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Delivering successful presentations, seminars and meetings involves good communication skills so you can get your message across to the audience effectively in a way they understand.

A friend of mine in the marketing industry has just published his second book, and i liked the content so much i thought i'd share some of it with you too! Don't forget to order a copy from his website if you like what you see!

The following 15 tips are an excerpt from Hunter Leonard's book Communication...

Be you

Make every communication your own. Be yourself when you talk or present

Perfect?

You are not perfect but anyone, yes ANYONE can become a better communicator. Just be willing to work at it.

Practice

If you have something important to communicate, practice delivering it until you are comfortable.

Duplication

Make sure by asking, that the person or group you are talking to have duplicated your message exactly.

Face up

Never use e-mail, sms or another impersonal communication to deliver bad news to someone - do it personally

Triple Treat

When presenting, there is an old adage - tell then what your going to say, say it, and then tell them what you said. Reinforce three times for luck

Acknowledge

If someone sends you a communication, by phone, e-mail or in person, acknowledge you have received it. Even if you don’t have answer or solution ready now, at least let them know you've received their message.

Speed

Get back to people quickly with your communication. People like fast responses.

Respect

Always respect the other individual in a conversation or in a group. Yes, even if it’s an argument. Even if you disagree with them, they are still a person just like you

Head First

Get what you are going to say straight in your mind before opening your mouth. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t think on your feet, you walk on them.

Plan

For big presentations or speeches or important meetings, write out the points you want to make. Practice them, follow them - stick to the script

Jargon Free

In written communication keep jargon, acronyms and uncommon words to a minimum. Reduce any chance of the receiver misunderstanding the message.

Attention

Make sure you have and give full attention to the audience or person you are communicating with. Turn off your phone in meetings for a start.

Pause

In a presentation or conversation, the art of a pause is underused. Give yourself time to gather your thoughts or to emphasize a point.

A picture

It is true that demonstrating or showing visuals or drawing something can markedly improve your ability to get a message across to a person or audience. So use them

 

This article is brought to you from "Communication" by Hunter Leonard, Blue Frog Marketing.

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