How to master presentations and become a more confident communicator
Posted On June 27, 2018
Jerry Seinfeld once said that if most people had a choice at a funeral, they’d rather be in the casket than give the eulogy.
Indeed, many of us are terrified of public speaking. Simply communicating, when asked to do it in front of a large group of people, can by paralyzing – but it doesn’t have to be.
Our guest in this episode of “What’s Working with Cam Marston” is Lou Solomon, an author, TEDx speaker, adjunct college business instructor, founder of Charlotte-based Interact Authentic Communication, and an expert in interpersonal communication and presentation skills.
We know that, even as rapidly as technology is increasing and improving, there is still nothing that takes the place of face-to-face communication. That is why, although we have the technology to never have another face-to-face meeting again, hotels continue to add conference rooms and meeting space – videoconferencing isn’t the same as meeting in person.
Solomon has found that upwardly mobile employees often hit a wall when they reach the management level. The skill and knowledge with which they climbed the company ladder aren’t of primary importance anymore. Successful management requires building trust through human connections, empowering other people.
So how can people improve their communication skills?
Solomon shares a few tips for winning presentations, like why volume and length are not the answer, why rehearsing is essential but memorizing isn’t a good idea, and the importance of storytelling. She discusses the challenges of communication in the workplace – the reluctance and necessity of providing feedback, and how to create an environment of trust.
And she shares what she considers the most important attribute for a successful communicator and leader – a willingness to share vulnerability.
The good news, Solomon says, is that you can become a better, more comfortable public speaker – if you want it badly enough. Join us for an enlightening discussion.