Effective Verbal Communication
youre better than you think!
Effective verbal communication is crucial to being a good presenter. But
before you start thinking: "Ah well, that rules me out. I'm hopeless at public
speaking". Well think again. Without realizing it, you're probably already very
good at verbal communication and varying your language style to suit your
Think of how you talk to your boss, and then compare it with how you
talk with a loved one. Or how you talk with an old aunt compared with how you
chat with your friends in the pub. We're all effective communicators and can
switch styles naturally to fit the situation. Yet something happens when we come
to deliver a presentation. We seem to loose that natural ability. So what can be
done to bring that natural and effective verbal communication style back into
Practice reading aloud
You may be satisfied with the notes you've made about what you'll talk about
during your presentation. But that doesn't mean you're ready to give the
presentation, yet. You now must read aloud those notes so you can hear what they
sound like. A tip I give in the related article
Good Verbal Communication, is to record yourself speaking while going over
your presentation notes. How does it sound? Does it sound too formal? Are any
words or phrases awkward or stilted? When writing, we tend to use more formal
vocabulary rules. You're aim when presenting is for a more natural,
conversational style. While listening to your recording, have your presentation
notes in front of you and edit and restyle them accordingly.
"Never use a long word where a short one will do"
This was the advice George Orwell gave about good writing, and it holds true for
presenting. Using uncomplicated vocabulary where possible is not dumbing down;
it's simply good and effective verbal communication. That doesn't mean to say
you can't use technical language and terms. But use them appropriately based on
your audience analysis, and not to impress. The bulk of your presentation should
be in natural, conversational language.
Keep sentences short
Research shows that the average person's attention span is only a few minutes.
Long rambling sentences turn your audience off. So keep your sentences short,
sharp and to the point. If you find you're running out of breath before reaching
the end of a sentence, split the sentence up.
Use active verbs
Using active verbs not only shortens sentences but also makes your talk less
formal. So for example, dont say:
The training course was developed by John
John developed the training course
See the difference?
Effective verbal communication is all about adapting your language style to
the situation. For many, giving a presentation is an unnatural situation, which
shows in an unnatural and awkward language style. By applying the tips above,
youll see (and hear) vast improvements to your communication style and
Good verbal communication is essential in delivering effective presentations.
Learning how to use your voice correctly can give your presentations a real
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Sure is! Presenting effectively involves more than just talking to your
audience. Research shows that 93% of the effectiveness of a presentation is
based on body language.
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different strategies to get you started and keep you on track.
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start. But they may not for every occasion. This article explains what works
best for you and your audience.
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it's a great way to get your message or idea across while at the same time makes
for an interesting presentation.
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