Here are five tips to make your speechwriting & public speaking – much better.
Effective speaking skills promote healthy relationships, enhance your leadership success, and most of all, get you where you want to be! If you can say what you want with impact: people will listen and be moved to take action.
Start using these 5 tips and you’ll be on your way to master the art of speaking to inspire.
1. Start to listen, really listen
If you want your audience to listen to you, you have to listen to them first. Turn up your curiosity and open your ears: What is their perspective or problem? Ask questions and listen for common values, needs, or wants that you share. When your audience knows you care, they’ll come on board. Then is your chance to steer them in a new direction. Present your vision, your idea, or your solution to their needs. They are listening, but not for long! Which brings us to tip 2: can you kill your darlings?
2. Reduce Down to One Core Message
You have so many ideas and so little time to present them. Do you try to squeeze them all in? Remember the more ideas you squeeze in a presentation, the more you squeeze out what people will remember. Audiences can only retain one core message. What’s yours? You may have two, three, four really great ones, but you’ll have to shelve them for the next presentation. Yes, it is painful, but your audience will be thankful you did.
3. Collect Stories
Words without an anchor are like waves that wash ashore and slip back into the ocean forever. We forget waves of words unless we can hook them onto something, which helps us remember them. Stories provide an anchor for your message to become memorable. When you find the right story and tell it in a compelling way, your message will stick in people’s minds. Stories also engage our emotions and motivate us to take action. When you write down your stories, take note of the juicy details that set the scene and make it vivid. Engage the senses: Was the coffee old or freshly brewed? Was it a ripped leather or sticky plastic chair? Was there loud music in the background or silence? Use direct quotes: The customer pulls out a gun and says: ‘This is a stick-up! Give me all the cash in the register!’ Start to collect a treasure chest of stories today. You are investing in your future storytelling success. When the time comes to find the right hook for your next message – you can dig it out. Remember if your words are loose, your message is lost.
4. Cut out the Clutter
One advantage (and there are many) to writing down your next presentation is to become aware of unnecessary words and eliminate them. Your sentences need to be precise and concise. When you speak to your audience like a normal human being, they will listen and understand you. Therefore, cut out jargon and shorten long sentences. A sophisticated speaker conveys complex ideas with simple language.
5. Stage Time, Stage Time, Stage Time
The most obvious tip is the hardest to hear: practice with passion and purpose. Read your speech aloud and edit. Deliver it in front of as many people as you can, get constructive feedback and edit. Record yourself speaking and edit. Acknowledge your strengths and applaud yourself. Every opportunity to speak is a chance to get one notch better. So make every speech count! Whether it is a toast, a meeting report, a presentation, these are all chances to connect with your audience.
Bonus tip: Work with a speaker coach.
Speaker coaches work with people who feel they have not reached their full potential as a speaker. Fear, untapped talent or underdeveloped skills can hinder your success. If you are curious how coaching can help you, we offer a 30-minute “discovery” call. You talk, we listen. When we understand your situation, needs, and goals, we’ll send you an offer without a high pressure sales pitch. It’s not necessary to pressure potential clients.
At Moving Speaker, we believe that successful communication begins with
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With joy from Berlin,
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Dyane Neiman is the Moving Speaker: www.moving-speaker.com. She helps business professionals at all levels, who want to enjoy speaking in public, in English. She always encourages people to become better speakers, so when they speak – they get results. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
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