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Public speaking excellence is a necessary skill if you are a leader. It has always been so. Yet today what you say may be heard by millions worldwide. Your ability to be fully, extraordinarily present in your speeches and presentations is therefore essential.
Of course the higher your profile and influence, the more numerous and compelling are the sources of beckoning distraction. (For more on the skills of being a dynamic performer as a speaker, check out our ( “Elements of an effective speech.”)
Below are 10 suggestions we use at Traindrill, all of them with roots in the theater, for helping leaders stay fully focused and present for their audiences. They range from nonverbal communication to storytelling to breathing for speech. Each tip is simple. Together they are a recipe for presentation excellence on a level commensurate with speaking for true leadership.
Ten Public Speaking Techniques for Leadership
- Ground yourself. Feel your feet gripping the floor. Imagine your feet have roots that go deep into the earth. The earth gives you energy and stability. You are steadfast and powerful!
- Stand or sit with good posture. Visually, it’s important. Overall, it makes a difference in how strongly you and your ideas are accepted. You will feel like you have more authority if you look like you should.
- Breathe diaphragmatically. That means slowly, deeply, and calmly. “Belly breathe” by taking fuller breaths, and learn how to control your exhalation so you support the sound to the ends of phrases (where the most important words usually reside). Be aware of each delicious nourishing breath.
- Dive into your audience. Your audience is a pool. Submerge yourself in their energy and humanity. Relish the sheer reality of their presence and yours, together. You will excite yourself and them.
- Take your time. High-profile speaking can make you speak too rapidly because of adrenaline, the “fight or flight” hormone. Take your time to cherish this opportunity, which is only here now and in a moment will be gone forever.
- Pay attention with all of your senses. Take in sensually everything that’s going on around you. Hear with your eyes, feel the audience’s reactions as if it were tactile, taste the ideas in your mouth, etc. Respond with all your being!
- Aim your energy outward. Your audience matters, not you! Lose yourself in your message and how it is being received. Since you are a leader who isn’t used to hearing this, I will repeat it: you don’t matter. Send the best of you to the people who do matter.
- Make eye contact as you tell the story. The story is what the audience is here for. Whatever you’re talking about, it’s a story, a narrative. In that sense you’re always involved in storytelling. Tell people about it.
- Trust silence. Silence is one of the most powerful tools in your public speaking toolbox. It helps you pace your presentation. It gives audiences time to fully grasp what you’re saying. It also tells audiences, “I’m confident.”
- Move! If you move while you speak, it will help you think and keep you in the moment. Strong, clean gestures amplify and bring your content to life. The body is an essential tool of human communication, and ignoring it can turn you into a block of wood. If you’re seated, simply use your arms, hands, upper body, and face. But give physical expression to the important things you say. If you don’t, we’ll miss the person behind the ideas.
There is one thing that will keep you from employing these techniques: listening to your own self-talk that frays your concentration when you need it most. But if you practice the skills named above, do you think you’ll have time to listen?
A last point: Don’t practice all of these techniques at once. Try one or two at a time, especially in low-risk speaking situations. Gradually, you’ll build up dynamism and focus that any speaker would envy. When you do, let us all know where we can hear you speak.
By Amanambu Amobi
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It is definitely going to be a great semester this year for the residents of Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall and University of Ibadan at large. As the Hall celebrates her 50th anniversary
The Literary and debating Society of Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall is Organizing a public speaking event, which is an annual program “Clash of The Sages”. It is a debate which usually holds with Halls from other Universities from Nigeria and even beyond.
As part of the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the great Hall, the Literary and Debating Society of the Hall has decided to bring on TWO GREAT UNIVERSITIES to compete against the Halls’ Literary and Debating Society. It is going to be a THREESOME BATTLE as the GREAT Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall Literary and Debating Society will be slugging it out alone against MARRIERE HALL of University of Lagos and OBAFEMI AWOLOWO Hall from OAU Ife. The topic of the debate is “Secession: A Panacea to Nigeria Socio-Political Quagmire?”
