Hashtag #MeToo is empowering women to share their stories of harassment and sexual abuse on Twitter. To be honest, every woman does not have a sexual abuse or harassment story to tell. But every man and woman has a voice. As a communications coach, I’d like to give you a few tips to amplify your voice, no matter what story you have to tell.
The #MeToo social media movement is about finding and amplifying your voice. Since I coach business owners and professionals, my advice is for delivering business presentations. But feel free to use the three P’s to tell your personal story and amplify your voice—on any stage.
When you deliver your message, tell your story with POWER, PASSION and PERSUASION. Here are a few tips:
1. POWER – When you speak with confidence, your words carry more weight. Use direct, action words; vary your pace (how fast you speak) and adjust the volume (speak louder or softer, when you need to emphasize a point). Tip #1: Your voice is a powerful communications tool. Use it strategically!
2. PASSION – Don’t hold back your emotions. Your passion should shine through in your body language, gestures and in your voice. Speak with energy, enthusiasm and emotion. Stay in touch with your feelings and let your listeners know how strongly you care about your story/issue/message. Tip #2: Your hands, face and words should reflect your emotions, your passion!
3. PERSUASION – To make a difference, you have to change minds and hearts. The best way to influence your audience is to tell your story in way that makes your audience think “me too”. When your listeners can put themselves in your shoes, they can see your point of view. We all can relate to pain, loss and uncomfortable situations. Tip #3: It’s easier to persuade someone who can see themselves in your story!
These three P’s will amplify your voice and propel your message to the next level. When you use power, passion and persuasion in your presentation, your message has more impact.
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