Conversation Secrets

Conversation Secrets

Do you think you are public speaking if you are talking to one or two people? Perhaps you are speaking to five to ten people. Or do you need to have 20, 50 or 100 in the audience to consider being a public speaker? When talking to others, whatever the number of people, you are public speaking. You are speaking to another member of the public. Some people lack confidence to speak up and speak out when standing in front of a large crowd. Others find they don’t have the skills and/or confidence required for conversations. Many seem to make conversation look easy. We all know someone who is a non-stop talker. Watch politicians manipulate and direct conversations. Often we can have a good conversation on topics which are familiar such as personal matters, interests, hobbies and work-related subjects. Conversations can be easier with people we are close to or love.
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Social Speeches

Social Speeches

How confident are you if you’re asked to say a few words at a social occasion? Many of us are not confident and shy away from standing in front of an audience. Whether you are speaking in front of teenagers, attendees at a 21st birthday, black tie dinner for an award ceremony, or presenting a eulogy for a departed friend, the recipe is the same as for any other speech. Begin with an opening which immediately commands attention. Develop the body in a logical sequence and conclude with an ending that leaves them laughing, crying, or both. As you know, there are various social speeches and some of the common ones are discussed below.
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Be Entertaining

Be Entertaining

To bring enjoyment and laughter to your audience makes any speech memorable. To present an entertaining social speech you also set a lighter tone for the occasion. What is an entertaining speech? An entertaining speech is one which is interesting, pleasurable and may be amusing to the audience. It has a clear message, as do informative, persuasive and motivational speeches; however, entertaining speeches are typically different. They are often delivered on special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, dinner events, farewells and acceptance of awards. These can be referred to as social speeches or special occasion speeches. Entertaining speeches can also be used on mundane occasions to arouse the audience or to stir their emotions. Many effective speeches include elements of an entertaining speech as speakers use stories, anecdotes and other techniques to add humour to their message.
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Be a Compelling Motivator

Be a Compelling Motivator

Did you know that everyone is a motivational speaker? A mother may be asking a child to clean up their room or a finance manager giving a pitch to improve the company finances. You may be asking someone, or a team, at work to take action. We are all motivational speakers in everyday life as we continually ask someone else to do something. These are all motivational speeches.
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Persuasive Power

Persuasive Power

Do you work, belong to a community group or share time with family and friends? If you do, then you will be engaged in persuasion some of the time. What skills do you need for effective persuasion? Below are some tips for you. What is a persuasive speech? A persuasive speech is one which is used to change, reinforce or create attitudes and behaviour. Your aim is to educate and convince, or motivate an audience to do something. You are trying to sway the audience to adopt your viewpoint. A persuasive speech tells the audience: • Here is what I want you to do • This is why I want you to do it • I feel this way because . . . Effective persuasion uses accurate logic, appeals to emotions and involves trust.
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An Inside Look at Informative Speeches

An Inside Look at Informative Speeches

What is an informative speech? An informative speech is one which informs the audience by introducing a new topic or makes the audience more knowledgeable on a familiar topic. It intends to educate the audience on a particular subject. Content considerations Informative speeches can be about objects, processes, events and concepts. Your topic must be appropriate for your audience and aim to increase the audience’s knowledge or present new subject matter.
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Quickly, What Am I Going To Say?

Quickly, What Am I Going To Say?

Short notice speeches and impromptu speeches There are many situations in our everyday lives when we may be called upon to speak at short notice or speak immediately. You could be at work, speaking to retail staff or a bank manager. You may be speaking to a stranger at the supermarket. Wherever you are, you can practice spontaneous and short notice speaking. The definition of short notice speaking is when you have some warning before you need to speak. Impromptu speaking is when you speak immediately, completely ‘off the cuff’. Don’t panic! There are techniques which can be used in these situations to make them manageable and, in fact, enjoyable.
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Developing confident women from all walks-of-life

Developing confident women from all walks-of-life

Speaking Made Easy is a place for women from all walks-of-life. This includes women who have lost confidence through personal dilemmas, poor health experiences, or social isolation. Those who have struggled to gain confidence lifelong, lack self-assurance because of being new to Australia, or, those who are uncomfortable with speaking up in a man’s world.
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