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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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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