ROSHAAN AMEERDISCUSSIONPUBLIC SPEAKING "A golden voice is certainly an asset for a public speaker, but some of the mostfamous speakers in history have had undistinguished voices. Abraham Lincoln hada harsh and penetrating voice; Winston Churchill suffered from a slight lisp and anawkward stammer." Chapter 13 Page 235 This is important to me as a public speaker because it shows me, that the sound ofyour voice does not matter when giving a speech. It is more about the content ofthe speech. If famous people like Winston Churchill had a lisp and are one of themost infamous public speakers then anyone can do it. This helps me because I canbe embarrassed about my voice but giving a good speech does not depend on thesound of your voice. This can be applied to any speech as you might not feel comfortable with the wayyour voice sounds, but the content of the speech is what matters. When giving aspeech in school I tend to overthink the sound of my voice but in reality, it does notmatter. The only thing that matters is the content of the speech and how you projectyour voice. The idea that a speaker's success is not solely determined by the quality of theirvoice is an essential aspect of public speaking that is brought to light by thefollowing quote: "A golden voice is certainly an asset for a public speaker, butsome of the most famous speakers in history have had undistinguished voices."This statement brings to light an essential aspect of public speaking, which is that aspeaker's success is not solely determined by the quality of their voice. There are a great number of other aspects that contribute to successful publicspeaking, in spite of the fact that it can be beneficial to have a voice that is bothpleasing and authoritative. The ability of the speaker to communicate with theaudience, the precision and organisation of their message, as well as the use ofappropriate language, tone, and delivering style are some of these factors.
These ideas can be illustrated by looking at the lives of Abraham Lincoln andWinston Churchill. In spite of the fact that they had distinct accents, they weresuccessful in capturing the attention of their audiences and inspiring them with thepersuasive messages and delivering methods that they used. They were able tocommunicate on an intuitive level with those they were performing for becausethey had a profound comprehension of their listeners. In addition, both Lincoln and Churchill put in a lot of effort to better their publicspeaking abilities. Churchill sought the help of a speech therapist in order toovercome his stuttering and lisping, whereas Abraham Lincoln was renowned forhis meticulous planning and preparation. They were well aware that having apleasant voice was not enough to be successful in public speaking, and as a result,they put in a lot of effort to improve their abilities. To summarise, having a strong voice may be an advantage for a public speaker, butit is not the only element that contributes to success in this field. Regardless of thequality of their speech, public speakers can be just as successful if they are able toconnect with their audience, communicate in a way that is both straightforward andstructured, and use language, tone, and delivery style that are appropriate for thesituation. The lives of Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill serve as a reminderto us that anyone, regardless of their inherent abilities, can become a great publicspeaker through diligent practise and unwavering commitment.