Thursday, September 5, 2013

TEACHERS DAY - Lecture 4 - HOW TO DELIVER A GOOD LECTURE

Today, the 5th of September, is Teachers Day.

Let me delve into my creative writing archives and repost for you some of my earlier blog posts I had written and posted on my blog a few years ago on the occasion of Teachers Day.

I wrote this article a few years ago and posted it on my blog on the request of some students sometime in 2008, I think.

Here is the article, once more, on the occasion of Teachers Day


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HAPPY TEACHERS DAY - Part 4
HOW TO DELIVER A GOOD LECTURE
The Four Aspects of an Effective Lecture
By
VIKRAM KARVE

The lecture is still the most frequently used method of instruction. 

Even if you are not a teacher, in your everyday work you may be constantly using the medium of speech to convey a message or instruction or for informal training or motivational purposes. 

How well you put across your ideas depends to a large extent on now well you have mastered the elements of good public speaking.

An important prerequisite of a good lecture is that it must be carefully prepared to the extent that you have a firm mastery of the topic you are going to discuss and a clear conception in your mind of how you are going to present the subject.

A good lecture has four simple requirements:

1. MESSAGE

The first characteristic of a good lecture is that it must have a message

The lecturer must have something to say 

Do not deliver a lecture when you have nothing worthwhile to say.

Also, what the lecturer says must be worth saying and worth listening to 

You must clearly bring out the importance of the topic and why the audience needs to hear you and unambiguously state your message so that the audience understands what you want to say.

You may have heard Aristotle’s dictum on rhetoric:

1. Tell them what you are going to say
 
2. Say what you have to say
 
3. Then tell them what you said to them.

So, to get your message across, this is what you must do:

1. Tell the audience what you are going to tell them

2. Tell them what you want to tell them

3. Tell them what you have told them


2. NATURALNESS

The second attribute of a good talk is naturalness

Remember, the audience wants to hear YOU - yes, they want to hear YOU.

So make it your own lecture, your very own talk – speak in your very own natural style. 

Never try to imitate someone and don’t try to copy someone else.


3. SINCERITY

The third feature of an effective lecture is that it must be sincere

The audience must be convinced that you believe in what you say, so make sure you talk sincerely and clearly demonstrate that you believe in what you are saying. 

Remember, you cannot fake sincerity so the only way to succeed in giving an impression of sincerity is to genuinely be sincere. 

Don't try to ham, act or pretend - the audience will easily catch on that you do not yourself believe in what you are saying. 

And suppose you do not believe in something or are not fully convinced about a topic? 

Well, why talk about something you do not believe in? 

As a Teacher or Speaker you must be true to your conscience and you must not live a lie and say something you do not believe in

Remember the saying of Mahatma Gandhi:

What you THINK what you SAY and what you DO must be in harmony

This harmony of thought, speech and action must be evident to the audience.


4. ENTHUSIASM

Finally, last but not the least, a good lecturer or speaker must radiate enthusiasm and energy. 

An enthusiastic speaker is one who displays great eagerness to have his or her ideas understood, believed and put into practice. 

You should be passionate about what you are speaking about and you must yourself believe in what you are saying. 

If you want your audience to be enthusiastic about listening to you, radiate enthusiasm yourself while speaking.

Four Aspects of an Effective Lecture

So, in a nutshell, before you deliver your next lecture, keep these basic four principles in mind (message, naturalness, sincerity, enthusiasm) and you will deliver a great lecture – you can take my word for it.

All the Best – May you become an effective communicator and deliver excellent lectures and speeches.

VIKRAM KARVE
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