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Having said that !!!

When we practice Public Speaking we are often told to put in dialogues into our speech to make it more interesting and to create a connection with our audience. Last week, I called our Master Coach. He said, “Hi Devyani, how are you?” He then chuckled a little and said,” you always call me on Wednesdays. Is it because you are stressed about Thursdays?” I said, “No I don’t always call you only on Wednesdays. You have got your statistics wrong. Besides, today is Tuesday!” “Oh dear!” he said “how did I miss that?” and gave his signature full-throated laugh. …

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Trail to the Grail

Public speaking was mankind’s first mass communication medium. It was speakers that informed and persuaded and uplifted. In fact the first manual for public speaking was written around 4500 B.C. by the Egyptians. A lot has changed since but in a manner we have gone r the full circle. With jobs becoming more competitive, a soft skill like oral communication has become the differentiator. The 19th-century speaking was dominated by an emotional elocution style. Along came the conversational tone of the 21st century thanks to the influence of radio jockeys, TV talk hosts and video bloggers. From dependence on bodily gestures to convey emotions, …

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The take away –

  Those were the days. The influencers spoke and lesser mortals listened. That divide has since been flattened by technology. The speaker has had to concede to her audience in terms of focus and outcomes. It is no longer about what the orator delivered, what matters is how much the target group took home. Let’s take the content. Cut and pasted material, sourced from the internet is all very well but a speaker is expected to be more than a mere conveyor medium. The audience needs advanced content gleaned from research, reading, observations, brain storming, and life experiences. Listeners need …

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When does the beginning begin?

It is always said that the first fifteen seconds are all you have to either grip or lose the audience. When do these fifteen seconds begin though? When you walk up to the mike after your name is announced? Just at the time when your name is being announced? Or is it when you have sized up your audience and begun speaking? Being in the speech mode should start much before, even before you leave your house to go make your speech. It should actually begin the previous night. Go over all the points you have to speak on and …

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We resolve to VOTE !!!!!

  The members of the Speak to Change foundation met in classroom number 1 on the 4th floor of the YMCA hostel, Jai Singh road on the 6th of April 2019  at 230 pm and discussed the General elections and their response to the same. The members unanimously resolved that on their designated election day, they would not only exercise their franchise but also persuade at least one more person to cast his/her vote. They resolved that they would not vote based on narrow considerations of cast and creed nor be tempted by any allurement nor be swayed by temporary …

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Does matter matter????

Does matter matter?  Does a football matter in a game of football? If you have some nice jerseys, your club has a lush green field laid out for you, the cheerleaders are all raring to go, and the audience has filled the stadium and is screaming out for you to go and dazzle them with your footwork BUT you forgot to get the football. Would there be a match??? In the increasingly form driven world, it is often content that does not seem to matter for a whole lot of people and, “I want to be a speaker,” comes much …

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Response to Pulwama tragedy

The members of the speak to change foundation met on the 16th of February at 230 pm at Classroom no 1, YMCA Hostel , Jai Singh Road to discuss the Pulwama tragedy  and the response of the foundation to the same. The members unanimously condemned the cowardly massacre and expressed their deep gratitude towards the members of the Indian Armed forces for keeping the country safe and observed a two minute silence to pay homage to those martyred in the tragedy. They urged the government to take all possible focused steps to both bring the people behind the massacre to justice and …

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Why should I learn to speak in public

This is by far the most commonly asked question. Most people think that the learning the skills which make one a good public speaker are necessary only for those that want to make a living as a speaker, or who have to address crowds, conduct trainings etc. We are interpreting the phrase “public speaking”  here, only in the meaning of making speeches whereas even if we interpret the term literally , it still means speaking to the public i.e. to more than one person. If you ask us except the most intimate personal conversations, every conversation is an act of …

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