Speech and Writing
Public speaking is one of the essential components of communication at large. Quintessentially, public speaking is a process where one is speaking to a group of people. Most of the times, it is a structured process where the speaker informs, influences or entertains the audience. To give a speech is a part of public speaking. It is said that public speaking is an art. The ‘gift of the gab’ may not be there by one and all but public speaking is also a skill that can be easily developed and with practice one can overcome the fear of talking to the public and delivering a great speech. Most people are nervous and experience anxiety or butterflies in the stomach before making a public speech. This is quite natural.
Public speaking requires you to practice and understand subtle nuances of this art. Effective public speaking is not just about talking to a group of people. It requires you to connect with the audience emotionally. For this one requires the right kind of body language and eye contact to connect with the people listening to you. Facial expressions, posture, positivity, pronunciations, stress on words, personality, confidence are all very important components of public speaking.
Along with these components, the matter of your speech is of utmost importance. This of course depends on the purpose of the speech but content is king and one must spend maximum amount of time on developing a speech that uses easy but effective words. One must pay attention to the vocabulary that one uses. Keep the content simple. Adding a bit of humor to your speech is one of the ways to keep the attention intact. One can add a bit of humor to a speech on a series topic as well because this will help to lighten the mood.
Leaders in any field find themselves in places where they more often than not have to deliver speeches. Businessmen, political leaders, entrepreneurs and CEOS need to be effective communicators. Whether it is delivering a speech about the motivating employees, or to convincing partners to invest in a project or giving an inspirational speech to the audience, public speaking is required. Most managers in a organization work very hard on their public speaking skill because most of them are not use to delivering speeches especially in the initial years at an organization.
In fact some of them may have faced nervousness and fear while attempting public speeches. Hence, it is important that one reads a lot. Reading aloud and delivering a speech in front of the mirror to yourself is one of the ways to practice effective public speaking. This will help you to gain some confidence and overcome your nervousness. Also remember to dress appropriately and make eye contact with everyone. Smile and use your hands to stress on important matters in your speech. Keep the speech crisp. Your speech should be neither too short nor too long. This means that at any point of time, your speech should not bore the audience. Effective public speaking is indeed a skill that can help you shine. All you need is a little practice.Continue Reading »
It is said that persuasion is an art and it can be defined as trying to win over others. A persuader is the person who has the ability to allow his or her will dominate over others. However, an effective persuader is the one who tries to convince and win over people by using logic and smart communication. The person who one is persuading should be convinced and sold over your point. Hence an effective persuader is the one who humbly achieves his or her objective. The target audience should not feel that he or she has no choice but to succumb to what the persuader is saying. An effective persuader is one who is not just a positive person but one who can be open to criticism and one who is insistent in his or her approach. However, it is not necessary that an effective persuader wins all his arguments. He or she must also know how to compromise keeping the ultimate objective of the subject in mind.
To be an effective persuader one must know how to balance things and maintain equilibrium. During a discussion, one must not lay too much importance on the gains from it. Instead lay more emphasis on what the other party will receive. Effective persuader is the one who tries to anticipate the expectations of the other.
Being in a positive frame of mind is also important. Apart from that, showing enthusiasm in words and action helps to get convinced. Gestures and facial expressions are all important parts of an effective persuader. A good persuader always tries to find out what the other is looking for in a negotiation and then strives to meet the demand. Honesty is a policy that is a must in an effective persuader. This is because when you try to persuade someone with all honesty, there are rare chances that he or she will refuse your offer or will not agree to you.
Being an effective persuader can help you in an organization. Not only will you be able to put forth your ideas and opinions but you will have the power to persuade your bosses and colleagues to implement those ideas. Persuasion is a considered to be a great leadership skill and is highly respected in the field of sales. Hence those who want to make a career in sales must keep in mind that being an effective persuader pays off in a big way. Negotiations and dealings can be carried out by a smart persuader in a much more effective manner and organizations are always on the look out for such effective persuaders.
