HOW I BECAME A PUBLIC SPEAKER

How I Became A Public Speaker” is an extract from George Bernard Shaw’s autobiography. He describes how he had trained himself to be a public speaker. It is interesting to know how a boy, who feared to speak in public, spoke exuberantly and attracted large crowds towards him. George Bernard Shaw is one of the most eminent speakers that the world has produced. Though not a very good speaker, G.B.Shaw always had a passion to express his views. He had an air of impudence but was an arrant coward, nervous and self-conscious to a heart breaking degree. He spoke out in public but often got mixed up with his words and felt ashamed. He thought of remembering important points while speaking but often forgot the best ones. He preserved doggedly and spoke at all places where a chance was awaiting him, be it for tens or thousands of people. Speeches In Various Societies: G. Shaw had spoken in the University College at the meeting of New Shakespeare Society, Bedford Society and the Radical Club. Shaw: Public speaking brought him a necessary qualification for political work. Memorable Moments In Hyde Park: One among his best speeches was delivered in Hyde Park in torrents of rain to six policemen sent to watch him. He got no money for lecture invitations. Every subject stuck to his mind at an angle that pronounced reflections were new to the audience. Thus, George Bernard Shaw beautifully portrays how he learnt to become a speaker. Shaw did not prefer speaking out written lectures. Shaw"tms Later Ages: At later ages, he orated only on special occasions to prevent himself from being called a windbag. He entertained them for more than hour and succeeded in winning their hearts.
Q. 1 :- Describe the incident in St. James’ Hall.

The essay ‘How I Became Public Speaker’ by G.B. Shaw is, in fact, a detailed account of the efforts that he made to become a good public speaker. In this essay Shaw has described some of his interesting experiences as a public speaker. One of these experiences was the incident that happened when Shaw was addressing a meeting in favour of Women’s Suffrage. Just before Shaw spoke, a man of anti-Fabian persuasion, who was also socialist, entered the room with a hostile contingent. Shaw immediately sensed that he and his followers were outnumbered and there was a danger of an amendment being carried against them. So to prevent the opposing

Shaw lectured on Socialism (extemporarily) for an hour. Shaw begins by telling us about his first public speaking experience at the meeting of Zetetic Society. the newspapers next morning described the scene as one of violence and destruction. He was not afraid of failures. with their leader as the chairman. it was a complete failure. Here. He made several efforts to become a good public speaker. Thus. Shaw demanded a hearing which was granted him as a matter of fair play. Shaw continued his efforts doggedly. Now he was sought after. himself has described. Q. As result the leader rushed to the platform to answer Shaw. In spite of being so. He joined many other societies like. Shaw is. The Browning Society and the Bedford Society etc. So they stormed the platform. His followers thought that he was leading a charge. made a resolve that he would either become a good public speaker or perish in the attempt. which he had already joined. Shaw became a public speaker. Then Shaw. His first success came when the Zetetical Society discussed Art one evening. The essay ‘How I Became a Public Speaker’ by G. After this. broke-up the meeting and reconstituted it. disappointed by this failure. He tried to speak in every debate. the New Shakespeare Society. B. Thus. This was his first public speech and as Shaw. All this happened without any violence or any harm to anybody. He participated in all the debates of these societies. an account of this attempts for becoming a good public speaker. self-conscious and arrantly coward person. Shaw never looked back. Shaw played a trick. He also attended all the public meetings in London and missed no opportunity of speaking in public. B. He followed a debater of the Zetetical Society. he became a good public speaker. He describes himself as a nervous. However. Thus.group from taking charge of the meeting and carrying an amendment. gradually Shaw became famous as a Socialist orator. he could not resist the urge to speak in the meeting of the Zetetical Society. Shaw was able to turn the tables around with the help of his curious trick and his public speaking skills and the whole blame of the incident was in a way laid on the leader of hostile contingent. He made an extremely provocative speech that was too much for the leader of the opposing group to bear. .Describe how G. in fact. This began with an invitation from the Radical club at Woolwich. 2:. Then Shaw spoke again with complete satisfaction to himself.

Among his most famous plays are Arms and the Man (1894). and a noted caustic wit who remained active until his death at age 94.. . Ireland Died: 2 November 1950 (natural causes) Best Known As: The author of Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw was a superstar playwright and tart-tongued literary personality of the early 20th century. political pamphlets. The last was adapted 50 years later into the Broadway musical My Fair Lady. He remains the only person to win both an Oscar and a Nobel Prize.. Shaw's ascerbic style is sometimes described with the adjective Shavian. and Pygmalion (1914).• • • • Born: 26 July 1856 Birthplace: Dublin. Major Barbara (1905). books and (eventually) plays. but was not himself awarded an Oscar for the film). Shaw is still better known for his famously large ego and sometimes prickly personality: He was a vegetarian and teetotaler. Shaw won the 1925 Nobel Prize for Literature. (American politician Al Gore won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize and also starred in the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth. He first gained fame as a music critic under the pen name 'Corno di Bassetto. Saint Joan (1923). (Shaw also won an Oscar in 1938 for his screenplay for a non-musical movie version of Pygmalion. a radical socialist and social reformer.' but by then had already begun writing essays.) For all these successes.