ROSHAAN AMEERDISCUSSIONPUBLIC SPEAKING "He stood on the platform, one hand lightly resting on a table, talked forwhat seemed to be about 20 minutes, concluded, and sat down. When thestudent looked at his watch, he found to his astonishment that he had beenlistening for an hour and a half!" (pg.232 Ch. 13). This is important to me because I think one of my biggest weaknesses isdelivery. I think that delivery has always been difﬁcult when speaking ingeneral and I don't think that I delivered my speech that well. One time, a student was so captivated by a speaker's comments that hecompletely lost track of the passing of time, providing a stunningillustration of the power that can be harnessed through effective publicspeaking. The speaker was positioned on a platform, and at the beginningof their talk, they had one hand delicately leaning on a table. When thestudent glanced at his watch, he was surprised to see that he had beenattending for an hour and a half already, even though it only seemed like20 minutes had passed since the lecture had begun. This incident exempliﬁes the transformative impact that effective publicspeaking can have on an audience when delivered by a skilled publicspeaker. When a speaker is able to grab the attention of their audience andkeep it for a prolonged period of time, they have the ability to genuinelymotivate, instruct, and convince those who are listening to them.
Storytelling, comedy, and emotional appeal are three of the most powerfultools that powerful speakers use to keep their audiences interested andinvolved in what they have to say. Successful speakers understand how toconstruct their message in a way that resonates with their audience. It goes without saying that not every speaker will be able to hold theattention of their audience for a full hour and a half. However, even themost inexperienced presenters are capable of making a signiﬁcantimpression on their audiences by incorporating elements of successfulspeaking, such as a clear and captivating message, an engaging delivery,and consideration to the requirements and preferences of their audience.The secret is to put in plenty of practise, be well-prepared, and work hardto keep improving one's public speaking abilities.