Probably the thing people ask me about most often is "sounding professional." While being professional and sounding professional are NOT the same thing; you do have to recognize that you are a professional before you can sound more like one. In putting together their presentations, a common misconception I find in my clients is that they talk about their topic without mentioning any their personal relationship to to that topic. If you don’t have a deep personal tie to your topic, also known as being passionate about it, for heaven’s sake, talk about something else!!! Life is too short for just going through the motions.
The essence of you is the secret sauce to a presentation on any topic. The key is to let people know who you really are….in terms of why they should care about your topic and what’s in it for them.
Another thing to realize that being professional doesn’t mean you have to be the ultimate authority on your topic in order to be a professional. In fact the more experience the expert, the more that person knows that s/he doesn’t really know it ALL. That’s not possible.
With all that out of the way, here’s what you can do to sound more professional when you speak:
Drop the verbal fillers: the uhms, you knows, like, so.
That’s right. Just drop them. You don’t have to replace them, a bit of silence here and there adds drama.
How do you know if you’re using verbal fillers?
Ask a trusted friend or record/videotape your next talk, at least just a few minutes of it. (Or sign up for a Presentation Makeover with Mixonian Institute.)
A few fillers here and there are fine and normal, but it doesn’t take too many to reach saturation point at which time your audience gets distracted in the best case, and annoyed in the worst case.
Awareness is powerful. Don’t be afraid to find out how you sound. Dropping verbal fillers will instantly make you a more interesting speaker.
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