The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person’s assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.
Expertly employ Tumlin’s three musts for powerful and persuasive communication:
- Be still: Avoiding erratic movements while talking, whether in a meeting or on stage, will give the impression that you are calm and in command. Research suggests that we project influence and status on people who aren’t fidgeting when speaking.
- Be calm and prepared: It helps to do your homework before opening your mouth. Also, find your center with a breathing exercise or a few minutes of meditation to calm the inner storm. Few people go on stage for a public speaking engagement unprepared.
- Be yourself: The goal is to be yourself minus distractions, like fidgeting or bringing high octane emotionality. Don't try and act because everybody knows when you’re trying to be someone you’re not.