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Hone up your oratorical skill!

Discussion in 'Cheeniya's Senile Ramblings' started by Cheeniya, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. Cheeniya

    Cheeniya Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Malathy
    That was indeed a valid point about long speeches. I was once invited to speak at a Rotary Regular meeting. In his introductory speech, the President said that Rotary speeches were to be confined to 20 minutes and that I could continue beyond the prescribed time limit if I so desired but none of them would be there to hear it implying that the 20 minute restriction was their own endurance limit. But as Churchill once said, it would be easy to go on speaking but if one was required to confine himself to some time restriction, lot of preparation would be required. The shorter the speech, the greater would be the preparation!
    Like you, I too had my nobility thrust on me! I started as a 'vote of thanks' man and soon specialised in it. My club members used to attend meetings only to hear my vote of thanks! Just as I was resigning myself to my fate, I got an opportunity to speak as the listed speaker could not make it due to some viral infection. Since then, I have grown to be the greatest virus of them all!:)
    Sri
     
  2. Nischel

    Nischel Senior IL'ite

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    Dear Cheeniya Sir,
    I have gone through ur post and found it useful in general. But i feel that
    unless some interesting stuff in the speech people will be bored with too much of statistiscs. I think that this MANTRA cannot be applied to all the types of Speeches and before all the type of Audience. I do not know whether i am right or wrong in my opinion with ny little experience.
    Any how It is nothing but to carry coal to new castle ,if i appreciate your post.
    Thank u very much
    Sd/nischel
     
  3. Chitvish

    Chitvish Moderator IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Sri,
    Well, I can only say, you are "heartless" as a friend for teasing me typically like a man !:oops:
    My God, is this the age for Vish to be introduced to "figures"? Please do not mistake that all auditors ( pun not intended!) love "figures"! :wink:

    You wrote
    It’s like sprinkling a drop of water on boiling milk that threatens to flow out of the pot.
    I guessed you must be making coffee everyday in the morning & experienced this ! Now, Sri, please don't tell me, you did'nt get it ! Perhaps, you did'nt want to get it & accept it !:mrgreen:
    Love,
    Chithra.
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  4. Cheeniya

    Cheeniya Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Nischel
    How true you are about the use of statistics could be boring where they are not warranted! If Mark Antony used statistics in his classic oration at Ceaser's funeral or Jawaharlal Nehru's Tryst With Destiny oration at Gandhi's funeral, they would have received flak! You dont use statistics on such occasions like how many leaders have been assassinated thus far and how!
    Though people seem to get away with such stuff these days. I saw Renuka Chowdhry reeling out statistics of how many people got killed in police firing in States ruled by the opposition while visiting the village where Police firing led to 8 deaths in Andhra a couple of days back!:bang
    Sri
     
  5. Cheeniya

    Cheeniya Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Chithra
    What else can I say but Ada Kadavule!
    If wifey tells me, cooker satham vandha simla vaingo. I'll have my bath and come and if I comply with such a very reasonable request, does it mean that I do all the cooking? Sprinkling water on boiling milk that threatens to overflow the vessel is just a panic reaction! Period!
    Bed coffee is unthinkable for me. My Leo tastes awful if I dont have the Hindu in my hand!
    Sri
     
  6. Manjureddy

    Manjureddy Gold IL'ite

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    Dear Cheeniyasri
    86.93% of your article was uproariously funny.

    56.78% of it was truly educative. Also, motivational. So far, the very thought of having to stand up and speechify to a wall of judgemental eyes, used to make me quake in my slippers. Now i'm emboldened to accept if asked ! Only, i'll have to load up on itsy-bitsy data like how men use underwear, how many enthralling words 65-year-olds can type a minute etc. etc....

    98.37 % of your articles are irreverent and boistrous and hence totally endearing. Do keep it that way.

