Hi there everyone!!
Why is it important to distinguish the categories of public speaking? At one point or another, we’ll find ourselves present in all three of these possible situations. If we’ve ever thought, “this is so boring,” or “teach me something new,” or “I don’t feel like participating,” then these distinctions are for us.
How we effectively make use of these experiences comes down to realizing which experience we are truly in, and then using the advantages of that particular distinctive experience to enhance the experience. Here are the distinctions:
From teachers to professors to technical presenters, this type of public speaking involves researching and conveying information to a captive audience. Lecturing information is important for those who are hungry for knowledge and interested in growing their intelligence.
This type of public speaking can be associated to the traditional motivational speaker or the sales trainer. This kind of public speaking gets people to think different, or act different. Sometimes, there isn’t any new information presented at all. It’s the new perspective or the new story that gets people at the edge of their seats. Here, it’s all about action. What are you going to do today?
Historical heroes such as Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy have contributed to transforming communities. They don’t just get us to think different or act different. They get us to “be” different. They are the catalysts of ethical evolution.
How are communities being transformed today on a local scale? I believe communities are transformed when they become actively involved with a leader. So there isn’t a “presentation,” rather a “conversation.” This is what Landmark Education does. This is what the Sterling Institute of Relationship does. And this is what I attempt to do in my presentations. It’s all about interactivity and getting into the “world” of our audiences.
Note that these three categories aren’t distinguished to pigeon-hole any profession. In fact, quite the contrary. Think of Ministers for example. They have the choice to lecture biblical wisdom, inspire their congregation, or transform their religious community. Each choice has its respective advantages and disadvantages.
So, when we say to ourselves in the middle of a presentation, “When is this guy going to tell me something I don’t know?” let’s ask ourselves which category the presenter is in. If the presenter is attempting to inspire the audience, then they are doing their job. What we may want to consider is whether we are truly applying what we already claim we know in our lives.
Let’s love the world together…
Danish Ahmed, blind visionary