Developing Your Speaking Style

Speaking with Enthusiasm and Expressiveness:

Use the recording method.  Record yourself speaking (or reading a prepared speech or presentation.  Set the tapes aside for a week or two. You don’t want to listen to them immediately.

When you listen to the tapes, ask yourself these questions:
∗ Did my tone accurately reflect the importance of my words?
∗ Was my pace appropriate for each topic?
∗ What was the level of my enthusiasm?

In judging your level of enthusiasm, ask yourself these questions:  
∗ Should I have used more or less enthusiasm?
∗ Did my word choice make my points “come to life”?


Develop a More Informal Style of Speaking:
∗ Imagine that you are speaking to one person.
∗ Use examples, analogies, comparisons, and metaphors to liven up your message.
∗ Be natural. Talk as you would in conversation.
∗ Be short and simple rather than complex.
∗ ENJOY YOURSELF! Your listeners will also gain a sense of satisfaction and enjoy themselves too.

Nonverbal Communication Awareness

Consider all the ways people say “no”. Make yourself conscious of your audiences’ nonverbal communication:
  • Loss of eye contact
  • Facial Expressions
  • Gestures
  • Body Posture
  • Vocal Patterns
  • Hand Motions (drumming, fidgeting, etc.)

A good communicator picks up on nonverbal messages sent by their listeners and responds accordingly. Concentrate on yourself. Take note of the nonverbal messages sent to you and list the possible reasons for the behavior.

Inspiring Leap of Faith

Starting your own business or simply embarking on a new endeavor is very challenging, especially if it's something you didn't have much experience in before.  Sometimes, the best advice is to simply TAKE THAT LEAP!