Friday, June 15, 2007

Thinking Aloud.......He came. He saw. He conquered.

“He came. He saw. He conquered.”

These were the words used to describe Alexander, the Great as we all know. The greek warrior who was a student of Aristotle and the king of Macedonia. He set out to conquer the world at a very young age. He was the monarch who possessed the largest area of earth. But not many know that he died very young. At an age of 33.

In today’s world, there are no warriors, there is no knight in shining armour and no swords flashing. But these words can still be used to describe almost anyone. Since this is a forum of communication, I shall talk about public speaking. When you are at the lectern, about to deliver a speech, you are out to conquer.

Every spectator in the audience is looking at you expectantly. A 100 pairs of eyes are fixed at you. There is a loaded silence. When you start talking, they are mesmerized. You charm them, sweep them off their feet. When you have finished, all of them rise to give you a standing ovation. There is a thunderous applause reverberating throughout the auditorium. And that’s when you feel you have conquered them. When all of them surround you to congratulate you or ask you for a copy of your draft, you feel you have conquered. You can ever hear a background music.

It is not easy to become a speaker so effective. It requires a lot of knowledge, spontaneity, confidence, passion and practice. But that’s the kind of speaker I dream of becoming. It is a bigger dream than a promotion or a salary hike. Why….I don’t even dream of a promotion. But everyday, I dream of becoming a speaker so effective that one day when I have finished speaking, everyone will say “she came, she saw and she conquered”.


Pushpa said...

You will conquer.. the day is not too far though!

Liz said...

Yes, She came,she saw and she conquered..! Thats Soumya.