In this short video, I report from the Gulf Coast to highlight a couple of tips you can use to improve your speaking skills. These tips go way back, so to speak.
Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/C1YzPtQAhkQ
The speaker has to have the mindset that he's there to help. He's on a mission. She's there because the audience needs what she has to say.
If there's any doubt, if there's any sense that's not the case, the speaker will certainly be less effective and may even flounder. Perhaps jittery nerves will take over and doubt will creep in.
If you're ever going to be your best as a speaker you must adopt the mindset that you've been sent with a purpose and that you're the best person to accomplish it for that audience on that day.
One of your goals for the new year might be to be a better communicator, and one of the best communication tips I can suggest is to be a better listener.
Most of us are concerned about what we say or how we say it. We want to be thought of as a good communicator, possibly a good speaker. But, when it comes to one-on-one communication, nothing beats listening.
And listening is only possible if you learn to separate facts from truth. Facts are the things you're hearing from someone else, like how they like their job or what they're doing next weekend. They're facts, but you need to go beyond the facts to get to the truth.
If you're wondering what Christmas movies to watch this year, I'm providing my top 5 list. You'll find it difficult to keep from tearing up as you watch these gems. All of these are worth owning.
5. Christmas with the Kranks
Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis star in this adaptation of the John Grisham novel Skipping Christmas. The couple plans to skip Christmas and use the money they would have spent on gifts and decorations on a cruise. Of course, other things get in the way. Funny, touching, entertaining.
Make your speeches come alive by telling stories. Make your stories come alive by having a hero.
The hero is the central figure who stumbles badly at first, perhaps even hits rock bottom. But then, through faith, persistence and a bit of Divine providence, manages to emerge victorious.
We can all resonate with such a story because we all relate to the fears of failure and the appeal of success. We all want to catch the winning touchdown after falling behind earlier in the game.
Gestures can dramatically help get your message across when you're on the platform speaking to an audience. The use of your hands and arms can help drive home a significant point. Facial expressions are absolutely crucial to add emphasis.
What is often overlooked is the use of your feet. That's right. How and where you move is also highly important.
Most speakers who move about on stage do so rather haphazardly. They wander. They stroll back and forth with no apparent strategy.
While movement is usually better than standing stiffly behind a lecturn, random movement is of little value. In fact, it robs the speaker of some key opportunities.
Next time you're preparing to speak, consider these three movements:
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