What Public Speaking Involves
How would you define Public Speaking? Let us examine some definitions of public speaking:
Public speaking is speech-making before a large body of audience in a formal situation wherein you, the speaker, display your talents for eloquence and oratory.
Public speaking is communication of ideas using words and actions to let others know what is happening in your head.
Public speaking is an art of facing a group of people and communicating to them your thoughts and feelings by means of effective speech.
Public speaking is direct communication with the audience — the creation of an idea in other minds through the stimuli of words, facial expressions, and movements.
Personality is one factor that makes up effective Public Speaking. Personality – It is impossible to make interesting speakers out of uninteresting people. Only people with interesting personality make good speakers. For this reason, personality is one factor we cannot overlook in the training of a person as a public speaker for his personality determines his speech.
If we are to define personality, we may say that it is the sum total of all our physical, mental, and emotional traits. Personality is not a matter of height, color, shape, etc., but a development of all traits of an individual.
Through speech, we express our individual personality, our total self. As we talk, others see, hear, sense, and feel our personality. What we say bears the imprint of our sympathies, prejudices, passion, fears and aspirations as it is filtered through our inner selves on the way to expression. Our spontaneous speech reveals our mental states and our emotional attitudes, our upbringing and our level of education. Hence, speech revels our personality.
For you to become an interesting and attractive personality, consider PERSONALITY factor essential in the cultivation of necessary characteristics or traits of a successful speaker:
Personal grooming. The speaker’s appearance has much to do with how well he will be received by his audience. Even in simple conversations, your external appearance affects your simple conversations, your external appearance affects your listeners. For this reason, you must pay careful attention to your personal appearance when you get involve with public speaking. Consider these questions as a guide to good grooming:
As a speaker, is your dress appropriate to the occasion?
Are you neat and comfortable?
Do you choose clothes that will establish basic similarities with your audience so that you make them feel at ease and comfortable with you?