There are 2 parts to communication, speaking and listening. You need both for effective communication.
It’s common to focus a lot of time and energy on organizing and preparing your talk and while those are super important for your success, so is tuning into the people in front of you.
When it comes time to give your presentation, make sure to pay attention and listen to your audience.
Benefits of Listening:
Presentations feel more conversational when you actively engage your audience, and stop talking at them (not to mention it’s more fun!)
When your audience feels heard, they’re more likely to trust you (and your ideas)
When you listen intently you can respond to your audience in the moment and find common ground
Listening is the single most important skill to get your ideas seen, heard and respected. It’s one of the best ways to ensure your audience receives your message in a language they understand.
When you prepare for your next presentation remember to make time for listening. And if you find yourself in a tense conversation, here are some tips:
Acknowledge and validate what the other person is saying
Be curious about their point of view
Ask open-eded questions
Learn more about these techniques at the next workshop:
Collaboration with Your Clients: Critical Conversation Skills To Keep Your Presentations On Track
DATE: Tuesday: May 14, 2019