The essence of effective communication lies in winning the hearts of the audience. It is an art which requires perseverance and practice. The role of a public speaker is to bring a smile on the faces of the audience.
Amisha Gupta is a Professional Emcee and Live Show Host who has hosted events for TEDx, and prominent corporate brands like Maruti Suzuki Nexa, HP, Microsoft, Indian Oil, Orient, Hitachi etc.
Amisha, follows the maxim, “Audience is the king”. She believes that engaging with the audience is the most crucial part of public speaking.
In an interview with DehradunTales, she mentions
“Public speaking is all about how clearly you can deliver your ideas to the world.”
She inspires even those who are afraid to speak publicly. She quotes “Anyone can excel on stage.It’s a mind game. Don’t let your mind play with you.”
DehradunTales wishes her good luck for her future endeavors.
Read through her journey, her outspoken personality, tips for public speaking and much more.
FULL INTERVIEW OF AMISHA GUPTA
Q. Before going into the details of your journey, please tell us something about yourself.
I am a Public Speaker, working as a Professional Emcee and Live Show Host. Being a firm believer of versatility, I have hosted all categories of events ranging from Corporate gigs to Wedding events, ensuring to maintain the zeal of the show.
I have hosted for profound communities like TEDx, and worked with prominent corporate brands like Maruti Suzuki Nexa, HP, Microsoft , Indian Oil, Orient, Hitachi and addressed the Veterans, Army officials , Social Activists and Government officials.
I have also worked with sensational celebrities and personalities from the film industry.
I strongly believe that “Audience is the king” and to maintain the zest of the event, I strive to always keep the audience glued and entertained till the end.
Also, my motive is to spread knowledge and bring more and more awareness about “The Significance of Skills” in professional and personal life.
Following my dream to create a harmonic community, I coach and guide people who face stage fright and help in regenerating their confidence.
Currently, I’m seeking opportunities that will allow my work to enhance incrementally, along with contributing to the educational and entertainment industry.
Q. How did you conceive the idea of becoming a public speaker?
Choosing Public Speaking is always equivalent to choosing my passion over everything.
Though I got placed from the campus in one of the renowned RPO MNC “People Scout” in 3rd year of my college, still I chose to work for something I’m passionate about and started from absolutely
Communicating with people makes me feel lively. I learn new things, gain new experiences, every time I’m addressing on stage. It’s something which satisfies my self-esteem and makes me mentally and spiritually strong as this is a universal fact that effective communication is the
biggest virtue for mankind.
Q. According to you, what are the skills required to become a public speaker?
I think there are three important skills required to become a public speaker:
- Clarity of words
- Clarity of Vision
Nothing is more important than these skills. Public speaking is all about how clearly you can deliver your ideas to the world.
Q. Do you find it a financially viable career option in India?
It’s a sad reality that art is not valued as compared to other professions in India.
I would be lying if I say that you’ll earn a lot of money initially. At times, you’ll have to work for free to form a network, but it’ll be worth it.
You should be patient and persistent. With time, you’ll grow professionally and financially.
Q. Did you ever face stage fear? If yes, how did you overcome it?
To be honest, I never had stage fright but, yes, I do get nervous at times before my performance. I apply the same techniques that I suggest to anyone who faces stage fright.
I focus on positivity and my main motive to be on stage, that is, to add value. I practice and prepare a lot; it’s the key to crack anything! I never run away from any opportunity to be on stage. Just Grab it. Face your fear!
Q. What suggestions would you give to an introvert to excel on stage?
I believe that Introverts are most effective communicators as they analyze things a lot as compared to any other type of personality.
I don’t judge people based on being an extrovert or an introvert. Anyone can excel on stage. It’s a mind game. Don’t let your mind play with you.
Q. What techniques do you use/suggest for engaging a live audience?
Engaging with audience is the most crucial part of public speaking. Humor is the best way to win their hearts.
Talking about some relatable topics helps a lot. Speaking with clarity, engaging them in some games and activities etc.
Q. As a coach in public speaking what difficulties you generally face and how do you deal with them?
While coaching people, the problem I generally face is that people don’t have the patience to learn at times. They don’t understand that it’s not a problem that comes with a solution. It’s a learning process. It takes time, practice and dedication to acquire a skill.
Q. How many and what kind of events have you hosted till now?
I have hosted all kinds of events ranging from Corporate gigs to Social events, assuring to maintain the zeal of the show. Hosted for prominent corporate brands like Maruti Suzuki Nexa, HP, Microsoft, Indian Oil, Hitachi, Vivo.
I have also hosted Social events addressing the Veterans, Army officials, Woman Activists, Government officials and worked with famous personalities from the film industry.
Q. What kind of personal guidance do you offer?
My motive is to spread knowledge and bring awareness about “The Significance of Soft Skills” in professional and personal life.
As I said earlier, I coach and guide people who face stage fright and help in regenerating their confidence.
Q. Who is your favorite motivational speaker / life coach?
My father. He’s my best teacher and motivational speaker. His strong beliefs and support made me the person I’m today.
We as children can never repay what parents do for us. Family support truly plays a crucial role in the hustle of chasing your passion.
Talking about anchoring, I learnt that from my father and mother, the power of effective communication and its value in life. And of course, we all need immensely supportive siblings to do wonders.
Other than that, I follow Sandeep Maheshwari, as his ideologies are very pure and are for all the age groups. Anyone can relate with him in any field, be it professional life or relationships, He really simplifies the complicated areas for all of us.
I also follow Mel Robbins, an American Public Speaker. Really has a huge impact in my life. Everyone should listen to her and read her books. Very
practical and inspiring!
Q. What are your favorite books and any books you suggest for public speaking?
For improving public speaking, read any book by Dale Carnegie, specially, “How to Win Friends and Influence people”. Don’t just read for “the sake of reading”; read to implement.
Q. What are your immediate future plans and where do you see yourself 10 years down the line?
I don’t prepare any long-term plans. Situations are always uncertain. That’s what I have experienced since childhood. I believe in creating small goals and working upon them.
Right now, I’m working on a platform where I can help others who want to be a part of the field of Public Speaking.
Also, I love to be a part of entertainment and event industry and it has given me all the things that I have right now, my experience and professional learnings. So, I have some new projects lined up.
My vision might sound dreamy, but I just want to eradicate this taboo of “Fear of Public Speaking” which is the biggest fear even more than “Fear of Death”. I just want to contribute my part as much as I can.
Q. Who is your role model or source of inspiration and what is their contribution to your journey?
My source of inspiration would be my father, my mother and my two amazing siblings. I dedicate all my accomplishments to them only.
Without my father’s guidance, I’m nothing.
Even today, he’s the first person I rush to whenever I’m lost, and he always finds the best way out for me. Other than that, emotional care and support is very important in life and thanks to him for always understanding my choices in career and life.
My mother for always staying with me, showering her blessings upon me. She makes me strong every day. And my siblings for supporting me always, no matter what. They always have my back and are my best friends.
I am blessed to have such a wonderful family. Words aren’t enough to express my gratitude here.
Q. Your message to the readers of DehradunTales?
Don’t wait for any opportunity to knock friends, start building the door. Gone are the days when opportunities came and knocked.
We are the builders of our country and we must create opportunities for ourselves and others. That’s how we’ll grow together.
Also, always be a student. Don’t hesitate to learn. That’s the best quality anyone can have. It always starts with you; the magic is inside you.