communication skills and public speaking

Communication Skills: A Blurry Vision Vs A Clear Vision

When we do public speaking we often try and create a vision for our audience to improve our communication skills. A vision of what we want to achieve, a vision of where we want to go or a vision of a better future.  It is this vision that will help an audience to decide to follow you, accept your way …

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Stop Blaming Others

All of us at some stage will face those difficult conversations, those pointy ended discussions that we would rather avoid than have to deal with.  And in these conversations, it is so easy to blame others and not take ownership for our own contribution when dealing with these difficult situations or with people we find challenging.  Every difficult conversation, difficult …

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Are You Congruent When Presenting?

Congruence in communication and public speaking is very important, as it adds to your authenticity, credibility and rapport with your audience. As a speaker congruence in communication helps build trust and connection. They say that “people buy from people they know, like and trust”. I also think that “people listen and learn from people they know, like and trust.” Congruence …

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The Chemistry Of The Smile For Effective Public Speaking

A smile is such a simple thing to do for effective public speaking. And a smile is so powerful when public speaking. Charles Garfield used to coach the Russian Olympic weight-lifting team. He noticed that when the team members had lifted as much as they could, to the point of exhaustion, they would invariably grimace and frown and screw up …

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The Value Of Silence (The Pause) For Effective Public Speaking

“The quicker I get the words out the quicker I can get off stage”. “I have always spoken fast and there is no way I can slow down my speech”. “How can I make my speech more interesting?” These are all questions that I am asked when coaching for effective public speaking and presentation skills. The answer or solution to …

Keeping Assertiveness Simple

Assertive communication is often misunderstood. Assertiveness does not mean being stubborn, aggressive, standing your ground no matter what and being closed to all other ideas. Assertive communication is simply being honest, authentic and speaking your truth even when it may be difficult to do so. You may be ridiculed, you may be in the minority, you may have new ideas, …