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Communication Skills

This section hosts articles related to public speaking, writing articles/webcopy & presentation skill development. 

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 02:43

Does public speaking require improvisation skills?

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Does public speaking require improvisational skills? No.

Could a public speaker benefit from improvisational skills? Most definitely!

Thursday, 09 November 2017 02:40

What do you think about when you give a speech?

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There are a myriad of thoughts going through my head when I deliver a speech.

The most obvious of course being the next line that I need to deliver. Taking that to a bigger picture I need to think about where the next line is in perspective to the overall story. Sometimes I need to divert from my script to provide clarity for the audience on an element of the speech or to answer an urgent question. The challenge can be to get back to my original story.

Thursday, 09 November 2017 02:14

What are the uses of oral communication?

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Behind the NeedUses? To quickly share information with others that share a common language.

There are numerous occasions that we encounter on a daily basis that would be considered examples of oral communication.

You have to give a presentation along with other people / groups. Would you rather be the first or last? What are the benefits of your decision?

The reason I ask this question is because I have to give a presentation about a technology project my team and I have worked on.

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Unless your presentation is part of a contest i.e. where somebody is judging you, there is probably no tactical advantage to going first or last.

A Leader Takes PeopleI would start by developing the conclusion first. What is the purpose of your speech? What do you want your audience to take away from your speech? Do you want to inform them about some social issue?

Do you want to get them to take action on some social issue?

Once you determine that, start crafting a story that takes your audience up to your closing.

The Success of Your PresentationThere used to be a module on Speech Organization in the Toastmasters Better Speaker Series. I’m not sure if they still use this example.

A young, city-slicker, travelling salesman was delivering a sales pitch to a group of older farmers.

After his pitch was over, he waited … and waited. Eventually, one of the farmers stood up, cleared his throat and said “Well young fellar, you sure know a lot and you had an awful lot to say but we prefer a fellar that bales his hay before he delivers it!”

That story has stuck with me over the years.

Each Time We Face Our FearAt its essence, shyness is merely a lack of self-confidence and skills to use in social settings. Difficulty in public speaking, whether it be to larger groups of people or even to smaller groups, is also related to a lack of self-confidence and a lack of skills.

Therefore, the easy answer is to increase your self-confidence and your public speaking skills. Easy to define but it takes a lot of work to make it happen. A lot of work, but readily achievable.

Assuming you are over the age of 18, finding and joining a local Toastmasters group can go a long way in reducing your shyness and increasing your self-confidence.

Monday, 03 April 2017 03:26

What are some tips for reading out loud?

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Dont Let Your VoiceWhenever i read in school out of a textbook etc. i get nervous. After about 1 paragraph of reading i start to breathe weirdly, taking breaths before every word until i eventually can’t read. Can someone help me to stop this?

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Without knowing you and actually observing you read out loud, it appears you are experiencing performance anxiety.

Reading out loud is a challenging activity for many people. Its like a spotlight is on you and you feel that everyone is waiting for you fail. The words on the paper often take on a life of their own and start moving around so you can’t read them in order. Your breathing going wonky is a physical manifestation of your nervous energy. It has to get out somehow.

Monday, 03 April 2017 03:22

How can I give an impromptu speech?

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Be SincereYou ask a simple question, however providing you a comprehensive answer is anything but simple.

Anybody can give an impromptu speech. Delivering an impromptu speech is simply speaking about a topic that you have no advance warning about and speaking at short notice.

Note that I said anybody can do so, far fewer can do it effectively. It takes practice. You have to get used to answering questions and speaking out loud.

Monday, 03 April 2017 03:22

How can I give an impromptu speech?

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Be SincereYou ask a simple question, however providing you a comprehensive answer is anything but simple.

Anybody can give an impromptu speech. Delivering an impromptu speech is simply speaking about a topic that you have no advance warning about and speaking at short notice.

Note that I said anybody can do so, far fewer can do it effectively. It takes practice. You have to get used to answering questions and speaking out loud.

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