Whether in one-on-one conversation, on camera, in client pitches, in a job interview, or in front of a live audience, our presence and presentation skills can say a lot about who we are.
Every time you speak, you should be thinking about the impressions you are making on the people around you. While everyone will have a unique speaking style, there are certain qualities every great speaker, communicator, and connector has in common. The sooner you can embrace these qualities, the sooner you will be regarded as someone powerful, impressive, influential, and more.
Every great speaker possesses and projects confidence. This is the foundation for communicating effectively. When we speak in a confident manner, our posture is strong, we make good eye contact, and we deliver our message with clarity and conviction.
As a speaker - again, whether in formal or informal presentations and conversations - you will be well served by displaying enthusiasm. Your enthusiasm will captivate and engage people and reflect that you are passionate about whatever it is you are speaking about.
Finally, all great speakers come from a place of sincerity. If you are sincere in your message, it will be well-regarded and well-received. Sincerity is a necessary foundation for building credibility, as well.
These qualities, together, are the things that bold and brilliant speakers are made of.
Desiree Moore is the President and founder of Greenhorn Legal, LLC. Greenhorn Legal offers intensive practical skills training programs for law students and new lawyers as they transition from law school into their legal practices. Ms. Moore is also an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and was an associate at the law firm of K&L Gates. She can be found on Twitter at @greenhornlegal.