In the last few posts I’ve touched upon the use of body language and perception. Basically, how your verbal message should match your physical mannerisms. What I didn’t get into was how to use your body (and voice) to convey the strongest and most compelling message possible to employers.
If you think about it, it’s not just about how you carry yourself but how you use all aspects of communication to present your ideas. With so many great online talks from TED to INCITE, it’s easier then ever to watch and study the best speakers to get ideas. Great presentations are really both an art and a science and despite what many people think, IT CAN BE LEARNED!
When you’re networking or in an interview, you are basically presenting yourself, so in that context think of the following:
- The “story” you want to tell (goal)
- What you want the audience to get out of it (aim)
- Why they should care
- Keep it short and to the point (the average listener can only focus for 15 minutes at a time)
- Speak with passion!
For more info, check out Steven Knight’s 4 part Linkedin series:
If you really want to delve into improving your presentation skills, here are two books I would recommend on the subject:
Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun
How to deliver a great TED talk by Akash Karia