Public Speaking – How to Rivet the Attention of Any Audience
A boring public speaker isn’t just tedious for the audience. It’s embarrassing for the public speaker.
If you’ve ever suspected you might be putting people to sleep, never fear. You don’t need an elaborate bag of gimmicks to liven up your talks. All you need is a little more liveliness in your voice. After years of training hundreds of public speakers, I have discovered that the quickest and easiest way to liven up your voice is to liven up your body language. In the paragraphs below, we’ll explore three easy ways you can use your body to become a more energetic, natural communicator and increase your communication skills.
Sit up straight, especially when speaking on the phone. If you habitually slump in your chair, I guarantee that the tone of your voice is going to sound slumped and the people you call may find it hard to concentrate on what you are saying. Why? Because there is no energy in your voice to capture their interest.
Powerful, persuasive communicators always use their bodies to express themselves, consciously or not.
They speak with their hands. Their body language is fluid and alive- just as it was when you were a child. Experiment on your next phone call and notice how energetic gestures add life to your voice. Try using a telephone headset so your hands can stay free and relaxed while you speak. You don’t have to look like you are conducting an orchestra. A few expressive hand gestures will do.
FACIAL EXPRESSION MATTERS
Do people frequently ask you what’s wrong even when you feel as though you are smiling and happy inside? If so, you are probably a “secret smiler.” Secret smilers tend to look intense and may scowl when they are concentrating. If you are in this group your voice may tend to flatten and sound monotonous to others. By developing a greater range of facial expression, you’ll develop a more interesting and captivating voice. Here’s a great exercise to try. You will need a TV, a hand mirror, and a friend:
Step One: Turn on the TV news channel
Step Two: Watch a few news stories keeping your face relaxed and neutral.
Step Three: Look in the mirror. Pretend you are mute and have to express the feeling of each story to an imaginary third person. Do this with facial expression only.
Step Four: Repeat step three looking at your friend. Can they identify the emotion?
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