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This section hosts articles related to public speaking, writing articles/webcopy & presentation skill development. 

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Monday, 03 April 2017 02:53

How do you develop the gift of the gab?

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Speak in Such a WayTo start with, I don’t believe that it is a gift, more likely a skill.

Many con artists are known to have the so-called gift of the gab. I’m not seeing it as a good thing.

We aren’t born with the ability to talk to almost anybody on almost any subject. Therefore, it must be a skill. If it is a skill than with practise we should be able to become better at it.

The Way to get startedYou ask about creating opportunities to ‘make’ speeches. I’m unsure if you are asking how to create opportunities to create i.e. write speeches for others or if you are referring to opportunities for delivering speeches?

I’m going to run with the delivering speeches choice.

I believe that there are at least two types of speakers. The first one, using motivational speakers as an example, have one or a few presentations that they become really good at delivering. Many make their living doing so and become known in their field as the ‘go to’ person.

Your question doesn’t tell us what the special occasion is. Celebrating an anniversary or a delivering a eulogy, arguably both special occasions, would call for a different type of speech.

I would say that most likely if you have the opportunity to deliver a prepared in advance speech at a special occasion, you would want it to be inspirational. People don’t want to be depressed, they want to be inspired.

While some might think it to be a good challenge to deliver a speech on a complicated subject, I personally would consider it an insult to be only allowed one minute.

There is an old saying that goes ‘better to keep your mouth closed and let them think you are stupid, then it is to open your mouth and prove the point!’

Monday, 03 April 2017 02:36

"He was known for his colourful speeches"

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What does "colourful speeches " mean?

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There is an expression that goes ‘a picture is worth a thousand words.’ When you deliver a speech, you have to paint a mental picture in your audience’s mind, with considerably less than a thousand words.

Monday, 03 April 2017 02:33

How do I get public speaking engagements?

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Dont Let Your VoiceYour question doesn’t provide that you actually have skills and experience in public speaking, so I am going to assume that you do.

There are probably at least three elements that you need to address. Firstly, you need something to talk about. Secondly, you need an audience that is interested in what you have to say. And thirdly, you need to let the potential audience know that you have something to say and they should listen to you.

Each Time We Face Our FearI have to present something soon and every time i present something, my voice gets shaky and tears come out of my eyes. I don’t even feel like crying or anything, it just happens. How do I stop it because I do not want to get embarrassed in my upcoming presentation.

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I have often heard speakers say that their voice gets shaky when they speak publicly. Not so much about the eyes watering though.

That’s not to say that you are odd. It sounds like you are experiencing anxiety when you speak and the shaky voice and the tears is your mind and body’s way of saying ‘hey, we don’t want to do this!”

Monday, 03 April 2017 02:14

How does one become a persuasive speaker?

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A simple question that generates a complex answer. Here is an article I wrote last year on the subject in preparation for a seminar.

The Power of Persuasion

Preamble:

There probably isn’t a day go by where we aren’t exposed to the act of persuasion. Either somebody is trying to sell us something, advertising is everywhere, or we are trying to convince another to take our advice or to give us something that we want.

1. To thine own self be true. Thou canst not then be false to any man [or woman]. Speak about what you know.

A Good OratorWhether I'm just making a video to share later, or actually talking in front of other people, when I'm talking about something I'm passionate about I tend to jump around and sometimes my words become jumbled or sound slurred or overemotional, because I’m so passionate about the subject.

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There is nothing wrong with being emotional in your presentations, in fact it adds to it. No emotion is boring. Over-emotion takes away from your ability to communicate effectively with your audience.

Being over-emotional can be indicative of a few different conditions:

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