Now is the Time to Make Sure Your Business is Ready as We Come out of the Pandemic

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Even though it seems like society has been down only three months to most of us it seems like an eternity, almost like we were never humming along at all. Our economy was at its highest peak in history just before we had to shut down businesses so that we could prevent further outbreaks. The occurrence has interrupted our business dealings distorted our time comprehension because we have no markers, no deadlines that tell us when things are due by calendar or what upcoming meetings we need to attend. The reality is that businesses and society need to get back to functioning and it seems to be coming into reality as we speak.

Since we have all been a little disheveled and almost delirious from this inactivity we need to start a plan of action to be able to come out of the gates stronger than ever otherwise our competition will. One of the things companies need to think about if they have not already during this Pandemic is what skills did our workforce lose because of their inactivity? Skills are like a muscle if they are not used or exercised on a consistent basis they get flaccid and weak. The truth is that since we were disseminated from our work central location we probably did not have the opportunity to utilize and strengthen those skills.

Rebuilding skills through training right now and getting the jump on things before you can get back out to win business is very crucial at this point. This can be a golden opportunity to reassess and implement new training skills. Excellent communication skills are always essential to win and maintain business whether it be sales, customer service or presentation skills. Being the management has probably gotten a little rusty –time management skills, and team building are essential to keep morale and motivation up.

Right now you may be relegated to Zoom or Web Ex training but if done right online training can be effective and you could even request a training package that will include future training done in-house as part of the initial online training package. When choosing a training company make sure that you understand what the training session includes , a lot of training companies will provide instruction but it is key that the trainings have a lot of interaction and individual performance during the sessions to validate understanding what your employees learn.  Leaders Speakers a North Carolina training company performs communications and leadership training in the Carolina’s and have proved excellent to have an track record and results.

How to Sift through the Facade of Training Companies and Coaches to Insure Quality Training

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All of a sudden over the past five or so years it seems that there are a plethora of “business coaches”,” business trainers” and so on. If your company or small business was lacking profit margin or morale was low the first thing you would do is look for help to remedy that particular situation. It seems like everybody and anybody that comes from some type of background in HR, or some type of management background was either displaced or decided that since they managed people or personnel that they are ready made consultants. The tricky thing is that you need to sift through the “fluff” that some of these folks provide and will not realize that you did not get expected results until that training or coaching has been provided.

So how to do separate the wheat from the chaff?, for one thing the most solid training companies or coaches will have been in business for some time and these folks will have been trainers that have been through an apprenticeship either with another training company which has been around for many years. Does this mean that this is a hard requisite? Not necessarily but you need to validate past results of the prospective trainer or coach or at least have an in-depth interview with the training company or coach prior to your engagement. Testimonials are another way to validate a successful and valid training company and you can find those on their web site. Leaders Speakers has been around since 2011 and has the experience of helping many individuals and companies become more productive through proven methods of hands-on leadership and  communications training . This type of training is based upon an amalgamation of the early fathers of motivation even dating back to Hippocrates who incidentally discovered the four personality temperaments.

So if you are searching for a training company or coach that will truly implement a successful long lasting affect that will benefit your organization for the long run, you must be vigilant in your quest for a solid solution to avoid a flash in the pan.

Why You Will Not Benefit Greatly If You Do Not Invest in Public Speaking Training

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I have not only been involved as a contract speaker persuading audiences to buy into my ideas but am a certified presentations skills and public peaking trainer. I have helped many people get rid their public speaking fears and become more confident and effective speakers. When they leave the Public Speaking Workshop they will have learned new skills and confidence that they will be able to use for life.

 So why do some people that have issues with speaking in front of audiences and really need the one time public speaking training have an issue with committing to learning a skill and confidence builder that they will have for life? As much as they need and want the training they are shy to invest a few hundred dollars in a public speaking training class that will literally last them a lifetime. It almost sounds too good to be true that one public speaking workshop or presentation skills training class will rid them of their public speaking fear or develop their presentation skills to the point where the can be successful in persuading audiences. The truth is that 99 percent of people that attend a  (at least the ones I have public speaking workshop been involved in) will become better and fearless communicators.

If you had a certain physical illness and you knew of a cure that would make you healthy and functional again you would probably get your money together and race down to the clinic and get it remedied. Well let’s just say that you have been afflicted with public speaking fear which has been a mental handicap that is preventing you from performing in front of audiences which you would normally be able to do if you did not have that affliction correct? Yes this is a similar scenario (not life threatening) but none the less debilitating. The cure in this case would be to rid yourself of this mind debilitating mental block by attending a public speaking workshop to fix this issue for life!

A good public speaking workshop will help you accomplish the things you will through actual class participation and exercises that are designed to help you become a fearless and effective speaker. Specifically the public speaking workshops will include simple exercises and tips of how to overcome nervousness. Know your audience – It’s important that you be clear and honest with yourself about whom you will be speaking to and what they are expecting. How to build rapport and how the audience will benefit from your talk. How to organize your thoughts and create a well designed presentation- one of the reasons for lack of confidence is that most people are not confident with their material. Knowing how you close your presentation is very important. What do you want your audience to do or think about when as you close out your presentation. How do you test audience buy in before you close your public speaking presentation?

So as you can see the one – time cost of a public speaking workshop will provide you with tremendous value that will last you with a lifetime providing you with successful presentation skills.

