This week Huanyu (Joe) Qiao led a discussion entitled “Public Speaking and Gaining Confidence.” We watched two example speeches delivered by Lance Miller and Hans Rosling respectively.
Here are the links for the two speeches:
1. Miller’s speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQSAYobiSuk
2. Rosling’s speech: http://sixminutes.dlugan.com/six-simple-techniques-for-presenting-data-hans-rosling-ted-2006/
After watching the first speech, we discussed the guidelines for how to prepare a good public talk based on the manual of the Toastmaster International Club:
· Organize Your Speech — Introduce the basic concepts of organizing a speech around a speech outline.
· Get to the Point — Clearly state your speech goal, and make sure that every element of your speech focuses on that goal.
· How to Say It — Examine word choice, sentence structure, and rhetorical devices.
· Your Body Speaks — Complement words with posture, stance, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact.
· Vocal Variety — Guides you to add life to your voice with variations in pitch, pace, power, and pauses.
· Research Your Topic — Addresses the importance of backing up your arguments with evidence, and touches on the types of evidence to use.
· Get Comfortable With Visual Aids — Examines the use of slides, transparencies, flip charts, whiteboards, or props.
We also discussed how to gain confidence in front of your audiences:
· As a teacher, be confident in your expertise in your field!
· Practice makes perfect.
· Have a detailed plan before you enter the classroom.
Rosling’s talk demonstrates how to effectively use visual aids in a speech or a class.
We discussed several techniques that Hans Rosling used in his speech (http://sixminutes.dlugan.com/six-simple-techniques-for-presenting-data-hans-rosling-ted-2006/):
- Explain the data axes
- Highlight subsets of data
- Dig deeper to unwrap data
- Place labels close to data points
- Answer the “Why?” questions
- Complement data with energetic delivery