30 Minutes to Boost Your Communications Skills (30 Minutes by Elizabeth P. Tierney

By Elizabeth P. Tierney

A part of a chain of pocket courses geared toward allowing the reader to profit a brand new ability in precisely half-hour, this article is filled with principles and recommendation on easy methods to develop your oral and written verbal exchange abilities.

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Do you have pet habits like clearing your throat before you speak. Do you `um' and `er' a lot? Do you have pet phrases? Is everything that you like `marvellous'? Are you so predictable that people do not believe what you are saying? If everything is marvellous, then your audience may begin to wonder if you're hiding something. Have you ever recorded your voice? Have you ever noticed if you have peculiar speech habits or idiosyncrasies? Do you have a strong, booming voice that might intimidate when you want to be lighthearted, or a soft, gentle voice that might sound passive when you want to assert yourself?

Look for opportunities to give the talk, to run meetings, to meet or hear new people. Speaking in public is frightening. A blank page can be equally threatening. But the more you write, the more you speak, the more you learn, if you are willing to assess your performance honestly. Summary Seek opportunities to develop. Developing communication skills is a lifelong process: Learn from what you do Learn from what other people do Apply what you have learned Practise.

In addition to your choice of clothing, think about what you do with those clothes? Do you pull at a hem? Are you 56 Look at Yourself pushing your glasses up to the bridge of your nose? Are you running your hands through your hair? Are you twisting buttons? Are you fiddling with your tie or jamming your hands into your pockets? There is nothing wrong with any of these gestures, until they become distracting for the audience. What about your posture or stance? Do you pace? Do you dance? Do you go up and down on your toes?

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