Most of you must have thought of changing your job or profession because you don’t get paid up to your expectations or need. But have you ever thought of growing in your same job or profession by working and improving yourself? This can be done by introspecting and finding the skills you are lacking in. These are the few skills that you may lack and can cause you to remain behind the ones who are as qualified as you are but earning more.

We say, “Communication is the key“. And it is true as it can be used as a tool to express your vision. Communication can be classified as verbal, nor verbal and visual. Communicating efficiently to your clients, superior officials, or colleagues while presenting them your ideas and views leaves a god impression. This will not only help you in making your point but you can convince others easily.

Here are a few forms of communication that we generally see in the workplaces:

● Interviews: In an interview, your communication plays a vital role. Presenting your views, knowledge regarding the company, expressing yourself, your vision, goals, etc. is essential. The employer always looks for a candidate with good communication skills along with technical skills. Strong oral communication is the key to nail your interviews.

● Presentation: This communication we generally see in board meetings while we deliver reports, share data of the company, or present a new project. Presenting your ideas, your vision for the project in a more convincing way is necessary. Most of the time, it is your presentation which decides whether the Investors or clients are
convinced or not. Improving your presentation skills will also help you out from the fear of public speaking. Oral communication and self-confidence help a lot in delivering a flawless presentation.

● Group Projects: Sometimes, you need to work on a project as a team. Your ability to strategize in a group depends on how effectively you communicate in that group. Understanding others’ perspectives and presenting your views and strategies to the group are the key factors that make a group project exceptional. So, you also need to be a good listener for understanding the ideas of your fellow mates.

● Writing: Writing is a skill that most of us overlook while preparing ourselves for being a professional person. You don’t need to be a professional writer but you must know how to write solid content. At some point in time, you will require writing for the company being it mails or reports. Not regularly, but occasionally you will require
the art of writing.

● Management: Your management skills speak a lot about your personality and the way of working. Being a good manager, who can manage group projects and lead the team will boost your personality and reputation among your colleagues and superior officials respectively.

Work on these communication skills and make your professional career more progressive. We at Cross Skills help you to identify your skill strength and minimize the gap between you and your dream job. These skills will help you gain a respectable position in your profession and eventually, you will be earning up to your potential.

The Enemy to your Will to Speak in Public…

For a term that goes as back as the humankind itself, it is pitiful that almost half of the earth population is either unaware of public speaking as a skill or intimidated of the same. Over the years, public speaking has played a major role in education, government, and business. Words have the power to inform, persuade, educate, and even entertain. Along with this power, comes the power to persuade, sway crowds in your favor, to motivate employees and students alike. The art of public speaking has been given a greater place than writing, which is because, when you deliver something, face to face, you are often able to judge the crowd’s zest, the parts where they were more interested, the parts where it didn’t matter and adjust or tune your words accordingly. I’d say that if the written word is where you decide and conclude arguments, the speaking part is where you win those arguments!

Now you may think that however good all this may sound, public speaking is just not you cup of tea. This may be coming from an old experience or the fear of new territory, but the truth is that it is basically a skill, which, can be learnt and conquered by anyone. Yes, there’ll be some of us with a headstart, but can you name a field where this isn’t a case!

So, basically, public speaking constitutes of four parts listed below…

  1. Researching the topic or the agenda well enough,
  2. Writing down the final speech, not a draft, but a paper you may be able to present, if required,
  3. Practicing the flow, pronunciation before the actual speech,
  4. And giving the speech, of course!

Many of us have come across speaking aids in corporates or in our student lives, these generally include powerpoint presentations, distributed brochures/pamphlets. Now, it is very important for you to customize the speech according to these aids, to utilize them to the fullest and maintain audience interest. Platforms like Tedtalks and pechakucha are amazing examples and learning models on how to engage people through your speeches.

Following are some tips that may be really helpful to master the art of public speaking:-

  • Know your audience: the occasion and the type of listeners will help you connect to the audience better.
  • Find your own style: notes, pointers , entire speech, know how much you need to see the pages and what kinda event it is.
  • Take every opportunity to speak: what better than to make it a habbit.
  • Take your time: take your time to set the stage, to check the technicalities, to get to the main point.
  • Use humor and emotion: try to really connect with the audience let them empathize with you presenting in front of a crowd.
  • Look for feedback: try taking in feedback, i.e. during the speech, looking at your audience, or from people you are comfortable with.

The enemy to your will to speak in public, is purely, commitment-oriented.