Introduction to Speaking

  • Name Introduction to Speaking
  • Category Public SpeakingShort-Course

Public Speaking
Introduction to Speaking – Short Course

If you are new to speaking, or just need to brush up on the required skills, this short course may be just right for you.

The course is divided into three main sections,

  • Overcoming nerves and anxiety
  • Crafting compelling content
  • Delivering and engaging speech

 

Each section will provide you will a robust tool-kit to enable you to develop and deliver great speeches in public, regardless of the audience size and type.

The course is highly participative and we encourage you to learn and practice your new skills.

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Introduction to Speaking

When you’re first introduced to the world of public speaking, you might be a bit intimidated by the prospect of having to stand up in front of a large or even small crowd of your peers. A fear of public speaking is cited as one of the most common phobias and often the most dreaded of all phobias. But there is no need to worry as everyone (and yes we really do mean everyone) can both learn to overcome their anxieties and also excel at the art of speaking in any situation. If you want to improve your communication skills, you need only look back and consider what worked for the great speakers who came before you.
History provides many examples of the power of speech, and entire nations were created and destroyed by the words men. No one needs to remind us that words are powerful. In recent memory, dictators with well-honed communication skills have been able to sway the hearts of millions of people towards great evil with their charisma. Fortunately the art of speaking is not solely restricted to evil people! Good-natured people have inspired many millions to do great things by putting the human spirit on full display, daring people to unleash their potential.
Of course, most of us won’t ascend to be the leaders of nations or great political movements. This does not mean that we cannot use these historical lessons from more recent and more distant times to enhance our own ability to speak and communicate effectively. When you talk casually with your friends, you aren’t really thinking about your pacing, your pronunciation and emphasis, your vocal variation, the volume of your voice, the pitch and tone of your voice, and other factors that you would have to take into careful consideration when giving a speech at a public venue. Those who speak professionally have to cultivate a good speaking voice.
There is a lot that goes into the science of communication and public speaking. In this article, we will not only cover the speaking aspect of the science, but also the non-verbal (body language) signals we simply cannot switch off. Verbal communication, and cultivating good vocal habits help to improve our reading voices and our pronunciation and cohesiveness. That means eliminating long pauses between words, or inserting filler ‘crutch words’ where there are no natural transitions and when extended pauses can be excused. Before you even delve into the complicated world of empirical communication science, you need to first understand the power of vocal communication and utilizing your voice to communicate your message to varying groups and audiences.

Finding your Voice: Cultivating Good Vocal Habits

If you have ever seen opera singers in movies or documentaries, or even watched a documentary about a diva or famous popstar, you will notice that they go to extra lengths to preserve the quality of their voice perhaps with frequent medical inspection and certainly with maintaining a healthy life-style that protects their vocal cords from damage. They also take plenty of rest from using their voice before a performance and ensure that sleep and rest is a solid part of their daily routine. They will always advocate drinking water frequently to lubricate their vocal cords and stay well hydrated. They may also undergo extensive vocal training to learn to utilize their full range without causing damage to this most important and versatile organ.
Fortunately, you will not have to go through as rigorous a training regimen as a professional singer. Speaking, by comparison, is much less an extreme pursuit. While you must cultivate good habits in order to keep your voice healthy so that you can continue to use it effectively, most of your training will consist of understanding vocal dynamics and tonality, and utilizing pitch and volume to create variation to entrance your audience and keep them enraptured by the content that they would normally find an engaging.
Your voice is one of your most powerful weapons at a venue for public speaking. It is thus that you should spend a disproportionate amount of time creating a voice that is both powerful and lighthearted, calling attention to the important facts while finding common ground with varying audiences. In communication science, this is known as encoding, or changing your message to be mutually intelligible with an audience that may not have the same range of vocabulary or industry-specific knowledge that you possess. This is the same principle governing popular scientists to try and present advanced scientific theories to spread awareness and educate the public without overwhelming them with a barrage of information that only specialist would even begin to understand.
You must make an effort to understand your audience, and you must use your voice to keep them fully interested and absorbed in whatever you are presenting to them. With varying acoustic environments will challenge your speaking ability. Speaking in a small business venue in a room of about 30 to 40 people is going to be dramatically different than speaking to a crowd of businessmen at an Expo with over 10,000 seats. There are times where you will be challenged with the prospect of having to speak to an audience without the assistance of a professional sound system, and this is where educating yourself on the power of voice projection will become invaluable. You must learn to control the volume of your voice at a dynamic level in order to make your words heard to everyone in the audience, from those sitting in the front row seats to those in the back of the nosebleed section. Affectation and accentuation will certainly help make you sound eloquent and well-educated, but they are nothing without a deep understanding of the dynamics of the human voice in various acoustic environments.
Of course, new public speakers will not be held in such high regard that everything they say will be judged. If you are giving a first-time presentation in your college course, or you are speaking in an informal or amateur setting, you will be given a little bit of leeway in breathing room. If you are a member of a professional debate society, or you are a politician or a public figure giving a speech, journalists will be hanging on your every word, looking for a way to frame you as the villain or cast you in a negative light in the media.
Most of us will not have to worry about this level of high-octane public speaking ever in our lives, but we can all benefit from the knowledge that the experiences of these people shines upon us. Never underestimate the power of a good story. In the many years that I have been teaching my students the fundamental aspects of the communication science, and helping them cultivate good public speaking habits, I have benefited from the shared knowledge and experiences of thousands of different people. As a result, my own experience and life has been greatly enriched. You would do well to listen to others carefully. It is one thing to speak, and to be good at speaking in a public venue, but you must also listen carefully to the experiences and knowledge that others have to provide you. You will find inspiration in the most unlikely of places at the most opportune times. The careers of many people have been built upon these collected experiences. This is evident in the fact that so many business seminars and self-help books regurgitate information that has been reprocessed many times. Nothing is original under the sun, that much is true, but good speechwriters and speech givers can benefit from listening carefully not only to the feedback of their audience, but the experiences of those who have come before them and walked down the path to mastery of the public speaking art.
This is why I play such a high value on mentors in learning any of these complicated sciences. If you are serious about becoming a professional speaker, it would do you well to hire someone who teaches this art professionally. At the very least, they will guide you on the right path and give you the fundamental knowledge that you need to tackle more intermediate and expert levels of knowledge.

