One day I was wondering from where did Business English and public speaking originated? When I researched about public speakers and its origination I found out public speaking is not something new in the society.From the ancient period,during the reign of Kings and Queens,all the ministers in their court were renowned public speakers.Each one of them used to share their ideas about their kingdom,made suggestions in the court having around 15-20 people easily.I don’t think they took any special Business English training but still managed to excel always.Similarly today’s post is about a very famous personality in history named Adolf Hitler.
We all know about him and his famous speeches but what actually made Hitler a great public speaker?
1 Hitler was skilled in public speaking.I noticed that Hitler actually never had any kind of notes while delivering his speech.He had his speech in his mind and never carried a piece of paper to look or even revise before his speech.This made him famous as he was different from politicians at that period of time.People were fascinated with the kind of words he used and he never trusted anyone with his speech so he used to always deliver a speech on his own without anyone’s help.
2. Before beginning his speech he always made an eye contact with his audience. One look was enough to show how dedicated and serious he was about the speech he was going to deliver.I know most of his speeches where aggressive and against humanity but his tactics to attract audience is appreciative.Although when we deliver speeches we don’t have to be so strict or keep an angry face like he had,we can always modify one’s skills and tactics for our own needs,in our own way,for our own benefits right?
3. Hitler’s stern look,body language and appearance always helped him to convince his audience and made them to follow his path.He had a pattern set for delivering his speech which goes like this – after making eye contact with audience,he starts his speech by not being very aggressive,having a normal tone,after around 5 mins when its the correct time, he turns up his volume,uses all kind of aggressive words which also turned his audience aggressive,he always made sure to look at his audience reaction and accordingly continued talking,whenever he was talking about victory or their glory he lifted his hand up high showcasing their power which naturally lead to loud cheers by audience,his sudden change in tone of speech,hand gestures and facial expressions were his real strength and power.
3. He used to practice non stop in fact Hitler always tested the place where he was going to deliver speech later by facts like how loudly or softly he should speak,the room’s environment,lighting, where the audience will be settled and so on.His personal photographer Heinrich Hoffmann shared few photos of Hitler which were taken when Hitler asked him to take his pictures with certain poses to know how impactful those will look if he tried them while delivering his speech.Few are here-
4. A successful public speaker always leaves his/her impact and how it’s done is by using magical phrases and quotes like Hitler did such as “Do not compare yourself to others. If you do so, you are insulting yourself” or “If freedom is short of weapons, we must compensate with willpower” which were and still are renowned all over the world.Nowadays it’s really hard to find a speaker who uses his/her own imagination to create such quotes that gets stuck in people’s mind.Even if audience don’t pay attention to your entire speech,quotes by you will attract their attention towards you and if they like it they surely will follow it.
I know many of y’all don’t really like Hitler because of how brutally he used his awesome skills in a wrong way and manipulated people badly but as my mom says learn good skills from others no matter if you like or hate them personally,you should never hate one’s skills. Hitler’s skills must be old but is surely appreciative.Now it’s our turn to improvise those skills according to today’s society and follow the right path.As a public speaker I surely consider Hitler’s tactics,now it’s up to you whether you want to use them or not in a good way.