“How to become a masterful communicator and public speaker…”

For this blog post I’ve decided to bullet point the 8 most important things to remember in conversation and/or while speaking to audience. Enjoy!

  • Good conversation is like the game of tennis. Each player contributes equally, as the ball is hit back and forth. This signifies the equal participation each person has toward a conversation. Typically, if only one person does all the talking, it becomes a bore for the other person. Good conversationalists make good speakers.
  • Make speaking personal. The more people can relate, the better. Also, the more the audience feels connected to you, the more you have their attention.
  • Own your material. Know what you’re presenting about so well that you’re a master of the topic. Having the absolute highest knowledge on your topic gives confidence to your audience and also yourself. Dale Carnegie believed one should know 40 times more about their topic than what they share in their presentation.
  • Refrain from saying “I” too much. Keep yourself out of the topic as much as possible. Your objective is to talk about other things and other people rather than yourself. A person that frequently talks about himself comes across as self- absorbed.
  • Be yourself. A genuine nature when speaking will really capture the interest and compassion of your listeners. Speak from the heart and show who you are. Remember it’s okay to show some vulnerability to get the forgiveness of your audience if need be.
  • Use the famous formula “tell ’em what you’re gonna tell ’em, tell ’em, and then tell ’em what you told ’em. Start out by telling people the purpose of your talk. They need to feel it’ll be important to them. At the close, an intirguing quotation or astounding statistic is always a good choice (obviously related to the topic.)
  • Be mindful of your voice. Be aware of your voice influxions. One of the most important things that people don’t realize is the importance of how your voice sounds. Record yourself. Make note of your pitches, the speed of how fast you talk, whether you’re direct or you trail off…etc. This is a hugely overlooked area in the world of public speaking.

 

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