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Ten reasons to take up public speaking

Pujha Patankar, a VP-PR and Business Excellence Toastmasters, tells us why it's good to take up public speaking

  • As told to Hina Navin for Friday magazine
  • Published: 16:44 November 8, 2012
  • Friday

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  • 'Be remembered: Your message creates a lasting impression in one shot – good or bad.'

1. Self-realisation: I had no clue I could speak faster than my mind could think.

2. It’s a practical test: It will help you understand the importance of deep breathing or pranayam.

3. It’s an opportunity to have a dramatic monologue with a captive audience.

4. Get over your fear of being the centre of attention by speaking loud and clear – never mind if you don’t make sense.

5. Hush all the way: The only way to experience the true meaning of
pin-drop silence.

6. Make a point: Say what you think is right without hesitation.

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7. It’s a platform to share bedtime stories... while you’re not in bed.

8. Be remembered: Your message creates a lasting impression in one shot – good or bad.

9. OMG! What will they think about me? Don’t let that pull you down.

10. End on a high. Enjoy the applause.

As told to Hina Navin, a Dubai-based freelancer


 

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