English and Public Speaking Connection

by | Aug 17, 2020 | Public Speaking | 39 comments


So many times, I have seen people hesitate to come on the stage just because they are not good in English. 

Is there any relationship between English and public speaking? 

I doubt it. Just because if someone is good in English, that doesn’t mean that that person will be good on the stage, not necessarily. 

And just because if someone is not good in English, even that doesn’t mean that person can’t be good on the stage. 

English and public speaking, these are two different skills. 

I remember I joined English speaking classes at the age of 30. I failed my 9th standard and, that shows how focused you are in your studies. 

But unfortunately, you learn languages in these years. You don’t learn languages in graduation. 

And I don’t even remember the face of my English teacher. 

When I came to Mumbai in the corporate world, my boss told me,

Praveen if you want to survive here, you have to improve your English. 

And I joined English, speaking classes, basic English-speaking classes. I used to learn English sitting beside seven years and eight years old kids. 

That doesn’t mean that after that class or after improving my language, I was very good on the stage. I was very good in my presentation. 

No, not at all. I used to struggle in front of people. I started learning public speaking skills a few years ago, that is helping me to present myself effectively in front of people. 

But English and public speaking these are two different skills. It needs different learning, different ways of practicing. 

So, it doesn’t matter in which language you speak. 

If you want to improve your public speaking skills, you have to learn public speaking. 

The way we learn English or the way we learn singing, the way we learn dancing, even public speaking skills is a learnable skill. 

This is Praveen Wadalkar signing out. Until we meet again, with a new tip.

39 Comments

  1. Mahesh

    I fallen in love with you.
    Lovely interpretation

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      • Asif

        Great Thoughts… Language is never a barrier but Is required to deliver any message… Public Speaking should not stop… even if you have constraints of good language..

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      • Varshita Tandon

        Sir I’m following you from so long and I’m learning a lot. Thank you so much sir

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      • Rahul Jain

        Thanks for keep us motivating

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        • Praveen Wadalkar

          Happy to motivate and support our readers 🙂

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    • Shankar

      Praveen ur inspiring me when I started hearing ur 4 hours workshop on public speaking…I enrolled for 21 days program…but I dont know how to start..please help me

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  2. Peeyush

    Hey Praveen, its a exactly opposite scenario with me,my peers and clients frequently appreciate my written communication, but God kniw what happens whn it comes to speaking…….what’s ur view on this

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  3. MAGULURI NAGESWARA RAO

    To become a good speaker one must be a good listener first so as to learn the basic arts of body language,speaking skills,ways of expression.

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  4. Rajshekhar

    I liked this post, as you are well said about English and Public Speaking relationship. Yes it is an eye opener note, yes, it is true those who know English they may not be good on stage and vice versa. Those whose English is not up to the mark; they can learn public skills (as it is a learnable skill). Good Message and encourage words very nice…………………….

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    • Haresh

      English is a language like other languages. There is no doubt that you should have mastery in language but with that you will have to learn public speaking separately. Mastery in language doesn’t mean you are a good speaker, with the language mastery you should have skills as to how to speak among people. Yes with the knowledge of English language you can explore yourself in public speaking in much greater way than any other language bcs English is known to many places and people around the globe.

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thanks for reading and sharing your views🙂

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  5. Urvashi Talwar

    Your public speaking and english improvement .I liked it so much thanku

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  6. C.Raghava Rao

    English is a language, a medium by which you express your idea by words and sentences.
    Presentation is a skill which involves words, voice and gestures. you can express your feelings ideas by expression. With minimum knowledge of English we can give presentation.
    Language is just to express not impress.
    So, you are right Mr.Praveen Public Speaking is skill to be learnt.

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thanks for reading and sharing your views🙂

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  7. Vignesh

    I got impressed my your words praveen

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    • Vinoth Balaji

      Superb Praveen.. learning a lot from you.. Thanks a lot for making changes in our lives….

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  8. Uma Nataraj

    Vety true. Language is a vehicle of your thoughts. Publuc Speaking is an art/skill. Both have to be learnt. A Public Speaker can definitely make a very good impression if his language skills/ knowledge is good. It is an added advantage.
    Having good command over a language definitely adds to your Public Speaking skills.
    Having said this, it doesn’t mean that a person good in English can be a good Public Speaker or Vice Versa. Both have to be learnt.
    The more the skills, more the Confidence.

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    • kulin desai

      Yes you are right Praveen. Our PM narendra modi is best example. He is very very
      good in public speaking and always speak without reading and looking at note. He is not good in English. Most of the times speaks in Hindi or Gujarati. So your tips are encouragement for us. We will take advantage of your encouragement and will try to speak whenever will get stage. And try to share our views by creating video also.

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  9. Bharamappa Kuntageri (BK)

    Yes, language & public speaking are different skills, we can express our idea/contents through public speaking via body language, expression and language. Many forward counties like German, Japan, etc are use their own language. Both are learnable.

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  10. Faisal

    I agreed this article, you said very right.

    Thanks

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  11. Madhavi Dalvi

    Yess Sir,
    I agree with you…definitely Public Speaking a learnable skill and everybody can learn it with the help of teachers like you. I appreciate that you have taken a step ahead to share the skills in which you are an expert. I always had a fear that I won’t be able to speak in public or in-office meetings but after constantly listening from you that “this is a learnable skill” it has changed my approach towards Public Speaking.
    Thanks a lot for keeping everyone motivated in this walk of life.

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  12. krishna keshari

    i learn that both difference between English speaking and public speaking the way u teach i love it

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thanks for reading and sharing your feedback 🙂

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  13. Prem Chand

    Really I am surprise with this fact . My believe was for being a good public speaker need to have a very good grip in english. This kind of article written by you kind of successful person gives more confidence to my type of learner.

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  14. Janani

    I like d way… You handling d language… Its like delivering me in a story format…. Thank u lott for ur great efforts and keep doing… We need u.

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thanks for reading and sharing your feedback 🙂

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  15. Srikanta Swain

    You are an awesome guy, from the day1 I saw your adds in mostly in YouTube, I always thinking who is this guy, what is he talking about, what is he doing & stuffs, but after being the part of speak & grow team, I could realize the significance of you…I came to know about you, say 3 weeks back, that in fact changed my perspective of looking at life for sure…you are not only very good at public speaking, but the genuine human being too…I aspire to meet you in person one day with little bit of achievement…

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    • Praveen Wadalkar

      Thanks for reading and sharing your feedback 🙂

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  16. joise

    GOOD INSPIRATION

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