Stage Speech

07 Feb

I think I really suck at giving a speech. I think I talk fairly well in a smaller group of friends or even a bunch of unknown people. But, getting to the podium and giving a speech is a whole different beast to me. I really admire those who give eloquent speeches for hours and hours. May be I am missing some fundamental tricks that needs to applied. However, if I rewind time, I see myself giving speeches and participating in all sorts of recitation and debate competitions. What happened to me? It cant be the marriage…:)..We will find out when we get back after a quick break…

Suvaiya Manama Samachi vachha rasichu Aahaa Oho Besh Balenu Ellarum…Adhukku venum Sakthi Masala…Venum Venum Sakthi Masala…Sakthi…

Oh well… The more I think about it, when I was young, I think I wasnt very conscious about what others thought of me. I was very confident that I was giving the best speech. To top that, the speeches mostly had stuff that someone else drafted. All I had to do was, memorize it and convey it out. Now, it is a totally different story. First of all, I dont usually get to spend a lot of time to prepare for a formal speech (not that I get called to give any public speeches..mostly official stuff..). And when I do prepare slides for a speech, I think too much about the content. I usually assume that all my audiences are very clever and can think through stuff in the 3-5 seconds window that I spend on a slide. I also spend a lot of time to fabricate a lot of interesting stuff that can be inserted at different places along the presentation. After doing all this, when I get on the stage, I draw a blank…Here comes the rescue. On behalf of all of you, I take this oppurtunity to devote all my dedication and gratitude to MS-Powerpoint. It really is a life-saver. One can just flip through the slides and talk about whatever that is mentioned and get through the presentation. Once the presentation is done, I just brood about all the nicer things that I could’ve done. To add to my embarassment, murphy’s law kicks in…some people always manage to ask questions that I didnt think through… We will find out how I retaliated after a quick break…

Sadha Karkal Nagaigal Vaangida Lalitha Varungal..Seikooli illai…Sedharam illai..Karkalukku Vilayum illai… Lalitha Jewellery, T.Nagar, Panagal Park…

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. To balance my act of stupidity and embarassment, I try to do my best when I am on the other side of the seat. When I attend a seminar or lecture or a speech of any kind, I bombard the speaker with the maximum questions that I can come up with. Sometimes, I even take considerable pain to go through the speaker material to come up with creative questions. And when they droop, I give my victorius vengeful smile…;).. Seriously, I am just amazed at how some people can deliver absolutely great speeches. President Clinton is one of my favorite speaker. It would be great if you can share on the experiences that you’ve had….


Posted by on February 7, 2006 in From AM-KICKING blog


9 responses to “Stage Speech

  1. Calm & Serene

    February 8, 2006 at 12:39 am

    In this context, I must give a special mention to my dad – he is famous for extempore speeches. In our School, he was 1 of only 2 teachers who delivered speeches without keeping a piece of paper handy- sometimes in 5 minutes notice.
    I think the important things are:
    1) Be able to gauge the mental make-up of the group you are presenting to.
    2) Having an innate sense of humour helps – both in putting the audience at ease, and putting yourself at ease.
    3) Extensive reading – you never know when which piece of knowledge will come to your rescue.
    4) Like you mentioned – Confidence. When I was young, my father tipped me about 1 way to get over stage fright – practise in front of the mirror, so you know how you will look in front of others. I found that immensely helpful!!
    So, howz my lil speech 😉

  2. Calm & Serene

    February 8, 2006 at 1:06 am

    Oh…and for the situation where you don’t know the answer – try Joey’s smelling fart technique – wrinkle up your nose, look like your thinking really hard, and then say – “I’ll get back to you” in as sincere a tone as you can manage – he he he!!

  3. Mindframes

    February 8, 2006 at 1:17 am

    I’ve heard about the “talking infront of the mirror” technique. I havent tried it yet. Given ur personal experience, may be I should try that…

    Joey’s technique is a good one… I used to follow the technique of “Good question….(give a brief pause and then say)…Next Question ?”…

  4. IamwhatIam

    February 8, 2006 at 1:25 am

    Mindframe, Choosing a subject that you are comfortable with helps. If I asked you to talk about how you met your wife, I am sure you will be able to give a non stop 30 minute speech. If I asked you to talk about apartheid, you may have to do some surfing and remembering. Get a voice recorder and practice your speech. Replay every time to see where you have to improve. If you are serious about giving aspeeche join Toastmasters club. I was a member for a while and found it very useful.

  5. Survivor

    February 8, 2006 at 1:53 am

    I have not had any major problems with giving presentations or speeches ,maybe ‘coz I rarely give any :-). I think IamwhatIam rightly put it…you just need to be comfortable with what you are talking about. Though I wouldnot agree with using a voice recorder for mindframes. I do hear his views and points on everything a lot of time, a voice recorder will only aggravate that situation. Some peace time please !!:-) And he is already a member of toastmasters club..

    Imagine,I would have to hear to
    “Shakthi Masala ad” everyday though mindframes does produce it as it is..

  6. IamwhatIam

    February 8, 2006 at 7:00 pm

    Mindframe, Is there anything you are not a member of?

  7. Mindframes

    February 8, 2006 at 10:37 pm

    I agree that Toastmaster’s is a great way to increase one’s public speaking capabilities. I am learning and improving a lot…

    IamwhatIam: I am hoping that it is a complement…(Modestly Smiling)…drawing patterns under my feet…:)

  8. BrainWaves

    February 8, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    I am little surprised that this is coming from a person who I thought as good (if not great) speaker.

    Though I have the same problem. For a decent presentation (not a very great) all we need is confidence and the knowledge of subject.

  9. sdpal

    March 1, 2006 at 9:46 pm

    And this part of the program is sponsored by “Horlicks..”
    Ootachathu mikka baanam..
    Naan appadiye Saapiduven!


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