People attribute you with strength. And if you’re not strong in their perception, you are simply not strong. A leader has to create vision and show confidence. That’s why leaders need to work on how they are perceived. And perception has as much to do with appearance, voice, … as it has with content and vision.
I had the pleasure to follow a one day workshop with Karen Glossop of Resonance on this very topic. I speak a lot in public and I like to speak. But that one day workshop was simply brilliant. Here are some of the tips I got:
- relaxing the muscles before a speech
- relaxing the voice
- concentration on abdominal breathing
- making a plan for the communication
- rehearsing the communication with someone who can help you
- fine-tuning the presentation in function of the audience
- using your voice, and your mimic
- projecting the voice towards the audience, showing energy
- using storytelling more effectively by integrating it at the right moment
- using emotions
- knowing how people react to your physical appearance
- not using powerpoint because it’s distracting
- making use of the space
- knowing the small issues you might have when presenting: the voice, the body posture, the body movements and looking for a way to compensate it.
See also her blog on storytelling.
I will surely work on some of these things.