Magazine article Management Today

Masterclass: Public Speaking

Magazine article Management Today

Masterclass: Public Speaking

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What is it? Let's face it: we can't all make speeches like Barack Obama. The crucial thing is to avoid being David Brent.

But sooner or later, any manager who wants to get on is going to have to get up on his/her hind legs and try to persuade a roomful of tired and sceptical people that they've got what it takes. Even worse, perhaps, they might have to fly to a far-off city and, with minimal preparation time, give a plausible and coherent public presentation. It is not easy When was the last time you sat through a talk that you wished had been longer?

Where did it come from? The ancients wrote the book on rhetoric. Literally - Aristotle's The Art of Rhetoric appeared in the 4th century BC. In Roman times, Cicero was perhaps the most famous and impressive public speaker, learning lengthy and intricate speeches by heart. It is not necessary and perhaps not even advisable, in the era of teleprompters, to memorise speeches. It can look more than a bit flash. An element of spontaneity - even if rehearsed - is more likely to win over cynics these days. …

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