“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education”.
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr was an excellent orator. What makes him so, you may ask. It is because Martin Luther King Jr single handedly convinced the entire black community that they ought to stand up for their rights – only by his words, not by physical force. When a person can affect the public, especially millions of American people to such an extent by just words, he deserves to be called an excellent orator.
Much of training is conducted by oration – by speaking. Granted, there is usage of property and physical material during a training session. However, without speech, training would become a herculean task. Speaking, in its truest form appeals not just to the ear, but also to the eyes. Trainers need to keep in mind the power of oration when they are communicating with their audience. A trainer’s message – of what he/she is trying to convey to the audience is enhanced when the trainer is also a good orator. Oration goes a long way in conveying the message, through the right channel, to the desired audience.
“In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.”
Let us look at some tips for effective oration:
- Stop trying to be great. Trainers tend to look at videos of great orators and try to emulate them by incorporating new techniques. This must not be overdone. People want to listen to someone who is interesting, relaxed, and comfortable. Stick to the basics.
- Don’t be scared to make mistakes. Everyone – even the greatest orators make mistakes. Mistakes are a part of learning what NOT to do next time. If there ever is a stumble, a trainer must carry on like it never happened – if he/she is confident in their recovery, then the audience tends to forget about the mistake.
- Practice makes perfect. Every trainer must practice his material until it becomes routine. Even great speakers started out at the bottom. The amount of practice makes it seem as though they were born to speak in public. Trainers must never be afraid to try new things and practice them before showcasing it to their audience.
- Make the audience want more. Build anticipation in your speech and make the audience want more of you. Most speeches are long and boring and are not well received. Making a speech short – a summary of whatever a trainer wants to say is perfect as it induces questions from the audience – in this case trainees. When trainees participate, their level of focus and concentration increases, thereby resulting in the message being efficiently communicated.
Good oration can help a trainer convey the message to the audience in a quicker and simpler way. After all, this is what trainers are paid to do – to effectively communicate the message from the company to the trainees.
- Naresh Mulkunte