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Chapter 3. All the World's a Stage > The Leader of the Pack - Pg. 20

All the World's a Stage 20 Public speaking affects every area of communication. Yet many people insist on separating "public speaking" from "one-on-one" speaking. They think the former is stilted and ceremonial, while the latter is casual and relaxed. In some circumstances, this may be the case, but truly effective speak- ers put the power of speech to work for them whenever they communicate verbally. Remember, all the great speakers were once bad speakers. Test Time The ability to express ideas is as essential as the capacity to have ideas. Take a closer look at your strengths and weaknesses as a public speaker by filling out this Public Speaking Inventory work- sheet. If necessary, use blank paper to provide more space. Public Speaking Inventory 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. List the qualities you think an effective public speaker should have. ________________________________________________________________ List which of these qualities you now have. ________________________________________________________________ What are your strengths as a public speaker? ________________________________________________________________ What are your weaknesses as a public speaker? ________________________________________________________________ When do you have to speak in public? ________________________________________________________________ What public speaking situations do you find the most difficult? ________________________________________________________________ Save your Public Speaking Inventory. When you finish the book, fill out another copy of the inventory and compare the two versions to see how much you have learned about public speaking and how your feelings about it have changed. Class Act How often should you speak in public to raise your confidence level? Aim for at least one major speech a month. The Leader of the Pack Being a good public speaker makes you visible to the high achievers in business, money, resources, and power. Speaking in public with confidence gives you the edge. And there's really no mystery about what makes someone an effective public speaker. Here's my list of the qualities you need to be a good public speaker. I've included the 10 charac- teristics most likely to make you a success at the podium or the head of the table. 1. Knowledge.The famous American writer and humorist Mark Twain said, "It takes three weeks to prepare a good ad-lib speech." If that's the case, imagine how much time it takes to prepare a good written speech.