The Accidental Communicator

How Can Introverts Become Better Speakers?

An episode of The Accidental Communicator

By Jim Anderson
Creating and delivering speeches that connect with an audience and cause change to happen is not luck, it’s a science. Nobody knows more about the science of public speaking than Dr. Jim Anderson.

“I don’t embrace speakers who give me excuses about why their speeches don’t work, I embrace solutions.”

Over the last 25 years, Dr. Anderson has transformed failing public speakers worldwide. Dr. Anderson will turn these ineffective talkers into powerful communicators.

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How Speakers Can Boost Their Vocal Power
When you give your next speech, how do you think that your audience will  be judging you? It turns out that, not unsurprisingly, a big part of  how your audience will be judging you is going to be based on how your voice sounds to them.  You may not be aware of it, but as humans, we are wired to have our emotions, memories, and in some cases even thoughts automatically triggered when we hear someone else’s voice.  What this means for you as a speaker is that you are going to want to  make sure that your audience likes listening to your voice so that they  can experience the importance of public speaking.  How can you go about  making this happen? 
March 19, 2019
Positioning Your Message So People Say Yes
Before we look at some strategies to help you position your message  for a favorable response, I encourage you to first look inside yourself.  How do you approach asking? Are you an asker or a guesser? Let’s talk  about both.  Some people are fine with asking questions without regard for the  outcome. In other words, they’re fine with asking anything at all and  are readily willing to accept no. Other people fall into the guesser  category. Those in this category avoid making “the ask” without being  pretty certain the answer will be yes. People in this category will  often put out feelers to better predict the outcome. These people often  ease into the ask, or don’t even have to make it at all. By edging  closer and closer to the desired outcome, their audience will often be  persuaded through this strategic, indirect approach to persuading.   Let’s explore three ways of positioning...
March 12, 2019
Do You Know What Your Speaker Blind Spot Is?
So here’s an interesting question for you: could you drive your car if  it didn’t have any mirrors. I’m thinking that the answer would be yes,  but boy-o-boy would we all be nervous as we first backed up, and then  headed off down the road. We’d have no idea what was behind us or what  might be passing us on either side.  Driving would turn into a bit of a  nightmare. Now we all do have mirrors on our cars and that’s a good  thing. However, it turns out that those mirrors are not perfect – we can still have blind spots where things (cars, people, bikes, etc.) can exist and we can’t see them. This can be a big deal.  Is it possible that when we are giving a speech we may also have blind spots that we don’t know about? 
March 5, 2019
The Stage Is Your Friend
As speakers, we really don’t have all that many tools that we can work  with to show the importance of public speaking when we are delivering a  speech to an audience. Sure we have our voice and some body language, but is there anything else that we can use to give some impact to our speech?  It turns out that the answer is yes: the stage that we are standing on. All too often, speakers don’t fully understand how to make the best use of this wonderful tool. It’s there to help you to transform your speech into a spellbinding presentation. 
February 26, 2019
How Can Introverts Become Better Speakers?
So if you had to classify yourself, which camp would you place yourself in: introvert  or extravert?  If you have placed yourself in the introvert camp, then  understanding the importance of public speaking and becoming an  effective public speaker is going to be that much harder for you to do.   However, the good news is that if you can understand the challenges that  you’ll be facing as an introvert, then you can take steps to overcome  them and become a world-class public speaker. 
February 19, 2019
Speakers Who Want To Be Funny Need To Learn How To Twist Their Words
So can we take just a moment and talk about being funny? It sure seems  like some speakers have no problem getting their audience to laugh. They  take the stage, they open their mouth, and almost instantly everyone is  giggling and laughing. Then there are the rest of us.  Clearly they understand the importance of public speaking. Look, I like to laugh just as much as the next person; however, getting other people to laugh has always been a bit of a challenge for me.  What to say? When to say it? How to say it?  Well, it turns out that  there is a fairly simple way to get people to laugh – you just have to  know how to twist your words. 
February 19, 2019
Speakers Need To Give A Speech, Not Have A Conversation
When you stand up in front of an audience to give a speech, something  happens to you. You are transformed from just another person who happens  to be in the room into the person that everyone is going to be  listening to.  What’s interesting about this transformation is that it has to have an impact on your voice also.  However, sometimes when I’m listening to a speaker I’ll realize that  they didn’t transform their voice and it’s impacting the speech that  they are giving.  Do you change your voice when you give a speech? 
February 12, 2019
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