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What public speakers can learn from Modi?

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Public speakers! You can learn a lot from Modi!

“Building a common ground” is one of the most effective technique in public speaking, and is also one of the most used one. Barack Obama as well frequently uses it in his speeches. These days, Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi is visiting and addressing several neighboring countries so as to materialize his statement which he said while addressing the Indian parliament, that was: “Building good relation with neighboring countries will be among my priorities”. And through his speeches in respective countries, he has proved that using the technique of ‘building a common ground’ develops relation with the audiences.

On addressing japan, he played drums. On studying the speech he made to address Nepali parliament, he starts with Nepali language. One may clearly identify that he is trying to prove that he respects Nepali language, and is trying to make the audiences and viewers comfortable of his presence in the stage. And this is one of the way to use this technique. And this technique worked as well. He came out of the car and shook hands with the over joyed Nepali citizens. Where there was a cold disrespect by Nepalese to Indian actions like border encroachment or Buddha’s false identity, a single speech that was intended to build a common ground, effectively encouraged Nepalese to shake hands with him. Well many have even compared the slaps to our big politicians with the hand shake of modi to our citizens, and said that politicians should learn from modi. Let’s not interpret it this way, but the undoubted fact is speakers should learn from modi.

This is not the only way he used to build a common ground. He interpreted about the Nepal- India relation with long history. Stating that ‘the relation is as old as Himalayan and Ganga are’, was something that made the parliament’s desk sound with decent claps of respect. He further used several metaphors like “if there’s air movement in Nepal, there’s chill in India, similarly, sun dazzles in Nepal and there’s heat in India”, “kashi’s temple has Nepali pujari and Pashupatinath has Indian”. Doing so, he made everybody comfortable about his presence in the stage, and kept the audience’s ears eager to know what’s coming next.

Similarly, he praised his listeners, who were Nepalese, and encouraged them to believe that his words were true and he truly wanted to support Nepal. He brought the ongoing fight about the birthplace of Buddha to an end, stating that Nepal is the land which gave birth to Lord Buddha, who amazed the whole world. He even praised the Nepalese for having the Pashupatinath and the Lumbini with them, stating that One crore twenty five lakhs citizens in our neighbors were such who sometime in the lifetime wanted to come and bow in front of Pashupatinath and come to Lumbini and settle in peace. He even praised the Nepalese bravery, so as to build a common ground, stating that if somebody claims to not be afraid of death, was obviously a liar or a Gurkha. He also claimed that there was not a single war which India fought where the Nepalese hadn’t spilled their blood. He even praised us of being able to get diverted from the way of ‘yuddha’ to ‘buddha’ i.e. war and violence to peace and co-operation.

He even made his audiences to believe that it had not already been late, but there was still plenty of tasks Nepalese could do, be it hydroelectricity or organic farming, and majorly the ideal constitution. Leaving the political agendas apart, his intention of developing a good relation became successful, and was because he utilized this technique of building a common ground and being compatible to the audiences, either by using the nepali language, or by praising us, or by proving our long history or by proving his intentions to help. A person passionate in public speaking can learn well from his speeches.

Author: Prabin Basyal

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