My how to study video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOTYTuiNaho
This is my personal attempt to teach the basics of the art of public speaking. This will be relevant to most applications, ranging from debating to after dinner speaking. Maybe even a best mans speech at a push! I would like to emphasise that while it is all well and good learning the theory behind public speaking, there really is no substitute for getting out there and putting it into action. Get as much practise as you can, preferably in a range of contexts and styles, and put these ideas into action.
A quick summary:
Think carefully about the event you are speaking at, answering; why are you speaking? where are you speaking? to whom are you speaking? how long are you expected to speak for? With the answers to these questions start writing a script, though do remember that a script is not an essay!
This is the section most influenced by my personal approach to public speaking, and I’m sure contradicts writings elsewhere! Basically I believe that in public speaking you construct a stage persona which you can hide behind to improve your performance and confidence. In constructing this persona you must carefully consider your physical, vocal and script performances.
By far the most important aspect of public speaking, there are two aspects of practise. Practising speaking in public gives you confidence in performing, while practising your script gives you confidence in what you will be saying. Both are very important, though sadly the former takes much longer! But speaking in public is a skill, and like any other skill it takes time to refine.
This is another one of those videos that’s a bit different, though at least somewhat similar to some of my others! Please do let me know what you thought and whether it was useful to you. Also if you disagree with my interpretation!
Also I do realise that I’m being a bit hypocritical at times, though do realise that the art of speaking to camera is somewhat different to speaking in public. Though I do concede that I made some pretty terrible errors in my English in this video…
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I am Simon, a first year PhD candidate at the University of Exeter. I upload videos on bits of science which are relevant to what I do, and sometimes just because they’re really cool.
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