Conversation is all around us! When you are talking your brain is working twice as hard to keep the speaking going. The best way to learn to improve your communication is to know yourself and learn how to improve what you are not so good at and strengthen even further what you are good at. Effective communication is there for the taking!
Education is all about learning the basics, but to be an effective speaker is to practice what you\’ve learned.
It\’s just as important as asking questions. Sometimes listening to the sound of our own voice can teach us to be a little bit confident with ourselves and to say the things we believe in with conviction.
We all make mistakes, and sometimes we tend to slur our words, stutter, and probably mispronounce certain words. So in a group, don\’t be afraid to ask if you\’re saying the right word properly and if they\’re unsure about it then make a joke out of it. I promise you it\’ll make everyone laugh and you can get away with it as well.
There\’s a lot to say when it comes to directing your attention to your audience with an eye-catching gaze. Keep eye contact. Don’t be tempted to look at the ground or sky. If you are not confident, focus on the back of the crowd or the person that seems interested in what you are saying.
A little bit of humour can do wonders to lift the tension, or boredom, when making your speech. That way, you\’ll get the attention of the majority of the crowd and they\’ll feel that you\’re approachable and human.
Admit it, there are times you sing to yourself in the shower. I know I do! Listening to the sound of your own voice while you practice your speech in front of a mirror can help correct the stress areas of your pitch.
A smile says it all much like eye contact. There\’s no point on grimacing or frowning in a meeting or a gathering, unless it\’s a wake. You can better express what you\’re saying when you smile.
There must be at least one or two people in your life you have listened to when they\’re at a public gathering or maybe at church. Sure, they read their lines, but taking a mental note of how they emphasize what they say can help you once you take centre stage.
Make the best out of preparation rather than just scribbling notes and often in a hurried panic. Some people like to write things down on index cards, while other resort to being a little more silly as they look at their notes written on the palm of their hand (not for clammy hands, please). Just be comfortable with what you know since you enjoy your work.