Everything starts before you say the first word

Everything starts before we say the first word

Every time we interact with people we start to communicate before we say the first word. In fact, it is a fact that we constantly send non-verbal messages when we talk with people. This also happens when we speak in public.

When you speak in public your goal should be to communicate. As a speaker, it is important for you to know what are the key elements to communicate your message effectively.

How to become a credible speaker

To become a credible speaker, you should project enthusiasm and sincerity by making your actions support what you say. If you do not follow this simple rule, the results can be catastrophic.

In fact, when you speak in public, people judge both you and your speech. If they are not convinced of your sincerity, they are also unlikely to accept your message.

When presenting a speech, your listeners will use their visual sense to determine if you are sincere and most importantly whether you care about them. In addition they easily understand if you are in control of the situation.

Use your body to be as effective as possible

It is vital for you to remember that your nonverbal behavior communicates who you are more clearly than your words.

For this reason, it is crucial to pay attention that your body does not hinder your words. For instance, your physical actions do not have to distract the audience or suggest meanings that do not agree with your verbal message.

Basically, whatever is the purpose of your speech (to inform, persuade, entertain, motivate etc), your body language has to be appropriate to what you say.

Keep in mind

Your body can make the difference between an ordinary speech and an outstanding one. This is why you should remember that everything starts before you say the first word of your speech.

Francesco Pecoraro

Francesco has extensive experience as a project, program and portfolio manager, project management officer (PMO), digital transformation and strategic consultant. He is also considered a communication, public speaking and leadership expert.

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