Don’t Use too Much Force In Public Speaking

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As with most things, force in public speaking can be abused and lose its effectiveness.

At times force is misused, like when a speaker feels he must stress everything in his presentation. Thus he uses as much force when talking about a bag of peanuts as he or she would when telling of a crazy elephant’s rampages. This produces a monotony of force. It is somewhat like putting an exclamation point after every sentence on a page or shouting “Wolf!” when only a mouse has shown up.

A radio news commentator at one time exclaimed, “It’s happened! Yes, it’s happened at last! They’ve finally done it!”
Naturally his claims got attention. Listeners wondered exactly what had occurred. Had yet another war been announced? Had taxes been decreased?
The commentator continued, “Yes, it’s happened! They’ve raised the price of an ice cream cone from a nickel to a dime!
What a catastrophe!
This speaker’s force kept attention and interest, but certainly listeners felt let down emotionally when they discovered he had linked so much tragedy to a fragile ice cream cone. Be reasonable with hearers’ feelings but do not think twice to excite them in vital, sensible ways.
Another error, common regularly for young presenters, is the practice of rushing with words, rushing to the conclusion of a presentation. Obviously there is no one proper rate for any person to talk, but a speaker should remember that words, like bullets from a rifle, are fired only once. They are not respoken or reread and too much rushing may not give an audience time to get the full meaning of the speech. This is especially true when a speaker’s material is rather complicated.

I’ll post more in a few days on using your voice in public speaking to maintain and get interest from oyur audience.

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