Posted on Nov 05, 2007 | Comments 0
Mental aspects are the most important factor in public speaking.
This factor helps to make the content about the speech clear.
General Knowledge – Behave like a thinker and know lots!
Background and extensive knowledge can be a lifesaver to any public speaker.
Read a lot and broaden your own prowess and arsenal as you go along.
This could easily include a wide range of subjects and viewpoints, even disciplines, like religion, law, philosophy, history, logic, and numerous other subjects.
A knowledge of a vast number of things is necessary, without which volubility of words is empty and ridiculous; speech itself is to be formed, not merely by choice, but by careful construction of words; and all the emotions of the mind, which nature has given to man, must be intimately known; for all the force and art of speaking must be employed in allaying or exciting the feelings of those who listen.
To this must be added a certain portion of grace and wit, learning worthy of a well-bred man, and quickness and brevity in replying as well as attacking, accompanied with a refined decorum and urbanity.
Besides, the whole of antiquity and a multitude of examples are to be kept in the memory; nor is the knowledge of laws in general or of the civil law in particular, to be neglected.
An orator must have a thorough and practical knowledge of rhetoric. Cicero says that writing is the best and most excellent modeler and teacher of oratory.
A constant and diligent habit of writing will surely be of more effect than meditation and consideration itself; since all the arguments relating to the subject, on which you write, whether they are suggested by art, or by a certain power of genius and understanding, will present themselves, and occur to you.
Though you examine and contemplate it in the full light of your intellect; and all thoughts and words, which are the most expressive of their kind, must of necessity come under and submit to the keenness of judgment while writing. [Writing a Speech]
A fair arrangement and collocation of the words is effected by writing in a certain rhythm and measure, not poetical, but oratorical.
Here are some things which you have to do:
- Try and build a wide vocabulary for yourself.
- Meanings, synonyms and nuances can be highly rewarding.
- It builds your confidence too.
- Read the dictionary every day.
- Read and look at famous speeches and orations, highlight what stands out, what works, what does not and figure out why. Then go practice it on one of your own.
- Reading the newspaper out loud to yourself also helps.
The ability to Recall – flex your memory muscle:
Try and remember as much as you can. Practice and improve your memory and recall.
- Learn new things slowly and one at a time
- Do not read too much!
- Follow useful and correct methods of study and observation that will have you remember better.
- Try and memorize things often (poetry, quotes etc.) everyday one or two – it will help you build those neural pathways and keep your memory ‘fit’, working and lasting longer!
- Have a keen and deep interest in what you are reading/learning – it will make all the difference.
- Choose and select carefully
- Trying to hard to remember is/can be harmful to the memory. Recall specifics and important things!
Must be original and creative:
Study the works, art, science and opinions of others.
- Make things your own often and put it in your own words and expression for the best, most believable result(s).
Here are some useful sources of individuality and creativity:
Drink and share much sources and fountains of knowledge: Use many sources, but remain authentic and individually unique!
- Dynamic energy and attraction
- Look your audience in the eye once in a while.
- Personal power of influence, geniality, sympathy, frankness, manliness, persuasiveness and an attractive personal appearance.
- Interact and engage.
Figures of public speaking:
Practical knowledge of the principal figures of public speaking, sometimes called figures of emphasis. These are:
Accumulation, Antithesis, Appeal to deity, Climax, Command, Denunciation, Egoism, Exclamation, Interrogation, Isolation, Prediction, Recapitulation, Repetition, Rhetorical, and Vision.
The main observers of nature are your original minds: There are lots to see and observe, absorb around us every day. Think and reflect upon things, synergizing it making it our own. Daring to put your own spin on things is what it is all about.
Imagination: Being expressive and able to vividly describe, share and convey meaning is essential.
- Poetry and literature, even the bible offers lots of creative stimulation and creative impetus.
- Build mental visualizing opportunity, relay it to others and see how much you remember and can share with others.
Doing things instinctively and naturally comes easily and quickly, when required and called upon.
The obvious and logical jumps right out at you. Connections are easily made. Quick analysis and synergy is the key.
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