After earning her bachelor of science in computer science, Amita Vadlamudi worked as a computer analyst for 35 years. Over the course of her career, she took many courses to improve her IT skills and keep up with the evolving technology. To enhance her ability to communicate, Amita Vadlamudi also took local courses in public speaking and presentation skills.
Public speaking has been recognized as one of the average American's greatest fears. When speaking in public, audience attention is completely focused on the speaker, and there is literally nowhere to hide. Following these five tips can help alleviate fears and make your speech more memorable.
Relax. It is natural to be nervous before making a speech, but there are ways to hone nervous energy into a positive force. Pause before beginning the speech to allow the nerves to settle and the audience to simply take you in. This will help convey a message of confidence and propel the speech forward.
Keep it short and sweet. The speech should be no longer than necessary to convey the message. Sentences should also be kept short to have the most impact. Not only does brevity help in formulating and delivering the speech, but it also helps those with short attention spans stay focused and succinctly deliver the point.
Talk to your audience, not at them. The best speakers master the art of simply having a conversation with their audience. Recognize that your aim is to deliver a message, not to just hurriedly make it through a canned speech. Good speakers communicate with the audience, speaking clearly and continuously making eye contact.
Speak what you know. When formulating a speech, it helps to speak about what you can connect with or feel passionate about. The passion for your subject will translate to the audience and help them understand your message. If you are not invested in your speech, your audience won’t be either.
Practice makes perfect. The best way to overcome fear is through preparation. Practicing beforehand, especially in front of an audience (even if only your pet dog), will help you become comfortable with the material and hone your speaking skills before the big event.
A longtime IT professional and dedicated community volunteer, Amita Vadlamudi also enjoys learning about ancient cultures and mythologies. Among the topics Amita Vadlamudi has studied is ancient Greek mythology.
Many people are familiar with the legends of Zeus and Poseidon, and those who have ever ventured into Greek mythology know the likes of Hera, Demeter, and Icarus. However, most people know little about the other hundreds of gods from ancient Greek traditions. Keep reading to learn about three of the lesser-known gods.
Computer systems engineer Amita Vadlamudi worked in the IT industry for over 30 years. In her free time, Amita Vadlamudi enjoys reading about ancient history.
One of Herodotus’s Seven Wonders of the World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon are estimated to have been built around 600 BC. The exact site of the gardens, lost to an earthquake in the second century BC, has never been revealed despite extensive excavation. The legend goes that King Nebuchadnezzar II built the gardens in the desert-climate city in order to please his homesick wife, Amyitis, who was originally from the lush mountainous region of Media.
The gardens have been inexactly described as “hanging.” Plants were not suspended in a hanging system but were installed on a series of massive terraces. The Latin word describing the gardens, “pensilis,” can mean to hang, or more accurately in this case, to overhang, providing an account of these impressive gardens rising one after another.
In addition, Oxford University scholar Dr. Stephanie Dalley has recently suggested that the gardens were not located in Babylon at all, but in Nineveh, some 350 miles to the north. This expert on ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform texts believes King Sennacherib built the massive gardens, based on the king’s own records and the discovery of an extensive ancient aqueduct system just outside the city.