Are you someone who speaks before thinking? Who often ends up dealing with the consequences of rushed speech? Whose heart skips a beat when it’s your turn to speak to a crowd?
Well, I am…
The art of speaking with impact is one of the most aspired skills in the world, but many people still fail to understand the actual importance of it: It can have a decisive result in your life.
All around the world, since the beginning of civilization, humans have been using speech to reach and influence others. It has given hope in times of despair, inspired brave feats, honoured the dead, lifted hearts in dark times and change the course of history.
Who hasn’t heard about Martin Luther King’s, “I have a dream!” speech? Winston Churchill’s with “Their finest hour”? With just words, these men, against all odds, moved thousands of people and guided them into their visions and beliefs. They changed our past, present and future, forever.
So, how do you become a natural confident speaker?
Not everyone is born a natural public speaker, but it is possible to learn how to become one. These are a few simple tips you can use in order to achieve a greater outcome when speaking, for example:
- Use a more powerful and assertive voice: this will give you more credibility and authority. Try to avoid finishing sentences with questions, don’t let your voice creep upwards at the end of a sentence.
- Pay attention to body language: Sure what you say matters, but how you say it is very important. You can be talking about the most interesting topic in the world, but if you don’t address it or express the right way you can easily lose peoples’ attention. Stand up straight and use your hands, this will first, allow you to breathe deeply using your abdomen, which will help you develop a more powerful voice. Secondly, will help you communicating your excitement and knowledge.
- Smile! A smile goes a long way. Have you noticed that when someone smiles at you, instinctively, you smile back? It is contagious. Try to smile as much as you can when you are speaking and you will transmit a positive vibe.
- Slow Down. You don’t need to rush your speech, or try to fit all the words in one sentence. Take your time, make appropriate pauses in your speech. By doing this you will feel less nervous and more in control of the conversation. Also, take time to think about what you are going to say and how you will say it.
- Practise. If you are doing a presentation at work, have a think of what you want to say and prepare beforehand. You feel more relaxed and have a better idea of how it will go.
To master this skill, join one of our “Speaking with Impact” courses. We are running this course on a number of dates throughout the year and at different locations, have a look at the available options and learn all the tricks from a professional.
After teaching in some of the biggest companies in the world of finance (like JPMorgan and Deloitte), Sandra Miller is now taking the time to pass on to you all the experience and knowledge on public speaking. With some practical exercises and individual feedback, we can help you feel in control and understand the common pitfalls of public speaking. You will leave the course knowing how to own the room!
How to join?
If you or your organisation are interested in having a deeper understanding in this topic, get in contact with us on 0800 542 9440. Alternatively, email [email protected] to make a booking, or simply to have a chat. We would love to hear from you!
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