Some of the management schools also have a subject on the power of effective persuasion so that young managers can pick up the nuances of this art and use them in their professional world. Participating in debates can help you to be an effective communicator and also a good persuader. The more you talk, converse, persuade, communicate, the better the art of persuasion gets…Continue Reading »
Communication is one of the basic necessities in order to express what one feels and thinks. In today’s fast-paced high-tech world, the devices of communication may have changed but the challenge is to still to make effective communication so as to be clearly understood. Therefore improving your communication skills is essential and is required for overall personality development. No one likes a person who rambles and cannot express his/her ideas. Good communication not only strengthens the prospects of your career but also helps you to be clear and precise in your oral as well as written communication. Communication is also essential in bringing about smooth work flow, transparency and efficiency in an organization However, as simple as it sounds, communication is a complex process. It involves a lot of exchange of messages, understanding one another, decoding the message, and a lot more. Due to which, individuals face problems in expressing themselves clearly.
One of the ways is to speak clearly. Know exactly what you want to say and think twice before you talk. Believe in your message and control the fear of having said something incorrectly. Before you say something find out what your listener wants.
There are some techniques that one can use to improve their communication skills. Read newspaper articles loudly. This will help one to develop ones oral communication to a great extent. You will also learn new words.
Use humor in your communication. Humor is a great tool to attract listeners. Use anecdotes and stories in your communication so that the listener’s interest levels are maintained. Pause while talking but at the same time do not have long pauses because it will disrupt the flow of ideas. Elaborate your point with example so that the listener has clearly understood your point. Pronounce your words properly. Incase you aren’t not sure of any particular pronunciations; check them online before you use them.
Eye contact and body language also communicate. Make eye contacts with all your listeners. This will help you to get your listeners’ attention. Use your hands to emphasis certain points you want to stress on. You can also emphasis your point by slowly down your talking speed. Vary your volume so that your communication does not become monotonous. Facial expressions are also an important part of communication. Pay attention to your facial expression by practicing your speech in front of the mirror.
Listening is also an important aspect of communication and one must listen carefully. Concentrate on the message and screen out the distractions. To make good communication you need an alert mind. Concentrate well on what the other person is saying, think quickly and speak with brevity and confidence to create the right impression. Your communication should be such that you are able to paint a verbal picture to your listeners. Be concise and support your speech with accurate facts. Last but not the least, check your posture, dress appropriately, smile and be likeable.Continue Reading »
Writing is an important skill that helps one to communicate his/her idea, thought or feeling effectively. There are many people who want to improve their writing skills but often feel the lack of material available. Writing cannot be improved overnight. This requires some practice and learning so that one becomes comfortable with words. Many people are good with communicating their ideas orally but when it comes to writing they often fail to express themselves. In an organization one has to write official mails to your bosses and your colleagues or in an educational institution there are times when one has to submit written assignments or even write exams! This requires you to have good writing skills.
One of the basic requirements to improve your writing skills is to develop good reading skills. Read newspapers regularly. Pick up new words; understand sentence formation and understand the use of adverbs, adjectives and verbs. This will help one to develop short and brief sentences. Read various kinds of literature and study how language is used differently in different forms. Reading poems can also be a pleasurable experience. Reading is one way to get a strong grip on the language.
Second most important thing is to be committed to writing. Write something everyday. This will help you to be comfortable with the idea of writing. Try and construct short sentences and keep the flow simple. Use language in a way that you can say what you want to effectively. You can also blog on various topics of your choice. Try and use different writing skills – add some humor sometimes, use sarcasm, write bold motivating speeches, be narrative some other time…you may not be comfortable with all these styles of writing but this will help you to be familiar with different styles.
The third most important point is to be original and fresh. There are many writers in the market with stale style and set formats. To be original, fresh and witty can pay off really well! Writing should be thought provoking, inspirational and entertaining. Dig for facts and figures and weave your opinion on it to make it an interesting piece of information. Apart from seeking facts, people also read for pleasure – your writing should give them that. Polish your language on a continuous basis so that you do not fall in a pit of clichéd writing.
Writing is a continuous process of learning. To improve your writing skills you need to enjoy this art. Do not write for the sake of writing. Put your heart into it even if it is writing a simple mail. This does not mean that you use flowery language and exaggerate things but write in a way that communicates your idea clearly. Do not be afraid of criticism because it will only help to improve your skill. Use words judiciously and construct sentences that are easy to read. Lat but not the least, read what you have written and edit so that the final draft is precise and without any errors.Continue Reading »
Many people may not agree to this but writing is also one of the most important parts of your personality and hence more and more schools, universities and institutes are now introducing writing in their personality development courses and/or workshops. What you write always gives a glimpse of what you think and what you feel and this is what reflects your personality and your inner being. Hence developing your writing skills is also an integral part of personality development.
