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Oral Communication: Elocution, Tips, Results

The first step we took was to ask people to speak for two minutes on a topic of their choice. They were given about two days to prepare for it. The topic could be any topic. Since we can’t do the workshop for everyone in the office in one go, we repeated the sessions for different teams.

There were patterns in how people performed in the elocution.

Body Language
One team had a lot of people taking on wrong posture or showing up with ineffective body language. Some people stood still and some were too animated. Some ruffled their hair too much, some used the wall to support themselves. Most people stared outside the window or looked at one fixed position during their speech.

Diction, Language
Hardly a few demonstrated clear diction and correct language. Common behavior included taking unnecessary pauses, speaking too fast, having a strong accent, speaking monotonously and incorrect tenses in the language.

Fear, Confidence
Many of the participants were scared. Most experienced trembling feet, faster heartbeats and stress. Some forgot what they came up to speak and some couldn’t control themselves.

Adherence to time limit
Most of the people did not rehearse and time their speeches. We had a timer visible to the speaker and that increased stress levels for many. Hardly anybody finished on time. Most wound up before two minutes and some crossed the time limit and had to leave the speech half delivered.

We provided individual feedback and discussed these points. People worked on themselves and we now see a significant improvement in their oral communication. The confidence level has shot up tremendously, the body language and posture are much better and the way people speak has also improved. We have also had people who realized that they could actually speak well in English, it was only their fear that was stopping them.

The group setting, individual feedback and daily meetings allowed Magneteers to practice these principles. We have Monday meetings as well where people can make their presentations; some people have already taken presentations for the first time and have been very happy with their performance.

There were people who were good with elocution. They also got tips on how they can deliver even better speeches. There were people who were simply afraid to speak up, they were able to go beyond their fears and actually do very good presentations due to personal coaching.

Personally, I am very happy with the way people responded to this workshop and got results for themselves.

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  1. hi,

    i’m an hr professional..i actually need some tips about the presentation style as well as public speaking..

    kindly do the needful..

  2. hi…
    i’m extremly scared of speaking in public & canot speak confidently. can u please help me with it??

  3. I want observation n tips for elocution. How do we prepare in advance for an unknown topic, a topic which will be given to us at the venue itself?

  4. could you please offer any more tips on public speaking for school &college students? we’d be very obliged if you please offer a few of your known valued tips. thanking you.

  5. I want my son to be good at public speaking. What are the basics that I need to concentrate on..He is 6 1/2 yrs old

    • The biggest hurdle in public speaking is fear of speaking in front of public. Encourage him to tell how his day went at the dinner table with family. Encourage him to speak up with friends. If he fears, understand those emotions and help him overcome. Tell him everyone fears public speaking. But fear should not stop you from doing something!


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