My mantra at Speaker Skills, over the years, has been to coach clients to speak with PASSION, POISE and ENERGY.
This still holds true today.
Passion is defined as a strong and barely controllable emotion. An extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything:
The most important part of giving a presentation is to somehow evoke emotion. For it is through emotion that the listener can change how they think and what they do. Public Speaking can be that vehicle to transformation.
Poise is defined as a dignified, self-confident manner or bearing; composure; self-possession: The poised speaker will be able to speak with a decorum of credibility and professionalism. Giving an aura of royalty to speeches holds the listener’s attention. It involves the speaker’s posture, non-verbal communication skills, voice, and stage presence.
Energy is defined as the ability to be active. If you have a lot of energy, it means you like to be active. Having energy in public speaking will keep your audiences awake. It can be used through the voice, non-verbal communication skills such as eye contact, gestures and stage movement. It is the spark of excitement in your presentation that ignites the audience’s engine and keeps them engaged.
Few people want to listen to a low energy speaker who puts them to sleep or drags them down.
As a speaker, you have only seven seconds to WOW your audience to want to continue listening to you. Use your skills of strong voice dynamics, powerful eye contact, outstanding non-verbal communication skills of your gestures, and platform mechanics to deliver a professional speech.
Finding and making use of your inner Passion, Poise and Energy in your speeches will always deliver dynamic presentations every time.
Bette Elly Klimitz