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In my previous post, I spoke about five premises for good public speaking. On the task, managers must follow certain patterns of behavior that enables them to do it properly.
1. Listening: People who are successful in public speaking are those who know how to listen, watch and understand.
2. Generosity: Your priority should not be focused on flaunting your discourse skills. You don’t need to show off, but help the audience with your speech.
3. Prepare your speech: Many managers are not willing to spend the time needed on properly preparing their interventions. Do it by preparing a clear, short script.
4. Control your fear of the stage: Despite being in a position of authority and possessing the right knowledge, many people become very nervous, unable to overcoming the stress of having to face an audience. The problem is not the competition, rather confidence in yourself.
5. Oral language: Use a rich but simple vocabulary , employ clear, precise and to-the-point sentences and paragraphs; add irony and humor in their right measure.
6. Your voice: Warm up before starting. It is a good idea to breathe slowly and deeply before starting your speech.
7. Body language: Our oral communication can be enhanced or impoverished depending on how we accompany it with our body language. Carefully control your movements, avoid abrupt gestures, and make visual contact with the audience.
8. Support media: For many years, PowerPoint presentations have been an unarguable part of presentation. They have advantages but can also kill spontaneity and freshness . Avoid presentations packed with text that encourage the listener to read during the talk.
9. Manage your time: This goes for both extremes: if you are too short on time, you will stumble; if you have too much, you collapse, and although it seems strange, you end up with even more time.
10. Assessment a posteriori: any talk or speech has a purpose. When you finish, strictly measure the result . The time and effort used in preparing and giving the speech will be worth it (or not), depending on the result, and should result in corrective measures.
Juan Ignacio Barenys de Lacha is Director at Odati and Eskpe Consulting. Member of AEDIPE, creator of the Odati Method for training executives and managers, ex-CEO of Olivetti Information Systems Spain and of Sligos Systems and chairman of the World Forum Congress in Washington in 1990.