Your Next BIG Speech
You can make or break your career by the way you are viewed by coworkers in meetings. By voicing a solid, actionable, and attainable idea it can go a long way toward raising your profile in the company. Do not view speaking up in a meeting as a waste of time nor something the normal “talking heads” can handle. It is important for everyone to have a voice and meetings are a very useful venue for using yours. Make the best of it.
What are the considerations for speaking at a meeting? Addressing an individual or group while surrounded by others is very much like a performance. While all eyes are on you, you want to present yourself with an heir of certainty, knowledge, and credibility. You want to be simple with your message, so that everyone around you understands. But you also want to be somewhat poignant, so that what you say actually matters and is accepted by your colleagues. This is best demonstrated through confidence, which we’ll cover in greater detail in an upcoming post. For right now, just know that holding back from speaking for a little bit while formulating a well-thought out comment is much better than responding quickly and impulsively. And, it’s a whole hell of a lot better than the longwinded ramble that those other inarticulate boobs in your office are famous for.
Take your time and think through what you want to say before you speak it. Yes, I said it. Think before you speak. Think of the potential questions others may have in response to your comment. Think about what type of response you would deem satisfactory (short of applause, of course). If you don’t get the appropriate response, consider rephrasing your comment and posing it again. This time do it better, ok? Great. Remember, less is more in these venues. There is merit to the statement of “quality over quantity.” And if you don’t have anything useful to contribute, then keep it zipped.
Parenting & Public Speaking. Together
The behaviors, experiences, and techniques parents use everyday can improve YOUR NEXT BIG SPEECH. Whether it be using silly voices or just playing with the kids, these actions improve self-confidence, stage presence, and audience engagement. And that’s just the beginning…