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Presenting the word of the day

This role helps you prepare and make a short talk. It’s an exercise in creating interest and stimulate the group to find creative ways of using a particular word.

  • Helps a new speaker break the ice.
  • Enhances group’s creativity.
  • Ensures maximum engagement.
  • Enriches our vocabulary.

PREPARATION

Select a word that you think members will be able to use. 

Take 2 printouts on an A4 sheet. Like this:
 
 
Cut and place them in the placeholder, place them on appropriate points so that others can see easily.
 

PRESENTING:

  • Build anticipation with a few lines. (Don’t show or disclose the word right away)
  • Display the word.
  • Share it’s meaning/forms and 2-3 usages.
  • Ask members to use the word as much as possible.
  • Ask the audience to show thumbs-up when someone uses the word.
  • Keep a count of the number of times the word was used during the program.

Click to listen to this audio WORD OF THE DAY

 

BEING THE TIMER

Congrats on stepping up to play this leadership role. Playing the Timer’s role is an exciting opportunity to enhance your listening, critical thinking and analytical skills.  Your role has three parts- explanation, observation and reporting. You can come up with a couple of lines highlighting the importance of time. Alternatively, you can use the following script to perform your role well:

EXPLANATION                                                                                                                                                     One of the basic rules we need to practice in public speaking is using time judiciously and finish our roles within allotted time limits. As the timer today, I am responsible for keeping track of time.  I will use these colored indicators YELLOW AND RED to signal timings.

Explain the timings allotted to different speakers/role players.

All the speakers  will get a grace period of 30 seconds to finish. But if you continue  speaking beyond the grace period, you will listen a warning bell (show how by ringing the bell) That means you have exceeded the time limit and should leave the stage.

I will present my report at the end of the session.

OBSERVATION & RECORDING TIME                                                                                                                                         Please use your mobile phone to keep a track of timings and record them in the Timer’s logbook.Please be objective and note the minutes and seconds. You may have a look a the previous pages of the log book to get an idea. 

REPORTING

First of all, appreciate speakers and role players who performed within the time limits.

Share the names and time taken by the speakers and role players.

Highlight the deviations with respect to the standard timings. 

Being the Language Analyst

Congrats on stepping up to play this leadership role. Playing the role of the Language Analyst is an exciting opportunity to enhance your listening, critical thinking and analytical skills.

Your role has three steps:

INTRODUCTION

You can use the following script to explain your role:

One of the basic practices we need to follow in public speaking is using correct language. As the Language Analyst today, I will note down the good and not so good usages of English language such as:

  • Good selection of words and phrases
  • Artistic, metaphorical and rhetorical application of language
  • Words that produced impact
  • Incorrect grammar, inconsistent tenses, inappropriate words and phrases
  • Incomplete sentences or sentences changing direction in midway

I will present my report at the end of the session.

DURING THE PROGRAM

Listen to each and every speaker and note down your observations along with the names of the speakers.

REPORTING AT THE END

Highlight the good usages first mentioning the names of speakers. 

Highlight inappropriate usages and offer correct usage in every instance.

Club minor mistakes like use of articles, prepositions etc. 

Avoid naming people who made mistakes.

Conclude with a positive closing comment. Watch demo video below: 

 

BEING THE MC - Master of Ceremonies

Congratulations on stepping up to play this leadership role. Hosting an event is an exciting opportunity to enhance your public speaking and leadership skills.

As the master of ceremonies you are responsible for creating an atmosphere of interest, excitement, and engagement. You will be introducing the event, different role players and sharing your brief and entertaining remarks on them to lighten up the atmosphere. Your role begins right from the time when you are nominated for the role. The following will help you prepare for your role effectively: 

PREPARATION

•Understand the theme, the agenda and the sequence of events.
•Talk to other role players as you will be introducing them to conduct various sessions.
 Get the names of all the role players (Prepared as well as guests/open round)
•Prepare appropriate introductions for each role players. 
•Confirm with the role players that they are briefed separately on how to conduct their respective roles. 
•Please share your intro with the opener to help him/her invite you appropriately.
•Get familiar with the sequence, quality parameters and Dos and Donts.

Since there are minor variations in every event, you need to coordinate with the President or the Program coordinator to understand the agenda and prepare accordingly. 

CONDUCT

•You are invited by the Host.
•You begin with a well prepared speech (2-4 mins) you can include ideas, examples, personal experience or a story to highlight the importance of communication or public speaking in any area and relate it to anything – personal or professional relationships, family, business, kids, society. Depending on your personal style or preference incorporate material that is entertaining and meaningful at the same time. Your understanding of the audience should help you craft your opening appropriately.

- A short brief about SpeakIndia (just 2-3 lines)

- Give an overview of the day's event. (Highlight different items on the agenda in the sequence)
 
- Introduce supporting role players to explain their roles. There may be various supporting role players (Timer, Language  
  Analyst, Sound recorder, Master Evaluator or judges. 
 
- Invite Word master to present the word of the day - try to use the word of the day as much as possible.
- Invite a member to present Smile Please! (A member tells a joke to warm up and entertain the audience)
- Invite Storyteller to present the Story of the day. 
 
PREPARED SPEECHES ROUND
  • Invite Ist prepared speaker. (Ist speaker is usually a model speaker who chose a particular genre of speech from Informative, persuasive, entertaining or inspiring) 
  • As you introduce the speaker, inform the audience about the theme and objective of his/her speech. 
  • The model speech is followed by a Model Evaluation, that means you invite the  Model evaluator to present the evaluation of the model speech. 
  • Every other speech is followed by a quick ASA Evaluation by an experienced member. That means you invite the evaluator after every speech is over.
  •  
  • Inviting a speaker: 
  • Share a brief introduction of the speaker, announce the speaker's name - followed by the speech title - followed by the title and Speaker's name again at the end. 
  • Ex: Our 2nd speaker is Anup Gambhir - Failure is never final - failure is never final - Anup Gambhir
  • As the speaker walks up to you, stay there and keep your hand stretched to shake with him/her. 
  • Similarly, when the speaker is approaching the climax of his/her speech, you should be ready walking towards him/her with your hand stretched to shake with him/her while asking the audience for an applause. 
The other items on the agenda may be: 
- A book review
- An educational talk
- A guest of honor
- An open round
- An impromptu session
- A fun game etc. 
 
In the end invite the President/Program coordinator for vote of thanks and SpeakIndia message. 
 
What can make the difference? 
- The level of your preparation, enthusiasm and energy can make a big difference. 
- Please don't compromise on preparing the opening as it conveys the level of professionalism and also represents the
  quality that we SpeakIndians take pride in. 
- Engage the audience with compliments and witty remarks. 
- Be full of gratitude for the audience and motivate them to applause for the speakers every time. 
- Spell out the names of speakers/role players correctly and loudly so that everyone gets them.
- It's okay to carry notes in your hand but don't read each entire lines from the notes. Use them as clues. 
- As the MC, you are also in-charge of the show. If you notice any inappropriate behavior by anyone- like - interrupting the
  speaker, unnecessary moving or talking, please remind them to avoid the disturbance but ask them in a very polite and
  firm manner. 
- During the transitions you get enough time to get ready for your next appearance- use this time to prepare and mentally  
  rehearse your lines.
- After performing this role, you will begin to feel extremely confident and receive applause as well as feedback from the
  members as well as guests. Let this appreciation and applause shape you into the best speaker that you can be. 
 
- All the best. 
 
 
 
 
 

This section lists speeches of SpeakIndia members that demonstrates public speaking essentials in action. Aspiring speakers can learn a lot from these speeches. 

Average is amazing by Riyaz