Communication skills



Communication skills

Elocution is an important component of communication skills.  Gestures are also important.

Gestures relate to the language of the body.  Indeed, various parts of your body and/or their easiest movement have the capacity to communicate one thing.

Once individuals observe you delivering a message from the pulpit of a stage before them and they follow the movement of your body which produces messages. You should therefore learn to utilize movement correctly.

Parents should motivate children to take part in school elocution competitions as this helps in creating skills essential for one’s very life.  If children engage in elocution contests organized by the school they are associated with they begin to develop a self-confidence building process, which is extremely necessary  for correct communication.  Usually, the subjects of the contests are provided well in advance and children also have sufficient time to prepare.  For this, they must gather sufficient information and fit this logically into the process and rehearse the topics a number of times.  Throughout the rehearsals they should verify consciously if they are delivering the speech with confidence and in an interesting manner and if they are successfully using their hands, focus and pouts with minimum locomotion required to stir the audience.

Occasionally children are provided with a few unseen subjects and ad-lib elocution speeches.  It is a challenge, and children should happily accept choosing one of the topics which may seem comparatively easier and convenient to impress the listeners. The little time which children will get should be utilized to form the continuous logic of the probable speech as well as to make an interesting introduction and winning conclusion.  The information will work better if it contains wit and humour and details with a responsible tone and a good mindset always prominently expressed.

Poems for elocution have worth for consideration. Many people whom we esteem for their contribution in the sphere of theatre, film or such other performing disciplines have spent hours in the formative period reciting from Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Byron, Browning, Whitman and Eliot. Their preparation in pronunciation to modulation has been assisted by the great works of the poets. Children may start with wonderful nursery rhymes and gradually practice poems of Lewis Carroll, R. L. Stevenson, Robert Southey, Wordsworth, Edward Lear and William Blake.

Absolutely, achievements in elocution need dedicated methods and mindful assistance of responsible and professional instructors.

Communication Skills
Barbara Gillman
Principal Member Voice Perfect
A.T.C.L., L.T.C.L., F.T.C.L.
(Trinity College, London)


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