Many of our traditions, customs and in fact scriptures were percolated down from generation to generation through the word of mouth or to put it aptly, through the work of ” Speaking”.

    The Pearls of Wisdom professed by most of the religions were also deemed to be spoken by God, revered sages and saints to their subjects or disciples. This brings to fore the importance of speaking and the speaker. The importance of the speaker who facilitated in etching permanently those thoughts which he professed cannot be gainsaid. It is that speaking prowess of the speaker which bound and glued his thoughts for generations.

    However the question arises, what was the speaker then in those times speaking on? 

     If we observe, almost all speakers were speaking on subjects in which they were masters, in which they were the learned chair, in which they had papers published to their credit, the subject which they studied intently and mastered. So in a way they were the professors of the subject or they addressed people who were their subordinates in their line of duty akin to the managers and leaders of the corporate addressing their employees. 

    This kicks up a storm in the field. So then speaking wasn’t a business or a paid job but was an included art in the package of job description for the positions of leaders or managers. If that be so, then why should anyone invite a speaker, on payment, to their company or institution when they have a team of recruited, well paid, qualified managers and leaders. 

    What are those persistent necessities which compel an organization, group or an institution to invite a speaker? 

Experience Sharing 

  Speakers  are invited to share their experiences in the relevant field. The requirements for a speaker and reasons are as below: 

   Speakers are, preferably, required to be qualified in the field they are speaking about. It is preferred that the speaker should have worked in the relevant field, had some experience,  resolved some issues and imbibed certain lessons in due course.

80/20 Rule 

    80% of the audience will always be well versed, have good know-how and would have received adequate training in the subject any speaker is attempting to speak. The 20% of the speaker’s talk which encompasses his experiences is what the audience looks up to. Speaker’s experience in solving problems, his approach to the issues and way of application of theory to include both in and out of box thinking is what gets the speaker an invite to speak. 

Solution Personified

     Audience can see the person who walked the path and solved the issues. That personal connect gives required impetus with that glowing statement ” if he/she can why can’t I”. Many speakers add on to their talks the success stories they come across or mustered by interviewing famous personalities to give audiences a glimpse in to the path and approach taken by those chosen few and interpretations thereto ( here also its 80% theory put into practice and their 20% experience in translating it into practice) 

    Speakers with their exceptional oratory put across their pearls in most presentable ways that they find their mark in the audiences. Speakers, hence, are invited to share their experiences which cast a spell of affirmations on the audiences thus probing them to continue on their chosen track and also acting as an assurance that success may take a little long but it is there round the corner. 


              Col B Shyam Vijaya Simha SM is a motivational speaker, leadership coach, possibilitarian, path finder and change catalyst.