Overcoming communication difficulties in public speaking
How can you overcome communication difficulties in public speaking?
Before you begin your next public speaking engagement you should be aware that no matter how well you communicate there will be some people in your audience who will have challenges in understanding your message.
Did you know that
One in four adults in Ireland have literacy difficulties
National Audit Literacy Agency (NALA)
Over 113,000 people in Ireland have difficulty in learning, remembering and concentrating
NDA: National Disability Authority
Partially sighted population in Ireland is 160,197
Fsfe-ie, FSFE – Free Software Foundation Europe
More than 167 languages are being used in Ireland
National University of Ireland
Over 60% of the online population in Ireland are non-English speakers
SIGIR: Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval 2007 Workshop
The spending power of people with disabilities in Ireland is €3.3 billion
Disability Rights Commission
Because it takes some people in your audience longer to understand what you are presenting, you may benefit from a few free few hints on how to make your message clearly understood, remembered and acted upon.
What can you do to meet the challenges of communicating?
To reach your full potential as a public speaker there are many skills involved which I address in my workshops and in one to one sessions. However there are a number of general points that should be kept in mind when speaking publicly.
KISS is the acronym for Keep It Simple Speaker.
It is important then that we communicate clearly when speaking publicly.“Lost in translation” is not the only obstacle to effective communication. The ability of your audience to understand what you are saying is an important factor in getting your message across.
Are they getting the message?
Another important factor is your ability to read or understand their levels of comprehension as you go along. Be aware of the nods and signs of recognition as you make points. If you are not seeing these then you are not getting through. Go back. rephrase and give practical examples and stay with the point until you get the A-Ha! moment of understanding from many of your audience.
Say it Again?
Patiently, calmly and clearly rephrase, simplify and reiterate your message until it is understood by the majority of your audience.
Engage your audience in constructing the meaning of your words.
This may be done by asking them what they already know about the topic, finding common ground and then adding a little new information or more meaning a little at a time so that the audience are able to construct the meaning of your message as you proceed through your message.
It is essential to stop when they have had enough information.
Even if you have not delivered all of your message, stop if they are tired, overwhelmed or just not getting it. Tell a story, do a practical demonstration to give them time to catch up with you. Then if time permits add a little more but realise it is better that they get a small part of your message than dismiss it all. Front load the presentation with your important message. Flag it as the most important message to your audience. Deliver it simply and slowly. revise it, refer to it and represent it again as you finish.
People take home three things. the first and last thing you said and whether you made them laugh and have fun.
Parcel your information
Ideally and to present effectively you must parcel your information in snippets that are sequential in order and can stand alone or in sequence. Some of your audience will arrive late, leave early and be busy dealing with other issues while listening to you.
A Variety of Channels
No matter how good you are at communicating some people take in less information from what they hear and see than others. For maximum understanding by your audience the information presented needs to be presented through a variety of channels.
Some people are visual learners and like things presented to them visually with colour, shapes and a pattern that is easily followed.
Others are predominantly auditory, learning and understanding mainly what they hear.
Others like to touch, feel or participate in movements to understand what you are explaining, teaching or demonstrating.
So as you prepare for a public presentation you might consider the rule of threes which I have posted separately.
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The rule of threes in communications
In public speaking as well as in writing
- Tell them what you will say.
- Say what you came to say.
- Tell them what you said.
Other rules that instantly come to mind for presentations
- Present visual support for your message with pictures, PowerPoint or drawings done on the spot. Even a scribbled drawing may be more effective than hundreds of words for a visual learner.
- Speak slowly. Most new information is processed at between 60 and 80 words per minute. If you speak slowly everyone has a better chance of hearing all that you are saying, understanding it and connecting the new information to what they already know.
- Give live demonstrations or tell a practical story to illustrate your main points. Invite audience participation in your demonstrations as these provide tangible evidence that allows people to be convinced of the truth of what you are saying.
