The Secrets of Public Speech
(The following speech is perfect for 1 min. to 1.05 min)
I have often been asked to explain the secret of my being able to make long speeches without reference to a single note, and even to reproduce passages that I have thought over in my mind. Perhaps it is an incommunicable secret. The speaker himself hardly knows, though much depends upon the construction of the sentences. If the order is natural, logical and consistent, it is an aid to the memory. If the sentences are rhythmical, they imprint themselves upon the mind, the cadence helping the memory. Lord Salisbury used to say that his finest sentences as they occurred to him, while preparing his speeches, burnt themselves upon his mind. That, I believe, is true of all who have practiced the art of public speaking. After all, preparation is a great thing. It is indeed the one thing needed. It is constant preparation that fits you for the extempore debate, that gives you the command over words, the readiness of resource, in a word the metal equipment of the accomplished debater.
Qu. Do you think that anyone can be a good public speaker?
Ans.- According to me anyone can be a good public speaker successful speaker is not necessarily a great orator. The qualifications of the orator are moral rather than intellectual. It is the emotions that inspire the noblest thoughts and invest them with their colour and their distinctive character.
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