The Importance of a Vocal Mentor

Having an objective perspective on your road to excellence is absolutely invaluable. A mentor can help guide you along the right path that people who came before you had success with, and a mentor can also give you objective input on how you are progressing and what you need to change or adapt in order to improve your skill. This is what makes good mentors effective, no matter what craft you are learning. If you have an experienced teacher to guide you along the process of attaining mastery over your own voice, you not only have an outsider’s perspective that will give you real feedback on how well you are doing, but you will also have access to a wealth of knowledge provided by someone who has already been through everything that you are currently going through on your way to success.
Some may consider the cost of these mentors as being normally prohibitively expensive. I have been offering affordable mentoring program to the disciples of the art of communication and public speaking for some time now, and have helped a huge range of students realize their full potential with expertise and guidance. Of course, they made their own way and realized ultimate self-actualization by the force of their own initiative and actions, and I was merely a mentor who guided them along the path that would most surely lead to their success.
It is vital that you include a mentor in any plan to achieve mastery in a quick amount of time. You certainly have the ability to teach yourself from books and from tutorials online, but it will not go as nearly as fast as if you had a mentor helping you along the way.
This is why I offer my readers a unique advantage by giving them an affordable option for one-on-one vocal training. I can help you cultivate good vocal habits and find a powerful voice within yourself that you can use to captivate your audience and better portray your ideas with authority and power behind your words. It makes the difference between a good and bad presentation, and simply adopting some of this basic knowledge can help you dramatically improve your ability to give engaging and effective presentations to groups of varying sizes.
This short article is by no means even an accurate representation of what you will learn the basic level of my course. I will give you proven techniques that have worked for people in the same situation as you throughout history in order to build up your ability to empower your performances and presentations with an excellent speaking voice that will set you apart from the crowd. Anyone can do it, and even if you were not born with a distinctive voice or an interesting accent, you can learn to utilize vocal variation and other techniques to keep your audience fully engaged.

Final Thoughts

Mentors can make a huge difference for people who want to learn anything new in a quick amount of time. If you have patience and perseverance, and you are incredibly self-driven and can create your own curriculum, and of course I encourage you to pursue the art of public speaking on your own. It will save you money, but you may not learn as quickly. Of course, everyone’s learning style is different, and you may glean more knowledge from books and you would from a one-on-one training session. Ultimately, it is up for you to decide what is best for your learning style.
For those of my readers who are interested in learning the art of speaking from a professional who has been involved intimately with the public speaking industry for a number of years, I hope that you consider joining my many students who have dramatically increased their market value by learning advanced vocal techniques to help put them ahead of their competition in various industries ranging from sales to education. Whether you are a college professor, a marketer, a pastor, or anyone else who speaks to an audience or to a group of people on a semi regular basis, cultivating a powerful speaking voice should be close to the top of your list of priorities.