For those of you who have been in the audience when I conduct a business communication workshop or who have been coached by me to sound your best, you know that one of the many skills I help you develop is how to be a confident speaker. Sound familiar so far?
However, if we turn the table…it’s imperative that our listeners feel confident about us. If you agree, then I urge you to ask yourself the following 10 questions:
- On a scale from 1-5 (low to high), how would you rate the level of confidence your audience has about you as a speaker?
- How much emphasis do you place on understanding who comprises your audience?
- How relevant are your key messages to the needs of your audience?
- How do you show respect for your audiences’ time constraints?
- How invested are you in meaningfully interacting with the members of your audience?
- How effectively do you listen and pay attention to what your audience is saying?
- How consistently do you connect with your audience using non-verbal language?
- How well do you freshen up your content with this audience in mind?
- How attentive are you with regard to the messages your audience is conveying?
- How often do you follow-up with those who listen to you?
Not only do we want to present in a confident way but we also want to have our audience feel confident about us as speakers. Your audience will feel confident about you if you factor in the aforementioned 10 points.
My suggestion is to answer these 10 questions with complete candor. After you do that, determine where you want to make improvements. Your ongoing success depends on your business communication, which means it’s clearly a priority.
Want to bounce ideas around or get a jump start? I’m here to help. Can’t wait to hear from you!