Why You Should Never Go Overtime With Your Speech or Presentation

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We all have internal clocks in our heads and when your clock says “times up” your brain will disconnect from the input it is receiving. I attend Church on regular basis and of course there is a sermon midway through the mass. Our Monsignor would broadcast from the pulpit for about 15  minutes at each mass even his stand ins would keep the same time parameters. When the Monsignor retired the new young Monsignor started doing his sermons about 5 to 10 minutes longer. You could see that the other church members of all due respect for the clergy were shutting off because they were used to a said 15 minute sermon.  Before anybody takes the stage there is some kind of time given to the audience as to how long the talk will be.  I know that you have all experienced this phenomenon during a speech or presentation when the speaker goes overtime your brain shuts off almost automatically. The problem is that in a lot of cases, your audience may likely forget the content that was broadcasted during the public speaking presentation just because they never formed a closing in their mind because they shut down before the end of the public speaking presentation.

A lot of people are good speakers and have had a lot of public speaking experience, but have never taken a presentation skills training class. There are some individuals that think just because have been called on to speak for many years have all the tactics down. Some even think that presentation skills workshops are beneath them. Learning to deliver a speaking presentation in a designated amount of time is just one of the few things that some of the fearless speakers can learn from attending a public speaking workshop. There are many other things that “experienced speakers” can tune up through a comprehensive public speaking workshops. Most people are convinced that they can “win” the audience over by just delivering a “good “presentation, while this perception may seem to be successful to the presenter, there is a proper and successful way to close your presentation with realized success. First of all you will need to have a properly crafted title that will entice your audience to listen intently form the onset of your presentation. In other words your title needs to be a solution to which the audience’s issue. A good example would be “These Five Secrets are Guaranteed Hook your Audience at the Beginning of your Presentation” This is a solution to a problem. The second thing people fail to do is close out their presentation. What I mean by this is actually summarizing your presentation and tying it back to the solution (title). This is very important to reassure audience “buy in”.  These are just a few areas of presentation skills training that can enhance your public speaking skills to be a more effective presenter.

It’s Ok to Suck at Public Speaking

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Whether it’s a presentation, a talk, or a wedding toast, stringing together words in front of a sea of faces is terrifying for a lot of people. Millions of people. Probably even you. And me. Definitely me. I hate public speaking.

It’s scary because you might screw it up and be humiliated in front of your audience, whether that’s 10 people or 10,000. It’s scary because, let’s face it, it’s contrived, artificial, and weird. And the big reason: It’s scary because most of us don’t do it enough to get comfortable with it. Practice makes a huge difference.

But here’s the thing: Mastering the art of public speaking is overrated. It’s such a rare event in most people’s careers that the only energy it deserves is indifference. It’s the waterskiing of human speech. If you’re good at it, great for you. But do you feel bad because you are mediocre at waterskiing? I don’t.

In most fields, you can have a successful career while almost never speaking in public. You can have a successful career speaking in public but not being very good at it. You can have a successful career while cowering in the corner, if you’re really, really good at other key aspects of your job.

So stop worrying about how much you suck at public speaking. Which, ironically, is exactly the kind of attitude that could help you get better at it.

Consider comedians. Note their general bearing: They don’t seem nervous, but they also don’t seem super excited. They seem like they’re hanging out with you in the kitchen at a party. TV reporters? They generally seem like they could take or leave an assignment. Auctioneers: Relatively chill, actually. They all seem like they’re just having a conversation — one in which they’re the only ones speaking, but, still, a conversation.

It’s not like we at Forge don’t have public speaking tips. We do! (Listed and linked below.) But honestly: Don’t give this too much of your energy. Treat it like just another chat. Because it is.

Use the “reappraisal” techniqueto channel the adrenaline you feel right before speaking.

Record your speech and critique it. A lot.

Use Dialectical Behavior Therapy to regulate your mood.

Remember that video chat is like your own mini TV show.

And I have a few tips myself. I know it’s not that easy just to be relaxed when giving a speech, so here are a few ways that have helped me seem lower-key than I actually feel:

Say something weird. There is nothing audiences love more than a non sequitur. Find a thing in the room that everyone is aware of, and say the thing you might say if you ran into a friend at a cocktail party. “How do you think you change a light that high up?” “What’s the dog looking at in that painting?” In fact, whatever question a Joe Pesci character might ask while making small talk in a Martin Scorsese movie, ask that. It’s not a joke. But a moment of surprise and delight puts people in a receptive state of mind.

Don’t give a TED Talk (Unless you’re actually giving a TED Talk). That is, don’t pepper your speech with supposedly-off-the-top-of-your-head-but-obviously-rehearsed stories and precisely timed hand gestures. That approach is good for TED. But people aren’t here for a TED talk. They’re here to see you do whatever they’re here to see you do.

Focus on only one person every few seconds as you’re speaking. When you lock eyes, imagine everyone else just not being there. (Switch from person to person, otherwise, one member of the audience is going to get really creeped out.) Treating your speech like a one-on-one conversation will help you emotionally connect to the people you’re speaking with. It will make you feel more relaxed. And then you might even start having fun.

Credit for article – Ross MCCammon Executive Editor, Forge/Medium and author of Works Well With Others https://bit.ly/2N1TWU6