Use ChatGPT to answer an English question from the the National Senior Certificate, Grade 12 November 2022 English Home Language P1 paper..
This text discusses good public speaking skills. Summarise, in your own words, the techniques needed to deliver an effective speech.
1. Your summary should include SEVEN points and NOT exceed 90 words.
2. You must write a fluent paragraph.
3. You are NOT required to include a title for the summary.
4. Indicate your word count at the end of your summary.
THE GIFT OF THE GAB
You are standing in an auditorium packed with friends, family, colleagues and peers. You are about to walk onto the stage and address them. If you are shaking and looking for the exit, you are normal. Nowadays, being able to address a crowd is no longer the domain of the brave – if you want to get ahead in your career, you need to master it. You do not have to write out your speech word by word but get the headline, three key points and the concluding sentence on paper and put bullet points under each. Then run through it and note which of your bullet points are relevant and can be included in your speech. Adapt your notes and try again. Without this kind of preparation, you will not have a structured speech.
If you film yourself, you will be able to see the points of your speech that need attention. Having a camera on hand is useful. This is how you will see the points that need work and how you can improve your delivery. It will also teach you this: most of the information the audience will take away will be from your energy, a little will be from your tone and a fraction will be from your words. Once you have sorted out the words, focus on how to exude the right energy. Do you need confidence, gravitas or humour? Five minutes before a talk, try to recall a success you have had, focusing on the details of that success. Being confident about the delivery of your speech will assist to bring that feeling of competence to life.
We cannot speak without breath, yet it is the first thing we let go of when we are nervous. Settle your breathing before you start. If you lose control of your breath in the middle, say, ‘Let’s take a moment to think about the last point.’ That gives you a pause point to collect your breath and no one will be any wiser.
The only way to get over a fear of public speaking is to do it, again and again. You will have good experiences and bad ones but, if you do it enough, you will realise that occasionally, it is fun.
To deliver an effective speech, first, you need to prepare your notes and structure your speech with a headline, three key points and a concluding sentence. Filming yourself and reviewing the footage will help you identify areas that need improvement. Focus on exuding the right energy for your speech, whether it be confidence, gravitas, or humour. Settle your breathing before you start speaking and pause to collect your breath if needed. The only way to get over a fear of public speaking is to practice repeatedly.