effectively conveyng ideas and informaton than fine soundng words.

 By takng the time to prepare and practice it is possible for anyone to become effective in public speaking. And by using the skills learned they can become more effective in day to day conversations in business and socially.

Public Speaking – A Short History and Importance

Saturday, April 4th, 2009
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The following short paragraphs demonstrate that by learning public speaking we are “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” and exercising the rights our forebears have won for us:

The “art” of public speaking has been with us for a long time as evidenced by books written 5000 years ago. Homer’s epic poems written in the 9th century B.C. contain speeches.

The first book written to help the reader in public speaking is believed to have been written by Coax in 500 B.C. and it is to him along with the early beginnings democrary that the roots of public speaking.

The Ancient Greeks recognized public speaking and rhetoric to be an important field of study. In 300 B.C Aristotle wrote the Rhetoric , where he discussed public speaking theory of his time. Quintilian in the 1st Century taught public speaking and wrote 12 volumes called The Education of an Orator. He believed that public speaking training should begin at 6 and carry on through their formal education. Cicero, the greatest Roman orator made orginal contributions to speech theory. Other significant contributors are Socrates, Gorgias, Pericles, Isocrates, St Augustine, St Thomas Aquinas, Sir Francis Bacon, John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Woodrow Wilson.

Public speaking has always prospered in times of democracy where freedom of speech and the right to assemble in groups are core principles. These rights have been won through bloodshed and even now must be watched closely to ensure they are not eroded. To effectively exercise  and preserve those rights it is important that we develop our public speaking ability – and it could even be considered one of our obligations to speak effectively.

It could also be considered that by learning to speak effectively in groups and in public speaking we improve ourselves but also exercising our democratic rights we are also helping to preserve them.

Fortunately we live in a time where public speaking has evolved where it easier than ever before to be proficient because of the great information available and it is the ideas conveyed that are of more importance than showmanship or the 100% grammatically correct use of English.

(Information courtesy of Willim S. Smith & Donald J. Canty)

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