Three Quick Hacks to be a More Polished Speaker
Are you an unpolished speaker?
Here's three quick hacks to take you from mediocre to great as a speaker that you can do tomorrow.
What you want to do is:
1. Get the right speed
2. Use pauses
3. Speak simply
The right speed is somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 to 180 words per minute, which is a natural speaking pace.
It gives your brain time to keep up with what you're saying so guess what you're not going to say all those filler words that make you sound unpolished.
The second piece is pausing.
Pausing is what gives our words more musicality.
It's what brings them to light but it's also what allows the Listener to take time and feel your message and think through it.
The third is simplicity.
Most people think when you're talking to very powerful people that you should use complicated language.
Here's what you should actually do instead:
You should be speaking as simple as possible.
These people respect simplicity.
Because simplicity means you understand what you're talking about.
Use that whole idea “explain it like I'm five” when you get into the biggest boardrooms, the biggest situations, talking to huge investors, power players in your industry.
Explain it like they’re five and when you nail that you're going to be able to speak their language and they're going to realize, “hey that person is just like me. I want to do business with them.”
Using the speed, pauses and simplicity makes people want to listen to you more and it makes you more polished and when you're more polished you sound more competent and when you're sounding more competent people tend to believe you a whole lot more.
A former trial lawyer and prosecutor in Dallas, TX, Robbie trains founders to become world-class storytellers and venture capital fundraisers.
In barely two years, he's helped founders raise $575,000,000 of venture capital