3 Tips for Effective Business Communication

May 14, 2013 by  

In business we need to impart beneficial information to our listeners….in order to do that we must use our voice to persuade and influence. That means paying close attention to the quality, warmth, tone and volume.

Here are 3 tips to remember:

1. Your voice is the agent of intention and expression. When combined with your facial expression sends more of the message than the words themselves and both must match and reinforce the verbal explanation. So use it your best advantage.
2. In order to do that, one must be able to create a calm and pleasant sound…that occurs with proper breathing techniques. A fullness of sound comes from belly or diaphragmatic breathing, which softens the voice making it sound soft, calm, and confident. Conversely, shallow breathing causes a thin, harsh sound which makes you seem hurried which can tire your audience.
3. To keep your audience engaged and comfortable you must appear and sound relaxed…your voice reflects your state of mind and the audience will hear that in your voice. If you are tense, nervous, distracted or anxious you will make the listeners feel that way; which will make it difficult for them to focus on your message.

Practice your presentation, get feedback, record it…this will help you to know how you will be received.

Your voice is your most valuable tool in any presentation…it must be honed, rehearsed, tuned, and strong.

Make sure your emotional investment is positive, energetic, confident, warm and responsive….it will pay huge dividends!

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