Many of us have to deliver unwanted messages. For example, my dentist recently told me that some of my old fillings were deteriorating and needed to be replaced.
“They’ve served you well for many years,” she told me. “But those old fillings don’t last forever.”
That was an unwanted message. And yet I was in the dentist’s chair earlier this week, my Novocain-numbed mouth pried open, undergoing extensive dental work.
A client recently sent over a deck of slides for a big presentation on leadership. The first slide was a quote from Jack Welch, the former GE Chairman.
“My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too.”
The face bone is connected to the wrist bone.
That’s right. Very often, when our clients are having trouble improving their hand gestures, we’ll focus on their facial energy. That’s because if you improve facial energy, the gestures will often improve.
George Jessel said, “The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.”
Indeed, the beginning of the presentation is the point when you’re most nervous. To deal with those initial nerves, we tell our clients to practice that part of the presentation more than any other part. Once you get through the beginning, usually you’re going to be fine.
“Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”
Those are the words of the Buddha, the enlightened founder of Buddhism. And at Speechworks, we couldn’t agree more that choosing your words carefully is critically important. In all of our programs, we help you learn how to choose your words and carefully craft a message that will influence in a positive way.
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