Information about Speaking from Other Sources
There is plenty of advice available from various sources on how to speak, I thought I would share a few bits that I have found helpful and true.
- I very much agree with these three E’s: If Your Talk Doesn’t Do these Three Things Don’t Give It
- Folks in my club will agree that I gravitate toward telling stories, and here is a quote that is one explanation why: “It’s crucial to design your talk as a human story. You can’t be all about facts and figures. Share your journey as it relates to the topic. Take the audience on an emotional ride, through what you felt.”
~Josh Levs, Author, Former CNN & NPR Journo
- I really like Catherine Johns, former local radio personality, because she is an interesting person and full of great speaking and communication advice, like this bit: results of recent TED talk evaluations on Charisma, Credibility and Intelligence. The results would be useful for anyone who’s getting on that TED stage. But they’re also helpful for any of us who speak as part of our marketing mix. What’s good for a TED talker is going to be good for you next time you’re in front of a professional association or a networking group.
Most of the study results were intuitive:
- Speakers are more charismatic when they have more vocal variety.
- Speakers who use their hands are more credible.
- Nonverbal communication makes all the difference when we evaluate a speaker
But this one surprised me:
- Speakers who smile more often are considered more intelligent than those who keep a more serious expression.
- And here’s a little something about the words we use when we are writing our speeches: “Great oratory magnifies the lessons of great writing. Written for the ear, memorable speeches tend to use certain rhetorical devices — such as parallelism or emphatic word order — in greater measure than less dramatic forms of communication. The language strategies rise to the surface, so you may not even need a pair of X-ray reading glasses to see them.”
~Roy Peter Clark • July 26, 2016
Know any good advice about speaking that you’d like to share with us, or want to test out your own speaking skills? We love visitors to our club meetings.