Are you looking for a new job, a bigger promotion, or a lucrative sale? If your answer is “yes”, you need to do one thing—impress your listeners. So, what should you do?
I recommend three simple, subtle speaking moves. Try all three—smiling, silence and speed—to elevate your image and add credibility to your words.
If you’re thinking, how can smiling, silence and speed help? Well, they signal to your audience that you have the poise, power and persuasive skills of an expert or leader. You’ve got the gravitas of a winner!
Let me explain why the “3 S’s” can make or break your image in pivotal presentations.
Your Secret Weapon…Your Smile
Before you say one word, your listeners are sizing you up. They are judging you vs. your resume, reputation, and your competition. So, flash a smile, before you speak. You’ll be sending a strong message that you are confident, in control and relaxed. Your smile is your secret weapon. It makes you look good and puts your listeners at ease.
The Power of the Pause…Less is More
When you feel and look confident, you use silence to your advantage. Feel free to sprinkle pauses throughout your conversation or presentation. For example, pause to give your listeners time to think about your comments or reflect on your questions. Less talking and more silence is a power move reflects a confident leadership style.
Pace Yourself and Your Speaking Speed
Pace yourself. When you are nervous or unsure of yourself, you tend to talk faster. In pivotal communications situations, it’s important to establish a comfortable speaking rhythm. When you talk deliberately, you will boost your credibility and your audience’s confidence in you.
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