Although many of us fear it more than death, knowing how to speak to others in front of small or large groups is a critical but neglected skill of the modern workplace. It’s an enviable kind of charm that makes us far more powerful and that we can all learn how to wield.
In this two-hour session, we will:
• Learn how to overcome the most common barriers to effective public communication
• Uncover the key elements of a good message and practise applying them to our work
• Practise presenting our body and voice in an authentic, engaging manner
• Practise overcoming anxiety and self-consciousness during public presentations
Eloquence is the skill of enthusiastically conveying information and feeling comfortable getting one’s point across to an audience.
What characterises mastery of this skill?
Eloquent employees to feel comfortable to presenting their work and ideas. Their audience perceives them as persuasive and trustworthy. They easily take into account different perspectives and adapt their communication to the gaps in their audience’s knowledge (theory of mind). Eloquence is common in employees who are not scared to publicly “show off” conveying not only information, but also enthusiasm and passion for the topic. Their ideas and work are thus more likely to be positively recognised by others, and they are more likely to convince others to support their project or be motivated at work.
What characterises a lack of this skill?
Employees with a lack of eloquence are likely to appear shy in group meetings and feel anxious about being criticised and judged by an audience. That is why their opinions and ideas are often less present in the mind of others, and their teams may be less motivated. In addition, they might struggle to recognise gaps of knowledge between themselves and others.
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