First in our Public Speaking series, this workshop looks at what exactly 'public speaking' is, and why people are scared of it. We say that people are scared of public speaking because they are scared of what people will think of them if they make a mistake. That's what we're trying to get rid of here, people's fear of making a mistake.
We treat a 'public speech' as anything sort of talk that takes place with one or more people. In essence, every time you talk you are making a public speech.
This workshop takes into account the plethora of tips and pointers that people give on how to make a smashing presentation, but says that there is too much out there for anyone to think of *while* they are in a public speaking setting, especially when they are on the spot. Given the situation, a set of exercises can be carried out (and practiced regularly) to ensure that the person is ready to give a talk when the time comes.
The 3 exercises covered here are
- Voice Projection (saying "aah" loudly, letting the voice come from your chest, building the vocal chords)
- Enunciation (Saying "Twenty dwarves took turns doing handstands on the carpet" and emphasizing on every syllable. These are a set of the most common syllables used in a talk.)
- 60 second speech (give a topic to someone, 15 seconds to prepare and 60 seconds to talk continuously. Helps build confidence and stops mind blocks).
The first two of these, if carried out on a regular basis can be very effective in warming up the speaker before their talk. The third is very useful, but also great fun with friends!