Sunday, July 6, 2008

Effective Speaking

Effective Speaking : Major(R)Khalid Nasr
At one point or another, those of us in business are called upon to do some public speaking. The way we present ourselves is important because it is representative of who we are, our competencies, and how people will view our businesses. Here are some simple rules to help you improve your speaking skills: 1.Keep it simple .2.Speak naturally. 3.Make eye contact . 4.Don’t do crazy things with your hands. 5.Be impassioned. 6.No matter what you speak about, people want to know that you are excited about it. Now, don’t fake it, but let you passion for your business or product come through! 7.Balance the format of your information. 8.Don’t try to cram too much into the presentation. Instead, when speaking, cover the basics and leave the details to a handouts that can be read later. Use a powerpoint slide or a few but don’t overdo it. 9.Manage the relationships beforehand. If at all possible, get to know the people who will be listening to you prior to your presentation. This will give them a built-in trust of you and what you have to say. 10.Show, don’t tell. Show them with stories, examples and personal experience. Don’t just list facts. 11.Get rid of distracting idiosyncrasies. Ummms and Ahhhs have got to go. So does jingling coins in your pockets. 12.Know your material. Nothing beats having the material down pat. If you do, it will cover a multitude of other problems that may arise. 13.Get the audience to participate at varying levels if effective. You can use different methods, such as taking time to work alone or with a partner, feedback on certain points or questions and answers. 14.Don’t misinterpret people’s response and get discouraged. You never know why a person may not be listening or get up and walk out. There are lots of reasons that have nothing to do with you or your speaking. Assume it is something else and keep on going! And perhaps the most important – NEVER go longer than you are allotted!

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