You have thoughts and ideas.
You’ve tried to put them out there, but nobody listens.
You’re taken for granted and ignored.
You know you have the power to inspire, but it’s falling flat for some reason.
Sometimes you want to grab someone by the shirt and yell, HEY, I’VE GOT A GREAT IDEA!
But you know it wouldn’t make a difference. It’d fall on deaf ears.
If you want to stop the vicious cycle of talking into a full room of empty faces, it’s time to look at a few tips. These tips will make your communication so powerful, people will be forced to listen.
1. The basis of powerful speech
Powerful communication is simple and to the point. Anyone can string syllables together, but it takes a sharp mind to speak concisely and precisely. As an authority in your field– or even in your office–you need to get to the point in a reasonable amount of time. Don’t stutter or stammer, and don’t get sidetracked. If you lack focus, you lose listeners.
Pro Tip: Practice on your family and friends. They’re more forgiving than coworkers and employers.
2. The run-on sentence, catch-phrase and filler word
Run-on sentences can make a listener tired. They can be hard to follow, especially if the person talking is also a rambler (see above to #1).
Many times, run-on sentences are slung together by “catch phrases,” which are words a person uses most often. For example, “and” is used in speech quite a lot. It tends to make several sentences sound like a single sentence.
In turn, the use of catch phrases can blur ideas and thoughts: “We need to look at the way our processes flow and see if there are any bottlenecks and pinpoint where they are and then fix them.”
Other times, they’re glued by filler words. “Umm.” “Like.” “You know.” Again, these words have the potential of side-railing your listeners.
Pro Tip: Find your catch phrases and filler words. Once pinpointed, work to remove them from your speech.
3. Taking command (in a nice way)
Being in power doesn’t have to mean being a dictator or bully. Power has a gentle side. Authorities can be encouraging and inspiring as well.
When communicating with others, don’t use statements or wishy-washy requests. Using the imperative form of a verb reverberates in people. For example:
“Hand me that folder, please,” is using the imperative form.
“Would you hand me that folder, please?” is wishy-washy, and doesn’t have the same tone of command.
Pro Tip: Eliminate the ifs, buts and maybe’s. Use the imperative form to gently push people to act.
Don’t wait to build up a professional reputation. Speak with authority. Inspire more action. Start communicating powerfully now.
- Posted by Gabriella Sannino
- On June 14, 2017