Speaking is an important part of running your business, but it’s amazing how much you can influence others with your speaking.
There are so many terms, analogies, and business jargon that you use on a daily basis but speaking gives you an opportunity to get in front of others and plead your case.
Speaking is also a gateway to building more and better relationships. There is a right and proper way to make sure that you are getting your point across, and how you speak to people will make all the difference in the world.
What matters most about your speaking engagements? What about speaking to your audience on a webinar? Today, I’m going to cover 7 ways that you can draw others into a great conversation, and how you can keep them engaged for the long-term.
Influence Others with Your Speaking Regardless of Topic
Regardless of what you talk about, you should be able to hold your audience captive. There are many problematic speaking mistakes that we make, but oftentimes it’s the little things that we do that cause big problems.
Have you ever listened to yourself talk? I mean really listen? Here are some things you can do right now to help you influence others with your speaking.
- Record yourself and play it back. Listening to yourself is a great way to assess what you’re doing great and perhaps what you’re doing that is not so great. Speaking to a crowd is easy for some while speaking to others one-on-one is much more challenging. Record your speaking engagement or even record as yourself as you practice at home. You’ll be able to hear your inflections in your voice, and you’ll have a clear picture of what you need to change.
- Take your time and cover your talking points. Taking your time is better than rushing through a speech. It’s not uncommon to speak too quickly when nerves strike. Just take a deep breath and relax. The more relaxed you are the better you will be able to speak.
- Don’t be so quiet about it…really. The more nervous you are the more likely you will speak quietly and shy away. It’s important that you speak in a way that allows others to hear you. Don’t hide your message. Project your voice out so the audience can hear you loud and clear.
- Crackling in the voice. Speaking clearly and without hesitation is important, but crackling in the voice is a sign of nervousness. This crackling sound may also occur if your throat is dry or you’ve had a cold. Always look for ways to keep your voice clear, as well as hydrated so that you can speak clearly and confidently.
- Trailing off at the end of the sentence. Speaking while nervous can cause you to trail off at the end off of your speech or your thoughts. If you trail off to the end, it makes it difficult for everyone to hear what you’re saying. Stay focused and aware of how you’re speaking to your audience.
- Don’t insinuate questions. New writers have been accused of making statements sound like questions when they really are not, but speakers are often guilty of this same problem. Business writers refer to this as “uptalk”, in which the inflection of the voice is such that it sounds as though a question is being asked. Just as a writer cannot assume what the reader is thinking or knows what he or she is talking about, you can’t assume that your audience knows what you’re talking about.
- Just say “no” to monotone! If you sound the same all of the time you’ll be monotone. This means that you lack inflection in your voice, and that spells trouble for you if you want your audience to pay attention to you.
Have you been booked for a speaking engagement? Even if you are running a webinar for your business, you should do them as often as you can so that you can practice as much as you can.
The more you speak the better you will become. You may want to join a group like Toastmasters, so that you can learn new methods and new ways of becoming a better speaker.
You’ll also learn new ways on how you can influence others with your speaking.
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