Top 7 Ways To Speak Well (How Well Do You Speak?)By Sandra Schrift
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The ability to speak well can enhance your career, clinch a sale, sell a point of view and increase an executive’s productivity.
- The most important objective of any speaker is to appear credible and knowledgeable about their subject. Speak to your audience as if you were having a conversation.
- Grab the audience’s attention in the first few minutes with a question, startling comment, inspiring story, a funny experience. This will help you connect immediately with everyone and reduce the tension. Stay away from jokes!
- Reduce your nervousness by taking several deep breaths immediately before you are introduced. And for you chocaholics..eat some chocolate to relax your vocal chords.
- When making a presentation, look at one person long enough to deliver one complete thought, then move to another individual and repeat the process. Everyone else in the audience will also feel attended to.
- Use visual aids to increase audience retention of your message. But NEVER become a master of ceremonies to your overheads.
- Avoid the # one mistake in the speaking business…failing to check your audio-visual equipment before your presentation. Show up early to check out the sound system and any other equipment you will be using.
- Personal benefits from acquiring excellent speaking skills include: more self-confidence, becoming more persuasive and evolving into a magnetic or dynamic speaker.
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Sandra Schrift 13 year speaker bureau owner and now coach speakers to get clients and paid speaking engagements. I also work with business professionals and organizations who want to deliver masterful presentations.
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Article Submitted On: October 18, 2004
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