Archive for January 10, 2008

Advanced Ways To Excel In Your Advanced Public Speeches And Presentations

January 10, 2008

Tonight was another hilarious and enjoyable session at the AIA Changi Toastmasters Club. This particular club is a super club in Singapore, having large membership numbers and achieving their President’s Distinguished Club goals year after year at super speed. And it’s so much fun, not to mention the wacky personalities you will encounter. It’s learning in the name of fun.

Of course it has serious moments too. When solemn topics and subjects are presented, the audience will listen and take notes. Quite an experience I must say. (By the way, go with an empty stomach, you’ll be well fed with different menu sets at dinner time and during tea break.)

As the Language Evaluator for the meeting, I have been kept busy throughout the session. It’s always an intriguing and fascinating experience as the LE. Since all the speeches tonight were based on Advanced Projects, I’ve also multi-tasked to take note of some of the application skills. During the break, as the speakers asked for my comments, I shared with them some tips to further help their speaking skills:

1. When it comes to oratorical reading, interpret the emotions of the original speaker. Let the audience feel what they are meant to feel. Avoid mere reading of the words. Words don’t fully convey without you putting yourself into the mood of the speaker. You must fully immerse yourself into his life and, hopefully, experience the times and challenges he faced.

2. If your presentation is done through the monodrama, remember, a stage act requires you to create the sense of space, depth and dimension for your audience. It’s not enough to merely act, you must take the design of the stage relative to your dramatic act. Remember, the key is produce a 3-dimensional show in front of your audience.

3. If you create a key yet uncommon terminology as a theme, do make sure you define it in layman’s term. Otherwise, the theme becomes diluted throughout the speech. You must also bring out the theme fairly early in your speech and allow the term to unfold itself gradually.

4. Keep in mind the story elements of plot, setting, character, conflict and action. Bind these elements cohesively to form a meaningful speech. Decide how much of these elements to use then rebalancing them during your practice. You must aim to let the audience have a sense of fulfillment and completion at the end of your speech. Strive to make these elements significant in your speech planning process.

I’ve personally tested these pointers out in other speeches and during my own speeches. They can work wonders when you put in conscious effort. Make a point to attempt advanced applications of speeches, you’ll find your speaking skills grow exceedingly well over time.

Let’s Excel Beyond Excellence!