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SPEECHES Speech or spoken word is very powerful, it can stir people to mutinies and rebellions it can turn a hostile crowd to a friendly gathering. The key to the success of many politicians, industrialists, managers, and salesmen lies in their ability to speak. CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD SPEECH 1. It is clear. Your speech should convey to the audience the ideas, emotions, facts or arguments you want to express. 2. It is like an informal talk When you speak there should be a perfect rapport between you and your audience. 3. It is vivid and concrete Use concrete facts that are easy to comprehend and visualize. Instead of saying the population of India is growing very fast, a speaker said see how fast our population grows one Australia is added the population of India every year and Australia’s area is two and half times that of India. 4. It is brief An audience can last up to twenty minutes. Your speech should be tailored to that length. To achieve brevity, include only a few points and elaborate at length 5. It is interesting Quotations, anecdotes and humorous touches often make a speech interesting. Quotations should be from acceptable authorities. They should be familiar but not worn out. Anecdotes should be new brief and in good taste. Humor should be topical, original spontaneous and gentle. 6. It is audience oriented A good speech should be tailored to the wavelength of the audience. Consider the following points: i) Is the audience general or specializes one? This will help you determine the depth of the subject. ii) How large is the audience? For a small audience the speech will be more like a chat in a large gathering you will have to be rhetorical. iii) What is the age group of the listeners? Your reference and illustrations should conform to the tastes of that particular group. iv) What is the social religious political and economic views and prejudice of the listeners? What is the expected audience response? PROFILE OF A GOOD SPEAKER 1. “A good speaker is lively, interested enthusiastic and vital.” He treats his audience as a group of living people. He is keenly interested in the subject he is speaking about and takes pain to make the audience equally interested in it. 2. “A good speaker is earnest” 3. He does not speak just for the sake of speaking – in order to show off, to impress the audience with his erudition or his authority. 4. “A good speaker has a sense of responsibility to others on the program” He does not take more time than what is allotted to him. 5. “A good speaker has a sense of responsibility to his subject” He does not bite more than he can chew. He does not spread it thin. 6. “A good speaker has a sense of leadership; he stands up tall, he talks eye to eye, he speaks responsibly and with authority as a leader should’ 7. “A good speaker keeps his head” He is not get carried off by his over- enthusiasm or over-confidence.
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