A well-meant, sincere and naturally-timed smile can open more doors for you than you can imagine.
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.
What is the difference between Arnold Schwarzenegger making a speech for bodybuilders and aerospace engineers + how to discover, use and build your ethos.
Knowing certain theoretical fundamentals can give you a clear understanding of how to approach and improve your speaking performances as well as give you a good understanding of what you can achieve with it.
There are two central aspects to good presentation skills: the know-how and the dare-to. Good news: both can be learned.