by Ron Kurtus
Readers have sent in a total of 373 comments and questions on Speaking issues. They are listed according to date.
You can read them to further your understanding of the subject.
|Studying John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech||General||India|
|Want to be a motivational speaker||General||USA|
|Describe demographic features of the audience||Know Your Audience||Zimbabwe|
|Determining the audience group||Know Your Audience||Austalia|
|Write a speech for me||General||India|
|What can I do about fear?||Fear||India|
|How to get the attention of the audience?||General||Morocco|
|Gets nervous speaking to a group||General||USA|
|Guest speaker for grade 4 children||General||South Africa|
|Audience analysis before presentation||Know Your Audience||Ghana|
|How can I stop trembling and shaking when giving a speech?||Fear||USA|
|I speak too fast to group||General||Swaziland|
|Suggested speaking resource||Resources||UK|
Studying John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech
December 2, 2016
sir, right now I am studying john f Kennedy's inaugural speech will it be a right method to attain oratory at the advanced level
antro - India (27523)
You can see the text of John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Speech, as well as to hear an audio of the speech. The audio is a computerized version and not in Kennedy's voice.
Note the his speech has a good introduction and is broken into short paragraphs on each topic. This makes it easy to understand. He also has a good conclusion.
It is a good speech to use in studying and improving your speaking skills.
Best wishes for success in public speaking.
Want to be a motivational speaker
November 22, 2016
I WANT TO BE A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER. I NEED HELP AND I WANT TO KNOW HOW TO START PLEASE.
SCHNOLDINE - USA (27499)
A motivational speaker seeks to inspire the audience, as well as to motivate them to improve themselves.
It is good to try to see various motivational speakers perform in your area. Also, select some motivational speakers that you admire and listen to their audios or watch them on YouTube. This can give you ideas on how to present your material.
Of course, you need to have a subject that you will speak on. You can find organizations where you can give your talks for free in order to refine your material. Even Toastmasters is a good place to improve your skills.
Once you are giving your motivational speech around the area, you can seek paying bookings.
I hope that helps. Best wishes in your speaking career.
September 22, 2016
My name is Lale Byquist, and I'm a college student who is passionate about public speaking. As a media communications student, I analyze tactics and strategies that can make a public presentation truly memorable. As someone who used to be petrified of speaking in front of my peers, I am grateful there are people like you who educate, empower, and encourage students to make their voice heard.
My website, PresentationSkills.me, is a collection of FREE materials and exercises that can help students better navigate the many aspects of public speaking. Please consider joining forces and adding http://presentationskills.me/ to your resources page. I see that you already have an impressive link collection and it will be a valuable addition to your page!
Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or ideas. I look forward to hearing from you
Media Communications Student and Consultant
Lale - USA (27318)
Thanks for the suggested resource. I added a link to your site a Speaking Resources.
Note that it might be good to state something like: "Click on the images or words below to see further information" under the title. It took a while until I figured out what to do.
Best wishes for success in your endeavors.
Describe demographic features of the audience
September 20, 2016
describe demographic features about the audience that are to be considered when preparing an oral presentation
venancia - Zimbabwe (27304)
You need to know something about your audience before speaking to them. In what are do they live? Where do many of them work? What type of jobs or education do they have?
But also, you need to be sure they would be interested in your subject matter/
Determining the audience group
May 15, 2016
How would you determine the audience group and presentation for a one-page desktop publication?
Myla - Austalia (27005)
I'm not sure if you are asking about speaking to a group or publishing something.
When speaking to a group, the announcement of the subject of your presentation usually will attract interested people. However, if the group is mixed, it is good to talk to people beforehand to get an idea of their interests.
Determining the audience for a publication is more difficult. If it is Internet-based, interested people will usually find it through a search. If the presentation is for desktop use, you need to determine how they will find out about it.
Write a speech for me
April 17, 2016
pls write a speech on the topic is Good Character
chinglembi - India (26939)
Your school assignment is for you to write a speech, not for me to write the speech.
See Preparation for Writing a Speech and other speech writing lessons. Then you can use Computer Aid for Writing a Short Speech to help you get started.
I hope that helps. Best wishes in writing a good speech.
What can I do about fear?
February 12, 2016
When i come infront of audiences i suddenly before going to present my presentation feel strange threat or fear and when i start my presentation get nervous my tone trembles and i get nervous i forget what i planned i speak against my planned presentation please guide me dear what should i do in such circumstances
Naveed - India (26777)
Just as an entertainer rehearses before a performance, you also need to rehearse your speech or presentation several times. It is good to practice your presentation before friends or family. This will make sure you are completely familiar with what you will say. It will also give you more confidence in doing something you have done several times.
Also, it is helpful to have an outline of your talk--including key words--that you can refer to in case you forget things. No one will think less of you if you glance down at your notes.
I hope these ideas help. Best wishes for success in your presentations.
