Joshua Buchalter

Prediction: AI Won’t Replace the Power of Public Speaking

Speaking at the Argov Fellows Closing Ceremony

How something is said, whether it’s to an individual or large crowd, is often more influential than what is said. 

Throughout history, a constant strategy to gain influence has been through the use of words, specifically the mastery of effective public speaking. Even with the advancements of AI, this isn’t going to change. 

The conveyance of emotions that can persuade an audience,  along with distinctly human attributes such as empathy, intuition, and flexibility are the characteristics that make an effective speaker – characteristics that AI is unable to replicate with the same effect.

It’s not just political rallies, ceremonies, or important negotiations that require in-person, effective communication. Effective communication is something high ranked individuals continue to master, and use to their advantage. Therefore, anyone striving to have influence in business, politics or even their personal lives should continually be working on this skill and gaining experience within this field. 

The good news is that charisma or simply improving your ability to speak more effectively is possible with the right guidance. The bad news is that AI is making it more common to become dependent on technology to communicate than before. This means that without awareness of the overuse of AI, our writing skills decrease and extensive editing tools make us seem better online than in person. 

Being an effective communicator behind a screen can be an important skill, depending on the context of the situation. However, being an effective communicator behind a screen while being ineffective during in-person interactions leads directly to a loss of credibility when your authentic version doesn’t compare to your online version. 

What is the difference between ‘Speaking’ and ‘Public Speaking’? One word, big difference. 

Communication and public speaking skills require high-level vocabulary, which requires theoretical learning, but more importantly skills such as articulation, body language and understanding your audience need practical teaching. 

If you are interested in improving your ability to speak effectively in English, whether it’s to individuals in your life or on stage in front of a large audience, feel free to reach out and we can discuss things further. 


About the Author
Raised in a small town in South Africa, yet through extensive travel and profound experiences decided to catch a one-way flight to the Holy Land in 2020. Reichman University graduate and Argov Fellowship Alumni. Shulman Literacy Cup Recipient for research focused on the secular/religious divide in Israel. Co-Founder of Sparking Minds Gardens. Currently completing his Masters Degree in Diplomacy at Haifa University.
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