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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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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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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