Monday, 1 July 2013

First blog! And some speaking tips to make you a better speaker

Hi all,
This is my first blog. From the start I want to make it interesting and relevant to all of you who want to be better speakers.
The thing I want to clear up is a misconception about what speaking really is. Most people thin it's about speaking! The truth is that while what you say IS important, it's even more important HOW you say it and what you do with you BODY. If you do not know this already, let me share some statistics.
If we consider that public speaking is made up of BODY LANGUAGE, VOICE VARIETY and WORDS, the largest % is in your non verbal communication. Up to 70% of your message is conveyed by your posture, movements and eye contact and especially, your facial expressions. The next biggest factor is your VOICE. You need to vary it as much as you can, by changing the pace, volume, pitch, tone, emphasis, even your timbre. This part of speaking can be as much as 38%. Now I know that leave nothing for the words themselves. They can contribute by themselves up to 10%. These words should be short, sharp and create pictures in your audience's mind. That means lots of adjectives, active verbs and poetic devices.

I will go into more details over the months, but for my first blog I hope you got at least something out of it. By the way, timbre refers to the quality of your voice. Mine is husky, middle aged and no longer sexy. However, it does resonate and when I talk, people listen. Do they listen to you?

3 comments:

  1. Well done Judith :) Nice to see you in the blogoshpere;)

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  2. Yes great work Judith!

    "Up to 70% of your message is conveyed by your posture, movements and eye contact and especially, your facial expressions"

    This is huge, more than what we actually say obviously.

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  3. Thank you for the share, I look foward to future posts. Don't forget to cross post when you have something new to post to Twitter and Google+

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