Posts Tagged ‘speech’
Saturday, August 13th, 2011
Enthusiasm can be a powerful persuader in public speaking. Here is some information on enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm is not limited to the field of life insurance or to any other service. Its existence depends upon the attitude a person has. A menial service may inspire it. For instance, Raymond Middleton of Detroit became highly enthusiastic about hauling garbage. At the age of fifty-nine he retired from driving a city garbage truck after thirty-one years service. With tears in his eyes he said, “It’s hard to give up something you love. And this job I really love. At first I hated it but the longer I worked at it the more I grew to love it.”
This is a case of enthusiasm being stimulated by a person’s attitude. Nobody can be enthusiastic about work, a speech, or anything else if he is ashamed of his service. But he becomes enthusiastic when he feels his service is really beneficial to people. And when he feels his service is the most important activity in the world he adds more voltage to his enthusiasm.
No one will be enthusiastic unless he wants to be. A company order that “Everyone must be enthusiastic at his work,” will not stimulate enthusiasm, for it depends upon the willingness of an individual.
A full-blooded American Indian, for instance, who was in a business and professional speaking course, could not be enthusiastic when he spoke because he had always been taught to shun enthusiasm. This Indian was not the kind who would shout war whoops as he swung a tomahawk. He talked more like a timid schoolboy on his first date. Finally he told the instructor that all his life he had been taught not to be enthusiastic. And he believed he should not. Naturally with such a mental attitude he could not speak dynamically.Other people, some well-educated, confuse enthusiasm with fanaticism. A fanatical speaker loses control of his emotions. His speaking becomes ridiculous or repulsive rather than persuasive for most listeners. But who would object to the type of enthusiasm that Coleman Cox described: “Inspired by reason, controlled by caution; sound in theory; practical in application; reflects confidence; spreads good cheer; raises morale; inspires association; arouses loyalty, and laughs at adversity.”
This is the type of enthusiasm a speaker needs.
People who are “naturally” enthusiastic are that way because of habits they have developed, perhaps unconsciously. But those habits can be developed consciously until they become natural qualities of a personality.
Have you ever tried to consciously develop enthusiasm? My next post will reveal someways that can be used to do this.
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Saturday, June 25th, 2011
Where do you put your best content in your speech?
Another important principle in arranging speech material is to use the most interesting items near the conclusion of a speech. Like a thrilling story or captivating play a speech should become more interesting as it proceeds. All material should be highly interesting, but it should build to a strong climax to keep audiences deeply interested. This principle of holding interest applies to any type of audience.
In addition to arranging material in a style suited to a special occasion or to a certain type audience, the choice of the material itself is very important.
For instance, when a college professor was invited to address a group of teenage boys he was told, “They’ve heard so many dull, ‘pink tea’ speeches they’re disgusted with speakers. You’ll have a difficult time holding their attention. And don’t be sur¬prised if they try to steal your socks!”
This youth group was associated with a church. They were sons of active business and professional people, neglected perhaps, but not delinquent. Probably they would willingly listen to a speech slanted to their natural interests.
What speech material would interest these young men? Illus¬trations about stock markets or how to retire gracefully at sixty-five? No. They are not ready for that yet. Fairy tales or stories about flying kites? No. “Kid stuff” does not appeal to teenagers..
How about action, drama, suspense? Yes, these qualities would appeal to almost any group, excluding possibly an extremely reserved or aged audience. They would appeal especially to teen-
agers who .usually have so much excess energy they scarcely know what to do with it.
So the professor began his speech with a story about Tommie Thomas who had committed nearly every crime in the books except murder. He had a picture o£ Tommie in prison garb and a three-day beard. Displaying the picture he exclaimed, “How’d you like to meet him in an alley at midnight?” Whereupon, one of the most brazen boys in the audience said, “Oh, ain’t he cute?”
“Cute, my eye?” retorted the speaker. “Why, he …”
Then followed a vivid account of some of the crimes Tommie had committed.- The words were colorful, action was fast. There was suspense, tragedy. The boys listened intently because the material they were hearing was naturally interesting for them.
The speaker’s purpose was not to glorify crime but to gain respect for law and order. There was another side to Tommie Thomas’ story wherein he found that crime isn’t the most satisfying occupation. But that came later. And it was not told in a direct “preaching” manner, but in a fascinating, dramatic style.
There is more to come. But what do you think is the best place for you best content? Do you think this would help your speaking skills? If you are struggling with confident public speaking and nerves get the better of you try our free e-course that you can enrol in by entering your details in the box to the right.
Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
So how do you change a story in a newspaper for using when public speaking. If you remember the formal writing from my last post, compare it to this weeks post to see the difference.
