The Key to Being a Successful Speaker

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The Key to Being a Successful Speaker I am one of those who suffer from butterflies, that uncomfortable feeling in my chest and stomach, before speaking in public. This is not only a problem for myself, but it is also a common fear and a concern for many people. My purpose is to denounce a few dynamics I feel have helped me to become a more effective speaker and to manage my butterflies. I will prove to you that strong body language makes ideas and feelings more clear, vigorous and engaging. First, I will show how eye contact unconsciously engages the audience. Second, I will prove that vocal emphasis is the key to a vigorous speech. Third, I will confirm that gestures reinforce the ideas of the speech, making the speech clearer to the audience. I am able to tell how well my audience is engaging through eye contact. Eye contact is not achieved by looking out the window, at the ceiling or floor, or at notes too often. Good eye contact does not mean looking over the heads of people or moving quickly from face to face, or even picking out and speaking mainly to one member of the audience who seems interested. Rather, eye contact means looking into the eyes of a member of the audience and holding the gaze for a moment or two and then looking at other members of the audience in the same way. Through eye contact a sense of interaction is enhanced. I have learned through presenting my speeches that eye contact allows me to get to know and appreciate my audience as individuals, as they are given an opportunity to get to know and appreciate me. By means of eye contact, I am able to make ideas and feelings more clear. I am able to determine if I am being understood. I can detect signs of interest or lack of comprehensi... ... middle of paper ... ...hed fist and pointed finger, give emphasis to important points or to the speaker's feelings about certain ideas. If gestures are integrated with what is being said, they add clarity to the speech. In conclusion, I have defined good eye contact and I have discussed how this eye contact helps to engage the audience in communication. I have showed how vocal emphasis naturally conveys feeling and makes the speech more vigorous. Also, I have proven that when gestures are use efficiently, they reinforce the ideas of the speech by adding clarity to what is being said. The key to becoming an efficient speaker is body language. Eye contact, vocal emphasis, and gestures combined can help a speaker not only to clarify and emphasize points, to suggest meaning, or to create an appropriate mood, but also to release tension and make him feel more comfortable while speaking.
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