How good is your Oratory?
Learn to communicate more effectively. Because many committed individuals
on various causes like you have been sharpening their gift of the gab.
Today's political parties require activists,
cadre, leaders and candidates who can
communicate effectively. Presenting a vision
demands oratorical skills. To achieve this you
need to have superior speaking tools which are
critical for your success. The ability and
knowledge to communicate effectively will permit
you to find your voice, express confidence and
achieve your professional goals. Use the Pubic
Speaking learning opportunities or training to
become a better speaker, refine your message and
share best practices while building the party
for the cause.
Oratory can make or break your political career. Politicians with
polished oratory skills have been able to sway the public or other
politicians over key issues and build popular support for their side.
The recent success of
Barak Obama, President of USA is a good example of the power of
Good communicators are good orators. Good Orators are good leaders. Not
only for politicians, effective oratory is a useful tool in law, sales,
teaching, ceremonies, and religion among other social situations. It is
the time for you to sharpen your public speaking prowess.
It is found in some survey in USA that Public Speaking is number one
Phobia. Many politicians, activists working in various organizations
are unable to take forward their cause with the masses due to lack of
Public Speaking ability.
There are many organizations that train people in
Public Speaking skills such as
Junior Chamber International, Media Junction,
Toast Masters, The Purple Podium,
Dale Carnegie, YMCA, Rhetoric etc and others. These are the best
resources/ forums for improving Public Speaking Skills.
See, how other organizations have been doing. Take for instance Peta (People
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than 2.0 million members and
supporters, is the largest
animal rights organization in the world. PETA focuses its
attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals
suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory
farms, in laboratories, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment
It has prepared a detailed activists guide "How to Speak Up for
Animals?" for its activists. It has even gone one step ahead educating
its activists with a Guide to Letter-Writing. Sometimes the pen — or
word processor — really is mightier than the sword — and you don't have
to be Shakespeare! Writing letters to newspapers, businesses, and
legislators is an easy, effective way to help animals, says PETA.
Amnesty International is another organization that pays lot of
attention to how its activities speak and present their thoughts about
Human Rights. Amnesty is an independent and democratically-run
organization established in 1961 to fight for the cause of Human Rights
also has a systematic way of teaching its activists the Public Speaking
Public Speaking for Activists Workshops are common to many organizations
of International reputation. They build strong cadre, activists basis
out of public speaking. Periodically they organize workshops "How to
hook your Audience", "Handle Your Nervousness", "Stand Up, Speak Up and
Speak Out" programs etc.
American Federation of State, Country and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
organizes Training in Oratory to provide AFSCME leaders, activists and
staff with essential skills and capability to deliver persuasive action
messages that will engage their listeners. The training provides
participants with the tools for planning and giving effective
presentations. Participants complete a series of practice sessions,
followed by instructive feedback in order to improve their public
speaking ability. Effectively communicating the union’s message —
whether in a public forum, with the media, or most importantly, to
union members — is critical to the continued growth and vitality of
AFSCME, it says. The AFSCME
Public Speaking Training
is accredited by the
National Labor College in their country. VISTA (Volunteers In
Service to America) helps its activists on
Mastering Public Speaking
and published a book to help them to learn to captivate their audience
instantly. It tells its activists how to put a speech together that
makes their audience remember what they said.
Public Speaking skill is a must to lobby a cause effectively, says Mrs.
D.Kalpana, Director of Media Junction. Media Junction been conducting
Public Speaking training classes for the past several years in
Andhra Pradesh and
all over India. "Public
communication skills are important for anyone who needs to share
information with others, or who hopes to persuade others about an
issue," she says.
Do small things in a big way. So that your cause is highlighted,
noticed. And motivates more people to join hands with you.
Here in India, the Shiv Sena party taught its activists oratory skills
prior to the just concluded elections to woo voters. With a view to
attract more crowds during campaigns and public rallies for the upcoming
Lok Sabha polls,
Shiv Sena has organized a three-day workshop recently imparting training
in oratory skills to its activists. "Senior party leaders taught them
oratory skills along with a professional for effective campaign in
public. The sessions, a brainchild of Sena executive President
discussed other issues like awareness about
voters' list, code
of conduct and delimitation of constituencies.
The CPI(M) has roped in specialists to impart training in public
speaking to members of local committees in Kerala. Poets are born, but
orators are made. Political parties offlate have woken up to this
reality. The absence of good speakers to address street corner meetings
during campaigns has been confronting parties of all hues.
Locally, Praja Rajyam Party and Loksatta Party and some other political
parties too used services of professionals. Praja Rajyam Party went a
step ahead and organized seminars and training programs to select
Spokespersons for each constituency.
Across the parties we have some of the best
Public Speakers such as Vajpayee,
Narendra Modi, L.K.
Advani, Jaipal Reddy, Sitaram Echuri,
Rahul Gandhi, Arun
Jaitly, Manishanker Iyer, Jayalalitha,
Manohar Joshi, Bal Thackerey, Akbaruddin Owaisi and many others.
The list is little longer than what is presented here. But, the number
is not sufficient. India today needs more orators. Without exception
every party needs orators more in numbers than it is now.
the father of our nation is an alltime
His five long hours speech during Round Table Conference in
London says all
about his Oratory skills.
Vajpayee's oratorial abilities are legendary. He always enthralled his
audience with his oratory skills. He always did his best i.e to speak
from his heart. Wherever he went and whatever he spoke about, he left
an indelible mark on his audience. With his wit and wisdom, he has been
by far the best political speaker.
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who is known for his
speaking skills relies mostly on his oratory skills. He has always been
countering Indians in India with his oratory.
Internationally too there are many good orators like Hitler, Mussolini,
Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, etc. Their gift for fiery rhetoric
had contributed to their coming to power. Winston Churchill, speeches
salvaged the morale of the British people and ultimately helped sustain
them throughout the war. He is remarked as one of the best Orator, the
British ever produced. There are plenty examples of great Oratory.
It is never late to brush up oratory skills. You can learn these most
sought after skills any time. That too locally in Hyderabad. Check up
Jaycees, Media Junction. Media Junction has been training hundreds of
people in Public Speaking through their four days workshops on Effective
For more details check up on phone: 098488-42471. You can also visit
Toastmasters website. YMCA in Hyderabad and
has some evening classes for the practice of Public Speaking.
Why wait. Brush your Oratory skills.
Reachout's News Bureau