The ladies name, Maxine, is mentioned close to the start, rather than labelling her the “object of his affections,” and that is trite.
Meaning of the phrase, “attracted but adamant,” in news reports probably are not clear for- some listeners. Even though adamant is not an odd word it may sound somewhat similar to a new kind of washing machine. Plus it doesn’t create a definite picture in listeners’ minds.
And so after the strategy of making word pictures, the public speaker said nothing at all about “attracted but adamant.” Instead he pictured lovelight in Maxine’s eyes, and pride on her tongue.
After that for interest, to get away from so many statements, he chucked in a brief, simple question, “Just what did Fats do?”
Scattering speeches with questions and exclamations affords variety and relaxes listeners’ minds. Short sentences, also, are easily understood by listeners’ brains. However utilizing a lot of lengthy sentences causes a speech to drag or ramble.
But getting back to the story – rather than allowing Fats keep on being a hero, the public speaker finishes with a bit of humor. He has the person return to his old practice of eating pork.
When listeners hear this they smile and say to themselves, “Just like an old, married man!”
Like an arranger improvises or adds “extra touches” to a musical composition, public speakers may take reasonable liberties with an illustration.
A speaker should never go away from the basic truth in a story, but he can include colorful phrases to produce scenes clearer. Magnolias and moonlight, for instance, add color to a Dixie suggestion.
Personas ought to be considered in a normal manner. Fat Samples would speak, in a gentle, good-natured drawl, “Max, Honey, will yuh all marry me?” Certainly he would not talk in the manner of a Philly lawyer who may say, “Mr. Marvin F. Samples proposed marriage to his fiance, Miss Maxine Whippledager, III, while conversing with the party of the second part in a vehicle commonly called an automobile.”
In other places another sweetheart might say, fast as the ticking of a wrist watch, “How’s about it, Kid? Let’s you’n me git spliced!”
An appealing speaker studies the personalities in his stories. He imagines them speaking in a natural, realistic manner. He isn’t like a producer of an amateur production who insisted that a junkyard trader (in the play) speak with excellent enunciation like a, typical university president. Studying people, and showing them true to life will make stories “naturally” intriguing. Why don’t you play along with nature and present people as they actually are rather than in an artificial, stilted style or perhaps the way we think they should be!
In my next post I’ll give you another tip on using stories in public speaking. Stories are a very important part of persuading and informing people when speaking to groups of any size. Our free e-course will help you speak with confidence and receive the benefits that go to confident speakers. You ca get the e-course by putting your details over to the right.
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
Do your speeches end up with only a pair of tattered socks to show for all the effort and time?
After a presenter has gained attention and interest, convinced his listeners and activated desire, he has merely to close his speech by telling or showing his listeners how to proceed, and making it simple for them to do it.
People might believe and feel they ought to do things, nevertheless fail to, because a speaker fails to make it easy for them to take action.
For instance, a presenter who was in a training course for entrepreneurs, spoke one evening on Donate Blood for the Red Cross. The listeners surely thought and felt they ought to do this as they voted the speech the best one of the evening.
However next time, when the same speaker delivered another speech, he started by saying, “Last week you selected my speech on Donating Blood for the Red Cross the best of the evening. However I don’t believe it was a very good presentation. Do you realize the reason why? Mainly because not one among you gave a pint of blood to the Red Cross. I have been watching for your names in the newspapers.”
The speaker might have been somewhat responsible for this as he did not tell the people when and where to donate blood.
Be specific, especially when concluding a speech, as a college student (Bob Hill) was when he spoke on Donate Your Unwanted Clothes to the Indians. Robert was really serious. He was sincerely interested in Christian missions for the Indians. He finished his presentation by saying, “I’m planning to distribute a piece of paper now, as well as a pencil to anyone who requires it. On this paper write your name and address; plus the time I am able to “pick up your disused clothes in a truck next Saturday.”
This speech got results. Everybody in the large course signed the paper. And according to reports, he got “a few hundred dollars ” worth of clothing for needy Indians.
Robert Hill not only got the attention and curiosity of his audience, but he also convinced them, activated feeling, informed them exactly what to carry out and made it straightforward for them to do.
How much clothing would have been given if the speaker had simply said, “The first occasion you have send your disused clothing to the Indians?” That finish would not get a dirty handkerchief.
If he’d said, “Bring your old clothing to class Wednesday for the Indians,” he may gotten a well used sweat shirt or else a pair of ragged socks.
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Saturday, July 26th, 2008
Is it true that the tone of someone's voice and body language are the two best ways to know how you feel?
In fact, that is, the mouth can say anything, but does not always mean telling the truth, body language, voice and eyes tell another story.
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