April 29, 2010

Effective Public Speaking

You have a treasure of vocabulary terms related to various fields.  You know the rules, their uses and limitations.  You read a novel or newspaper and refer to a dictionary not frequently.  In other words, you have got a very good base. 

You can write small articles on general themes.  But what happens you falter while speaking to a group of people or addressing an unknown audience.  All of a sudden you begin stammering and choose to use individual words amidst your vernacular language. 

Don’t worry or feel disheartened, as this is normal with non native speakers.  Obviously, mastering a foreign language is not that easy but not difficult as well and this should be kept in mind.  Everyone experiences this kind of problem while speaking in English. 

Very often, I hear this kind of problem from my friends.  I also read this kind of problems by users in various English language forums.  People learning English language face the syndrome of ‘I can’t speak, you speak first.’

Those who have got their education in vernacular languages face this problem and it is but normal.  No doubt, those students who have got their education in English medium schools also face this problem but the percentage is meager as far as speaking in English is concerned.  

There are so many causes of this stammering or inhibition while speaking in English or presenting something to a group of people or attending a group discussion. 

  1. The fear to commit mistake always help choking while speaking.
  2. The phobia of being exposed and offended by others in case of mistakes.
  3. Mistakes makes a man perfect if one learns from them.  Don’t fear to commit mistakes but don’t repeat a mistake too.
  4. The audience phobia.
  5. Inferiority complexion.
  6. To think others as superior.
  7. Editing while speaking.
  8. Attempt to be flawless.

In a globalize world everyone wants to excel in his or her field and wants to stand out in crowd.  Those who have got good communication and presentation skill always stand out and receive encomiums from others.  They always taste success in their respective careers and skills. 

There are positive ways to improve and tackle this problem. 

  1. Be confident and believe in yourself or your skill.
  2. Be a good listener first.  A good speaker always happens to be good listener.  Those who don’t pay attention while other speakers tend to falter very often while speaking. 
  3. Know your skill or theme first then try to speak.  For this read newspaper, books, periodicals and listen to news. A good reader converse well.
  4. Be a keen observer.  Observe others closely.
  5. Develop a sense of humor and take everything lightly.  Always sport a smile and shed any fear or phobia or inhibition.
  6. Be positive in your attitude and try to accommodate opposite views even if you don’t subscribe to those view points.
  7. Be polite and praise others but don’t flatter.
  8. Right body language like eye contact is important. 

If you are attending a group discussion with known theme then do a research on the theme and gather as much information as possible.   This would allow you to present your view points in a persuasive and effective manner.

If you are asked to speak impromptu then your reading habit would help you in a great way.  Good speakers are good readers and as they read varied things they tend to present themselves effectively without any prior research. 

First know then present something.  Public speaking is a very important aspect of today’s requirement if you are pursuing a career out side your country.  If you are pursuing a career inside state or country then also you require skill in English language as today’s world is globalize and client base is not only intra national but international. 

Speak clearly and effectively.  Try to neutralize your accents and weed out local tinge as far as possible.  


April 23, 2010

Dog In the Manger Policy

Dog (Noun): a four legged Carnivorous mammal, kept as pet or used for work or hunting. 
Dog (Verb): Follow closely and persistently. 
Younger one: Puppy.
Feminine: Bitch.
Common Gender: Dog.
Sound: Bark, Yelp, Howl. 
Varieties of dogs: German Shepherd, (Alsatian)pug, Labrador

Dog is a common household animal. Dog is said to be one of the faithful pets known for its strong smelling sense.  The life of stray dog is miserable but pet dog’s life is really comfortable.  Our finance minister takes good care of dogs as he always chooses to lower the tax on dog’s biscuits.  Lol. The usefulness of a dog is known to all.  Dog can show way to old people. Blind people always depend on their dogs to cross road.

Dog is used by the police organization for its sniffing ability to catch culprits.  It is also used by hunters for easy hunting. In Greenland Eskimos use dogs to draw sledge or sled.  Its vital presence in our social life has got a significant contribution to the vocabulary of English language.   It seems all the expression or idioms related to this animal are based on its life.

This is a small English vocabulary lesson on Dog.  Let’s have a look.  This lesson is based on various sources like Compact Oxford Reference Dictionary. 

Dog in the manger policy:  To disallow others to enjoy something that one does not like too.  {From the fable of the dog that lay in a manger to prevent ox and horse from eating the hay.}
Dog Collar: A white upright collar worn by the Christian clergy. 
Dog Days: The hottest period of the year.
Dog eared: adj. having worn or battered corners. 
Dog end: a cigarette end. 
Dogfight: a close combat between military aircraft. 
Dog fish: A small shark with a long tail living close to the seabed. 
Dogged: (Adj.) Very persistent.
Doggerel: Badly written verse.
Doggy bag: A bag used to take home left over food from a restaurant. 
Doggy paddle: a simple swimming stroke like that of a dog. 
Dog house: a dog’s kennel.
In the dog house: in disgrace. 
Dog leg: sharp bend. 
Dog tired: extremely tired.
Dog tooth: a small check pattern with notched corners. 
To be dog cheap: Extremely cheap.
To die like a dog: die miserably without care.
Go to the dogs:
Let sleeping dogs lie: don’t poke the sleeping problems.
Rain cats and dogs: Heavy downpour.
Not a dog’s chance: no chance.
Love me, love my dog: to love one’s relative or friends.