So perhaps the first reason why your intended message doesn’t get across is maybe you simply failed to clarify your message before sending clarify your message before you start speaking. And that might mean pausing and thinking before you speak.
How to Build Your Self-Confidence
Self-confidence is the currency of success. It can be a elusive coin. Yet it is critical to life and success.
It can determine the difference between success and failure, happiness and misery, and even life and death. It’s not something that comes naturally, yet it’s a skill that can be learned and improved upon with practice. In this article, we will discuss some practical tips and techniques that can help you build self-confidence.
Who Will Tell the CEO that the Presentation was Lousy?
Everyone makes mistakes when speaking. The problem arrives when the CEO or business leader makes consistent and persistent mistakes while speaking.
How might you as CEO or team leader make less speaking mistakes? Learn from the mistakes of others. Review this compilation of CEO and leadership presentation mistakes that you can avoid. Study this post and learn from the mistakes of others so you don’t repeat them. Does that make sense?
One of the problems is that no one will tell the CEO about their lousy presentation skills. If you are the team leader or CEO and want honest feedback to improve your presentation skills, contact me for honest and constructive feedback.
Public Speaking for Executives
Think about the skills that a successful executive must develop. One of the critical skills is public speaking. Are you clear on what that encompasses and why it’s important?
As a rising executive or executive-hopeful you must communicate effectively with your peers, your superiors and colleagues across the industry. Don’t keep your genius a secret only your boss knows because you will need the support of the peers of your boss to be promoted.
Connect with industry colleagues. Imagine the influence on your boss and bosses’ peers when they hear positive comments about you from the industry.
Chief Executive Speaking
Your chief executive officer, CEO, could be the most powerful spokesperson for your organization. The market wants to hear from the leader. Customers and clients want to know the CEO. The media are often eager to interview and quote an effective leader. Is your organization getting the best return on the speaking skills of your leader?
Let’s review the results of a few effective speakers and a couple who were not.
How to Own the Room when You Present
Do you want to own the room? What might that mean? How can you own the room? Owning the room is a feeling of comfort and confidence.
A successful presentation starts with the presenter owning the room. When you know and own the room, you will feel more powerful and confident. That enables more effective and successful presentations for you.
How to choose your executive public speaking coach
When you are looking for an executive public speaking coach, how do you evaluate your choices? How can you choose the coach that is right for you? Like communication, it’s an imperfect process. Yet, there are principles that you can follow to help you make a better choice.
Like many soft skills there are no hard and fast measures. Instead, it’s subjective which means it can be a difficult decision. For example, if price was your only criteria, the decision would be easy. Pick the cheapest.
Naturally the cheapest solution is to do-it-. yourself. Watch YouTube videos. I’ve found YouTube videos to be helpful when searching for a cooking recipe or how to repair a house electrical or plumbing problem. I’m a handy man so I can follow some of those videos for simple home repairs.
Five Phrases to Avoid when Speaking
If you are a leader or hope to be a leader in your company, organization or community – your words matter. It matters what you say and were wise enough not to say.
Are you paying attention to your words and implications? Guess what? Your audience pays attention and draws inferences and conclusions from your words. Here are five phrases that are counterproductive to your message because they can confuse or distance your listeners. People might not consciously notice these flaws, but these phrases can cause unconscious dissonance in your message.
Mind your words because they matter. Be precise and prudent with your choice of words. Remove words that are wasted, distracting or annoying.
How to open your presentation
Your first words are important because your audience is judging you. They are scrolling through questions in their mind:
Should I listen? How long will this take? Do I trust the person? How painful will this be? When will we get to the relevant part? What does this mean to me?
The purpose of your opening is to grab their attention, establish rapport and set the direction.
Most importantly – grab attention. How might you do that?