By Ruoro Kairu
Whether you’re presenting in front of an audience or talking at a team meeting, you’ll be required to speak in public from time to time.
You can either be a great public speaker, or you can have poor public speaking skills. Public speaking is a concern for many people as it determines how your message will be perceived, and generally, how you’ll be judged.
The good news, however, is that you can improve on your public speaking skill and have your message received the way you intended to deliver it. With practice and help, you can overcome your nerves.
Why is public speaking so important?
Mercy, a software developer, called in a few weeks back, she wanted to know if we can help her better her PowerPoint Presentations. I told her it is one of the topics covered in the Public Speaking Class. She asked if she could just take the PowerPoint Presentation class and skip the rest.
When I investigated further, she told me she was at a level entry position and did not interact with clients. She went ahead to explain the only few times she would interact with her supervisors is during her department’s presentation, which takes place once a month.
You too may share the same opinion as Mercy. However, you should also remember public speaking skills are not only valuable in the workplace setup.
For instance, you could be asked to make a speech after receiving an award or being recognized for your efforts, guest speak at a conference, inspire volunteers at a charity event, make a speech at a friend’s wedding, deliver the eulogy for a loved one, and many other scenarios in both formal and informal setups.
On that account, it is important to equip yourself with the right skills for when the moment arises and you need to communicate effectively.
Moreover, your communication skills can either help you open doors or close them both at the workplace and in your social life.
What strategies can you use to become an effective communicator?
The good news about great public speaking skills is you can improve by learning and practicing. While some people may seem great at it, they have probably spent hours practicing and preparing. You too can get to that level with the following tips.
When writing or speaking to a person or an audience, ensure you’re clear in your message. What is the purpose of your communication? Once you answer this, look at the most efficient way to deliver the message.
As a practical example, try and reduce the number of ideas through your communication.
Moreover, unless in very special circumstances, never assume the audience will read between the lines.
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When working on having effective communication, you must work on how concise your message is.
I have seen job seekers who email looking for a job, in the email, they’ll write six sentences what could be written as one.
Once again, as you’re preparing for your delivery, ask yourself the most direct route to deliver the speech or presentation.
Be as direct as possible. Do not beat around the bush.
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Even when you’re making a moving presentation that leverages on emotion, logic is an important part of the presentation.
Be coherent and logical although your presentation.
All your points should be connected and relevant to the main topic. Additionally, the tone and flow should be consistent.
When you consider these points before making your next presentation, you’ll be more effective in your communication.
Finally, it is important to understand that effective communication is a key aspect of our lives. Whether at an interview, in the office, or even at a party with friends.
Improve on your effective communication skills today by joining our Public Speaking Course. Through the course, you’ll practically experience effective communication.
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