Published on February 20th, 2014 | by Jose Vasquez0
8 Habits to Perfect Your Speaking in Startup Tech Companies
Working in a startup tech company environment means you’ll have to develop the art of public speaking, and these tips will help you get there.
Public speaking is a vital skill for entrepreneurs to master. You’ll need to be able to communicate effectively with your team, pitch your idea to potential funders and investors, and eventually sell your product to new clients and negotiate deals. Whether or not you are able to succeed in this role partially comes down to how well you are able to communicate your ideas—so you need to make sure you develop this skillset.
Use these eight tips to improve yourself as a public speaker:
- Be Yourself. Don’t adopt some far-off, alienating “public you” persona in an effort to appear more professional. Draw your professionality from your preparedness, and keep your speaking interesting with your true personality.
- Use Stories. They don’t necessarily have to be real, or even associated with you. Stories sell ideas. Use stories as illustrations and metaphors to prove your points or serve as examples.
- Add Humor. Everyone has a sense of humor. People want to be entertained as much as they want to be informed—just keep it professional, and in line with your natural tone as a person.
- Practice Your Pace. Talking too quickly or too slowly can throw a wrench in even great presentations. Practice your pace to ensure you articulate clearly with enough pauses to let your points hit home.
- Use Repetition. Focus on a phrase, word, image, or idea in each of your presentations and emphasize it by repeating it intermittently over the course of your speech.
- Work with Your Audience. Whether it’s a full crowd or a handful of people around your desk, look to your audience and respond to their reactions.
- Give Homework. Give your audience something to do, or at least something to think about, after your speech is over. It will help ensure you are memorable.
- Focus on One or Two Key Points. Your audience won’t remember your whole speech, no matter what, but you can gear them to remember one or two key points.
You’ll never be a perfect speaker, so keep practicing. Your communication skills will become even more important as your company begins to expand.
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