September 1, 2014

Successful professionals
speak with confidence and charisma—do you?

Find out the secrets of dynamic speakers who get results
(even if you don’t think of yourself as a “natural”)

Does this sound familiar?

  • You’re confident and smart, but you shy away from stepping into the spotlight.
  • Your work demands that you speak out and take the stage—and the mere thought makes your palms sweat (or your mind go blank).
  • You long to have a magnetic presence that gets results… but you feel like you are saying the same thing as everyone else.

If you can relate, you’re in good company. Many professionals and entrepreneurs need to be great at what they do AND be communicators who can masterfully get their point across to different audiences. 

But often, there’s a gap between where you are and where you want to be.

The good news is; if you’re looking to craft and deliver your next talk, toast, pitch, or presentation — and you want to stand out as clear, confident, and charismatic – you’re in the right place. 

Because I teach entrepreneurs and service professionals how to: 

 ✔  Craft a clear, powerful message that will engage, delight, and influence your audience

✔  Have a magnetic presence that draws people to you the moment you step into a room

✔  Use non-verbal cues to communicate confidence and charisma even before you open your mouth

✔  Follow simple patterns to give a memorable talk that moves people to act or buy

✔  Use speaking as a marketing strategy to grow your business and win great clients in person and online

With an audience one or 1000, successful professionals use simple secrets  to get amazing results from every speaking opportunity that comes their way. Find out what they are—and learn how to massively improve the response YOU get from your talks. I promise you—the results will be worth it … and the process is painless. (And even fun!) 

Here’s to your success,
Catherine

Ready to get started? I invite you to schedule a complimentary Confidence, Charisma & Cash session with me now. Tell me why you want to be a better speaker. You’ll get at least one good idea for how to do it. And we’ll see if we have a fit to help you reach your goals with grace and ease!

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How to Give Your Voice Some Va-Voom

Long ago and far away, as a student at Valparaiso University, I took a theology course with the Dean of the Chapel. I don’t remember his name – we hardly ever used it. We just called him “The Voice of God.”

He seemed to have the voice that God would speak in – deep, rich, resonant, authoritative.

Fact is, most people put more trust in a person with a lower voice.  And that’s true for both men and women. An example of the research:  in 40 years’ worth of presidential elections, the candidate with the lower voice won the popular vote every time.

Let’s say you don’t have that big, booming voice. (For instance, maybe you’re a woman.) Can you be a charismatic speaker anyway?  Here are some steps to take.

Slow down already. For most of us, our pitch rises with our pace.  So take it easy … slow yourself down and let your voice be more settled.

Give it a rest.  People who pause while they’re speaking convey confidence and command. That might mean pausing for a beat at the end of a sentence … or even between phrases, where there would be a comma if you were writing instead of speaking.

And while you’re pausing, remember to breathe.  You’ll look – and feel! – more comfortable if you breathe all the way into your belly. Your voice will be more fully supported.  And don’t be a mouth-breather.  You’ll want to inhale and exhale through your nose, to avoid sounding tense and breathless. (It’s healthier anyway – your nose is designed to filter the air you take in.)

Put a period on it.   You hear people often? talking about something they’re supposed to know about? their business, for example? And saying everything as if it’s a question instead of a statement?

If you’re one of those people, it’s undermining your credibility. And you need to stop it. Now.

In American English, when the intonation goes up at the end of a sentence, listeners process what they’ve heard as a question.  Even if that wasn’t your intention.  When the intonation stays even, it’s a statement. And when it drops at the end of a sentence, we hear that as a command.

If you want to sound more confident and in-charge, lower your intonation at the end of a sentence. Or even at those mid-sentence pauses … just to let your strong presence sink in.

Let us hear you smile.  We don’t just see the smile on your face; it comes across in your voice too. And it conveys warmth and friendliness and likability. Some people find it helps to have a mirror near their desk, as a reminder to smile when they answer the phone. 

The wrap-up. Whether you’re looking for buy-in on a project at work, more customers or clients, or a new job … you’ll have more influence when you incorporate these suggestions and speak with more charisma. 

 

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