    Herewith, i'm raising my hat 6.45 inches off my head in salute to our resident PG.W:smile:

    with 99.99% regards
    manjula
     
  7. Chitvish

    Chitvish Moderator IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Manju,
    I wonder if Sri has already seen your post ! It is 52.34 % likely.
    But I enjoyed it thoroughly & can't help appreciating the same. If Sri scores
    98.76 % for his leader post, you come to a close 89.98 %.
    I am strongly tempted to nominate this thread for the finest post - but am 98.49 % sure & 99.99 % scared of Cheeniya resenting it. I am 100% not in favour of displeasing him, poor 64 year old man.
    Love,
    Chithra.
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  8. Tamildownunder

    Tamildownunder Bronze IL'ite

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    Dear Cheeniya,

    The topic of oratorial skill brought to my memory the funny incident that took place in BARC. As you will agree, there are some people to whom giving the mike invites danger.

    We had organised a conference inside BARC on 'Industrial appications of nuclear radiation' which had attracted large number of participants both from within BARC and from outside. The topic being connected to industry good number of industrial sponsors came sponsoring lunch, dinner etc. for the participants. The first day programme started with inaguration by Chairman, Department of Atomic Energy and followed by talks by invited speakers. As is customary to have a high tea followed by the inagural speech by the chairman, the session on invited speakers got delayed. Our lunch was scheduled at 1.00 P.M in the near by canteen and even after high tea we were getting hungry around 12.30 P.M itself. In the schedule, there was a speaker from industry who was one of the sponsor as well, whose speech was at 12.30 P.M and with the allotted time of 30 minutes, he was to be the last speaker before lunch. But, due to the delays it got postponed to 12.45 and we all braced ourselves to listen to him looking at our watches anxiously for 1.15 P.M when the speech was to be over. But, to our dismay he continued beyond 1.15 P.M and more the delay greater was his enthusiasm in speech which went past 1.30 P.M. In the canteen already people who did not want to wait for the speech to be over had assembled and the canteen staff were getting restless as they had to close shop by 2.00 P.M and open again for evening tea at 3.00 P.M. Now, there was another thing that we normally start the lunch with guests eating first (Athithi Devo bhava was our motto). But, here the guest did not seem to end his talk and come for lunch. The organisers politely reminded the speaker to end the talk quickly. But, he was not heeding their request and went on and on past 1.45 P.M. At this juncture, the Prseident of our association said, 'enough is enough' and went to the stage and seized the mike from the speaker and announced that he would continue after lunch to our very big releif.

    Regards,

    TDU
     
  9. Tamildownunder

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    Dear Cheeniya,

    Another funny episode that comes to my mind is from the great P.G. Wodehouse.

    In one of his novels, the hero Bertram Wooster while staying in his aunt's house, will come across his cousin who was shaking with fear as he had been invited to deliver a speech to the bunch of school kids. Wooster will give him the idea that he should take one or two drinks (alcohol) before the speech which will put smoothen his nerves and he would be able to deliver the speech. His cousin would tke the drinks and go to school to address the kids. Wooster also followed him and stnading in the back started listening to his speech. His cousin started the speech under the influence fof alcohol boldly and soon he he became fluent with his oratorial skill. Wooster was enjoying this. But, to his shock, suddenly his cousin addressed him and said,'Oh, Wooster you are here. Children, I should say you should not be idle and waste your time like my cousin Wooster here' . :smile:

    Regards,

    TDU
     
  10. ksv

    ksv Senior IL'ite

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    Dear Cheeniya Sir,

    A very nice post that would make the IL ites think about their oratorical skills..

    As far as I am concerned, when i was in school my mother use to encourage me to go for ' recitation ' &' Speech 'competitions.. I always use to prefer the 'recitation' since the content is already available & it needs to be delivered properly.(ie with the right pace & within the given time..) .But even in that i failed.. would start off properly..(no starting trouble!!) would slowly become nervous abt the audience & finally finish it off.. without even speaking the full content..

    But, in the later stages.. after finishing my college eduation, joined as a lecturer & after that.. i gradually developed presentation skills & that stage fear is almost gone....

    I always remember my college Professor saying .. whenever u r addressing a gathering.. whatever be the type of audience.. ' u should draw their attention within the first few minutes.' once u make them feel that u r delivering an interesting topic they would automatically concentrate on what u r speaking!!

    Statistics - it always helps.. to impress people.. general feeling is that.. only learned people are aware of the statistics.(though not true!!).
    As correctly pointed out by some of our friends abt the film 'Ramana' .. it was just bcoz of the statistics given by the hero .. that film was a hit!! & so is the hero..

    regards
    ksv
     

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