Although I’m very gabby and could chat with someone all day long, I’m still not a good public speaker. I always admire my brother who is always asked to give a talk in his school and even his peers and acquaintances’ school or company. I guess he got that from my father who used to be a student teacher himself way back in his highschool.
My brother would teach me how to give a speech, an oration, or a declamation. He would ask me to practice some tongue twisters every morning (or when I wake up) and feel the words I’m saying. I know it’s not really my thing, but these kind of exercises help us to boost our self-confidence.
Preparation and practice are the speaking tips not only my brother tells me but all speakers as well. My brother would tell me to stand up in an elevated area like in a podium and pretend that I’m in front of an audience, holding my index cards but only glancing on them once in while so I won’t get “lost for words”.
One of my favorite Celebrity Speakers is Al Gore. Although he’s a well-known personality in the United States, I only knew him through his eye opening documentary about the global warming. Speakers should sound convincing, and you can only show that if you know what you’re talking about, you feel it, and you’re passionate about it. I guess that’s why Al Gore made an impact not only to me.
I only listen to motivational speakers whose lives have worked according to what they’re saying. I know many public speakers who are very eloquent and believable, but couldn’t even practice what they preach.