PM Modi reveals secrets of his oratory

Talks to students on the eve of Teachers’ Day, asks them not to become robots but sensitive

GN Staff | September 4, 2015


#Narendra modi   #teachers day   #students   #speech   #oratory  

In the age of prepared speech, notes or teleprompter (A teleprompter is a display device that prompts the person speaking with an electronic visual text of a speech or script), the secret formula of prime minister Narendra Modi’s oratory and extempore speeches had remained hidden till today. Modi himself revealed the ingredients of the formula.

Interacting with students across the country today on the eve of Teachers’ Day, Modi shared some tips on public speaking.

A student was curious to know how the prime minister made so many speeches without a script. "How have you achieved such mastery in oratory?" she questioned.

"To be a good orator, you need to be a good listener. You need to listen with your eyes and your mind," advised the PM.

A habit of keeping notes would also help in a big way, the prime minister told the students.

He observed that usually, people known to be orators take too much time to get to the point. For that, he advised, it is best to write down what one wants to say. "That will help you sharpen your speech," he suggested.

The prime minister also said that students could take pointers from Google and YouTube.

"You are google guru vidyarthi (students) after all. If you see other speeches online, you will gain confidence," he said.

But he admitted that he himself did not keep notes while speaking, "because Gadbad (a mess) happens." He did not elaborate

Throwing light on another facet of his personality he said "don't worry about what people will say. Don't be nervous. You should be confident." Now, we know why he is not provoked easily, like many of us.

He also answered a question on leadership. "To be a leader, you should be attached to people. Their pain should give you sleepless nights," he said, also urging students to introspect on why they would want to become leaders - "for happiness, elections or to solve problems."

Modi on Friday stayed away from rhetoric or big declarations and told the students to make small contributions to India by doing things like saving electricity and promoting cleanliness.

“We need not become robots. We should nurture sensitivity,” Modi said.

“People wonder why I choose to spend time with students on Teachers’ Day. I feel that students are an image of their teachers. We all have a memory of something our teacher has given us when we were young. After a certain age, children spend more time with their teachers than their family. There is a huge responsibility with teachers at this time. Teachers make generations. It is time to commemorate teachers who have made scientists, doctors who are working for nation-building,” the prime minister said.

Modi said his government was working on replacing the “character certificate” that students get after their school-leaving examination with an “aptitude certificate”. He said every quarter, the feedback of teachers, peers and friends of students will be captured digitally to produce the aptitude certificate, which will mention the areas of excellence of students when they pass out of the school system.

During the course of a nearly two-hour interaction, Modi reiterated his commitment for rural electrification and touched upon the key issues taken up by his government including promotion of khadi, creating awareness about yoga, digital India and swachh Bharat abhiyaan.

Replying to a question on how he will make the Digital India campaign a success even when several villages don’t have electricity, Modi promised to take electricity to 18,000 villages without power in the next 1,000 days.

This is the second year in a row that Modi has addressed students and teachers on the occasion of Teachers’ Day. He took questions from several students through video conferencing from Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar and north-eastern states, among others.

Modi was joined by Union human resource development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani, minister of state (MoS) in HRD Upendra Kushwaha and MoS in finance ministry Jayant Sinha.

Comments

 

Other News

80 percent abortion in India through medicines: Lancet

 Three in four abortions in India are through drugs from chemists and informal vendors rather than from health facilities, said a report in The Lancet. An estimated 15.6 million abortions were performed in the country in 2015, reports The Lancet in its latest released paper on ‘Inciden

A turbulent journey so far for seaplanes in India

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s seaplane ride in Gujarat is certainly unique, but it is not as historic as it is being made out to be. Gujarat chief Minister Vijay Rupani said this is for the first time in the history of the country that a sea-plane will land on a water body and that wi

GAIL fast tracks implementation of Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project

 GAIL has awarded a contract for laying 520 km gas pipeline connectivity from Dobhi (Bihar) to Durgapur (West Bengal), including 120 km line to Jamshedpur (Jharkhand). With these awards, major contracts for phase two of the Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra natural gas pipeline (JHBDPL) project have

Indane LPG refill booking through FB, Twitter launched

 IndianOil corporation (IOCL) has launched Indane LPG cylinder refill booking through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. Director (marketing) Gurmeet Singh emphasised on the need to leverage technology and the growing social media to provide simpler and effective options to cu

Time for India to adopt DNA forensics to solve crime

Forensic DNA has emerged as the world’s greatest crime fighting technology. Many countries are effectively using forensic labs and protocols to collect, test and compare DNA at crime scenes with that of suspects with promising results. While the law machinery the world over is increasi

Do you think sea-planes can be used to improve air connectivity?

Do you think sea-planes can be used to improve air connectivity?



Video

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter