Beware: That "Meeting" or "Informal Chat" Could Be a Presentation
It happens every day. The unsuspecting
mark gets a request to "talk" at a meeting. It sounds informal, but it
isn't. Every word, every gesture, every answer to every question will
be under "formal" scrutiny. To dodge this hoax, learn the warning signsand
be ready with a few tricks of your own. Here are some of the ways you
may be led down this pathand some tips on turning things to your advantage.
The Secrets of Ending Well
A truly effective speaker knows when
to end-and how to end. A persuasive ending has two key elements,
a call to action and a reason to act. As the talk draws
to an end, be clear in telling your audience what they need to feel, think,
or do. And make certain that you link this call to action to a solid reason
to act, a reason that matters to them, not necessarily to you.
Down, You're Talking Too Fast!
Fast speech is like fine print. It's
easy to ignore. Listeners tune out if speakers don't make listening comfortable.
It's the speaker's job to make it easy and comfortable for the audience
to listen. Pace is a form of oral punctuation. Learn techniques to control
your pace so you don't speak in a blur of run-on sentences that make it
too hard for your audience to really listen to what you're saying.
of Fumbling… Pause
Using Silence as a Powerful Tool in Speaking
Learning to pause can add clarity
and strength to your speech. It can also eliminate those pesky filler
words that tend to creep into the gaps between phrases. Instead of saying
"Uh" or "you know" at the end of a phrase, use silence to add weight to
your words and avoid those foolish fillers. A similar technique works
when you forget what you were planning to say. A focused pause will not
only help you think faster on your feet, but it will also avoid those
awkward moments of fumbling for words that tell your audience you have
no earthly idea what you're saying.
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