Have you ever wondered why someone easily persuaded such a skeptical individual such as yourself? Perhaps you wonder how the teacher, salesman or politician persuaded you so well, that you had no idea it was happening. This first episode of the Silent Command series is meant to help you be that persuader when you speak, whether it be to your friends or in front of an audience.
In order to fully understand persuasive speaking you have to break speaking down into a couple of rules, guidelines or tips, whichever you prefer to call them. The guidelines listed below are from a book I am reading called “Kinesics: The Power of Silent Command”
- Simplicity is key in your presentation
- Relate the presentation some way
- Tell stories; display body language
Sometimes we fall into the trap of believing that being more complex makes us smarter. It may make you seem smarter, but if the presentation is too complex people will simply stop listening. In my opinion, simplicity shows your intelligence much more, because you have taken a complex idea or topic and turned it into an easily taught and digestible presentation.
Relating the presentation or story being told to the audience can greatly increase the attractiveness of the topic being presented. Questions you should be asking yourself would include: What age group does my audience fall under? Which gender is the majority in the audience? How old is my audience? These types of questions will help you narrow down topics or ways to relate to the audience.
Stories are a great to sprinkle into your presentation or topic being discussed because it provides a little entertainment. If you’re covering pretty boring material and you mix it up with a story here and there it can eliminate mediocrity. Nobody wants to listen to the same thing for hours.
Remember that messages can be sent non-verbally as well. We must study body language or kinesics to help us become more persuasive speakers and powerful listeners. Also, remember that you can be a persuasive speaker when sharing stories with your friends as well, it doesn’t just apply to presentations for work or class.
“Be a person who listens with their eyes and ears”