Good news! There are only five concepts to master to become a better speaker: invention, arrangement, style, memory and performance.
Bad news…it takes a life to fully explore them.
Geart news! With a good training, you will rapidely improve your rhetorical skills. Here we go.
Let us practice performance with a nice and easy exercise.
1) Read the following quote:
So and even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
2) Now, perform it. I mean, say it like you really understand how powerful those words are. There are 2 basics tools you can play with: the pitch (you can make your voice louder or softer) and the rhythm (you can speak faster, slower and pause).
3) Now, compare your performance with the original:
4) Do this exercise again and again with parts of speeches that you love.
Now, if you want to use your voice and your body like a professionnal public speaker, here is the best coach I know: Gilles Wiernik.