I think, public speaking is the most important talk because it is needed every day by everybody. You are required to talk for either informing, entertaining or persuading somebody.
You are constantly telling your superiors something, informing your faculty something, making a point or telling your team what to do and calling for action; the purpose is to make the audience act as you request and they act only when we are able to win both their hearts and mind. Let me share with you my journey of public speaking and how you Call for Action.
First & Foremost : Establish an “I AM OK, YOU ARE OK” position with them by first few sentences without touching the subject.
” I am so glad to be with such bright students of this college .” Here you are not antagonizing anyone. I’m Ok, You’re OK!
Start speech from a point of Agreement. Everyone should say / feel Yes!
” Love is the most precious thing in life”. There is no disagreements; hint – the more the ‘Yes’ the more the audience starts agreeing with you.
Slowly move towards point of disagreement: in small steps. As you move on, shift from mind reasons to heart reasons.
” We love life, we love this earth, we love our friends, and family. We want to be there whenever they need us. In times of joy, in times of trouble; that’s what friends and family are for, right? Just being there is a great emotional support. The least we can do for our loved one’s is to be there, to be at present when they need us most. And if we love them then how can we destroy ourselves with say drugs? Or when you see your friend suffering from it usage it becomes important that we are there for them to give a helping hand and pull him out of the morass. Just think few years from now, if someone I love is in trouble, or in great joy, and desperately needs me to share and care , and ………”
Keep Eye contact, watch their Body – Language. You’ll know whether your impassioned plea is making any difference. Connect with the audience and feel them.
The moment you feel you have them nodding with you, without wasting any more words. Ask them! Request them for a clear-cut action, to be done – Today ! Call for Action.
Shall we all decide and commit today to begin the end of drug abuse.
Let us sign that form now!
Presume that they have all agreed. Say that you have full faith that they will do as agreed, thank them and close.
“And now that we have resolved to do the right thing, the love thing, the life thing, I am sure ..”
This way you have now put the ball in their court.
+ Use maximum of “WE”. We know. We are. We should. We wish. We can.
Never shoot arrows more than necessary.
+ Try overkill and you may loose, Stretch it and it breaks. Don’t rub it in.
+ One human story is more powerful than hundred of arguments, thousands of facts & figures and if it is YOUr story nothing like it. “Let me tell you a story ….
Here is wishing you the very best in your journey … still unsure!!! Phewww .. connect with me.