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How To Articulate Your Thoughts So They Make Sense To Others - Ep #02

 

Have you ever had an awesome thought, but when you open your mouth to speak it doesn't come out anything like in your head? Or worse, you held it in because you couldn’t muster the courage to try. 

When it comes to articulating our ideas, THE STRUGGLE. IS. REAL. 

Whether it's speaking up in a meeting, thinking on your feet during a Q&A or addressing a price question with a client, you've got to clearly and concisely share your thoughts and jump into the conversations that matter.

Check out today's episode of Finding Your It Factor and you'll learn:

  • Why so many of us struggle speaking up
  • The secret to becoming more concise
  • An exercise to externally process your thoughts
  • Sentence starters to get you into action

And hey, If you like today's show, hit that SUBSCRIBE button so you don't miss the next one.

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How To Be More Authentic with Your Communication - Ep #01

 

The secret to being authentic, is knowing exactly who you are and who you’re not. 

In this episode, I’m sharing 4 questions (plus a heck of a lot more) that will help you craft your brand persona so that you can make big strides in becoming a more magnetic communicator. 

Maybe you have a live presentation coming up or you're wanting to get better on camera. Or maybe you want to be more compelling and increase your conversion rates in your sales conversations. 

You can't make real progress in those areas until you’re clear on how you want others to perceive you-- here’s why. If you start trying to acquire those skills without having clarity on your brand persona, when you start learning from and modeling others, that modeling will quickly turn into mimicry. And soon enough you’ll be a tapestry of other people. It feels inauthentic. Show up as yourself (the ONE thing that makes your brand unique) by exploring some key questions...

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Power Tools: My Top 10 List of Resources for Your Magnetic Brand

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Do you ever fan girl over another business owner and ask... HOW THE HECK DO THEY DO THAT? And secretly, or maybe not so secretly wish — that you could get a backstage pass to what tools or tricks they use in their business to create their work?

Well, today you’re in luck because I’m sharing with you my power tools. These are the 10 techy tools that I use daily in my business… and I think they’re going to love them.

**Disclaimer: Some of the following links are affiliate links. These come at no additional charge to you, but allow me to receive a payment or an incentive if you make a purchase through one of them**

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I use transcription to get the ideas out of my head through my mouth and on to paper. Temi creates the transcript so I can move forward with my content.

This advanced speech recognition software takes speech to text in five minutes with 85% accuracy. Submit your audio or video file to Temi, review your...

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3 Mistakes Presenters Make on their Feet

It’s hard enough to remember the information you want to share with an audience, so when you add in remembering to take pauses, making eye contact, and being aware of your tone.. It is SO much!

The last thing you’re thinking about is how much you should move your feet. In the back of your mind you remember a comment from your college professor telling you not to stand there like a stump. But what rarely think about the other end of the spectrum…

Walking or moving too much during a presentation can become a distraction.

So which is it? Do we move, or do we not?

The answer is YES.

You should move. And you should stay still. A mixture of BOTH is needed to keep your audience engaged.

And in this week’s Spark Your Presentation Skills show, I walk you through 3 mistakes presenters make when it comes to this movement, and more importantly, how to fix them.

This intentional movement will help you appear even more confident with your audience, so you can focus on...

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Hand Gestures: 7 Moves to Make your Point

Hand gestures should not be something that you put on auto-pilot. If they are well practiced, they will never come across rehearsed… and they’ll pack a big punch to make your words sing.

Before jumping into my 7 go-to moves, be sure to cover your bases with the 3 Fundamentals for Effective Hand Gestures,

Mini Training: 7 Power Gestures (plus a bonus hack)

  1. Show contrast using opposite hands.
  2. Demonstrate lists or numbers on your fingers.
  3. Show big versus small, literally.
  4. Make a circle to emphasize repetition
  5. Touch your heart for emotion and your head for logic.
  6. Face palms down to be firm or absolute. It indicates power.
  7. Open palms up to create a sense of community and welcoming.

BONUS: If you are feeling unsure, or super uncomfortable, give yourself some instant security by holding a clicker, microphone or pen in one hand.

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Hand Gestures: The Secret Weapon for Powerful Presentations

Jazz hands aren’t going to cut it. Hand gestures must be compelling and strategic to make an impact, not a distraction.

Note: This is a part of my Delivery Skills series on the Delivery Core Four (if you missed it read it here).

Today, we’re tackling a topic that poor Ricky Bobby just couldn’t figure out… what DO you do with your hands?

And while it was pretty funny for him to look like a fool, I’m certain that you have a different vision for your next presentation.

It can be a little overwhelming to consider that your have to plan not only amazing, compelling content, you also have to practice your words, how you say them… and think about what your hands are doing while you speak! Yikes!

Hands tend to be used haphazardly in communication. This is an absolute shame because using your hands strategically can help your audience better understand your words, it can build stronger trust and makes your message more...

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3 Vocal Mistakes Presenters Make that Drive me Crazy!

In this week’s episode of Spark Your Presentation Skills (weekly Facebook Live show), we’re covering a lot of ground when it comes to vocal delivery. I’m hitting on the 3 vocal mistakes that presenters make and more importantly, how to fix them.

Communication skills haven’t always come naturally to me. In fact, I struggled immensely in my early twenties because of my hearing loss– though at the time, I didn’t realize that was the issue. I share a little more about it in today’s episode, as well as get a little excited (*ahem* heated) when I share with you the number one way to improve your communication effectiveness.

 

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Your Voice is an Instrument to Deliver your Message.

Delivery Skills Part 2: The 5 Ps of Vocal Delivery

In part one of our series, I Introduced the Delivery Core Four (if you missed it read it here). These are the four critical components of communication outside of the words that we use: Intonation, Facial Expressions, Hand Gestures & Movement.

This week we are focusing on Delivery Core Four #1 — our voices, the primary instrument used to convey our core message to an audience. And just like a instrument, we must learn to use it (that is if we want to be musician… err, I mean, communicator). To kick off this topic, I’ve created a short introduction video below… take a look.

 

Your voice is an instrument to share your ideas, experiences and emotions with others, so you better make sure it’s in tune.

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Through delivering hundreds of presentations to audiences, big and small, I’ve learned that that when it comes to using your voice, there are...

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Presenting with Impact: Delivery Skills Part 1

When it comes to presenting, your words matter, but how you deliver them matters more.

What separates good from exceptional speakers is quite simple. It’s all in their message delivery.

As the youngest of 6 kids, whenever I was in trouble I’d hear my mom cycle through 5 other names (and sometimes the animals too) before getting to mine. And when she did, I knew I was done for… just from the way she said my name.

I’m sure you remember that tone well.

It’s a lesson from our childhood that is commonly used now in our daily lives: it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

When it comes to communication, what you say matters, but how you say it matters even more.

This was shown to be true through research done in the 1970s by Professor Albert Mehrabian, of University of California. He is best known for his study on verbal and nonverbal communication, now often referred to as the 7%-38%-55% rule.

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