Mark Twain once wrote, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect”. Imitating other speakers is a common occurrence. Doesn’t it eventually bore you when you realize that the person you are listening to is imitating some other speaker? Some preachers want to speak like Chris Oyakhilome or T.D. Jakes or David Oyedepo. You see them display these speakers’ mannerisms and tone. Some even copy their messages.
Imitation, however , is a giveaway. Listeners can discern between the fake and the original.
Strive for originality. Minorities are the stars of the firmament; majorities the darkness on which they float.
Speak like you.
There are people who would be comfortable with your speaking style.
Imitation is limitation.
The best you can be copying someone else is number two, not number one.
READING A SPEECH WORD-FOR-WORD: As president of the United States of America, Barrack Obama is not known to use notes. He internalizes his speeches and possibly has a small card to enable him remember a few statistics and data. Commanding communicators don’t memorize their speeches, they read it long enough to say it.
STARTING WITH A WHIMPER OR AN APOLOGY : You have less than 30 seconds to make a first impression on your audience. Starting with a whimper or an apology isn’t a good way to start. Start strong with a bang! Electrify your audience. Tell them something exciting. Remember , people would rather be entertained than educated.
FAILING TO REALIZE THAT SPEAKING IS AN ACQUIRED SKILL: A skill is the result of doing something again and again with improvement at the back of your mind. Speakers are not just born, they are made. All great speakers devote hundreds of hours honing their speaking skills.