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6 Amaz­ing Speak­ing Tips That Will Make You an Out­stand­ing Pub­lic Speaker

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You may be like many of us who are more com­fort­able com­mu­ni­cat­ing by email or tele­phone than in per­son. Speak­ing to large or small groups, or even one-on-one, may in­tim­i­date or even frighten you. Yet good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills are vi­tal if you want to be suc­cess­ful.

Like it or not, com­mu­ni­ca­tion is some­thing we have to do every day. Re­gard­less of your au­di­ence, the tim­ing, or the lo­ca­tion, there are ways to be heard and get your point across.

Use these sim­ple tips to dial-down the high anx­i­ety, the cold sweat, and the stress to speak with con­fi­dence.

Make Eye Con­tact: Eye con­tact shows you are in­ter­ested, en­gaged, and not afraid of your au­di­ence. How­ever, eye con­tact can work against you be­cause too lit­tle or too much is not good ei­ther—you’ll have to gauge your au­di­ence to see what they are com­fort­able with.

Main­tain Good Pos­ture: If you’re stand­ing or sit­ting with strong pos­ture, you pro­ject a sense of strength and in­still your words with con­fi­dence, while slouch­ing or poor pos­ture can in­di­cate weak­ness and in­se­cu­rity.

Avoid Ner­vous Ges­tures: Pay at­ten­tion to the things you might do if you’re ner­vous, such as touch­ing your nose, play­ing with your hair, or fid­get­ing with some­thing in your hands like keys or a phone. Avoid these ges­tures, as they can com­mu­ni­cate a lack of in­ter­est or a fear of en­gage­ment.

Don’t Use Filler Words: If pos­si­ble, try to avoid us­ing words like “um”, “so”, “you know” and…”and.” These are words that we typ­i­cally use in ev­ery­day con­ver­sa­tion, but when you’re un­com­fort­able, shy, or un­sure of what to say next, you might find your­self us­ing these words or sounds more of­ten.

Be As­sertive: Prac­tice say­ing what you need to say in a po­lite but clear way. Don’t be afraid to say what needs to be said. If you have trou­ble do­ing this, try prac­tic­ing with some­one you trust such as a friend or rel­a­tive.

Breathe: Lastly, don’t for­get to breathe. Breath­ing can help reg­u­late your feel­ings and re­ac­tions. If you feel your­self get­ting pan­icky, fo­cus on the sound of your own breath. Once you’re cen­tred, you’ll be ready to in­ter­act with a greater de­gree of con­fi­dence.

Your Take­away

Re­mem­ber, busi­nesses want peo­ple who can ex­press them­selves clearly and con­fi­dently, who are per­sua­sive, and who are com­fort­able com­mu­ni­cat­ing their thoughts and ideas ef­fec­tively.

The abil­ity to in­flu­ence other peo­ple and per­suade them to ac­cept your ideas, prod­ucts or ser­vices is vi­tal if you want to suc­ceed.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a ‘peo­ple per­son’ to be an ex­cep­tional speaker.

Do you want to prac­tice pub­lic speak­ing, im­prove your com­mu­ni­ca­tion and build lead­er­ship skills? If so talk to me and, through Toastmaste­rs, I’ll show you how easy it can be.

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Bob Mil­liken

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