From sales pitches, meetings, to online training lectures, good presentation, and public speaking skills are key to ensuring that you create greatness in life and in your business world.
Public speaking is not a talent – it is a skill that can be learned and improved upon. Good presentation skills are no longer a nice skill to have; they can mean the difference between career life or death.
Fortunately, even if you are not a born speaker, the ability to present yourself and your ideas effectively can be learned – just ask my executive speech coaching clients.
Are you faced with the following challenges:
- Do you have great ideas, but don’t have the confidence to present them?
- Are you someone with true expertise, who is unsure how to let others know?
- Is there a natural leader trapped inside of you?
Here are some tips to help you sound intelligent, powerful, polished, articulate and confident the next time you have an opportunity to present, have a conversation with senior management, or network in your professional community.
After all, outside of the privacy of your own home all speaking is public speaking.
5 powerful public speaking techniques to help you:
To sound more intelligent:
Pace your words, speaking just a bit more slowly to allow yourself time to select the most appropriate vocabulary and to give the impression of thoughtfulness.
To sound more powerful:
Use short, simple declarative sentences. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Cut out any useless conjunctions, adverbs, and adjectives – especially superlatives.
To sound more polished:
Never answer a question with a blunt ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Append a short phrase of clarification. For example, “No, I did not see it.” “Yes, I know Mary.”
To sound more articulate:
Make a special effort to pronounce the final sound in a word and use its energy to carry over to the following word. Pay special attention to the final ‘t’ and ‘ng.’
To sound more confident:
Take control of your message by making sure that your gestures and facial expressions support your words. Maintain an upright posture. Hold your head as if you are wearing a crown. Do not allow your arms and legs to move carelessly from side to side. Keep your elbows and knees close to the midline of your body.
Use these strategies or take my online course and improve the quality of your speech in conversation, company meetings, and when you present. Nothing will help your career more than developing the ability to speak well with confidence.
Become a better presenter,
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Hall of Fame keynote speaker, executive speech coach, sales presentation skills expert, and author, Patricia Fripp (http://www.fripp.com) simplifies and demystifies the process of preparing and presenting powerful, persuasive presentations. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance identified her presentation training as one of the best investments you can make in your career. Called “one of the 10 most electrifying speakers in North America” by Meetings and Conventions, Patricia delivers high-content, entertaining, dramatically memorable presentations. The first female president of the National Speakers Association, she is now virtually everywhere with FrippVTCE.com (http://www.frippvtce.com). Learn essential new skills and accelerate your career while maintaining your professional accreditation.