Can they win this battle against these two halls from these great Institutions? Well we don’t know yet until the battle stage is set at TRENCHARD HALL, 11am 13th July, 2013. It is a battle of Wits and Words. Where else would you be if not the Arena. for more information call Bolaji +2348106230849
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By Amanambu Amobi
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Towering tall among peers of the West
Undoubting strength, people’s best
House of riches, home of beauty
Buried in the cleft of forgotten history
Oh! My Ibadan
Like the phoenix, rising from the ashes
A new city, emerging from the relics
Like the new bride, eyeing the huge dowry
Mother’s jewel, father’s glory
Beat the gong, sound the cymbals
Far and near, close and yonder
Tell the story, anew, not as of old
To the infants and the adults, young and old
Beacon of light in thick darkness
Shinning forth in utter brightness
Sweeping through the town and the gown
Putting smiles on face black and brown
From the ghettos of Beere and Oje
To the urban-affluent of Oluyole
From the hurly-burly of Dugbe and Ojoo
To the beautiful estates of Bodija
The poor, the wretched
Eyes wiped of once flowing tears
Ravaging crises, permeating hostilities
Buried in history, but for prevailing tranquility
To a cannibal rage, she bids farewell
A new history with praises to tell
Sing to the hatchet’s burial
And nature’s city-revival
Oh! Beautiful Ibadan
Soaring riches, blossoming wealth
Booming businesses, sound health
Love, peace and harmony
Rich and poor in joyous matrimony
Beautiful schools, beautiful roads
Agodi to Iwo-road, Jericho to Ring -road
Leaders with God-fear, People’s burdens to bear
Servants in people’s stead, governing with care
O jewel in the West, pacesetter for the rest
O come thou blessed, your praises to tell
With fears allayed, softly I pray
Keeping my faith, just to see the day
A poem written by
Olujide Hycon Ayomide
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The Nigerian University Geography Student Association (University of Ibadan Chapter) Organized the first of its kind Inter-varsity Debate in honour of three Emeritus professors (Prof. R.K Udo, Prof. F Faniran and Prof. Filani) all in the Department of Geography University of Ibadan on the 3rd of March, 2013. This grand event hosted eight Universities including the University of Ibadan, Geography department.
Though more than eight Universities were invited but only seven honoured the invitation excluding the University of Ibadan which was the host of the event.
The Universities include;
1. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology which was represented by Elujoba Adejoke Daniel and Malomo Emmanuel O who were first and second speaker respectively
2. Olabisi Onabanjo University represented by Adeoshun Aderonke (first speaker) and Ogunjimi Oluwayomi (second speaker)
3. University of Ilorin whose speakers were Amole Stephen Oluwole being the first speaker and Adansere John being the Second speaker.
4. Tai Solarin University (TASUED): Oguntoye Seyi (first speaker) and Adesere John (second speaker)
5. Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto whose speakers were Mustapha Umar and Amina Abdulazeez
6. University of Lagos represented by Taiwo Jokotola. T (first speaker) and Olakitan Ayoola (Second speaker)
7. University of Ibadan: Adebayo Olakunle Micheal (first speaker) and Elumelu Uchechukwuka C. (second speaker)
8. Obafemi Awolowo University whose speakers were Udosen Vincent (first speaker) and Akande Tolulope (second speaker)
The event was opened by an Opening prayer, National Anthem and the University of Ibadan Anthem. The Head of the Department of Geography, Dr Ibidun Adelekan gave an Opening remark where she highlighted the fact the foundation of Geography in Nigeria lies here at the Department of Geography, University of Ibadan.
Dr D.D Ajayi read the citations of the three Emeritus professors where their achievements were cited and it was evident at the end of the citation that these three Emeritus professors are not tired of impacting positively to the society.
The various speakers from the eight different Universities were called to Debate the topic that brought them to the occasion which was; THE INSURGENCE OF TERRORISM IN NIGERIA: GEOGRAPHY, RELIGION OR ECONOMY WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE. Though, some schools debated the subject as THE INSURGENCE OF TERRORISM IN NIGERIA: GEOGRAPHY, RELIGION OR ECONOMY WHICH BEARS THE BRUNT but the judges graded them with a full knowledge of this.
