Today on friendly persuation lets talk about Persuasive Speaking
Whether you are talking with friends, co-workers or in front of a large crowd
you always want to speak with authority. If you believe in what you are
saying then others will believe in you too.
Use the correct type of language for the situation and always be clear and
respectful. Don’t ever insult or blame others either. Always stay
professional and do not let any type of feedback upset you. Sometimes this
can be difficult but you must resist the temptation to start arguing or
becoming forceful with anyone.
This can be seen in this quote by Charles L. Karrass:
“In business, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.”
If you want to study persuasive speaking then you should study a good
speaker. You will want to notice how they use body language to
communicate to their audience.
The following are some great tips you can use when speaking with the aim
of persuading your audience.
1. If you are speaking while standing you always want to stand with your
feet about shoulder width apart. Concentrate of having your feet
planted solidly into the ground and actually try to feel as though your
feet are buried under the surface.
2. If you must walk or move while speaking then do so with a purpose.
Walk the length of the stage and direct your focus to the audience. It
can help to have visual aids that you walk to in order to point things
out to your listeners.
3. When it comes to gestures you don’t want to over gesture. Moving
your hands about like crazy often implies that you are feeling
nervous. Remember your goal is to come across confident and
strong. Try to gesture with strong movements and only when it adds
to the conversation or presentation.
4. Don’t forget about making use of facial expressions if you look blank
and just stare at everyone you won’t convey your message to the
audience as well. Allow your emotions and passions to shine through.
5. If you are speaking to someone while sitting sit in an upright position
and don’t lean or slouch against the back of the chair. Your best
position is to lean slightly forwards and maintain a good posture. This
will immediately make you look like an authority figure.
6. Do not for any reason sit and talk with your arms folded or with your
hands clasped together. Any type of locked position signals a barrier
to your audience. Remember you can still gesture while sitting down
and you should do so when appropriate.
7. Even when you are talking to someone on the phone or via a webinar
you want to ensure that you are using gestures and expressions.
People on the other end of the phone can tell how you are feeling just
by the tone of your voice.
8. You may find it easier to be passionate about your topic by wearing
headphones. This way you can gesture and improve your voice by
adding intensity. Don’t forget to ask questions as this will help you
stay connected with your audience and involve them in the
So far we have focused on body language while you are doing the talking.
You also want to get into the habit of noticing the body language of your
Watch to see how the audience is responding to you, are they laughing or
clapping their hands or just sitting there expressionless? If you notice your
listeners starting to fidget or start checking their cell phones then you know
they are not paying attention to you.
When you see this happen you need to change your presentation. It is
possible that you have talked for too long or that you haven’t asked them
any questions. People love to give feedback so give them the opportunity
to do so.
To present a persuasive speech or presentation you always want to include
great content this can be both verbal and non verbal. Always stay in tune
with your audience and don’t forget to include interaction with them or
change up the pace of the presentation as necessary. Use facial
expressions and gestures and don’t be afraid to let your passion come
through. People love to listen to someone who is passionate about
something and this often invites lots of interaction and applause.