Seven Insights into the
HEART of Public Speaking
Most books and workshops on presentation skills and public speaking focus so much on superficial things that it becomes almost impossible for a reader or trainee to extract value that will be long lasting. Trainers focus on the form, the function, and sometimes even the content value in a very plastic, shallow way. Use a structural formula called the AIDA [Attention-Interest-Desire-Action] or something similar, they say. "Maintain eye contact, gesticulate, or wear a necktie for better effect," they say. And to all that I say, "Hello?!" Get real, people!
Public speaking is about appearances and physiology but more than that about connecting well and providing value. I've seen speakers klutz their way through instructions and come out stressed and stiffer than a barn door after making a presentation. If public speaking were just about these things then why involve the public? Why not just strangle yourself in front of a mirror with your necktie while maintaining eye contact with yourself?
I say accept the layer of fear that surrounds you and step out of it. Recognize the layer of pretension that you wear and discard it. Grab your heart from within and place it on the lectern for all to see and then let them cheer or jeer at it. Trust me, they will cheer!
Here are seven insights that I have drawn from my book, The Heart of Public Speaking. They may not be worded in the book as they appear below but they are insights that the book makes an effort at making a part of your being.
Public speaking is about…
The Relationships that you Build:
The Authenticity of your Objectives:
The Passion behind your Persuasions:
The Voice of your Emotions:
The Measure of your Clarity:
The Degree of your Creativity:
The Height of your Conscientiousness:
These seven insights that I have gained over years of listening, thinking, and talking have helped me and I am sure that they will help you too!
Towards your journey into more clarity, creativity, and conscientiousness, may the force be with you!
Author of "The Heart of Public Speaking", Raju Mandhyan has fifteen years of exposure to manufacturing, sales, marketing and international trade; seven years as an independent coach, consultant and trainer. His talent rests not in telling you things that are right and useful, but guiding you through your own thoughts and helping you find truths and applications for the 21st century corporate world. Visit http://www.mandhyan.com/ for additional information.
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