Category Archives: Public Speaking Skills

The Added Benefit of Speaking Well

The Added Benefit of Speaking Well

Have you ever listened to someone who speaks really well? Who gets to the point? Who makes the point clearly? Who doesn’t waste your time and makes the message valuable? It is SO nice when that happens, right? It is so refreshing when a presentation or a conference call or an important conversation is efficient and clear.

Now think about yourself. When you speak well, what do you think the audience is thinking? Sure, they are probably thinking, “This person speaks well.” But are they thinking more than that?

We think they are.

When you are presenting or leading a meeting, and you are able to get to the point, and make it valuable and simple and clear, your audience is thinking lots of good things about you. Based on our client feedback, your audience will be thinking things like “I like the way he/she thinks,” or “His/her mind is really organized,” or “He/she makes things easy for me,” or “He/she is really smart.”

When you speak well, your audience will attach all sorts of other judgments to their opinion of you, all of them good.

The bottom line is that speaking and presenting well is a skill that will help you brand yourself in many positive ways. The person who can get to the point and not waste other people’s time is seen as organized, intelligent, strategic, and yes, a good speaker.

Who wouldn’t want to be known for those things?

Have a great day.

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Communication Leadership: Learning To Deliver On Public Speaking

Communication Leadership: Learning To Deliver On Public Speaking

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council at Forbes.com on September 8, 2017. Authenticity and confidence: These are the key elements of a great speech delivery, but developing these elements can feel like bottling lightning. Sometimes we seem to think they are qualities you are either born with or not. People say, “I’m just not a… Continue Reading

Does Your Message Create a Void of Understanding?

Does Your Message Create a Void of Understanding?

We work with our clients all the time on message development. We think that figuring out what you want or need to say is critical to great communication in today’s world. Otherwise, your unorganized, unplanned message will just drift in the background noise of an incredibly loud and busy world. But there is another way… Continue Reading

Communication Leadership: Learning to Document

Communication Leadership: Learning to Document

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council at Forbes.com on August 23, 2017. When I teach a seminar, I often ask about the attendees’ process of putting together a presentation. “How many here start their preparation by opening up a new PowerPoint, or pulling out an old slide deck and repurposing it, or taking a… Continue Reading

A Great Way to Think About Your Next Meeting

A Great Way to Think About Your Next Meeting

Last week, while teaching a client workshop, one of the participants verbalized a great way to think about business meetings… specifically, a great way to think about the level of information you need to be able to discuss. The participant described the difference between an “index card meeting” and a “full binder meeting.” Some meetings… Continue Reading

Make Them Care. Make Them Feel The Problem

Make Them Care. Make Them Feel The Problem

Getting people to listen to you in today’s modern workplace is hard enough. We write about that challenge all the time. But once you get people to hear you, your challenge is not over. Getting people to hear you is a great first step… but only a first step. The next step, which is also… Continue Reading

Communication Leadership: Make the Message

Communication Leadership: Make the Message

Originally published with the Forbes Coaches Council at Forbes.com August 8, 2017 What’s the first step in crafting a persuasive presentation? For many people, the agony of the blank page sends them straight to the slide deck. Maybe you have a template to work with, maybe you can pull up some visually interesting data, maybe you… Continue Reading

Presentation Tips: “Everyone Hears Uniquely…”

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. Recently I was collaborating with a colleague to create an audio exercise for a workshop on storytelling. We selected outstanding clips of stories to share in class as examples to help people generate their own ideas and learn what makes a compelling… Continue Reading

Presentation Tips: Check Your Body Language

This post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group I’ve been presenting in front of large audiences for most of my career. I’m comfortable speaking on the stage, but other than a role in the 5th grade class play, I haven’t explored acting. Last month, I had the chance to… Continue Reading

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