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People often ask: "How can I make my audience remember my presentations better?"
Research shows that the average audience member can hold and retain about 3 to 5 ideas in his working memory and his attention span lasts an average of 25 minutes. What this means is that if you bombard your listeners with a topic like a "15-point Action Plan to Diversifying Your Income", they'll probably end up remembering less than five points and the rest will be quickly forgotten, even before they walked out the door!
A rumour results when there is incomplete, unclear, information. People aren't sure what they know. They tread with caution as they speculate about the little they know until a clear, formal, release of information is done that ‘clears the air’ once and for all.
On the other hand, a gossip is a deliberate attempt to misrepresent information, regardless of whether that information was clear or unclear to the gossip originators (and they really don't care).
Critical thinking skills are a must for sound decision-making to achieve the correct result. Read on to know more about the ways and activities to develop critical thinking in an individual.
“Not everything that can be counted counts; and not everything that counts can be counted.” ~Albert Einstein
In public speaking, there are certain things speakers/presenters do that could damage their credibility in front of the audience. Some of those things are content-oriented and some are speaker-oriented. One of them is apologising to the audience.
Business negotiation skills may seem like a daunting accomplishment that takes years of studying to obtain, but that need not be the case, as this article endeavours to present.
Speaking is one of the most powerful tools of mass communication and very helpful in case one has to communicate with a large audience. A speech is prepared according to the audience and their language. Speeches used to be spontaneous but the modern day speeches are well planned and there are speech writing tips that can make a lot of difference to the quality of a speech.
The importance of eye contact in communication cannot be neglected. Studies conducted over the years have affirmed that eyes play an important role in both verbal and non-verbal communication.
Researchers studying human psychology are of the view that non-verbal communication plays an important role in effective communication. Eyes are known as the "windows to the soul" and they express our emotions when words fail us.
Effective interpersonal communication helps us express ourselves and share our thoughts with the people around us. Have you ever seen a job advertisement where they required that applicants must possess “good communication and interpersonal skills”?
I’m sure that like most people, you must have included this line in your CV, right? But let’s be honest here, most people don’t even have a clue what that skill entails. If they did, then employers would not continue to complain about the rampant failures at job interviews due to poor self expression by applicants.
Do you merely state it in your CV to fulfil all righteousness? How much do you really know about this thing called “interpersonal skills”? Read on to find out...
Jonas Ezeanya is an executive speech coach and presentation expert based in Lagos, Nigeria. Connect with him on LinkedIn.