Using the right words to communicate is always a crucial factor and more so in business communication; whether one-on-one or when speaking to a large audience. A good speaker, an excellent conversationalist, or a presenter uses words that audiences can relate to. The words you use are often a reflection of your training, vocabulary, and skill. When the audience is average, a good communicator tends to speak using words that they can relate to. If the audiences are professionals, your words take on a higher notch, and when speaking to highly educated guests, you use highfalutin or technical terms. As you can see, being a good conversationalist or a speaker requires you to improve and expand your vocabulary.
In a nutshell, reading more and using the right words can improve your vocabulary and confidence, as opposed to simply relying on what you already know. For example, your signature word is helpful. There are many substitutes for the word helpful like supportive, caring, or even essential, or useful. Yes, some words may have different meanings, still, vocabulary building is essential in order to increase your confidence when speaking professionally.
Using the Right Words
While using the most effective words can enthrall your audience, using the most expressive words can allow the listeners to visualize your message more clearly and create a deeper connection and understanding. The most important thing is to get your message across to your audience in the most effective way. However, when in doubt, speak using ordinary words so that everybody can understand. Words are important, and how you use them in every conversation is a reflection of your confidence as well.
To develop an even stronger level of confidence, ask your friends for feedback. Asking for feedback is an important step towards becoming a more confident communicator. It allows you to improve on certain points like interjecting humor, your tone, how fast you talk, and even your body language. If you are unsatisfied, ask another friend or consider seeking the advice of a coach. The guidance of speaking coaches could deliver highly respectable results. But whichever route your choose, it is important to always cultivate an attitude of growth and learning.
Good conversationalists are prepared to engage on any topic. This is where becoming an avid reader will help your versatility. So read, and read some more, so you can engage confidently in conversations. If you don’t know the topic, sure you should just listen attentively and express your interest. However, it is a no-no to act like you know everything. There is always something new to learn and no one can know EVERYTHING; a good conversationalist knows a lot of things but knows when to listen too. While reading a book recently, the author wrote about the power of the “I already know that” response and how it is wise to listen and have another look at familiar information with an attitude of “I am hearing this again in a new way”. Therefore, don’t be too quick to say, “I already know that!”
Lastly, to become an effective conversationalist, increasing your knowledge base is vital; however, listen intently, so that you can comment or ask the right questions pertaining to the topic. As a woman business owner, learning how to effectively relate and communicate does not only reflect how confident you are but it will definitely help you win clients too.
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