Thursday, March 9, 2017

What Does Having Good Public Speaking Skills Mean to You?

Make no mistake about it, people will judge you not just by how you look, but by what comes out of your mouth. Ever been out shopping somewhere and you hear someone's conversation with another person and can't believe the language coming out of their mouths?  Did it make you feel a certain way about that person? Were you moved to like them, or despise them?

Pretty much when you're delivering a conversation, whether it be in your career or just in front of friends and family, people judge your character by what you say. Not just what you say, but how you say it matters as well.

I can remember one day I was just sitting at home minding my own business, when I heard a knock at the door. I was really enjoying a great movie at the time. It was a movie that I hadn't seen in a very long time.

Here I was with my feet propped up on the foot rest, bag of my favorite Lays potato chips in my hand, and the Blu Ray player turned on. I had just sat down and the movie had just started. Then I heard a knock at the door which was an annoyance to me. So I quickly put the movie on pause, walked over to look through the peep hole, and noticed two well-dressed females standing at the door.

Now don't get me wrong I am a guy, so don't think just because these were two attractive chicks that I was happy to see them. By no means. I had a long day at the office and needed to unwind. They broke this peace I had.

As I opened the door they could tell by my facial expression that I was not in the happiest of moods. Here I was with the bag of chips still in my hand and the remote cupped under my arm. "Good evening hope we didn't disturb you" one of them said. Of course I replied back, "no not at all, how can I help you".

The same one that greeted me began her speech presentation with such confidence that I almost immediately forgot about my movie. She stood up nice and tall, looked me in the eyes and asked me a captivating question. "What would you do with a years' FREE subscription to your favorite magazine?"

Boom! Right then and there I was put on the spot. I said, "I guess I would try to read every issue since they would be free." The woman then quickly went on to say how much of a savings it would be compared to buying these magazines in the store.

Again this lady had superb confidence. Her public speaking was stellar. She used her hands very often explaining how I could go about getting a free magazine subscription if I made a purchase for a product. Needless to say I ended up buying that product after standing in the doorway for 15 minutes.

She accomplished her job for the day. I really don't feel like I would've made the purchase with her and her teammate if her speaking skills weren't so up to par.

What Are the Advantages of Being Able to Communicate Clearly and Effectively? 

As you can see from my personal life example, it can mean making some sweet commission on the job. Or it could mean getting that needed promotion at work. Whatever the case in your life, you can really benefit from being a good speaker. 

Right now you're probably struggling with several things. Maybe you're trying to overcome the nervousness of standing in front of large amounts of people. Do you worry that you'll forget what to say? All of these things happen to everyone, but you can defeat them. 

Imagine being able to read your audience and make adjustments to your speech based on how they react? It'll impact your overall public discourse making you appear the expert in your field.

So what are some things that can get in the way? Number one for most people is usually nervousness. That overall fear of messing up and secretly getting laughed at. Nothing's worse than being embarrassed in front of hundreds or even thousands of people.

Secondly a lot of folks worry about their minds going blank at the wrong time. I reveal in one of my articles some strategies to help you build your notes in a way so that this almost never happens.