Communicate Well: Your Secret Weapon

Communicate Well: Your Secret Weapon

Our attention spans rival those of a mosquito.

21 ways to enhance your audience’s retention

Last week’s blog explains the surprising truth about being memorable. First – your listeners comprehend what you’re showing (visual mode), second – by what you’re saying (auditory mode) and … third – by what you’re doing (kinesthetic mode).

While your spatial movement comes in last place in this triad, it’s got the power to cement what you’re showing and saying in the brain cells of your audience.

Your movement do’s

  • Walk on & pause before talking & establish eye contact with your group.
  • Face the audience.
  • Stand with arms resting at your sides, when not gesturing.
  • Stand with weight evenly distributed on both feet.
  • Be natural. Use your hands & arms.
  • Sit with good posture, if seated. (And don’t rock in your chair!)
  • Move around with purpose.
    • Speak on Point #1, then move.
    • Speak on Point #2, then move.
    • When you move quickly, you stir the audience. When you move slowly you keep them entranced.
  • Stand CENTER STAGE for your most important comments.
  • Post speech: pause w eye contact before leaving stage.

Your movement don’ts

  • Box Trot: Moving around in an imaginary square.
  • Cha-Cha-Cha: Taking one step forward and one step back repetitively.
  • Tennis Game: Pacing back and forth. Is your audience watching a tennis match?
  • Cruise Ship: Swaying … shifting your weight from leg to leg.
  • Fiddling Fingers: Picking at your cuticles.
  • Fig Leaf: Hands clasped below your waist.
  • Parade Rest: Hands clasped behind your back.
  • Stern Father: Arms crossed just below your chest.
  • Thigh Intrigue: Hands in your pockets.
  • Pen/Paper Massage: Playing with laser pointer, pen, and/or paper.
  • Arthritic Arm: One hand holding the opposite arm.
  • Itchy Face & Scalp Disease: Hands on your face or in your hair.

Your secret communication weapon

Move with purpose. Don’t detract from your message by being unaware of your stance, posture and gestures.

It’s not about speaking… it’s about getting heard!

Author: Karen Cortell Reisman is Founder of Speak For Yourself®, a communication consulting firm, and the author of 2 books on how to communicate. She lives in Dallas, Texas and admires the tenacity of mosquitos even with their limited attention spans.

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Lessons From Improv on Stage Fright

Lessons From Improv on Stage Fright

You are not alone if you fear public speaking. We have worked with hundreds of clients on this issue and I’ve blogged about ways to use performance anxiety to your advantage.

Today I bring you some tips on controlling stage fright from the world of Improv Comedy. Several years ago I took a series of classes to learn and practice improv. Here are some practical tips you can use taken verbatim from our Improv teacher.

– Dress nice and be sober.

– Do not worry about not being good enough at something to try it on stage. You will not get better at it without practice. Besides, you are better at it than you think. Yes, I know that is schmaltzy, but it is also true.

– You need to be in our room by 6:30. That will give everyone enough time to get settled and then warm-up.

Translation to you:

  • Your appearance counts. Wear something that makes you feel great.
  • Your comfort increases with practice and preparation.
  • Your anxiety will decrease if you get “there” early and do your warm-up routine.
  • Your top shelf margarita on the rocks with salt can wait till AFTER your million dollar presentation.

Next week: More Improv tips on telling your compelling story.

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Karen Cortell Reisman book on sellingKaren Cortell Reisman, M.S., author of 2 books and President of Speak For Yourself®, works with decision makers on how to speak with gravitas. It’s all in how you speak for yourself. Karen also speaks about her cousin, #AlbertEinstein, in a message about hope, resilience and brassieres.

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