Authentic Communication For Business

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On this site you will find resources and ideas on authentic communication. Business these days is personal. If you are in business you know that relationships are important.

Whether you are just starting out in your career or have a great deal of experience both in your industry and in presenting, you want to ensure that your message is being received and that you have made an impact.

Being an engaging communicator is one of the most important skills you can have whether you are speaking to an audience of one or one thousand.

Do You Print Slides As Handouts?

conferenceWhat do you typically get given when you attend a presentation or seminar? Yep – a printout of the slides which you can’t really read and make no sense when you get home! These things take time and effort to produce, cost money and have a very poor return on investment.

You may have heard the term “facts tell emotions sell”. The way in which you deliver a presentation should trigger an emotion in your audience. This includes any slides you may use to support your message. Rather than listing points, use a powerful image that you can talk around. If all you are doing is sharing a bunch of facts then send a memo, because you don’t need to be there! Think about that for a moment…

Put all your detailed information into a document – a handout that is a more comprehensive “leave behind” than just printed slides. Let your audience know they will be getting this at the end so that they don’t need to take notes and can relax and listen to you. This will help you get engagement from your presentations and serve the audience better.


Here are some common mistakes to avoid:
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Your Body Speaks Even When You Don’t!

Body LanguageWhen we think about communication and speaking in front of a group we tend to focus on what we are going to say. Yet so much is communicated just by our body language – you can reveal a lot without saying any words. Think about it – can you remember a time when you saw someone who was happy or upset and their facial expressions alone gave you a massive clue as to how they were feeling?

In the same way, whether you are feeling anxious or enthusiastic about your speech, the audience will be able to read your body language. You cannot not communicate. Yes that’s right…a double negative! Read that again.

Whenever you are in a room with others you are communicating – with your breathing, facial expressions and body movements. Otherwise known as non verbal communication. The way you stand, the use of your hands and how you move across the stage all say something about you. Continue reading

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