During last years, companies have placed more and more emphasis on the soft skills of their employees when recruiting and performing performance reviews. In the LinkedIn survey of the top 5 most in-demand behavioral skills are listed speaking skills, art of persuasion, stress management. Practicing public speaking with ease allows you to develop these two skills. Why can effective speaking and your oral communication be valued within your company and become the springboard for your success?
- Knowing how to speak in public develops emotional intelligence and the power of persuasion
Recruiters are aware that a main issue for employees is to improve communication skills. But first let's sweep aside a lingering ambiguity: soft skills should not be confused with character traits. If the latter are immutable, developing or improving behavioral skills is within the reach of anyone who wants to. This means that practice-focused speaking training can reveal the effective communicator within you!
What do we mean by emotional intelligence?
If Daniel Goleman with his book Emotional Intelligence published in 1995 translates it as a mixture of self-awareness, social competence, empathy and motivation, his definition has now evolved. Rather, emotional intelligence is now understood as the ability to recognize emotions, your own and those of others, and to use this ability as a driver of productive behavior and to better unite. More precisely, we also speak of relational intelligence, communication skills, interpersonal skills. You better understand why she interests us here and how much she emphasizes the importance of successful public speaking
Why can speaking training help you develop your emotional intelligence?
To spice up your public speaking skills, you will learn how to:
- move from "everything I know" to "what is important for my audience to know";
- focus on an idea;
- structure your speaking skills so that the idea is expressed clearly and is anchored in memories;
- find an anecdote, a statistic, an example to captivate the audience in the first minutes of your intervention;
- develop a relationship of trust and complicity through your gaze, your attitude, and put your non-verbal communication at the service of your words;
- improve your active listening skills to capture reactions.
Knowing your audience, the ability to connect with and understand them is the core of your learning. It will take you far beyond new techniques of presenting the topic and mastering the fear of speaking in public
- Make all your speeches within the company more impactful
There is more to becoming a good speaker than speaking in front of crowded rooms. In fact, by improving your oral expression, you will also be much more comfortable with:
- motivate your team to take on a new challenge;
- promote your merits or those of your team to your superiors;
- share your knowledge at a seminar;
- present a new product to potential customers;
- manage conference calls;
Do you feel comfortable in all of these situations? Are you able to generate interest?
- Build self-confidence
"If you never try you will never succeed, but if you try you may surprise yourself" - Sainte-Beuve, writer.
Of course, you are not the only one who experiences the stress of speaking in front of an audience and having to overcome this challenge to move forward. However, don't hesitate to take the plunge, because improving communication skills will also strengthen your self-confidence. You learn how to better recognize your emotions.
You can thus identify your brakes and take the necessary distance to achieve your goal. You work on body language, posture, breathing, voice, diction and discover a lot about yourself. By developing your ability to convince, to build a good argument, you also boost your creativity and enhance your wellbeing at work.
- Increase your visibility within the company and expand your network
Knowing how to speak in public, knowing how to argue and hear criticism, also develops your leadership. Your eloquence and your ease in communicating with your colleagues, your hierarchy, and other departments amplify your circle of influence. Within the company, you will be able to practice art of mediation and stress relief, in order to obtain more efficiency in business.