Whether you’re a specialist in a sport or profession, consider your audience. Don’t dumb it down, because your explanation will still be vague and imprecise. Instead, use concrete, descriptive language.
Many of us are blissfully unaware of how we are perceived. For example, we may believe our intellect and experience will carry the day. However, once a narrative is established, and that happens in a heartbeat, confirmation bias sets in.
When your mandate is to lift the hearts of your audience, motivate them to action, or support your organization, don't get bogged down in details. Share your passion and what motivates you. Delve into the why of your mission, and what it will mean to the audience.
When you speak in public, who do you send out to represent you? It is the other you. Yes, you want to be genuine, exhibiting your personality and insights, yet the performer you send out is dressed for the occasion and delivers a script you have composed. Because we want to appear as persuasive as possible, how can we clearly assess the other, and improve them?
At times, we all take ourselves too seriously-- especially when it comes to public speaking. But without the persuasive qualities of joy, humor, and passion, we can lose our ability to connect. Like Vera, let's approach our presentations with high commitment, but always include what we enjoy about our subject.
Utilize professional techniques when preparing for your next presentation. First, determine your intention. Then outline the arc of your talk from beginning to end. When rehearsing, speak the content aloud.
We hope you are winding down from a rich and bountiful Thanksgiving, having spent time with family and friends. While the narrative of the first American Thanksgiving was replete with creativity, the spirit of the holiday is nevertheless profound.
David recently recorded narration for a client's audio book*. A voice-over project tests one's ability to focus. Any glitch, like slurring a consonant, offbeat pronunciation, dropping an "a", or unclear interpretation can cause the director to call "Cut. Do it again."
We're still in the thrall of the recent World Series. After swallowing the hard lump of the Dodgers' loss, we began to admire the scrappy Astros, wondering, "How did they win this thing?" Their success is a lesson for anyone in a competitive environment, especially speakers.