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Dubai – Refine your code of conduct



By Konkana Bakshi

Posted: Thu, Aug 26, 2021, 8:01 PM

If you lack the self-confidence to speak in public, or just want to sharpen your existing skills, remember that it all comes down to three essential attributes to becoming a powerful speaker.

1) How to impact your audience.

2) Look effortless while doing it.

3) Spend more time saying things that people would listen to.

Mastering these skills takes time and consistency, and more importantly, learning to conquer your fears while facing an audience and honing the imperative mindset of a speaker.

During a speech or public presentation, one of the courteous things to do is value the time of others. Here, succinct communication is key, besides finding your authentic speaking style and not mimicking your favorite speakers. The more you do, the better off you will be.

It is vital to pay attention to the human factor to better connect with your audiences. Pay attention to whether your audience is bored or if you keep them engaged, as they will bond with you and not your presentation.

Today, communication is nothing more than a string of empty words. Imagine that you are sitting in the audience for an event, there is a good chance that you will feel inspired or not by the speaker’s speech. But what if you get the chance to go backstage and have an in-person conversation with the same speaker? Wouldn’t this conversation mean much more than just hearing someone talking to you rather than talking to you?

The reason is:

A) They would show a direct interest.

B) You would both talk, as much as you would listen.

C) You would say things and seek reactions.

D) You would make room for each other to express ideas.

E) The language itself would be more relaxed and less repeated.

The bottom line here is that our best style of expression should always be conversation, and that is one of the big secrets to becoming a successful speaker. People confuse public speaking with giving a speech. Never engage in a pre-written presentation as it will definitely fail to connect with your audience.

But what if you are addressing a room with a large audience, where connecting with each person is impossible? The secret here is to engage your audience in the conversation by responding to reactions, looking them in the eye, smiling, personalizing the presentation using conversational language. This is what sets the best speakers around the world apart!

Think about how to talk to people during interactions, even if they can’t give you the answer. You give them something to think about. If you could make it feel like a conversation, people would feel more involved.

For example, you could say, “You can’t guess what happened to me last week! This doesn’t mean that you expect your audience to answer the question, but by asking such a question you are seeking your audience’s participation. This will make them curious and keep them engaged.

Another important facet of public speaking is to pause more and say less. This does not mean long intervals of silence, but learning the power to pause. Instead of using fills like “umm, hmm,” which distract the audience, just pause, think, and then say the next sentence.

Most importantly, your story and your interaction should make sense. Think about who your audience is and what their expectations are. Bring home some important points on the topic that your audience may not be familiar with, and think about how you can persuade them. Simply informing people can become commonplace.

wknd@khaleejtimes.com


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