As I mentioned yesterday, I recently launched a career advice membership site called My Corporate Climb. It is dedicated to helping people create career success while working for a large – or medium or small – company. The common sense, practical career advice inside the site is also helpful for people who work in non profit and government organizations.
The site covers seven keys to corporate career success:
- Clarify the purpose and direction for your corporate career success.
- Commit to taking personal responsibility for creating your corporate career success.
- Build unshakeable self confidence.
- Become a high performer.
- Create positive personal impact.
- Become a dynamic communicator.
- Build solid, lasting mutually beneficial relationships.
Today, I’d like to offer some corporate career success advice on becoming a dynamic communicator. All dynamic communicators are highly skilled public speakers and presenters. But fear of public speaking is an affliction that is all too common in the corporate world. Many people have conquered their fear of public speaking and have gone on to become dynamic speakers and a career success by joining Toastmasters International – a service organization dedicated to helping people learn to speak well in public.
I have done workshops for Toastmasters groups all over the country. I always enjoy these workshops because I am dealing with a highly motivated group of people. All of the Toastmasters I have met are interested in building their corporate career success.
Here are the Toastmasters 10 tips for successful public speaking. Read closely, this is great career advice…
- Know the room. Be familiar with the place in which you will speak. Arrive early, walk around the speaking area and practice using the microphone and any visual aids.
- Know the audience. Greet some of the audience as they arrive. It’s easier to speak to a group of friends than to a group of strangers.
- Know your material. If you’re not familiar with your material or are uncomfortable with it, your nervousness will increase. Practice your speech and revise it if necessary.
- Relax. Ease tension by doing exercises.
- Visualize yourself giving your speech. Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear, and assured. When you visualize yourself as successful, you will be successful.
- Realize that people want you to succeed. Audiences want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative, and entertaining. They don’t want you to fail.
- Don’t apologize. If you mention your nervousness or apologize for any problems you think you have with your speech, you may be calling the audience’s attention to something they hadn’t noticed. Keep silent.
- Concentrate on the message — not the medium. Focus your attention away from your own anxieties, and outwardly toward your message and your audience. Your nervousness will dissipate.
- Turn nervousness into positive energy. Harness your nervous energy and transform it into vitality and enthusiasm.
- Gain experience. Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking. A Toastmasters club can provide the experience you need.
The career success coach point here is simple common sense. If you want to create the corporate career success you want and deserve, you need to become a dynamic communicator – in conversation, writing and presenting. The Toastmasters International 10 tips for successful public speaking are a great place to begin your journey to becoming a dynamic presenter. Joining and participating in a local Toastmasters chapter is the next logical step. You can conquer your fear of public speaking. You can even become a great public speaker – but like anything else when it comes to corporate career success, you have to work at it.
That’s my career advice on becoming a dynamic presenter. What do you think? Please take a minute to share your thoughts with us in a comment. As always, thanks for reading my daily musings on life and career success. I value you and I appreciate you.
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PPS: I opened my new membership site on September 1. It’s called My Corporate Climb and is devoted to helping people create career success inside large corporations. To celebrate the grand opening, I’m giving away a new career advice book I’ve written called I Want YOU…To Succeed in Your Corporate Climb. You can find out about the membership site and get the career advice in I Want YOU… for free by going to http://www.mycorporateclimb.com.