Eloquence Body Language Awareness Week

Body language often has great impact in transmitting messages to the listener.

When your nonverbal signals match up with the words you’re saying, they increase trust, clarity, and rapport. When they don’t, they generate tension, mistrust, and confusion. If you want to become a better communicator, it is important to become more sensitive not only to the body language and nonverbal cues of others, but also to your own.

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Take our part in our Eloquence Academy Body Language Awareness Week. 

Take notice of the people around you and be conscious of your own expression. Observe the following in your environment:

  • Voice  Clarity & Intonation
  • Facial Expressions 
  • Posture & Proximity 
  • Gestures 
  • Eye Contact 
  • Touch

    Follow us on social media as we share more tips and fascinating stories on non-verbal communication this week.

How To Be Confident: Do Not Be A Robot.

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When you sign up for training from a public speaking coach you would expect tips and guidelines on how to be a great speaker. You would expect to be told what to do and how to be in order to deliver presentations “correctly”. The Internet is filled with the usual public speaking tips coaches teach.

Go ahead and Google it. The right postures, the gestures, and the structures all there on the wonderful world wide web. 

It is like putting people into a factory line, putting a new coat of shiny ‘speaker qualities’ on them and expecting them to be successful confident speaker robots.  No doubt the training does improve some people out there but we feel in most cases, it is mostly just a facade. Of course you still need the basic rules but too much instructions and guidelines just stress individuals out. It dulls their personalities which is what we think the main ingredient of a good speaker is.

Eloquence Academy includes tips and skills training as a foundation but after showing students the basics, we focus on them exploring their personality and individual talents to add more favour to their communication styles in everyday interactions. We encourage our students every step of the way in fun drama role-plays and game activities, all with the aim to develop their self-confidence first.

We do not want robots reading scripts on stage, we want diverse and interesting personalities to take the stage and tell their stories. 

Eloquence Academy & Teaching For A Good Cause

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
[Chinese proverb]

Earlier this week, our senior coach Laychi Low headed to Cambodia to assist in training young Cambodian volunteers with the Ambassadors for Christ Programme. 
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Volunteers received training in English & Drama to sharpen their communication skills.
The short course aimed to assist young Cambodian teachers to develop themselves before moving forward to teaching young students in different schools across Cambodia.

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Eloquence Academy encourages and supports community development through self exploration in public speaking and communication skills.

If you would like to work with us or find out more feel free to reach out to us.

Public Speaking & Everyday Life

MicPublic speaking is defined by Oxford University Press as “the action or practice of addressing public gatherings; the making of speeches.”

Public speaking usually brings images of professional settings or formal gatherings, when people think of public speaking they think of a stage with a large audience. If you had no stage or audience to deal with would you still need public speaking skills?

Here at Eloquence Academy we say YES you definitely need to work on your public speaking skills even when you aren’t faced with an auditorium full of people. Although communicating to a crowd is a big part of public speaking, it is not the sole use of the skill.
Wherever you stand should be thought of as your stage and whoever you speak to should be thought of your audience even if it was just one person.

Let’s talk examples. Jenny was a young adult I met, she had never needed to host an event or give a motivational speech to stadium full of people so she never practiced or worked on her public speaking skills. She solely relied on her social skills with her peers. Like most young adults in Malaysia & around the world, we think chatting with friends is all the skill we need. However friendly she was, she still did poorly when presenting her thoughts in class and never stood out in conversations at gatherings. Interviews were particularly tough for her, as she could not make eye contact or deliver her message well. Her lack of confidence came from her dismissal of opportunities to cultivate it and help her grow.

Eventually she started practicing the elements of delivering messages to listeners, first with one friend and then to bigger groups. Eventually she was used to communicating, her confidence built up and she was able to present in any situation fluently and gave respectable impression to the people she met.

Public Speaking is a combination of communication, presentation, entertainment & people skills, therefore practicing it in your daily interactions will serve beneficial to individuals. It is definitely more than just standing on stage.

Keep Improving!

With Love,
Eloquence Academy

 

 

FEAR Fighter Course to be in March 2016

If you think you need help to overcome FEAR in Public Speaking n become more confident in your ability to speak out…. come n join us at Eloquence Academy for our next FEAR Fighter Course which begins in March, 2016.

