Dr. Govind Dhaske is well-known social scientist, author and self-development coach. As a researcher, Dr. Dhaske provides comprehensive research-based solutions on human and systemic complexity within the social, behavioral, and pertinent problems using the integrated and multidisciplinary approach. Having expertise in the phenomenological approach, Dr. Govind deals with problems through a novel perspective and loves to educate, train, coach, write, meditate, cook, counsel, and do research on complex problems. At present, Dr. Govind is directing a one of its kind self-development start-up Self-hood.
‘Me Bhashan Karnarach?’ available on Amazon.
1. How did you think about writing this book – ‘Me Bhashan Karnarach?’
When I started ‘Selfhood’ (www.selfhood.in) back in 2016 several people approached me and requested to conduct training on public speaking. I did an in-depth exploration of the kind of communication problems rural, semi-urban people face in public speaking for two years. Based on my research and qualitative interactions I devised a novel training program. After successfully conducting training programs, I realized that there is a paucity of literature on public speaking that can guide potential public speaking aspirants. I was thoroughly motivated by the success of my first ever public speaking training design.
Several people across the regional geographies in Maharashtra approached me for notes and asked for training programs from Selfhood. It was humanly impossible for me to go everywhere as I was having some research projects going on. So, as a golden mean solution to the problem, I devised a self-help oriented book on public speaking “Mi Bhashan Karnarach (मी भाषण करणारच)”.
2) In how many languages is the book available?
At present, Mi Bhashan Karnarach (मी भाषण करणारच) is available in Marathi (paperback version) on Amazon. In a months’ time, the Kindle eBook will be available. The English version of the book will be launched in a year or so. A short version in Hindi is under preparation.
3) What is the importance of public speaking particularly for the audience segment you mentioned?
Most of the rural and semi-urban youth live with an inferiority complex that they are less smart than the population on Metros and more developed urban places. With such kind of passivity from the rural core, the predominant urban youth lives the false feeling of empowerment that they are leading the country. This situation has been killing the potential for public speaking in India. When I realized that most of the young, as well as seasoned leaders, are not connected with their followers holistically I started analyzing the problem.
Most political and social leaders find it difficult to get connected with the people they are serving. Their leadership success is mainly due to the role play they do. Here I realized the need for training them on public speaking with a holistic perspective. I prepared a module or two and tested it in several batches and then launched this book project. Public speaking is a life skill essential for all citizens living and loving a democratic state. The importance is so integral.
4) Can you share with our audiences the broad outline of the book?
The book Mi Bhashan Karnarach (मी भाषण करणारच) runs through 15different chapter dedicated to the set of skills and aspects related to public speaking.
The initial chapters are dedicated to the demystification of several preconceptions and false beliefs of public speaking and the pedagogy about it. Once the reader is ready with a new perspective about public speaking as a life skill later chapter focus on the planned self-learning of public speaking. This part is like workbook where readers are supposed to create their public speaking skill development plan and timeline.
The book covers the ‘fear of public speaking’ part very well as it provides several methods to overcome the fear. I believe that I have not seen such a plethora of methods on fear in any Marathi book on public speaking so far.
Additionally, the book guides the readers and public speaking aspirants on body language, presentation, outfits, types of speech, audience analysis, personality development, writing speech. Importantly, the book emphasizes listening skill development among public speakers and there is a chapter dedicated for same.
Unlike western books translated in local languages, Mi Bhashan Karnarach (मी भाषण करणारच) has been a highly culturally sensitive text aimed at helping the Marathi speaking population.
When Marathi readers are reading western texts, although translated in Marathi, they feel the self –alienation and it takes them away from their own culture. My book avoids such wrong trips and keeps the readers rooted in their own culture.
I have blended modern findings with traditional knowledge and prepared a holistic method in this book.
5) How do you see the possibility of learning public speaking only by using Mi Bhashan Karnarach (मी भाषण करणारच)?
That is a very interesting question (Smiling). I am sure all readers must be fascinated by that proposition. We have to go to the roots of the learning process to understand that. Public speaking to me is a natural life skill that comes with the culture. Off late, taking instructional training for everything has become a fashion and skills development is a huge industry now. But there are some skills that can be learned naturally as well as by taking help of a trainer. Public speaking fits both styles. In fact, learning public speaking on our own works very well.
I have designed the book keeping in mind the restrictions people face when they have to get training on public speaking. Most woman, as well as rural and poor population, faces accessibility, affordability and availability issues when it comes to self-development training. To overcome such barriers I have created a workbook style book that can surely help learning public speaking. Moreover, the kind of mental glitch and psychological problems public speaking aspirants face are best overcome by motivating one self. That has leveraging effects on their personality, social leadership, and public speaking. One who learns public speaking by self-learning has several advantaged and control of their progress. That is the secret of self-learning.
I have to make one point clear here, although I promote self-learning method using my book I can decipher about the need for training as well. There are some people who need training in public speaking because they do well with such methods, in such cases, there is no need to force different method. The primary aim should be to start giving speeches sooner.
6) How do your reader access the book?
The book is available on Amazon for online purchase. Folks can order it from there. The book is also available through the Facebook page with the same name as the book. I am conducting a few training sessions across Maharashtra this winter and I will have the book made available there. I am planning to identify some good libraries where common people can access books and see if the book can be kept there for reference.
7) How do readers connect with you if they have any doubt or need further guidance?
We have an active Facebook page and group dedicated to our readers. In the goodness of time, I plan to conduct some Facebook live sessions for the readers. The book project was materialized under our self-development agency Selfhood (www.selfhood.in).
All emails made to selfhood that concern public speaking comes to me by default. At this point, readers can use these platforms abundantly to ask doubts, seek guidance on public speaking from me.
8) What message you have for our readers?
Well, while I am grateful for the opportunity to get connected with readers through this blog, I feel obliged to share a few things about public speaking here. I hope that will be helpful. Until today, public speaking has remained as something that needs wealth, heritage, political lineage, business family kinship and what not.
While I discard such misconception I feel that everyone should understand one basic fact that speaking is a very natural thing humans are born with. The only obstacle in public speaking is the communication culture in India. We stop girls from speaking their mind, we impose several things on kids in the name of sanskar and culture and what not.
If we allow kids to speak their mind I don’t think we will need any such training of book in India. We need to position our education system on this footing. Our culture endorses freedom of all kinds with all degrees. Yet there are some wrongful social elements that have hijacked the ‘natural’ in our society. All public speaking aspirants should maintain a radical view in their mind that they have something to share with the people which is aimed at collective wellbeing. With such perspective and collective values, I don’t think public speaking will take place naturally. It only takes one moment to take a decision to break the shackles in the mind and mouth starts speaking the truth experienced by the being.
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