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I believe our understanding and teaching of communication skills has got stuck in ‘high context’ land. We talk about presentations, public speeches and interviews and how to be excellent at any of these. We rarely discuss the communication skills which are common to all. I believe this has been the case since Dale Carnegie and his public speaking seminars in 1914.
Speech Intelligence is the difference between confusing or artificial speech and clear, natural connection with others as often as possible. Just as a starter, where do you think you’re at on this? And try not to distinguish between home and professional circumstances. As hint, “I nailed that presentation” is not where I’m coming from. Stop reading if that’s the style of advice you’re after.
Good communication learning frameworks are realistic. Formal speech making is something that may have been necessary in the past, when the perception of authority was often enough to compel the crowds to ‘go with their leader’. Yet I believe today’s audiences are more receptive to the agile, authentic communicator as the genuine leader.
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