Click in to http://www.eloquenceAcademy.com for course details n request of Registration form at eloquence.academy@gmail.com

Happy Blessed New Year

6 basic tips for better online security, from TED speaker James Lyne

An example of hot topics to consider

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In today’s talk, Lyne talks cybercrime, revealing some of the new methods that hackers and malicious code writers are using to grab our data. And he shows how we accidentally share that data — without even realizing it. [ted_talkteaser id=1820]For example, did you know that most smartphones embed GPS data in the photos we take? He asks, “As we play with these shiny new toys, how much are we trading off convenience for privacy and security?”

We asked Lyne, a cybersecurity specialist with SophosLabs, to share some simple tips to greatly improve your computer security. Below, here’s what he had to say:

Security is becoming a very complex topic with many different actors and issues — the recent NSA revelations adding to the pile of discussion. But an astonishing number of cybercrime attacks still play on some basic — and preventable — failures to protect personal data.

If…

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How to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking?

 

This post is by Davis Nguyen, a former national public speaking champion. 

“You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.” -John Ford

I did not always enjoy public speaking. In fact, during my first presentation I froze up and was asked to take a seat. I made it a goal from that day that I would be a better public speaking. After hundreds of hours of reading, attending lessons, and practicing, I became a better speaker and even won a few awards and honors along the way.

I often get asked, “Is there a way for me to be a better speaker without having to spend so many hours practicing? I just want to give one speech.”

It is a honest question.

If you are like most people, you’ll have to give a speech at some point (or multiple points) in your life.

If you are like most people, you’re afraid to death of a thought of giving a presentation.

And if you are like most people, you don’t have countless hours each week to join an organization like Toastmasters or to practice your public speaking skills.

While I do encourage joining an organization like Toastmasters or another training program if public speaking is something you do on a regular or almost daily basis, for most people being asked to speak even once a week is rare.

If you are one of these people, you don’t want to spend 10,000 hours or even twenty hours practicing. You can still deliver a killer and memorable speech. You just need to know how to overcome the doubt you have and learn some simple techniques for effortlessly crafting a presentation.

4 Mental & Physical Hacks

Before you can give a killer speech, you have to be prepared to speak and this involves learning to overcome your fear of public speaking. Overcoming your fear of public speaking is done both mentally and physically.

1. Come prepared

Before your presentation, make sure you know what you will be talking about and that you have everything ready. Being prepared means knowing who your audience is, remembering your message, arriving early to setup and bringing everything you need with you. Make a list before you leave the house if you have to. When you know you have everything, you won’t stress out about missing something.

2. Remember the audience

Your audience is there for a reason. If you are being asked to speak, the audience wants to hear and learn from you. No one takes away part of their day, makes the time to travel to where your talk is, and spends money to get there just to hope that the speaker messes up. The audience wants you to succeed. If you need a reminder, keep saying to yourself, “They want me to succeed, so they can succeed.”

3. Breathe

Breathing will calm you down before you speak. Practice breathing before your name is called to speak.

4. Stand Up Straight

Stand up straight as you present. You will project your confidence, help with your own breathing, and allow your voice to project better.

These four things will help you overcome your fear of public speaking. Now with your actual presentation, follow these three steps.

3 Steps to Great Public Speaking

1. Have a structure

Having a structure you can always rely on will save you time when you have to craft a presentation. When I am rushed for time, I like to use this simple structure:

A) Story: I begin with a story since stories helps the audience relate to who I am, grabs their attention, and is easy for me to dive into because it is my story after all.

B) Point of the Story: After telling my story, I talk about why I chose to tell that story. My main points of the presentation.

C) Call to Action: Finally I have a call to action. If I just gave a training presentation, my call to action is for my students to implement what they just learned. If it is a motivational talk for them to leave the room feeling inspired.

2. Make it a Conversation

The easiest way to give a memorable talk is to make it conversational. If you look at the most popular TED Talks like Susan Cain’s Power of Introverts or Ken Robinson’s How Schools Kill Creativity, you’ll notice they were all personal and had plenty of stories to tell.

If you keep your presentation personal, as if you were talking to a friend, you will build a better connection with your audience, lower your own nervousness, and leave more people satisfied.

3. Ask for Feedback

After you finish with your presentation ask for feedback. What did you do right? What you could have done better?

Next time you speak, take one of those pieces of feedback into consideration and use it to improve your talk. That way, each time you speak you are getting better.

Now I’d love to hear what you think.

What has been the best advice you have received about becoming a better public speaker?