Today is Thursday, so this post is on communication skills.
I mentioned Women’s Edge Magazine in yesterday’s post (www.womensedgemagazine.com). It is a great print mag. I found several articles in the January issue that I really liked. One article listed tips for speaking with authority. Since presentation skills are a critical component of communication skills, I’ve decided to list a few of them here, along with the names of the women who provided them.
Tips for Speaking With Authority
- “Relax. If you know your subject, it should come naturally.” Cindy Anderson, CPA
- “Take lot’s of deep breaths before you speak. Try to convey a sense of fun and spontaneity.” Lisa Grele Barrie
- “Make sure you’ve planned what you’re going to say. Avoid the dreaded fillers like ‘um, like and you know’.” Diane Bliss
- “Your believability and credibility depend on your reputation, so make sure your audience knows your qualifications beforehand. Also, don’t hesitate to appeal to emotion as well as reason.” Patty Briguglio
- “Eliminate PowerPoint and just talk to your audience! Share conversation as well as information.” Mary Contando
- “Be authentic and stand in it. Remember, it’s about who are, and not what you can sell someone.” Jan DeLory
- “Be comfortable with yourself, so you can connect with others on a real and personal level.” Lynn F. Dickey, PhD
- “Make sure you are engaged, maintain eye contact…and don’t hold your breath.” Jill Wells Heath
- “Be willing to risk what you have to get what you want. Stand firm on your principles even when your knees are shaking.” Catherine Hoag
- “Take up as much physical space as possible when speaking. Open yourself up to others and they will open up to you.” Erika Mangrum
- "Simple…Never doubt yourself.” April Mills
- “Be yourself and you’ll have the credibility you desire.” Caire B. Niver
- “Adopt a warm and friendly style to put others at ease.” Billie Redmond
- “Know your material and communicate it in a manner that inspires confidence and action.” Chris Young
Review these 14 pieces of common sense advice the next time you have to make a presentation. Take them to heart and put them to work. You’ll deliver a dynamite presentation. I guarantee it. After all, they’re just common sense.
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