Practice Makes Perfect So Try These Suggestions!

Practice Makes Perfect So Try These Suggestions!

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Customized Training Solutionsfor Selling Your Ideas and Responding to Your Clientswww.impactcommunicationsinc.com Telephone: 847-438-4480 E-mail: info@impactcommunicationsinc.comOnce you have an idea of the types of gestures you Practice Makes do, practice a business presentation in front of the mirror or a video camera. Keep in mind that the Perfect So Try people who listen to this prmay fi nd the subject diffi cult. Your gestures will help them, par-These Suggestions! ticularly if your topic is technical or if English is not your primary language or theirs. When you have a By Judith Filek- President big point, make sure you do a big gesture. There Impact Communications, Inc. should not be any difference between the gestures you do when you are with friends and family and All of us want to be perceived as confi dent and when you are in front of internal or external clients.engaging when we speak in front of an audience. However, no one is born a great communicator. When you actually do your presentation, get feed-The pros will tell you that they got better at com- back about your gestures from someone who will municating by practicing. Knowing what and how give you honest feedback, rather than someone to practice is important. To be perceived as a pas- who will just say you did everything perfectly. If sionate speaker, gestures, vocal variety and move- there is ever an opportunity to video the actual ment are essential. presentation, make sure to do so ...

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PracticeMakes  PerfectSoTry  TheseSuggestions!
ByJudithFilek-President ImpactCommunications,Inc.
Allofuswanttobeperceivedascondentand  engagingwhenwespeakinfrontofanaudience.  However,nooneisbornagreatcommunicator.  Theproswilltellyouthattheygotbetteratcom-municatingbypracticing.Knowingwhatandhow topracticeisimportant.Tobeperceivedasapas-sionatespeaker,gestures,vocalvarietyandmove-mentareessential.  
Gestures Gesturesthatarerealornaturalemanatefromthe  shoulder.Theydonotcomefromalockedelbow  orthewrist.Theycomefromallthreezonesof  thebody:theupperchest,themiddleandbelow  theawsi.tGseuterrteafeomcnedorevokooltahts thewordandnotbefore.Theyalsocomeprimar-ilyfromonezone,typicallythemiddlewherethe  elbowsseemtetheredtothewaist.
Often,whenwedoabusinesspresentation,we holdinenergybecausewearenervous.Thus,we  lockourelbows.Wealsoholdourhandsbehind  ourbackorfoldtheminfrontofus.Wemaydget  withourringsorthecoinsinourpocketinanat-tempttolookrelaxed.  
Itisimportanttoletenergyout.Ifweholdinen-ergy,ourbodywillletitout,butinanineffective  manner.Forexample,ourheadmaystartbobbing tomakeapoint.Ifyouletyourhandsworkfor  you,notonlywillyourpointsstandout,butyou  willfeelmuchmorerelaxed.
Totapintowhatyourrealgesturesare,standin  frontofamirrorandthendescribeafavoritevaca-tionspot.Noticewhatyourhandsdowhennobody  butyouareobserving.Howbigareyourgestures? Dotheycomefromtheshoulder?Howmanyzones  ofthebodydoyouutilize?Afteryoumakeyour  point,doyoudropyourhandsatyoursides?  
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Onceyouhaveanideaofthetypesofgesturesyou  do,practiceabusinesspresentationinfrontofthe  mirrororavideocamera.Keepinmindthatthe  peoplewholistentothispresentationmayndthe  subjectdifcult.Yourgestureswillhelpthem,par-ticularlyifyourtopicistechnicalorifEnglishisnot  yourprimarylanguageortheirs.Whenyouhavea  bigpoint,makesureyoudoabiggesture.There  shouldnotbeanydifferencebetweenthegestures youdowhenyouarewithfriendsandfamilyand  whenyouareinfrontofinternalorexternalclients.
Whenyouactuallydoyourpresentation,getfeed-backaboutyourgesturesfromsomeonewhowill  giveyouhonestfeedback,ratherthansomeone whowilljustsayyoudideverythingperfectly.If  thereiseveranopportunitytovideotheactual  presentation,makesuretodosoandreviewitfrom  thelistenersperspective.
VocalVariety Aspeakerwhosoundspassionatehasvocalva-riety.Heorsheplayshisvoicelikeamusicalin-strument,sometimesbringingitupandsometimes bringingitdown.Keypointsineachsentenceare  emphasizedbyvocalvariety.
Toassesswhetheryourvoicehasvocalvariety, tapeit.Youcaneithertapeyourselfwhilepractic-ingordoinganactualbusinesspresentation.You canalsouseyourvoicemailsystemtocheckhow  yourvoicesounds.Beforeyoupressthesendkey,reviewthemessageandlistentowhetheryou  soundenergeticorbored.
Afteryouhaveassessedyourvoice,youmaynotice  thatyouhardlypause.On-airradioandtelevision personalitiespauseeverythirdorfourthwordfor abreathandtohighlightthenextword.Bydo-ingso,theybringinalotofvocalvariety.Thus,  inanysentence,youshouldpickouttwoorthree  keywordstoemphasize.Againtapeyourselfdoing thistoreassesshowyourvoicenowsounds.Ifyou  alsousegestureswhilepracticing,youwillenergize yourvoiceevenmore.
Movement Peoplewhoarepassionatewanttheiraudience tounderstand.Bymovingtowardsyourlisteners,  youwilldemonstrateyourcondenceandbeliefin  
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whatyouaresaying.Inadditionyourlistenerswill  becomemoreengagedandfocusedonwhatyou aresaying.  
Thetrickaboutmovementistomakeitpurposeful. Obviously,youdontwanttomoveconstantly,orit  willbecomeadistraction.Bymovingeverythirdor fourthsentence,listenerswillfeelyourenergy.  
Beforeyoumove,youreyesshouldconnectwith  someoneinyouraudience.Thisisthehookthat  drawsyoutowardsthem.Movementthatispur-posefulisalwaystowardssomeone,notaway. Onceyoumovetowardssomeone,plantyourself  andvisitwiththepeopleintheareabygivingthem  solideyecontact.Youcanmoveagainafterthree  orfoursentences.  
Practicemakesperfect.ThepeoplelikeBillClinton,  StevenCoveyandAnthonyRobbinswilltellyou  thattheystillcontinuetopracticeandhonetheir  skills.Byimplementingthesuggestionsregarding gestures,vocalvarietyandmovementyouwillbe  onyourwaytohavingtheimpactyoudesire.Peo-plewillseeyouasastrongbusinesscommunicator  whomotivatesotherstotakeaction.
ImpactCommunications,Inc.consultswithindividuals  andbusinessestoimprovetheirface-to-faceand  overthephonecommunicationskills.Whenyou  havetohaveimpact,phone(847)438-4480orvisit  ourwebsite,www.ImpactCommunicationsInc.com.
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