Why Cry Over a Bad Speech When Failures Are Not What You Think They Are!

Ideal speeches are very rare.

The point I am trying to get across is that speaking is an art that is never mastered in one sense. It is like driving. Perhaps you’re a good driver. But each day you have to learn to drive differently (especially on our city roads). And learn to adapt to traffic jams, unexpected vehicles overtaking through the left, pedestrians straying from the footpath, a sudden-braking in front and a host of other factors.

Thus we cannot create a ideal picture in our mind about driving through the streets. Likewise with speech. There are several factors that might not be ideal when we get up to deliver a speech. It can include a rainy day, a distracted audience, or even a rally with loud slogan shouting going on in the streets.

Sometimes speeches fail because of external factors like what was mentioned just now. At other times it can fail because of lack of proper preparation, lack of knowledge, or even ill health.

When you get depressed over a bad speech the easiest thing to do is to find comfort in feeling sorry for yourself. But the best thing to do is to go and seek the next opportunity. And attempt again. Perhaps you might not succeed in delivering a great speech this time also! So what?

Understand that a speaker is not a once-for-all finished product. Instead the beauty of a speaker is that he or she is being moulded every day. Instead of trying to destroy the flaws; try to blend them into the design. That means work on your strength as a speaker and being very good at it. Then slowly you’ll find that the shortcomings do not trouble the outcome of the speech.

Finally, what does a bad speech teach?

It teaches that you are a success because you attempted to do it.
It teaches that you can improve which means that the way ahead is forward and upward.
It teaches that patience, persistence and perseverance are needed to succeed consistently.
It teaches that there is value in mistakes for they teach what textbooks and teachers do not.

Above all, it teaches that all good speeches are based on lessons learned from plenty of bad speeches. When these lessons are stringed together; it shapes a speech that touches the heart, rouses the intellect, and inspires people.

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