A Brief Thought: Incorporating Personal Experience Into Your Speech

One key element of crafting a resonating speech is incorporating your personal experiences, stories, and emotions. This will help you to relate to the audience. The challenge in doing this is you may feel the temptation to make it all about you. Remember, your focus should be on the audience. Comedians may use their experiences …

Robert Kennedy, an Impromptu Eulogy, and The Power of Empathy in Public Speaking

Empathy is a tool that can be used effectively by speakers, especially when addressing a diverse audience. You may not share a similar background, ethnicity, gender, age range, etc. You may not be able to relate completely, but you can always empathize.

Before You Speak — Understanding Delivery Methods

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock with no smartphone, television, or other 21st-century technology, you’ve probably seen a speaker give a speech. This could’ve been a religious leader delivering a sermon, a politician addressing constituents, celebrities giving commencement speeches, non-profit leaders addressing the community, or simply Johnny from down the street speaking at a …

Meet Your Audience Where They Are: Public Speaking

You’ve probably heard the saying, “meet others where they are.” The phrase is accurate, especially when it comes to public speaking. It took me a while to learn this lesson. I used to try to sound like the most intelligent person in the room to impress others. I did this because I wanted to sound …

Care

“People aren’t robots, and we shouldn’t treat them like robots. They want to work with, be around, and follow those who care.“ A.L.H.S. Have you heard the expression, “Nobody cares what you say until they know how much you care?” I had never heard this saying until recently, but I understood the concept long ago. …

Communicating: Effectiveness Over Ease

There are a lot of ways to communicate. Face to face, text, email, video chat, social media, etc. Simply put, we have options. It’s easy to fall into the “ease over effectiveness” trap. It’s easy to send someone a text or email, especially if it’s a difficult conversation. Those conversations often go better when held …

Words, Tone, and Body Language

7% verbal (word choice)38% tone 55% body language Tone (38%) + Body language (55%) = Nonverbal (93% of communication is non verbal) *This is a rough breakdown of how we communicate. These numbers vary based on who you ask, but they all come to the same conclusion. The majority of our communication takes place through …

Conflict: Discussing, Arguing, Fighting

When you communicate with your team, family, or friends, you will eventually have conflict. You’ll have your opinion or goals, and they’ll have theirs. It’s easy to get into a verbal altercation and say something you’ll regret. The good thing is you have different ways to communicate when you find yourself in this situation. Discussion: …

Communication 101: The Basics

Have you ever been told that you need to improve your communication? Do you work on a team that keeps miscommunicating? If so, you may want to revisit the basics. Most of us make the mistake of communicating without thinking about how communication actually works. Whole books have been written on this topic, but here …

Late Night Thought: A Team

A team is more than a collection of random individuals. A team is a unit that thinks as one and acts accordingly. A team is not driven by ego. A team thrives off of sacrifice. A team should have star performers and leaders, but should not live or die based on the performance of any …