IELTS Speaking Part 3 Topic : Public speaking


IELTS Speaking Part 3

Topic : Public speaking

In this post, we would like to put an emphasis on IELTS Speaking Part 3 topic Public speaking.

1. Why do people feel nervous when they are giving a speech to others?

Public speaking has always been one of the utmost challenges for anyone, especially those lacking practices. Like any interpersonal skills, being able to deliver a thorough, yet captivating speech to a group of strangers requires certain factors. Reasons why most people fail, for me, fall into two main categories: the fear of audience’s reaction and the topic itself. People are judgmental creatures and can cast aspersions onalmost everything; therefore, presenters may suffer from the pressure of perfecting every detail. In addition, if someone is going to talk about topic that is unfamiliar to him or too sophisticated for listeners, it is possibly not as well-received as the one he knows more about.

2. How can people improve their public speaking skills?

Thanks to the Internet, information is now disseminated worldwide and easily accessible that you can get help from anyone about anything, including public speaking. There are several means to acquire and harness such skill as long as people are willing to such as enrolling in an online course or participating in forum where people with the same goal gather and share their experience. This is quite effective, flexible and most importantly, free of charge. If you want something more official and academic, talk to some experts in public speaking at some conferences or workshops. They will provide you more insights and tips to begin. Last but not least, practice makes perfect.

3. Can you suggest any methods that would help reduce nervousness?

Each of us will surely experience at least once in our lifetime the feeling of anxiety. It can be before our job interview or big presentation, when meeting your family-in-law for the first time and so on. Nervousnesscould be a good sign since it shows that we care. However, to better perform at such life-changing events, you should control your feelings. Firstly, take a deep breath. You can’t be at your best without breathing easily. Second, don’t try convince yourself that you’re not anxious. Accept it just like any other feelings then you don’t have to keep reminding yourself to ignore it. Lastly, use positive self-talk. Encourage yourself and remember that you are in this place for a reason.

4. Is it good for people to visit schools and give a talk to children about different things?

As far as I’m concerned, it would be a valuable experience for children to hear real-life stories and personal insights from their predecessors who have been through ups and downs for useful lessons and advice. Nowadays, many schools have already invited some guests that could be their alumni or influential local figures to talk to students. A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark. Therefore, the sooner we sow a good seed and inspire them, the better they will grow.

5. What type of person is best suited to give a talk to a group of students?

Well, I see no special talents are needed to be able to deliver a highly motivating and inspiring speech to students as long as their experiences and messages are relevant and meaningful. Hence, people who could grab students’ attention and make them question their goals and purposes are those leading an eventful life. And by this, I mean someone who has related experiences and been through ups and downs during his career to reach success. This is because I believe that if one has never tasted failures and disappointments, he can’t realize his inner strength to overcome setbacks and truly appreciate his success, which is what students should think about when they’re still in school.

6. Is it hard to strike up a conversation with a stranger?

I don’t know about other people, but it is for me. Unless there’s a specific question I want to ask someone, I would hesitate for ages before going up and talking to them. I really should get over this fear of mine.

Vocabulary for Speaking Part 3

  • Utmost (a): greatest; most extreme
    Ex: Global warming is a topic of utmost concern. 
  • Captivating (a): taking all your attention; very attractive and interesting
    Ex: The diamond jewellery looked captivating. 
  • Judgmental (a): judging people and criticizing them too quickly
    Ex: Rose is a judgemental woman. 
  • Cast aspersions on: to criticize someone or someone’s character
    Ex: His opponents cast aspersions on his generosity. 
  • Sophisticated (a): complicated
    Ex: The HR manager of the company was suave and sophisticated.
  • Well-received (a): getting a good reaction from people
    Ex: The Minister was well-received by the villagers. 
  • Disseminate (v): to spread information, knowledge, etc. so that it reaches many people
    Ex: The results of the experiments were disseminated through newspapers 
  • Accessible (a): that can be reached, entered, used, seen, etc.
    Ex: The institute is easily accessible by this road. 
  • Acquire (v): to gain something by your own efforts, ability or behaviour
    Ex: Children go to school to not only acquire knowledge, but also to learn good habits. 
  • Harness (v): to control and use the force or strength of something to produce power or to achieve something
    Ex: We must harness the skill and creativity of our team. 
  • Practice makes perfect: a way of encouraging people by telling them that if you do an activity regularly and try to improve your skill, you will become very good at it
    Ex: After years of practising, John can now play the piano perfectly. 
  • Nervousness (n): the feeling of being anxious about something or afraid of something
    Ex: Rose smiled to cover her nervousness. 
  • Life-changing (a): having an effect that is strong enough to change someone’s life
    Ex: It was a life-changing incident which I’ll never be able to forget. 
  • Valuable (a): very useful or important
    Ex: These valuable earrings are gifted by my uncle. 
  • Predecessor (n): a person who did a job before somebody else
    Ex: The new doctor is much younger than his predecessor. 
  • Ups and downs: the mixture of good and bad things in life or in a particular situation or relationship
    Ex: Everyone goes through ups and downs in their life. 
  • Alumni (n): the former male and female students of a school, college or university
    Ex: Our institute has a very good alumni network. 
  • Influential (a): having a lot of influence on somebody/something
    Ex: As a public speaker, John was very influential. 
  • Motivate (v): to be the reason why somebody does something or behaves in a particular way
    Ex: My mother motivated me to pursue my dreams. 
  • Inspiring (a): exciting and encouraging you to do or feel something
    Ex: The story of Kalpana Chawla is very inspiring.
  • Relevant (a): having ideas that are valuable and useful to people in their lives and work
    Ex: Although Meera is well-qualified, she did not have relevant work experience. 
  • Setback (n): a difficulty or problem that delays or prevents something, or makes a situation worse
    Ex: There has been a temporary setback in our plans.
  • Grab someone’s attention: to draw or attract someone’s attention
    Ex: The pastel colored gown in the boutique grabbed my attention. 


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