Should I Improve My Speaking Skills?
should I improve my speaking skills?" you ask. I have
heard every conceivable excuse for not spending time, money
or effort to improve one's ability to communicate. "I
am not a professional speaker." "Speaking is not
an integral part of my business." "I am scared
to death of speaking in front of someone."
there inevitably comes a moment in each of those
people's lives when they long for the ability
to speak in a more effective way. They are sometimes
called moments of truth, the kind of moments
where you are on the spot to speak up and say
something. And it better be good! Perhaps you
are asking someone to marry you. Perhaps you
are interviewing for a new job. Perhaps you
are asked to make an important toast at a dinner
party. Perhaps you are called upon to chair
a meeting. Perhaps you are trying to make a
big sale. Or perhaps, (Gulp!) you must give
a speech to a large crowd.
have prepared your words, memorized your outline and rehearsed
to yourself incessantly. But the defining moment ultimately
comes when you become a shining success or a fizzling failure.
How you actually communicate your carefully planned words
will make all the difference in the world. The content is
certainly important, but the presentation is what will make
your message soar!
for most of the men and women in the scenarios above, most
of their time and effort will be spent laboring over the
content of the speech for the occasion and little, if any,
time will be dedicated to the delivery. Good content will
carry you only so far. Books can pass along great information,
but only powerful and effective communication will set you
apart and truly reach the heart and the mind of your listener.
experts consider the ability to communicate powerfully as
the single most important skill in determining success in
life. Common sense would certainly tell you the same thing.
Just look around at the movers and shakers in our world,
the top politicians, salespeople, teachers and community
leaders. They all have one thing in common; they can communicate
with impact. Their messages are heard and believed because
they have developed and honed the skills necessary to be
a dynamic communicator.
does all this have to do with me?" you ask. "You
still have not told me why I should bother with improving
my communication skills." Well, please believe me,
you should, for one simple reason. Communicators rule! Communicators
get the promotions, make the critical sales, lead the PTAs,
have deeper and richer relationships
. The benefits
of great speaking and communication skills are countless.
fact is we are all public speakers. Every time we speak,
either in public or private, we are trying to inform, persuade
you want your words to reach their goal? Then make a decision
that will change your life. Begin improving your speaking
skills. How? There are many ways to get started. Take a
class. Sign up for a seminar. Join a club where you will
be challenged to speak. Then speak, often. If you do, you
will be miles ahead of the pack. Your self-confidence will
grow as your personal impact on others grows. Do it now.
You will never regret this investment in your well being
Mann is an experienced trial attorney, author and frequent
speaker. He has helped many with his "Just Say It!"
seminars which focus on improving speaking and communication
skills. He currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama where
he continues to practice law. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
or his web site at www.alanmann.net.