Though sometimes overlooked today, person-to-person dynamics are very effective, and interpersonal communication skills are invaluable tools for the highly respected professional speaker or leader.
Interpersonal communication is not just about what is actually said – the language used – but how it is said and the non-verbal messages sent through tone of voice, facial expressions, gestures and body language.
An audience is always sending feedback to the one who is speaking. Look for the smiles, head nods – even the rolling of the eyes. Interpersonal communication can be a two-way process, an interaction. Be aware of the body language your audience conveys.
Keynotes as the Channel
No one is ever the sum total of his or her work or chosen career. What makes you unique as an individual are:
● The details
● The fine print
● The personal gut feelings
● The personal beliefs that comprise our essence
You can’t afford to lose a true sense of yourself and what you’re all about if your goal is to be a motivational speaker and leader.
When I watch people talk about their business, their careers, and their future goals, I don’t often sense much excitement or passion about what they do.
Instead what is often communicated:
● Sounds like a report.
● Fails to inspire.
● Lacks clarity, charisma, confidence.
When communicating and networking with others, I want them to bring their passion, their heart, their spirit and personality into their words! I want to get to know a person – not just ABOUT the person.
It can take courage to break away from your typical ‘elevator speech’ – and don’t get me wrong, there can absolutely be a time and a place for a great persuasive pitch. In fact, I’ve coached many on how to “Sell Yourself in 30 Seconds or Less”.
But there is also a need for communicating in a deeper way.
Presenting yourself in a way that makes you memorable, making your message unforgettable is key to becoming a sought after professional speaker. You can be the channel they can’t wait to change – or you can be the channel they consistently turn to for the message they want to hear.
Keynote Speakers Generate Excitement – And Money
Keynote presenters are relied upon to inspire and motivate an audience in a variety of ways.
A keynote’s message is usually designed to encourage attendees to:
● Get the most out of the event
● Overcome barriers, get unstuck
● Develop forward thinking
● Recognize opportunities
● Set and achieve goals
● Increase engagement
● Boost morale
According to Big Speak, research shows that company profits seem to follow times when the engagement and morale of employees are boosted. And that’s an investment most business owners are willing to make!
After presenting a speech or introducing your business to a group, ask for feedback from someone you trust. Videotape your message and ask some of your friends how you come across.
By the way, if you have videotape of your presentation, watch with a critical eye for moments where you are connecting with authenticity – and where you are not.
Don’t believe that you are your own worst critic – you can be your own best critic if you’ll simply review with an open mind.
Better yet, take the next step and schedule a time with me to review your video together. We can go over what you can easily do to maximize your impact and resonate with your audience!
In the meantime, go ahead and download this free and helpful guide with strategies for more successful communication.