Speak persuasively and confidently

Communication is key in today’s world. Whether you’re giving a presentation at work or making small talk at a party, communication skills are important. Here are a few tips to help you communicate effectively:

Start with a strong opening

Make sure your opening grabs attention and sets the tone for the rest of your communication. This is called a hook.

I do this by making statements that make people say, “what did he just say?” It’s important to be respectful, but it’s also ok to push the boundaries a little bit. A question I like to ask is, “what would you do if you were the dictator of your country?” Most people associate dictators with something negative, so it gets people’s attention. It also allows me to get a better feeling for their values and worldview. This creates a fun and interesting conversation.

Be clear and concise

Get to the point quickly and avoid rambling. Your audience will appreciate it.

We’ve all met people that talk and talk, and at the end, you ask yourself, “what did they even say?” Don’t be that person.

My tip is to use the PREP framework, so your communication is clear and concise. You can learn all about how to structure your thoughts in my course, Speaking Mastery.

Use strong body language

Communication is not just about what you say, but also how you say it. Use confident body language to convey your message effectively.

Look forward, not down. Shoulders back. And smile.

End with a call to action

Whether you’re asking your audience to do something or simply summarize what you’ve said, ending with a call to action will help your communication be more effective.

What is the main message of your story/presentation/idea?

Some possible phrases you can use are:

…That’s why I believe…

…In conclusion…

…The point is this…

Let’s summarize what we learned today.

  1. Use a hook to grab people’s attention.
  2. Be concise.
  3. Have strong body language.
  4. End with a call to action.

What other tips would you include?

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