Once people come aboard Independent Core Strategies, we teach them a wide range of professional skills. Along with marketing strategies and networking techniques, we put special focus on public speaking acumen. Vincent, our firm’s President, explained, “Public speaking is something you will be doing for the rest of your life, so we want to build confidence in that area however possible.”
One of the first things we remind our team members is that there’s no substitute for practice. Before any Independent Core Strategies speech, we go over our remarks as many times as we can. We also use a range of techniques to rehearse our presentations, including using colleagues as audience member stand-ins. The feedback we receive from our teammates helps us home in on the perfect phrasing and body language.
We also emphasize storytelling in our public speaking training. Even if it’s just a brief anecdote at the beginning of a speech, sharing something personal and relevant with listeners is a great way to quickly build rapport. We’ve found that a relatable story is an especially effective tool for connecting with audiences. The more approachable we are as people, the more likely our listeners will be to retain the key points of our speeches.
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