|11-12-2011, 11:12 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2011
How to get better communication and public speaking skills
I work at a marketing firm where presentation skills are required.
Meetings occur frequently and I need to speak freely and confident infront of people. There is no place for anxiety and nervousness which I totally get, but of course cannot fake. This is something I want to work on, and wondering if you guys can recommend any online resources or real life training you have done and like? Thanks!
Otherwise it's all good! Thanks for the help.
|11-14-2011, 01:26 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: United States
I agree with awdye.
Toastmasters is a great way to increase your speaking and leadership skills. Most Toastmasters locations will let you go to as many meetings as you want as a guest without joining also, so you can get an idea what they are about.
They are also international!
|11-15-2011, 02:10 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Mississauga, On Canada
I'll put a word in for Toastmasters as well. I was in that organization for several years and went through their entire program to make it to DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster). It was a good starting point to get in some basics and experience before launching my professional speaking career. I've seen many wonderful success stories of people who were extremely shy and nervous . They turned out to be half decent speakers with much more confidence within a few months.
Not all Toastmasters clubs are the same as they all have their own vibes. So it's best to go check out several in your area to see their differences. One will fit better than others for you.
Of course there are online resources but for something like speaking in public, you really need actual real life experience in front of people which is what Toastmasters helps you with.
People who are familiar with Toastmasters and see my various videos online will notice right away that there are some core skills I use straight from the Toastmasters educational program.
|11-30-2011, 05:06 AM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
I'm going to have to disagree with these guys on the Toastmasters recommendation. To be honest, Toastmasters is the last place I would go to learn how to be an effective speaker.
Here is why, toastmasters is a very controlled atmosphere and promotes a lot of old school "scholarly" speaking traditions (think of a stiff college professor). You know, the routine: state how happy you are to be there, look up, stand up straight behind the podium and scan the room, etc.
In the real world there are many uncontrollable factors during a presentation (slides fail, hecklers, texting, a loud caugh, etc). I speak to high school and college students, easily the hardest demographic to capture. Here are three things that have really helped me and can be applied to a corporate setting.
1. Be self deprecating: make fun of yourself in a lighthearted way ("I stayed up all night last night, I was so excited to give this presentation).
2. Ditch the Podium, Dude. No one wants to be preached to and simply changing that "norm" will pleasantly surprise your audience.
3. Speak about what you know. This is by far the best way to deliver a great speech. Let it be know that you aren't an expert on, oh let's say sales leadership. BUT, for example, your girlfriend loves to shop so you sat down with her to figure out who she buys from and why....
I hope you get the point. Be yourself, my man and take reasonable risk.
Let me know how it goes.
Last edited by Nick Connor; 11-30-2011 at 05:10 AM.
|11-30-2011, 06:26 AM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2009
I've heard good and bad things about Toastmasters, although I have not tried it myself. My Public Speaking teacher really doesn't like it--I think for the reasons Nick just said--but a lot of people rave about it's effectiveness, so I have no opinion.
My guess is that Toastmasters is what you make of it. I don't imagine there's a requirement to do speeches exactly the way they recommend, is there? (Correct me if I'm wrong!) So if you're just looking for an audience and support for practice, it could be good for that, and you could find out what techniques you prefer.
Alternatively, I bet there are groups around. You might check meetup.com.
Anyway, I tend toward being shy, but over the last two years, I've gotten better at it (although I'm far from perfect), and here are the things that have helped me.
I don't have a specific course or anything to recommend, but I hope these things are helpful. Good luck!
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