The debate was finally kicked off when the first speaker from Ladoke Akintola University took the stage with an argument that the impact of terrorism is more felt on the environment than on Religion or Economy. In other words he submitted that Geography bears the brunt. The second speaker who was called at the second round started with an unexpected Yoruba proverb and concluded that Geography bears the brunt.
The speaker from Olabisi Onabanjo University pointed out that even freedom fighters are terrorist. She also claimed that the reason for insurgence of terrorism as regards “Bokoharam” is as a result of uneven development between the North and the South, pointing out that Nigeria is a mono economic Nation in terms of development. She blew the minds of the audience when she made us to understand that the estimation of the impact of terrorism cannot be perfect (where she explained that the number of deaths cannot be perfectly estimated) where X and Y are unknown. The second speaker pointed out that the Nigerian economic situation remains a paradox and that poor leadership and poverty are both responsible for the insurgence of terrorism. “When people are not engaged they become agent of evil (terror)”, she concluded. From the above it is obvious that the speakers form this institution argued that Ecomomic factor is responsible for the insurgence of terrorism in Nigeria.
The first speaker from University of Ilorin defined Terrorism from Concept to General. Where he defined terrorism from the concept of the United Nation’s department of defense, here he pointed out that the concept of terrorism includes Fear, Violence, Intimidation e.t.c. He also claimed that we stand with one leg imagining where the next attack will take place and he added it could be here! (audience screamed). He argued that Geography is responsible for the insurgence of Terrorism where he included ethnicity, socio-cultural factor, uneven distribution of natural resources and the rivers which do not favour the Northerners and Climate change is shrinking the rivers hence taking jobs from Fishermen. He also disclosed that the Upper Volta has been damned reducing the amount of water entering the rivers in the up north. These facts made him ask why will Northerners not resolve to violence (terrorism)? The second speaker came in and put an icing on the cake.
Tai Solarin University claimed that the Structural Adjustment Programme represents Structural Destruction programme, which was introduced in the 80s was one of the major problems of our Nation. This single Policy crippled our Nation, rendering our economy useless. This speaker argued that Economy not Religion or Geography is responsible for the insurgence of Terrorism in our Nigeria. He also pointed out that the Marriage by our Colonial Masters between the South and the North constitute the Major problem we face today.
Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto argued that the Economy and not Religion or Geography is responsible for the insurgence of terrorism Nigeria. One of the first speaker’s very strong punch lines was that “a Hungry man is an angry man” he gave reasons why Economy and nothing more is responsible for terrorism. These reasons include: unemployment, Poverty, Backwardness (on the part of the govt.), illiteracy, health related issues (where life expectancy rate of men and women is below 50 yrs.).The second speaker also commemorated these facts.
University of Lagos’ first speaker defined a terrorist in a rather unique way where he opined that a terrorist is a person or group of persons who fight to decide how a resource can and cannot be used or who can have access to it ( this terrorist most be a radical Geographer). He stated that the northerners’ claimed that Economic development is not in their favour but he said the question now is 52 yrs of leadership in this country the North has led the more therefore whose fault is it that the Northerners ruled yet did not develop their region. Economy is never and can never be the reason for terrorism but Geography, he concluded. The second speaker added that to solve the issue of terrorism is not pointing fingers but coming together to build our Nation.
The speakers from university of Ibadan took a different touch pointing out that all the three factors (religion, economy and Geography) are responsible for the insurgence of terrorism in Nigeria but dwelled so much on Religion as the major causal factor terrorism. In their words religion in itself is not enough to explain terrorism but it is sad that it is employed as a tool for terror. Where one of the speakers sighted an example on how the statue of Jesus was pulled down in the 90s as a result of Religious crisis in University of Ibadan.
Obafemi Awolowo University speakers were the last to speak and they submitted that religion despite economic challenges is responsible for the insurgence of Terrorism in Nigeria.
The result of the debate was announced as given below
3rd Position: University of Ilorin
2nd Position: University of Ibadan
1st Position: Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto
The best speaker was given to Mustapha Umar of Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.
A report written by Amanambu Amobi