By Ruoro Kairu
Every day, we use communication skills to help further our careers. With effective communication skills, you can clearly communicate your ideas to any group of people.
For Dorothy, she always thought the communication skills she had was enough. Over time, her boss encouraged her to take up a short course on effective communication. Dorothy did not see the need to work on the skill; after all, she rarely made presentations.
While attending a professional conference, her boss was to make a ten-minute presentation. Minutes before the presentation, her boss got a family emergency and had to rush out. A few moments later, the speaker asked Dorothy to make the presentation, as the boss had left to take care of the emergency.
Although she knew the presentation, she froze once she got to the stage. After a few minutes of silence, she run off the stage. The next day, she showed up to work but tried to avoid her supervisor. When they finally met up, the boss asked Dorothy to improve her effective communication skills by joining a public speaking class.
That is how Ms. Dorothy Juma ended up at the Speak With Confidence Training early this year.
Improving your communication skills can greatly advantage your career and life. While the benefits of improving your communication skills are spread out, I have chosen these two that I feel are of key importance.
These benefits are;
1. You learn how to win over a crowd
When you’re making a presentation or communicating to a group of people, the objective is either to convince them, educate them or entertain them. When there’s a disconnect between your presentation and the audience, the objective of your presentation gets lost.
There are various ways to interpret the phrase ‘win over the crowd.’ For example, if you’re making a presentation to your colleagues about a proposal for an upcoming project, that is a crowd. If you want to get your point across at a meeting, the participants are your crowd. If you’re trying to negotiate a higher salary from the management, they are your crowd.
Essentially, if you’re communicating with a goal in mind, the audience becomes your crowd.
In the Speak With Confidence class, you’ll learn how you can win over the audience through various ways such as your mode of delivery, the presentation aid you use, your body language, and more.
2. Learn how to boost your confidence while presenting
In the workplace, take a look at the most successful professionals; those who get promoted, those who close major accounts. You’ll notice most of these professionals exhibit self-confidence.
Sometimes, we confuse self-confidence with traits such as being extroverted or introverted. However, these traits have little to do with your self-confidence. You can be introverted and still be confident.
When you’re confident, it easily shows when you’re conversing with your supervisor, or trying to sell a product to the customer.
The public speaking class teaches you how you can build your confidence, not only when you’re presenting, but also through life.
Effective communication is a skill that with proper training and practice, you can improve on. Enroll for the next Speak With Confidence Class and get to grow your Public Speaking skills.