3 Simple Tips to Become a Masterful Speaker
Have you ever attended a presentation (or performance for that matter) & walked away having no recollection what occurred? Perhaps you laughed or had a positive feeling from the speaker, but what did they actually leave you with?
As a creative professional I see this all the time: beautiful images, beautiful people, but what’s beneath the facade? What are they really trying to say?
There are many compelling & charismatic people who get away with delightfully superficial speeches. They are “knowledgable.” They are “credible.” They appear “confident.” They seem “charming.” But do you walk away affected? Does his/her presentation leave you thinking in new ways? Are you changed?
This is precisely why we at Whole Self Systems created & teach Empathetic Storytelling Technique©
Empathetic Storytelling Technique combines the craft of storytelling with mindfulness & a deep sense of vulnerability to leave an audience transformed.
The word vulnerability often leaves clients scared. It implies “danger.” It implies “weakness.” But vulnerability actually is a courageous act. And because as humans we are ALL vulnerable, when we as leaders communicate with vulnerability, we allow for deep, profound connection on a subconscious level to our audiences.
Brene´ Brown states,
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of connection and the path to the feeling of worthiness. If it doesn’t feel vulnerable, the sharing is probably not constructive.”
If you had the option of communicating constructively or communicating in a way that doesn’t get your message across, what would you choose?
Since most of us want to be at the very least constructive, and I surmise that many of us want to be effective, and more than just effective, but EXCELLENT. Here are some practical tips to start practicing empathetic storytelling technique:
SEE YOUR AUDIENCE
When you enter a space, whether it’s a conference room or auditorium, take a moment to connect with what’s in front of you. Ofttimes our brains & nervous systems tell us to hide when we are anxious. The extra moments you take to see where you are speaking and who you are speaking to will melt away the barrier between you & your audience.
USE YOUR IMAGINATION
Before you begin, call to mind a person in your life who makes you feel safe, at ease, and uplifts you. Imagine you are speaking directly to him or her. This allows your presentation to feel personal and specific.
SAY WHAT YOU MEAN, AND MEAN WHAT YOU SAY**
Language is powerful. Language connects us all. If you deliver a presentation and invest meaning into your words, those words will then resonate more profoundly with your audience.
Curious about HOW to implement these strategies and more? Schedule your consultation with Tanny & Melissa HERE
**Thank you to Robert Colt for instilling this phrase in me through The Art of Not Acting Studio!