Shaky knees. Butterflies in stomach. Sweaty palms. An uneasy feeling in the back of our throats. Cracking voices. Paralyzing fear.
Whether it is an oration contest, a class presentation, a report or a talk, these are all symptoms a majority of us have experienced at least once in our lives. Perhaps some of us still do. Public speaking can be absolutely nerve-wrecking no matter how skilled you believe you are.
In order for businesses and organizations to thrive, they need to be able to reach out to various audiences. We have to let go of our public speaking fears. Or at least learn how to alleviate and control it.
“There are always three speeches for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced the one you gave and the one you wish you gave.”
– Dale Carnegie
Who better to learn about public speaking than someone who has been under all kinds of limelight and has connected with a plethora of viewers? Team DLinkers and Unlideals had the honor of being mentored by 13 year GMA news anchorwoman and Ratsada Executive Producer, Gerthrode Charlotte Tan-Mabilog.
She is a graduate of Broadcast Communication-Management at the University of the Philippines Visayas and also got her Master’s in Education, English as a Second Language, in the same institution. Mrs. Mabilog has co-anchored with Noli Calvo, Mark Nuneza, Jobert Peñaflorida and the late Christopher Misajon – all of whom have become household names for Ilonggos and the rest of Western Visayas.
“The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send, but by what the listener receives.” – Lilly Walters
In her discussion titled “Communication Skills for Public Speaking”, Mrs. Mabilog defined public speaking as “the process or act of giving a performance focused around an individual’s direct speech to a live audience”.
We also learned that the main objectives of public speaking included:
- making a connection.
- making a lasting impact.
- affecting another person.
- expressing yourself.
- being heard.
- making a difference.
- taking a risk.
It’s one thing to be able to write effectively, but speaking and communicating with purpose is a whole ‘nother aspect. Admit it; we’re all guilty of trying to make up for our lack of public speaking skills through visually appealing presentations, hoping it’ll divert the listeners’ attention towards the better angle.
Our confidence was boosted, and hopefully we’ll be able to showcase our abilities outside the office walls and away from our desks. There’s more to SEO and digital marketing than just what is presented on our mobile devices and screens. We will be sure to use our learning and put them into practice during our future projects and collaborations. Team DLinkers and Team Unlideals were given a chance and inspiration to slowly start stepping out of our comfort zones.
Off camera, behind the scenes, and even when no one is looking, the value of sincerity and honesty must be upheld no matter what we do. The skill of (public) speaking acts as a glue between the listener and your ideas.
When asked about what she enjoyed most about our talk, she shares, “I like it that the team is motivated to learn new things in preparation for bigger tasks in the future. While some may seem nervous about the idea of public speaking, I strongly sense that each person is willing to give it a try. This kind of attitude is something that will work greatly for the organization.”
Thank you, Mrs. Mabilog for reminding that taking risks will never go out of style. Thank you for not only talking with and to us, but for connecting with us. Team Unlideals and DLinkers are more than grateful for the tips and insights.
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