February 9, 2016
I have a resource on emotional intelligence, http://onlinemba.umd.edu/resources/infographic/emotional-iq-and-you/, that would be a great fit for your Public Speaking resource page. Having taught Speech and Debate in secondary education, I know that cultivating emotional intelligence is key to effective public speaking at any level.
This resource discusses the correlation between emotional IQ and body language as well as how to improve one's emotional IQ. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss its inclusion in your resource library. I'm happy to provide an introductory write-up. Thank you and have a great afternoon!
H. E. - USA (26769)
I added a link to the page from Career Resources - Career Advice. That seems more appropriate.
How to get the attention of the audience?
January 29, 2016
..please could you help me with these tow questions:
1_what should you do to get your audience attention to your speech?
2_What are the main parts of presenting a speech?
I need the answers as soon as possible.Because I will be asked about them on the day of the exam 05/02/2016 and thank you in advance.
Ahmad - Morocco (26731)
After you have been introduced and are standing in front of your audience, it is good to pause and wait for them to get settled. If you don't say anything right away, it will cause them to give you attention.
Then you need to get their interest. One good way is to ask them a question that relates to your subject. For example: "Let me ask you a question. How many of you have ever XXX?"
Another way to get their interest is to make a statement related to your subject that arouses their curiosity.
The main parts of a speech are the opening, where you get their attention and interest and then tell what you will be speaking about.
Then the body of the speech is where you explain your subject, usually in three parts.
Then in your conclusion, you summarize the points you have made.
Best wishes for success in your speaking and in your exam.
Gets nervous speaking to a group
November 25, 2015
I want to hone my skill in speaking to public..i get nervous when im talking to someone more on speaking to a group.
Roel - USA (26562)
A good way to get practice from a supportive group, as well as getting helpful feedback, is by getting involved in Toastmasters. It is inexpensive and allows the practice needed to overcome the jitters. Find a club in you area: Toastmasters Clubs.
Also see: Overcome the Fear of Speaking to Groups.
I hope that helps. Best wishes in confident speaking.
Guest speaker for grade 4 children
October 28, 2015
i am a guest speaker at a primary school for grade R to Grade 4. i don't know how to start my speech, and how to introduce myself
Piet - South Africa (26485)
A teacher will probably introduce you, but it doesn't hurt to repeat things by starting: "Hello. My name is Piet. Today, I'm going to talk about... (your subject). How many of your know much about (the subject)?"
Get a show of hands. You could then ask one or two students what they know about the subject. In this way, you get involvement, as well as to know their level of knowledge on the subject.
This is the opener to your speech. Then go into the subject matter.
Note that it is good to get involvement instead of simply giving a speech. Children that age can easily lose interest and get restless.
Best wishes with your speech. I an sure you will do a good job.
Audience analysis before presentation
September 18, 2015
how does audience analysis ensure effective presentation?
collins - Ghana (26387)
The purpose and content of you presentation should be adjusted according to the interests and educational level of your audience. This is to make sure they are interested and understand what you are saying.
Although audience analysis will help your presentation, it will not ensure that it is effective. You still need to communicate your ideas and maintain their attention.
How can I stop trembling and shaking when giving a speech?
July 2, 2015
So thankful for the information how can one do away with trembling sweating shaking heavy breathing when called up to give a speech?
carol - USA (26144)
If it is a prepared speech, you should have practiced it before friends or family several times. This should give you confidence to reduce your nervousness.
A good way to get started is to initially aim your speech at a friend in the audience. Start by looking at that person and ignoring the rest of the audience. After a few sentences, you can be relaxed enough to speak to the group in general.
Note that usually, the audience cannot tell if you are trembling or breathing heavily. Your feeling is just multiplied more that others see it.
Remember to practice, practice, practice. And best wishes for success in your public speaking.
I speak too fast to group
June 9, 2015
Please help,I a new to public as a student and the problem is that when I speak I just talk too fast with no confidence ,posture or fluent
mgcobela - Swaziland (26080)
It is important to take your time when speaking to a group. Your main idea is to make sure they understand what you are saying.
Speaking too fast can make you seem anxious to finish what you want to say. But, do they understand you?
When you go up before a group, walk slowly and with good posture. This will make you look and feel confident. Make sure you have the attention of the audience and then start speaking with your introduction.
Practice acting this way with friends and family, so that it becomes ingrained.
The more you speak, the more fluent you become.
I hope these ideas help. Best wishes on being successful in speaking. I know you will be doing fine.
Suggested speaking resource
May 20, 2015
My name is Paige and I work with Celebrity Speaker Associates (CSA), a global provider of motivational speakers.
Having just stumbled across your resources page (http://www.school-for-champions.com/speaking/resources.htm) which includes a section for speakers bureaus I wondered whether you might also consider adding us to your page?
You can learn about what we offer at:
Many thanks for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Paige - UK (26015)
Thanks for the suggestion. I added your resource to Speaking Resources, as well as updated other resources.
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