Finally, I can take a long relieved breath! Yes! My first assignment for the “Public Speaking for Professionals” class was settled!!! Yeay! We were asked to do an Informative Speech for about 10 minutes circa titles that were already enlisted by my favorite lecturer, Prof. Madya Dr. Abdul Muati prior to the presentation weeks.
A Selfie before pushing off to UPM! Hahahahaha!
Now, if it was the usual Public Speaking or presentation, that should be no problem as we could simply rant and rant and rant (I am not boasting but I can vouch that it is sort of my forte as I have been an active participant in public speaking/elocution/debates in both Malay Language & English eversince I was in primary school up until matriculation year!); BUT for this assignment, we were bound by technical rubrics which somehow make our minds confined (hence, excessive practices were needed for sharp execution!) such as :-
- Introduction – Greetings, Salutations, Attention-Getter, Preview and Procedure;
- Body – Main ideas, Sub-points, Supporting Materials;
- Conclusion – Review, Memorable Statement, Closing Remarks
Thanks to my coursemates for the picture.
We were also asked to concoct our Informative Speech via the rubrics of :-
- Topic – would be marked in accordance to Appropriateness & Time Proportion;
- Body – Transitions between one main point to another (with usage of Sequence Connectors! Thank God I’ve learned this from experience as an English Teacher although my major is in Science!) & Research/Credibility (quoting the sources of references or books);
- Delivery – Voice Control, Use of Notes, Body Language & Audio Visual Aids.
The rubrics set by Associate Professor Dr. Abdul Muati to us!!! Kinda hassle when there are restrictions to follow BUT that is the process of learning. Hahhaa, my favorite lecturer! (,”)
In modern public speaking, Aristotle has been regarded as the Dogma of Rhetoric & Persuasion Communication. According to him, speech or communication can be branched out via 3 aspects which are Ethos, Pathos & Logos. Well, you guys can read more via Internet! Hahaha! As for my topic, my friends & I and were asked to elaborate on Ethos & based on our discussions, I have decided to explain on “Similarity As One Way To Measure Ethos” – where similarity between audience and speaker could enhance the ethos of the speaker. By doing this, audience would feel more connected to the speaker, hence will be more opened towards what the speakers were to say (I will elaborate on that later!).
My “attention-getter”. To relate the story of 3 Little Pigs with my topic – “Similarity As One Way To Measure Ethos”.
So on yesterday’s slot dated 16th October 2014, I was the 4th speaker. For the ‘attention-getter’, I knew that I have to come up with something unique to attract the audience. If I were to do the cliche Quotation Remarks, it wouldn’t stand out from the crowd! So, I decided to come up with a short storytelling in order to arouse people’s attention. Since I was in primary school, I was an avid participant in story-telling competitions and so I have the ability to mimic characters’ voices according to their roles; whether it is protagonist or the antagonistic. So, I thought to myself; why not channeling my strength into that?? So it I decided to open my speech with the excerpt from “3 Little Pigs & The Big Bad Wolf” (you know; with “So, I’ll HUFF & PUFF!”). Hahaha! And of course I related the fairytale with my topic for that day :-
“We usually become more responsive & receptive to OPEN the door of our house if we recognize the voice of the person from the other side, isn’t it?”
While conducting topic on sexually-abused victims on November 10th, 1986; Oprah make shocking statement. She revealed she herself was raped by a relative at the age of 9 years old. That is why people are drawn to her, including Yours Truly! She is one of 3 inspirations in my life!
I elaborated on 3 sub-types of Similarity which are :-
- Demographic Similarity – where audience who posses similarities in demography (age, sex, gender, place of birth, etc) will feel more connected to the speaker of the same category;
- Professional Similarity – where audience who is from an industry will be more opened towards the speaker who has vast experience & knowledge in the same industry;
- Personal Similarity – where audience feel connected to speaker who possess same personal quality like them.
Now she is a successful woman; the richest self-made billionaire woman in the world!
For Demographic Similarity, I quoted Oprah Winfrey as the example. On 10th November, 1986 while conducting a topic on sexually-abused victims, Oprah made shocking statement. She revealed to her audience that at 9 years old, she herself was RAPED by a relative. Now, imagine to confess yourself being raped IN FRONT OF NATIONAL TELECAST? (I emphasized on this and played with the dramatic tone as well as the image of Oprah crying to evoke emotion to my audience. I guess I succeed with my dramatic pauses and enunciation!). When Oprah’s female audiences saw that, they felt connected to her as a woman-to-woman and according to NBC News article dated 7th December 2007, it was estimated that around 5.7 million American women were watching “Oprah Winfrey Show” daily!
Love Che’ Det! He make us all the Northern People so proud!
For Professional Similarity, I took Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s professional aura when he was officiating the Invention, Research & Innovation Exhibition in UPM. The crowd was immense & full. Why did it happened? People still looked up to Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad & some of them must be aspire to become politicians or bedazzled by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s brilliant economic intellectuality. It was because of the professional magnet that pull the crowd to UPM on that day!
In front of nearly 250,000 supporters at Lincoln Memorial. Fascinating!
And for the last one which was Personal Similarity, I took Martin Luther King, Jr. as my example. Due to his similarity as a Black American talking on behalf of the oppressed Black People community, Martin Luther King, Jr. managed to cement his ethos as a speaker with his famous speech “I Have A Dream”. Well, before I introduced this sub-topic, I thought of creating a dramatic transition into it; so I sang the song “I Have A Dream” (Hahaha! You know, the Westlife’s version?! Hahaha!!!!) & then I recited an excerpt from the famous speech “I Have A Dream” by Martin Luther King, Jr. by trying to imitate his preachy-like intonation (you guys can check various You-Tube videos for his speech) :-
“I have a dream that my 4 little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skins but buy the content of their characters”.
My own version of novel. More like Kakak’s novel. Hahahaha!
I ended my speech (a must for the rubric of “Memorable Statement”!!!) with an excerpt from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography entitled “Long Way To Freedom” which I happened to have one myself – more like Kakak’s novel (So, I even brought the novel during my speech; just to serve as the speech “props.” Hahahaha!) in order to correlate the idea that similarity posed by the speaker can make the audience feel connected to you as a speaker :-
“BUT THEN I SLOWLY SAW THAT NOT ONLY WAS I NOT FREE, BUT MY BROTHERS & SISTERS WERE NOT FREE. THAT IS WHEN I JOINED THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS, AND THAT IS WHEN THE HUNGER FOR MY OWN FREEDOM BECAME THE GREATER HUNGER FOR THE FREEDOM OF MY PEOPLE.”
On whole, I felt relieved and great that I’ve managed to execute my speech. I don’t know about the grading (Please God let me score this subject!) but based on the positive responses (words, shaking hands) I got from my friends, I felt satisfied. Whatever it is, I feel glad I managed to do my best. Next one for this class would be to draft Persuasion Speech. Prof Madya Dr. Muati will brief us in another 2 weeks but at the moment, I can already think what topic I want to touch on as it will be FREE TOPIC! Yeay! (,”)
NOTIFICATION UPDATE :
YES!!! I just got the result! Alhamdulillah! With 86/90 mark, it is then divided by 3 to make it tantamount to 30% and Alhamdulillah for this 1st carry mark, I have nailed 29/30!!!! Alhamdulillah! Thanks so much Prof Madya Dr. Muati!!!! (,”) It was quite technical with stringent rubrics, unlike the usual presentations where you can just rant. Alhamdulillah and getting that kinda of assessment from one Malaysia’s finest Rhetorical Expertise as him, it was an honor!!