The Komark Advantage - Speaking

Komark's acclaimed Speak in Style™ programmes have changed the lives of more than 5,000 people. They will substantially increase your confidence to address an audience in an academic or professional situation.

Speak in Style™ programmes are special and original, the creative application of the Director's wide experience in international business communications as well as in theatre. It's a unique method we've painstakingly developed over the years. There is nothing comparable being offered in the market.

What do we try to achieve?

Our objective is to enable you to speak to any public and to address any audience confidently and effectively. "Audience" here can mean your seniors, peers or juniors, in a work situation or a university or a professional institution. The audience may be just one person or may fill an entire auditorium.

We help you to stand alone in front of your audience, look them in the eyes and speak to them without fear or hesitation, while keeping them interested and achieving your objective of persuading or informing or entertaining them.
What you will achieve.

At the end of the programme, you will be addressing an audience for anywhere from 8 to 16 minutes, without writing out your speech or learning it by heart. You will at best use 8 small cards, each containing not more than 10 cue-words.

How do we achieve this?

Thinking.To begin with, the emphasis of the entire programme is on sharpening your thinking skills. We believe that effective public speaking is primarily based not on your language skills but on your ability to think- to think rationally and "on your feet"- while never losing sight of your audience or your objective.

onditioning and Practice. Every day and in every class, almost every participant speaks to the audience at least once. Very quickly, facing the audience becomes a matter of habit.

No Writing. For the same reason, almost throughout the programme, no writing is permitted. Every participant learns to listen, discuss, question and assimilate, before speaking in public.

What we DON'T do!

No "post-mortem". Several trainers follow a system of first asking you to write and then deliver a speech. After you've done that, they spend time telling you what went wrong. We call this a "post-mortem" approach – akin to telling a dead body why it died (It's also a great technique for "trainers" who have no idea how to get how to get you started)!

We take you step by step from the beginning, first with simple, and then with more complex, exercises. Also, we don't permit writing in class. [That happens in our programmes on speech-writing, which is an entirely different skill.]

YOU, not the trainer, do most of the speaking. Since our programme is based on "learning by doing". The trainer gets you to attempt and later master each graded exercise. Naturally, YOU will have to do most of the speaking, so YOU get comfortable with this skill. Too many "trainers" give you long lectures and use YOU as a captive audience while they indulge themselves in oratory. That's like teaching you swimming by spending most of the time demonstrating the teacher's expert strokes.

Caution:

These are not English teaching programmes. So, although the "public speaking" skill is not primarily language-specific.in order to undertake this programme, you are expected to be comfortable in the English language.