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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