How you speak and communicate is extremely important, regardless of what profession or hobbies you’re involved in. You need to be able to effectively get your point across, clearly state your message, and convey the right tone.
Whether you’re speaking before a crowd or simply talking to another person, you need to develop the skill to speak with impact and conviction. In this article, we’ll help you learn how to speak with impact each and every time you speak.
Speak with confidence
Stop selling yourself or your point short. Eliminate unnecessary qualifiers like “This might work” or “I think we could probably…” as they chip away at the impact what you’re saying has.
Instead of using these softeners and qualifiers, be direct and project your confidence. Show everyone that you know what you’re talking about and you’re confident in yourself, your abilities, and your intelligence.
If you have a valid reason to apologize, by all means, apologize. But far too often, we over apologize when we speak. This horrible habit weakens the impact of our statements and makes it difficult for us to be taken seriously.
Not only does over apologizing weaken what you say at the time but it also weakens the power and meaning of our apologies. There’s no need to apologize when you’ve not done anything wrong or have anything to apologize for. It’s a bad habit that you need to try to break; you’ll be so much happier when you do.
Stop repeating yourself and get to the point
We often lose ourselves on tangents or find ourselves repeating the same things multiple times. Stop talking in circles and repeating yourself and get to the point. The more direct you are, the more confident you will seem and the greater the impact your statement will have.
Repeating yourself only weakens your statements and makes it seem as if you don’t have a point to make or are just filling time.
Stop with fillers and stay on message
Sentence fillers are the enemy of statements intended to make an impact. Useless fillers like “umm” and “uhh” and other such stammerings do little more than waste time. They weaken the impact of your statement and lessen your credibility.
Instead of using these useless fillers, take a moment to pause and gather your thoughts. A well-placed moment of silence can do wonders for the impact of your message, while fillers diminish the impact.
Speak in a conversational tone
You wouldn’t talk to your colleagues or friends like you were giving a presentation for a class, would you? We didn’t think so. When addressing a group of people or an individual (not in the sense of a presentation for work or school) speak conversationally.
Don’t fill your message with jargon and terms you barely understand that your audience certainly won’t. All that leads to is making your audience think you wrote a speech with a thesaurus. Speak conversationally and normally for you.
Speaking with impact is an important life skill that you need in order to make your points clearly and deliver them with the power you intend for them to have. Whether you’re leading a group or talking with friends or family, you need to be able to convey the proper tone and level of importance as well as the correct message.
We hope this article has helped you reach your goal of perfecting your ability to speak with impact. We wish you luck as you practice and perfect this skill. We recommend you approach it with diligence and dedication, not giving up. The road ahead may be difficult and tedious but the rewards are far more than worth it.