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The passage of time can sound deafening, especially if you feel time deprived. We’re a society obsessed with time! Still not convinced? How often have you said or even thought…”Look at the time!” or “I’m really pressed for time.” or “Oh…if I only had more time.” In this post, I’ll show you the correlation between time and effective communication.

The best speakers capitalize on time with these eight tips:

  1. It’s only a matter of time. Public speaking is inevitable. It helps to be prepared when your time comes.  You may find yourself conducting a presentation, accepting or giving an award, being interviewed, leading a meeting or perhaps filling in for your supervisor.
  2. Procrastination is the thief of time. Strive to establish a timetable for your tasks. Getting an early start and avoiding the extra stress is well worth it since we’ve all experienced how time flies.
  3. Time is money. Ensure you deliver value. Don’t waste your listener’s time.
  4. Timing is everything. Find out what amount of time you’re allocated. Part of your practice is not running over or under. Practice your timing until you get it right.
  5. The third time’s a charm. On average you want to practice your presentation at least three times. Be sure to record yourself so you may listen to the feedback. Pay extra attention to your opening and your closing.
  6. Time out is essential. Leave a cushion of time in your schedule.  Arrive early to allow for traffic delays, inclement weather or any detours. You’ll also need time to check all or any equipment.
  7. Time marches on. Once you’re introduced, don’t act like you’ve been shot out of a cannon. Best to pause slightly before you speak. Your initial 30-60 seconds may seem very stressful but quickly subsides. No need to announce it to your audience because then you’re focusing on your needs vs. theirs. Remember that the listeners are there because you have what they need.
  8. Effective speaking skills still stand the test of time. It’s pretty common to be forgettable.  You want to be memorable. That’s how to achieve your Stand Out Factor.

Remember this: There’s no time like the present to work on T.I.P.S. which by the way stands for Talking Is Public Speaking. Every time we speak, it’s a form of public speaking. Isn’t it time for a change before you decide it’s time to call it a day?