Answer: He should simply know his subject and what he says should be useful to people.
Question: There is a saying: “A good teacher reveals one portion and covers two portions.” What does this mean?
Answer: This is a spiritual principle. It is difficult to apply it in the ordinary world.
Question: What skills do you develop in working with an audience? Do you work on this in a certain way? Do you use any technology?
Answer: No, I do not use any technology other than the computer to transfer information, pictures, and sounds.
Question: How can we check whether we are influencing the audience or not? How can we be sure that we have influenced them well?
Answer: I see it from the questions and answers, from the workshops.
Question: What are the advantages and disadvantages of giving lectures one-to-one and in pairs when one complements the other?
Answer: I don’t know. This is your experience. But I think it is interesting.
Question: There are different techniques on how to develop the voice, the tone and volume of the performance. It is said that it greatly affects people, especially the timbre. What do you think?
Answer: This must be learned. But I cannot do that. My speech apparatus can no longer be used in that way.
Question: What determines the success of a speech: the topic, the speaker, the needs of the audience?
Answer: All of it.
Question: What inspires you to do so many public speeches?
Answer: I feel responsible. But now I am starting to gradually cut down on all kinds of conversations, and I want to reduce them to almost zero except for conversations with my writers and journalists.
Question: Do you have any specific techniques for different audiences? Is it important to you who is sitting in front of you?
Answer: No, but I must see who I am speaking to: young people or old people, uneducated people or scientists, etc. This is the difference. But nothing more.
Question: How do you tune in to the people in front of you the you will speak to now?
Answer: I am not tuning in, but I simply try to convey to them what kind of science it is that I am knowledgeable of.
Question: What funny things happened to you during your public speaking? Was there anything out of the ordinary?
Answer: No. The most important thing is that people who come to the lecture have an idea of what will be discussed.
Question: What advice do you have if the audience starts to get distracted and stops listening?
Answer: We need to round-off probably. You cannot do anything.
Question: Are you against frontal speeches?
Answer: I don’t really like them because it is a problem working with an unprepared audience that does not understand what and how. But, on the other hand, you cannot do anything. Until recently, I traveled a lot around the world and gave lectures and speeches everywhere: radio, television, in large halls, etc.
Question: Are you afraid that you will be asked a question that you cannot answer?
Answer: No. On the contrary, I really love sharp questions.
Question: How can you measure the success of your performances?
Answer: By the number of new students.
Question: Nowadays, virtual learning is gaining more and more popularity when practically one person or several teachers can teach the whole world. What will this trend lead to?
Answer: Only good teachers will remain.
Question: How can you stimulate listeners to ask questions so that they do not just sit behind the monitor?
Answer: I ask: “If you have questions, ask.” There are no special evasions or patents here.
Question: They say: “Do not place an obstacle before a blind man.” What does it mean?
Answer: You should present the material in such a way that everything is clear to the person, pleasant and in a way he would be interested in it.
Question: Should the speaker only say what the person wants to hear?
Answer: Yes, what he wants to hear, what he needs. But in such a way that it interests him, and he takes it with him.
From KabTV’s “Communication Skills” 8/14/20