"You Can Change your Speaking into Confident, Powerful Communications...
In today’s business world, it's vital that people pay attention when you speak...And that can happen--even if you’ve never felt really listened to before.
The Purpose of Your Speaking Power
The aim of Your Speaking Power is to bring awareness of the many ways we communicate--showing what works--and what doesn't.
If your aim is to express yourself more clearly, more concisely and more compellingly, then you're in the right place.
Whether at a business meeting, chatting with a friend or presenting to a group, communication landmines exist—landmines that can leave a person baffled and insecure. Your Speaking Power can show you how to change that insecure…“What just happened?” feeling…to feeling confidently in control.
You see, very few of us get any instruction in how to speak better. Lots of our education is devoted to reading and writing. Of course those skills are important, but so is speaking well.
Most of us learn to speak more effectively by trial and error. But that doesn’t give us the confidence...and know-how--we need, to speak more powerfully in different situations.
What is Your Speaking Power?
When you think of speaking power, if you’re like most people, you probably think of presentations—how to present powerfully. That certainly is one part of speaking power—and an important one.
And yes, we start with that. But speaking power goes beyond how you present to a group.
Having been in the speaking field since I made my first presentation in a high school contest, I can say…without hesitation…
Your most important speaking is how you present yourself in everyday situations.
This definitely expanded my self confidence. I feel I learned so much about
myself—not just what I wanted to learn about make better presentations.”
Excellent! I feel so much more confident already.
Stanberry and Associates
It’s More than Words
It all starts with awareness.
Few of us are hard to get along with, irritate others, or cause obstacles on purpose. We’ve just never been shown how much our words and mannerisms—and how we use them—matter.
Along the way to growing up, you took a huge short-cut: you imitated those around you. Actually that’s how most of us learned our early lessons. If you're like most of us, some of what you learned wasn't helpful to living the successful life you want to live.
In fact, every day jobs are lost and relationships are strained—not because someone can't do the job, but because their lack of communicating skill affects customers and/or co-workers negatively.
Maybe you know, or even work, with someone like "Jane." People who believe they do an outstanding job but who are totally unaware of the way their communications affect others. Sooner or later, they are faced with a major problem at work or home.
Not Just Her Voice
“Jane” is a woman from a client company in California who called me one day in great distress. Jane is an administrative assistant to the publisher, and was told if she didn’t get some voice help, she would be let go. She was devastated.
Since she supported both her mother and herself, she couldn't afford to lose her job. She was nearly in tears as she asked if I could help her improve her voice.
I met with Jane a few days later. We met on the executive floor before going to the meeting room. While we waited for the elevator to take us down, I noted her interactions with other employees.
When we settled in the meeting room, I told her we would work on her voice, but I didn’t think that was her real problem. I described what I saw waiting for the elevator—how she interacted with her colleagues. When they smiled and said “Hello,” she virtually ignored them.
Though I knew she was a nice person, her face didn’t reflect that—nor her voice. She was totally unaware of how unfriendly and stand-offish she appeared. That is what was affecting her job.
A few sessions later, after she became aware of what she was doing, and what she had to do about it, she became a changed person. She was much more friendly and secure—which was reflected in her voice. The good news: she was able to keep her job because of the changes she made.
While much depends on the words you use, how you use them--and your non-verbal communications--make a major difference in the message others receive.
To relate well to others, you need to know and understand yourself. (This is often where all of us need the most help.)
How Winners Relate
The first sentence in Theodore Rubin’s book, The Winner’s Notebook, reads, “A winner is a person who relates successfully to self and others.”
I couldn’t agree more. That sentence beautifully sums up the focus of Your Speaking Power.
The major way we relate to others is through speaking. When we’re not using our voice, we’re speaking with the expressions on our face or how we move our body.
Yet, much as I agree with Rubin’s statement, I know it’s no easy task. In fact, it’s a life-long study. It certainly has been for me.
Even when you “know how” intellectually, you still face the problem of how to put that knowledge into practice. That’s what Your Speaking Power is here to help you do.
Your Speaking Power shows you how to speak so your listeners hear.
As society becomes more and more "wired," your ability to communicate clearly, and with conviction, will make an ever bigger difference in your success.
Each day our wired world is giving us greater opportunities to speak and become known. Those who understand how to get their point across confidently have a major advantage.
I never thanked you enough for your superb program, which was instrumental in vastly improving my presentation skills. Today, I run three best-selling investment services and your help was a huge support.
Investment Director: The Money Map VIP Trader, The New China Trader
"When I think of Jake before you started working with him and after, the difference was incredible! His voice, his movement, everything was so impressive after.
How to Become More a Confident and "Connected" Speaker
Many people have the idea that excellent speakers are born—not made. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Having trained hundreds of individuals over the years, watching them improve their presentations—and their success--I know first-hand that people who get the help they need succeed.
Chances are excellent no one ever explained to you just what makes people really good speakers. Nor do they know what makes an outstanding presentation. If you don’t know—and few people do—how will you measure up when you don't know what's being measured?
You are a big part of the message you deliver. Your word choice, educational level, and the habits you’ve developed—habits you may not even be aware of—all influence how much your power your speaking has.
Like it or not, these parts of your communications are rarely under your awareness.
But they can be. By becoming aware of your habits, and their effectiveness or ineffectiveness—then working on them, you can learn to say what needs to be said and have your listeners pay close attention.
Take A Big Step to More Confidence and Connection
A good place to begin is right here. Each week you'll see a new blog post on Your Speaking Power that will give you the awareness you're looking for. You'll see analysis of what good speakers do that makes them so effective.
Plus, to help you on your journey, here's World Class advice on "Conquer Your Speaking Fear--and Stand Up and Be Heard."
This PDF will give you a roadmap showing you how to go from before the event right up to the moment you go on stage. You'll get tips on how to prepare, how to warm up your voice, and reminders of what to do each step of the way.
Here's the link to the download.