Friday, May 27, 2011

Your Audience!

Before you "present," ask your audience questions. It's impossible to know the level they are at, in terms of understanding the topic at hand. If you tailor the presentation for the audience "on the fly," it shows that YOU know your topic inside and out.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Anyone Can Do It!

Some people don't have a clue about what to discuss, or not discuss in front of an audience. In fact, many national polls reveal that people would rather die, than get up in front of an audience and speak. Many times, it's because they are self-conscious and aren't comfortable in front of big groups. What looks good on paper, may fall apart, when the "time to speak" comes. What's important is that anyone can speak in a public forum.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

A Closed System!

If you grew up in an environment where you were "seen but not heard," your communication skills are part of a closed system. You may find situations that challenge you to "speak up" and be heard, yet you are frozen with fear. If you are unable to recognize that your experiences and environment undermine communication, you will not understand why you are fearful.

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(Excerpt from Communicating Your Way: Transforming Yourself . . Personally and Professionally Bob Roza)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Last Step To Listening!

The final step to successful listening is to choose an appropriate response. The speaker needs to know you listened, and that you understood what was said. Some responses in knowing you listened "well," might include: facial expressions, gestures, more questions and detailed comments.

Successful listening is not hard, but it does take concentration and practice. The more you practice, the more automatic your listening skills become.

John Gray, in his book, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, says that you may feel that you're speaking in "different languages." As you learn to listen and interpret feelings correctly, your communication will get easier. It's an important skill to practice; but some days are better than others. If you're having a bad day, it may be hard to understand the intended meaning. When this happens, it's better to address the situation later, when you can focus!

Remember to trust your instincts! If your intuition tells you to try things  again (or differently), do it. Your chance to get favorable resolution not only rests with what you notice verbally, but nonverbally too!

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(Excerpt from Communication (is easy) from the Inside-Out. 7 Steps to Your Personal Power. Bob Roza)