ATLANTA--()--The most effective communicators in the world possess common qualities that give them the edge in building trust and being heard clearly. Speakeasy, Inc., a nearly 40-year-old executive communication consultancy recognized for its work with Fortune 500 companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Accenture, Ernst & Young and Schlumberger, works with clients to foster these and other qualities, at all levels within the organization.
“Let your actions and body language tell your audience you know they’re there. Don’t stare at your PowerPoint and ruffle through your notes; rather, make eye contact and engage your audience”
Whether you’re a salesperson, an entry-level analyst or the CEO of a major multinational organization, developing these four key qualities will make you a better communicator:
Communicating in an authoritative way conveys to your audience that you are the expert. “As an authority in your area of expertise, the burden of proof is automatically in your favor. Recognize that and don’t be timid or apologetic,” says Scott Weiss, CEO, Speakeasy, Inc.
Your energy level should vary based on audience and venue. Great communicators will adjust accordingly. “Whether you’re telling a story at the company water cooler or presenting the results of a multi-billion dollar initiative to a large group of investors, be energetic,” says Weiss. “If you don’t look like you give a damn, don’t expect me to give a damn.”
Electronic devices, PDAs, tablets and laptop computers are all competing for our attention, and in many cases they’re winning. “Let your actions and body language tell your audience you know they’re there. Don’t stare at your PowerPoint and ruffle through your notes; rather, make eye contact and engage your audience,” recommends Weiss. “If you want to determine the extent to which your audience feels that awareness, just look at how many people are looking at their iPhones when you’re talking. If it’s zero, you’re off to a great start.”
As receivers of your communication, your audience will be fully engaged when you combine authority, energy and awareness to connect with them. According to Weiss, “The world’s most authentic, engaging and trustworthy communicators are acutely aware of these qualities and use them to their advantage in every situation.”
For more information about Speakeasy, or to register for any of Speakeasy’s upcoming communication programs, please visit www.speakeasyinc.com.
About Speakeasy, Inc.
For almost 40 years, Speakeasy has defined and pioneered executive communication. The growing and dynamic practice helps the global Fortune 500 impact markets by developing more powerful and strategic communication. Speakeasy instructors help executives discover, and better use, their unique communication capabilities. The Speakeasy team travels the globe for clients like Accenture, Coca-Cola, and Ernst & Young, and also works out of exclusive executive learning environments in San Francisco, New York, and Atlanta. Find out more at http://www.SpeakeasyInc.com.