Attending public speaking events has revealed much to me with respect to thinking, creativity, originality and research. As a judge or an attendee, it amazes me when speakers come to the podium and repeat almost the same thing in terms of points, facts and opinions. What I have then come to identify is that these speakers do not give in time and effort to think on their own and come up with new, uncommon and distinct information that would make them different from others, they rely on answers from Google. They then leave their natural abilities to rely on an external element before thinking.
With the advent of technology and Internet, many users depend on information sought from Google and as such dissuade themselves from thinking about a concept, first. The truth is that Google serves a search engine where writers, intellectuals and anybody can get their works revealed and accessed through uploads on various websites. And, those results that come up after making a query do not implant themselves there, they are as a result of efforts made to reflect the evidence of an intellectual work.
However, this article is not to condemn the use of search engines like Google but to encourage the need for originality and creativity. All humans have brains, of course and what it’s used for is to think and reason. So, while you may see the Internet as a tool for quick answers to questions, it is important that you engage your brain effectively by thinking deeply about a concept, title or topic before you proceed to asking Google. And no matter the level of thinking, you definitely need the Internet to access materials and works to back up your claims and write-ups but before you do, ask yourself first, not Google. The process of writing a speech or article is one that should embrace intelligence, creative thinking and originality as that is what will make your work remarkable and spectacular from others.
To conclude, below are four things to do when preparing to write a speech or an article.
1. Fill your mind with the topic and engage your brain to come up with relevant thoughts and ideas. If it is a new concept, read about it and think for possible answers to the question.
2. Write down your thoughts and ideas
3. Seek people’s opinions about the topic and sieve to extract applicable ideas
4. Consult Google to back up your ideas with facts, figures and statistics to avoid hasty generalizations.
Whether it is a debate, oratorical speech or event moderation, the role of research cannot be undermined. So, be prepared to task yourself before sending queries to Google. That is what makes you different from other speakers (your ability to come up with non-similar points and ideas).