Because you want your audience to engage /buy/act/ respond in a particular way… present everything that is important at least three times
- First time they see/hear/feel/do something it may be simply interesting
- Second time it appears familiar
- Third time they encounter it they will most likely feel free to engage with it/ buy it or act in the desired manner.
If you have other rules of three please feel free post them below instantly.
Recovering a Positive state of mind after bullying and intimidation.
Recently I have seem a considerable number of clients who had been intimidated, bullied in a variety of situations from school to work and at home.
No matter where it happens, what form it takes and at what age it occurs intimidation and bullying are a real concern. Bullying within a relationship, in the workplace, in social settings and in school is unnecessary and deeply hurtful.
As a direct result of being bullied, abused and intimidated my clients were harbouring deep pain, experiencing lowered self esteem and self confidence. They harboured a wide range of negative emotions from hate to hurt, from resentment to vengeance. These were not their natural dispositions and were reactions to being denigrated, abused and made to feel less valuable and unique than they are as individuals.
During my session with each person I invited them to separate them selves from the way they were made to feel. They began to see again the unique person that each of us is inside and that the intimidation and bullying that they had experienced was like a meal that upset their stomach and made them feel unwell. The meal was not their self. the sickness the meal brought about was not their true self. The emotions and negative feelings they experienced were not their natural, normal feeling but brought on by the meal that had upset them.
Once they had begun to separate their true selves from the way they were feeling we extended this to looking at their intimidaters and bullies. They each came to the conclusion that there was a good person inside each intimidator or bully and that this “inside person” was separate from their actions, words and behaviour.
Once the separation between the person and their behaviour was evident to my clients they were able to change their perspective and soon found themselves asking for the strength to forgive the bullies for their weakness and intimidating behaviour. Soon each client began to relax and release the physical tension they had been holding locked in their muscles. Very soon after their flexibility of thinking, movement and approch became evident in the way they moved, communicated and set goals for their future.
I am not a counsellor or psychologist but will facilitate my clients to make any changes they need through using physical movement as a vehicle of transformation. Using simple physical activities e.g. holding their palm and fingers across their forehead, rubbing points on the stomach which I demonstrate or by placing their hands over the centre of their chest…. my clients find it easy to move from being stuck in their state of stress and anxiety to moving forward into a state of calm, peacefulness and relaxation.
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Having tuned up their brain and body to prepare for change we set a real goal rooted in their living experience and that inspires them to want to change so that they can achieve it.
Then we see how their brain and body act when they set about doing the goal activity and we check out how they main information systems are working – we check the ease with which they can use their seeing, listening, memory, coordination and balance. We check what they notice about themselves when they pretend to be in that goal situation with a 10 to 15 second roleplay.
After all the checks are done in step two and any blockages or difficulties are noted we move to the third step –
Here I present a choice of some physical activities that will facilitate change. I demonstrate how the activity can be done. they do the activity and their abilities and comfort zones are extended immediately.
These physical activities have proved to be highly successful in the past to facilitate my clients to make similar changes to the way they, think, feel and act.
In step four we recheck all areas that were presenting as challenges, difficulties etc. and recheck the roleplay.
In step five we celebrate the success and consolidate it with a simple activity to be repeated each day for three weeks.
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Yesterday, I saw clients in my Leixlip clinic. Surprise, surprise! More than 60% presented with posture problems.
I facilitated them with my simple, painless and very effective corrections and went home feeling energised, pain free and with extra mobility.
Each person is now living, playing and working closer to their unique potential.
A question I am often asked is
How long does it take to get good posture, remove back, hip, ankle and neck pain and strain?
My answer is that in one session we can facilitate your body to return to its natural shape, flexibility and muscle tone. If you mind your new body it will learn to hold the new shape for an extended period of time.
If you abuse it and slip back to old habits of slouching, standing and sitting incorrectly then you will need to renew your perfect posture with a further short clinic session.
Before my clients go home i show them and train them how to sit, stand and walk in a manner that supports their new posture.
How is your posture?