Speaking With Confidence – Commanding Respect And Attention

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If a person is not interested in their topic or are not convinced themselves that it is important they will find it difficult to speak with confidence and make it interesting for the audience.  They will not be able to command the respect of their audience if they do not take it seriously.

For a topic to be interesting and gain the audience’s attention it does not have to be experienced by only a few people.

A person does not have to be struck by lightning (not many can speak on this with any intimate knowledge) or be swallowed by a whale (only 2 recorded instances – Jonah and James Bartly- can speak with knowledge) in order to have a suitable theme for a speech. By taking inventory of his experiences almost any¬one can find at least a few subjects upon which he has earned the right to speak. Hobbies, special interests, likes, dislikes, pet peeves, ambitions, fascinating places, or admirable people often suggest suitable topics.

Although a speaker need not know everything about his subject he should know as much as possible. At least he should know more than the average person in his audience will know about it. Knowing his subject well, let him then give his entire self to expressing it with conviction and feeling.

William Jennings Bryan frequently told his daughter to think what she was going to say, then to “say it with feeling!” -Quintilian, a master teacher of speaking said, “It is the heart and energy of soul which makes speakers eloquent.” Effective •speaking is not a namby-pamby, mumble-jumble, lukewarm af¬fair. It is a sincere sharing of a portion of life with other think¬ing and feeling people.

To have this earnest attitude toward sharing ideas a speaker must truly feel that everything he says is really worth sharing. “”Impress yourself with the truth and importance of what you expect to say,” said William Norwood Brigance, a moden author¬ity on public speaking.

Realizing that when people listen to a speech they are con¬tributing a portion of their lives should motivate a speaker to say something really worthwhile.

One student speaker said, “When I step onto a platform to make a speech I imagine I am a fighter in the ring and that I must make every second count.” Another serious student said, “I speak as though I had only one minute to live.”

When a speaker sincerely feels he has serious, but pleasant and congenial business with an audience, his manner commands respect and attention from that audience. As he continues eager¬ly sharing his entire self, this respect and attention becomes deep¬er. Audiences are strongly inclined to think and feel with him. Persuasion is at work.

By choosing a subject that a speaker is interested it is easier for them to speak with confidence and he gains the audience attention because of their knowledge and interest in the subject.

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