Speed definitely applies to what we want from computer technology, but does not apply to the way we should talk. Do you feel pressure to talk quickly, without pausing, at business meetings because someone may interrupt and you wont be able to make your point? This can be especially true if English is not your first language. Here are some solutions that work:
1 Be prepared to firmly and politely ask the “interrupter” to allow you to complete your point, and then you will address theirs.
2 Project your voice, stress the words that carry the meaning, and keep eye contact with your audience. This will keep the audience’s attention on YOUR remarks.
These solutions will help you to sound more confident and will maintain the audience’s attention. Use these tips at you next meeting and notice the difference!
Bonnie Gross B.A., D.S.P.A., SLP.
President, SpeechScience International, Keynote Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, Voice Transformer
Bonnie Gross is currently the President of SPEECH SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL – a company devoted to helping individuals become dynamic, influential speakers and communicators, through training, in voice enhancement, fearless public speaking, leadership speaking skills, VOCAL EQ. and accent reduction. Bonnie gradated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Psychology, and a postgraduate DSPA in Speech Pathology and Audiology. With a dual career in both Speech Pathology and Radio and Television Arts, Bonnie is able to transform individuals into dynamic, persuasive, exciting speakers.