Writing is important in all aspects of our lives; be it writing assignments, letters, exam papers, mails, or anything else, writing is a skill that is not just useful but also an indication of your personality. One of the major areas where your writing matters a lot is your CV (curriculum vitae) or your resume. Your writing here will tell your employer about the type of personality you are. While making your resume or your CV make sure that there are no grammatical errors, sentences are short and crisp, information should be brief and accurate and the writing should be clear and unambiguous.
The ability to write clearly is also necessary at workplaces and organizations so that you can put forth your ideas and present them clearly. You also need good writing skills to write official mails to your bosses and even your colleagues. Even in your personal life, the way you write your mails to your friends reflects your personality. However, if you are not good at your writing, the good news is that you can pay attention and develop this skill.
To write well you need to read a lot so that you can become familiar to the language and learn ably. Read newspapers, magazines, literature, or even articles on the net to understand the nuance of the language. Now try and write essays, short stories, features, or anything that you feel like so that you feel comfortable with the art of writing. While doing so make sure that you use short sentences so that it is simple to comprehend and pleasant to read. Read aloud what you have written to get a sense how does the language sound. If you know any language professional get your writing checked or approved in case of any grammatical errors or sentence formation. Slowly but steadily you will become more and more comfortable with writing and writing quite well.
Many personality development courses have creative writing as a part of their curriculum. This involves indulging in expressing your thoughts, feeling, and emotions in words. This process helps in understanding oneself in a better way. Once you can write what you feel and what you think, there will be clarity in your actions and you will be equipped to solve your own problems. In fact many people use writing as a means to liberate and attain peace. Writing is thus important to develop your personality so that you can become an individual who can communicate clearly not just with others but also with ones own body, soul and mind.Continue Reading »
Speech and personality development are one of the most important aspects of an individual especially during his/her formative years. Developing and enhancing our communication and speech helps us to be better presenters of our ideas. At the same time, personality development is a means and a method that helps us to develop our persona such that we can become better, smarter and brighter individuals. Everyone loves personalities that are attractive, intelligent, smart and witty. This cannot be achieved overnight. One needs to work towards ones personality so that one can become more acceptable in society such that one can fulfill our need of being wanted by our near and dear ones.
Each and every individual in our society has a distinct personality. This personality needs to be enhanced and groomed with the help of speech and personality development. There are many workshops, courses and classes that are available for developing ones personality and improving ones speech. While one can join the same, it is important to understand that the results may not be immediate. One can keep the following tips in mind which can help one to develop his/her speech or his/her communication skills and/or personality.
One should always be a good reader to become a good orator and hence if you are not into reading, start developing this habit. Read newspapers, books, novels or anything that one may like in the initial days. One thing to keep in mind is to read aloud. By reading aloud you not only develop your speech but also improve your confidence. In case there are certain words that one does not know how to pronounce, take help of the internet and learn the pronunciation of those words. One can also learn a new language to develop your speech and in turn give powerful speeches. If you are in a college, participate in debates and elocution competitions. Take help from your seniors.
To develop your personality you need to first develop your inner self and then concentrate on your outer self. This means that one needs to first develop ones mind and soul and then work on your physical appearance. To do this, one can try yoga and meditation so that inner peace is achieved. Think positive and be cheerful and this will automatically reflect on your outer self. Bring about some change in your outer appearance like getting a new hair cut, changing ones wardrobe, eating right to get that glow on your skin and last but not the least wearing a smile – always. No one wants to meet a dull and a negative person. A joyful and a positive person will always be welcomed everywhere.
These things may not be a part of your educational curriculum but they are equally important because in today’s competitive scenario, your first impression is often your last impression and to make that first impression you need to dress right and talk right and hence the need for speech and personality development. So the next time you go for an interview or even casually meet up your friends, remember to keep the above mentioned tips in mind.Continue Reading »