5. Always Punctuate:
Be prepared for the topics that will likely be covered. Doing so will help you be more articulate and confident, and, as a result, you’ll be able to punctuate your thoughts and avoid stumbling over filler words which detract from your message.
6. Incorporate the Power of Pause:
Mark Twain once said, “The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.”
Pausing allows you to monitor the reaction of who you’re speaking to. It also helps you control the overall pace of your delivery, which, based on how nervous or anxious you are, will be a good tactic to slow you down.
7. Leverage Visuals:
Where appropriate, have visuals in the form of performance indicators, status reports, or lists that can help support your message. Having these kinds of visuals will help your talking points appear more thought-out and justified.
8. Vary Pitch and Tone:
How you deliver any message you communicate, in regard to pitch, will dictate the tone, mood, intention, and perceived command of the topic. Recognizing, understanding, and utilizing different pitches and tones will make your message more compelling and easier to listen to.
No matter how large or small your audience, the same rules apply.
When it comes to one-on-one interactions—whether meeting new people, pitching your product/service, or interacting with your boss—you are faced with an incredibly intimate situation and opportunity to persuade, educate, and motivate. Learn more about how to communicate no matter your situation in my book, A Climb to the Top.
About the author
Chuck is an author, executive coach, keynote speaker, and CEO of Climb Leadership International. He coaches executives on public speaking and leadership communication. A 25-year veteran of Wall Street, he spent several of those in leadership positions at Bloomberg, BlackRock, and Citadel. He is also adjunct associate professor at Columbia University where he teaches leadership communication in The Fu Foundation Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science. He leverages his business leadership experience, as well as his hobby of mountain climbing, to provide an effective teaching narrative for professionals applying his tools and techniques. In his book A Climb to the Top, an Amazon best seller, draws on years of coaching and consulting experience to explain how you can become a powerful and persuasive communicator. Chuck is a graduate of Syracuse University and has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership.Website