When we were kids…some of us shuddered when we heard the common refrain “back to school.” Many of us knew this signaled an end to the glorious summer months and time to return to scholastic activities—UGH!
Now as adult professionals, “back to school” may have a whole new impact when we stop to consider that we’re always learning, aren’t we? In fact, the real source of our problems is if we stop learning.
My guess is that the majority of people reading this post have not been formally schooled in public speaking. While that’s not actually surprising, the good news is that it’s never too late to begin getting an education in how to improve your speaking/communication skills as well as reap the benefits.
Stop and consider these common communication activities; which ones are applicable to your day-to-day life?
1. Delivering both formal and informal presentations
2. Leading or participating in staff meetings
4. Interviewing for a new job
5. Interviewing for the Internet, radio, TV or print
6. Conducting a podcast
7. Presenting a webinar or tele-seminar
8. Engaging in a conference call
9. Moderating a discussion
10. Giving feedback
Pretty sizable list and I imagine you could certainly add to it.
It’s pretty tough to avoid daily communication so why not strive to speak well! As I often tell my clients, it’s not about perfection, it’s about getting through to your listener and having the desired impact.
For those who seek my assistance you have (3) options:
a. One-on-one communication coaching (face-to-face or via Skype), which is customized around your goals
b. Group training via a webinar or in-person workshop, which is tailored to the specific needs of your staff or department
c. Benefit from purchasing my communication products (i.e. book, e-book, CD, MP3) and either using them independently or pairing them with coaching
So what are you waiting for? It’s back to school time and that means you! Whenever you invest in education, it’s a sound investment.