Increase Your Value By 50%: Invest in Public Speaking Ability

Speaking Ability

Your Value as a Speaker; AKA Speaking Ability

Your value in the workplace is dependent on your speaking ability. Verbal communication is the sine qua non or key ingredient of workplace worth.

Leaders, managers and team members who concisely articulate their point or explain a process, position themselves as educated, top notch. It is a real skill to be able to deliver a message and not talk in circles. Speaking direct with concrete language will get the attention of everyone…particularly those able to give promotions!

Warren Buffet agrees, communication is a keystone skill because success in every interaction requires it. From the informal presentation in your boss’s office, to a meeting or a conference presentation, you are on stage as the communicator. Team effectiveness depends on communication as well as performance reviews—whether you are the supervisor or the employee. You must communicate effectively to get your points across.

Effective on the spot communication is essential. You don’t want to come off as not engaged—pausing for more than a moment will create anticipation and tension directed toward you. Good for a moment bad for anything longer. Think decisive, expressive, energetic, knowledgeable, and even effervescent.

Suggested Improvements for Speaking Ability

Learn to communicate quickly, concisely and effectively by staying in learning mode. If you want to stay warm, stay by the fire. If you want to be a good communicator stay close to the material you are communicating. As they say in the world of speakers. “Know your material cold.”   

Become a better reader. Listen closely to how others communicate and always be thinking how you sound and how you can improve.

Toastmasters is a good communication skill builder because you have only a few minutes to get your point across and you receive feedback on how well you did.

Results of Increased Speaking Ability

In fact Toastmasters says, Being comfortable and confident leads to other positives. According to Jim Kokocki, immediate past international president of Toastmasters, “Those who are comfortable with their public speaking ability are more likely to share their ideas and comments, and this demonstrates confidence and leadership potential.”

Give it a try and let me know on Twitter how you do.

© Brian Braudis 2019, All rights reserved


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