“I know that men are won over less by the written than by the spoken word, that every great movement on this earth owes its growth to great orators and not to great writers,”
Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf.
What is an Orator?
Definition of an orator in simple language can mean, a person who is a public speaker especially a skilled one. You would not want yourself to be just an Orator. You’d want yourself to be a good orator.
Being a good orator will help you in every aspect of life, you didn’t necessarily have to a teacher, businessmen or a politician in order to a good orator. You need to be a good orator when you are lecturing your child in order to make him understand, you need to be a good orator while persuading someone so that, she starts seeing from your point of view, you need to be good orator while giving a school or college presentation, In short, Oration is something that you will need whole your life in order to make people realize your worth and understand your point.
A good orator can be distinguished from others as the one which makes a difference, whose speech moves the audience, who captivates them and to whom the audience wants to connect to. That is what basically differentiates our current Prime Minister with his predecessor. Any activity is made more interesting if the orator is capable enough, The world needs cogent speakers & They are allowed to have their own price.
Here Are Top 10 Skills to Be a Good Orator
Be confident – A Must For Good Orator
If you are confident, you can talk crap on the stage and walk away and people will still applause you. To be confident, firstly, don’t be afraid of making mistakes while talking, laugh it off say something like, ” oh! my bad! I meant to say…” If you are confident the audience will automatically want to listen to you.
Know Your Audience for Your Content
It is important to know what kind of audience you are addressing, what they expect and what are their views. You cant use complicated terms if you are addressing children, it is not the time to be verbose. Whereas if you are addressing you, client, you need to use both complicated words and simple ones in order to impress him and at the same time make sure that you got your point across.
Eye Contact Is a Must
The moment to establish eye contact with the audience you are connected to them. Make sure that you keep eye contact with the whole of the audience, look to the right, left and centre and repeat, and not just with one person! Because frankly if that person was me, I would get creeped out and feel uncomfortable. If you are scared to look them in the eye look at their eyebrow centre or behind them it will work perfectly fine.
Correct Body Language Will Deliver Right
It is very essential to have the correct body language. Firstly, don’t keep your hand in the pocket, it’s a clear sign of nervousness and disrespect for the audience who expect formal behaviour from you. But at the same time make body gestures, like hand movement while explaining something and walking around and giving attention to the entire audience, but don’t speed walk, it’s again a sign of nervousness.
Add Short Stories to Connect With the Audience
Everyone likes a story that moves them excites them, makes them laugh and motivates them. The advantage of narrating a story is that a story is the best way to convey your message across the audience they can easily relate and hence understand your point.
Use Voice Modulation and Pace
Don’t talk like a robot. Modulate your voice in relation to what you are saying, for example, if you are narrating a story modulate your voice when you are acting out the different characters in it. Secondly, don’t speak too fast to keep a proper gap between your words so that, the audience can understand each and every word you say.
Don’t Be Monotonous
If you are monotonous, your speech will become boring and the audience will lose interest. So, stay enthusiastic and keep cracking jokes or pun. Being monotonous will defiantly lead you away from being a good orator.
Break the 4th Wall
It is a concept which means that there is a wall between you ( the speaker or the actor ) and the audience. So, your job is to break this 4th wall and reach out to them. Ask them questions and their opinions it will make them an active part of your speech and they connect to you.
Have a Certain Personality on the Stage
Don’t act absurdly or dress in a weird way or speak too loud or too low but act in a particular manner. When you are on stage you have the liberty to speak and act the way you want, so you rule the stage, they have to listen to you. Act the way you want to but it should be natural, not fake or overdramatized.
Rehearse As Much as You Can
You can’t deliver a good speech if you are not well-rehearsed, you will stutter and make more errors. So rehearsing is a very vital step you can be confident only if you are rehearsed very well. I would recommend rehearsing at least 5 times in front of a mirror, in that way you can make sure all your gestures come out correct and how well you are delivering your speech. Even though you would be a good orator to begin with, it is no harm in practising as often you can to be a better orator.
So ahead and use these tips and own the stage!!
Till then, #StayTrending.