Every time you speak, you are using the 3 Language of Communication simultaneously. And in this order:
- Body Language
- Spoken Language
- Inner Language
Body language speaks first and loudest. The minute people look at you, even before you speak, they will judge you… and often they’ll do it in 5 to 7 seconds. They will like you or not, depending on things like posture, appearance and movement.
Then you speak. Your Spoken Language will either reinforce the first impression of Body Language or dispel it. Are you conversational, pausing strategically, using emphasis and telling stories? Or are you laboriously reading from a script, in a monotone?
The third language to kick in is Inner Language. You can’t see it or hear it, but it exists. Inner language is expressed through your energy, the tone of your voice, how authentic you appear and, most importantly, through your passion.
The more you believe in your topic and express it, the easier it will be to connect with your audience. Once you’ve made that connection, you can persuade, sell and lead them.
Be aware of all three languages of communication, and use them strategically to deliver your message.
At Podium we teach you strategy for Body, Spoken and Inner Languages. These will take you from fears to cheers in front of any audience.
Halina St James takes the worry out of presentations with her Present Like a Pro video training course. It’s available now from the Podium Coaching online store, together with her popular TalkitOut: From Fears to Cheers e-book and workbook.