We know that in an ideal world competence and credibility is measured by merit and not by gender. However we also know that unfortunately we don’t live in an ideal world and many women often get interrupted or not taken seriously, especially in business environments. But that doesn’t mean you should accept that.
It’s a tricky situation, not knowing what you want to do. We will spend such a huge part of our life working and right now we are still in position to choose what that will be. It is understandable that we’re afraid we might spend 40 years doing something we don’t want. But how can we make a good decision if we don’t know what it is that we want?
Does your voice sounds incredibly annoying on recordings? And when you realise that this is what people around you actually hear, it makes you want to not ever open your mouth again, right? Well, you’re not the only one.
A well-meant, sincere and naturally-timed smile can open more doors for you than you can imagine.
Learn how to speak and teach like great professors do!
Sometimes what you say doesn’t matter as much as how you say it. It happened to me many times that I had a great opening line in mind, but when I said it, it wasn’t half as cool as I’d wanted it to be. Learn how to do it right.
Imagine if Martin Luther King started his famous speech saying “Hello everyone, my name is Martin Luther King and I would like to tell you about my dream.” Do you think the speech would nearly as powerful as it is?
There are speakers who have a great charisma and fantastic presentation skills (i.e. ethos and pathos), but what they are actually saying (logos) makes little sense. Sadly, this sometimes seems to be the case with politicians. In order to be considered trustworthy, what you are actually saying has to add up.
We love well formulated, carefully ordered and exquisitely selected words, but what we usually remember, are emotions – how a speech or a performance made us feel. If you can make them feel, you will make them care. And you will make them remember.