The ‘recreational’ or ‘non-community’ pages of Rochford Life are here to provide sources of help in different areas of life. It has been suggested to us that a Series on Public Speaking would be helpful. To that end we have provided the following “teach yourself” pages. If there are things that we have not covered that you need to ask about, do feel free to e-mail us and ask, whether that is in respect of a single question or a whole topic we haven’t covered or have not covered clearly enough. We hope the following will, at the very least, act as ‘starters’ for you. You will find that we focus very much on understanding the background to the need for a speech in the belief that ‘understanding’ often motivates and inspires. If you scroll down this page you will see a quote that confirms this. We hope you will find these pages helpful. Simply scroll down and click on the title to go to that page.
Since we put these guide notes on line, we came across the following Times article (July 20th 2011) which emphasises a point we’ve been making all through and which applies even more in public speaking. Here are some snippets:
“People who are nice .. treat others with respect, listen to them, are accountable for what they do, are courteous, deliver, apologise when necessary, are cheerful, authentic, dedicated, warm and a general pleasure to be around..... There is a lot of research which shows that nice has always succeeded over nasty. Common sense tells us that. After all, how many nasty friends do you have?..... We first understood the power of being nice at work in the Eighties, when Dean Tjosvold, Professor of Management at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, carried out studies which showed that nice leaders got more out of people than nasty ones. .....Our research, based on data collected from 8,000 people over six years, also shows how important likeability is. In fact, it’s a key element for high performance and happiness at work. When it comes to getting a contract, a promotion or simply being noticed, we like those who share our values, help us, build mutual respect, achieve important goals together and push us to be the best we can. And we like them when they are nice to us....”
Jessica Pryce-Jones is CEO of the iOpener Institute for People and Performance and author of Happiness at Work: Maximising Your Psychological Capital For Success