BM English Speaking – A professional English Communication Training Institute with 10 years of expertise and a track record of training over a lakh of professionals, students and housewives has launched a Online Course in Spoken English via Skype.
There are many advantages of Online Courses. Some of them are: A learner can attend sessions at his / her convenience of time and place. This saves a lot of time. Also a learner can get connected to the best trainer in a distant place, maybe another country, without travelling.
Be Prepared Being prepared is by far the most important element. It demands you to spend major hours on preparation and rehearsal. This will help you to get an accurate picture of how you speak.
Give yourself to the audience Use personal examples and stories in your speech. Make sure that your stories help to emphasize or support your point. The stories must match your message. Use examples from your professional and personal life to make your point. In either case, be willing to give yourself to your audience by sharing some of your bit with them.
Stay Relaxed To stay relaxed, you should be prepared. Also focus on your message and not the audience. Make usage of gestures, including walking patterns. Practice the opening of your speech and plan exactly how you will say it. The audience will judge you in the first 30 seconds, they see you.
Add Natural Humour Use natural humour by poking fun at yourself and something you said or did. Do not try to be a stand up comedian. Be sure of not to make fun of anyone in the audience. People will laugh at you, when you make fun of yourself but do not overdo it.
Plan your Body and Hand Positions During the practice of your speech, look for occasions where you can use a gesture. Pick three positions, one on the center stage, one on your right and one on your left. Maintain eye contact with the audience.
Pay attention to all details Make sure you have the right location; you know how to get where you are speaking. Ask how large an audience, you will be speaking to. Arrive early, so you can check out where you will be speaking and make any last minute changes.
Maintain your anxiety- Most of the nervous symptoms you experience before a presentation are exactly the same as those you feel when excited. If we call it Energy or Excitement, its Good, but if call it Anxiety, its Bad. Tell yourself that you are excited about the opportunity to speak in front of the group. This is because, the excitement is mush more manageable and positive emotion than anxiety. Use this excitement to energize you and help you communicate your enthusiasm to your audience.
Never Apologize, Confess or make Excuses When you apologize, confess or make excuses at any time during your presentation, you are saying to your audience- Do Not expect a lot from me today, I will disappoint you.
Give the audience all the enthusiasm you want back You cannot expect your audience to be enthusiastic about a product or a program, if you are yourself not excited about it. The audience will have about as much excitement as you do and no more Enthusiasm is very catchy, most audiences will match your level of enthusiasm.
Get the audience involved in your presentation According to a survey, an average attention span of an individual is nine seconds. With so much fading in and out, it makes sense that the audience remembers major part of what you are trying to convey. Your goal is to transform the audience from Passive Listeners to Active Listeners.
It is very important that you pay attention to even the smallest details. You can never over plan. The person, who fails to plan, is actually planning for a failure.
As a presenter, you always want to know your audience. When presenting to hundreds of audience members at a large event, you must be very well prepared with the basic idea.
Best Summary Each participant must prepare a summary of the main points at the end of a presentation. Teams of participants switch their summaries and select the best summary out of all.
Brain Storming The presenter can conduct a brainstorming session on open-ended questions contributing his or her ideas when appropriate.
Concept Analysis The presenter can ask series of questions related to a concept. Building on participants responses, presenter explores the critical features and types of the concept.
Debrief A brief and powerful experiential activity is followed by a debriefing discussion to elicit and share useful insights.
Essence The audience can write several summaries of the presentation, repeatedly reducing its length. Thus, giving them a better understanding.
Glossary The presenter identifies a key term related to the training topic. The audience can make teams and come up with the definition of the term the presenter collects these definitions, inserts the correct definition among them and plays a dictionary type guessing game.
Intelligent Interruptions Presenter can stop the presentation at random levels and selects a participant. The participant asks a question, makes a comment or challenges a statement as a way of demonstrating that he or she has been intelligently processing the presentation.
Item List The participants or audience review a list of items in the hand out and select a few that can then clarify these items.
Multilevel Coaching Presenter can train a small group of participants and test them to make sure that they have acquired the skill. These participants can then become coaches and train the others.
Question Cards After the presentation, ask teams of participants to write 20 short answer questions based on the content. Collect all questions shuffle the cards and conduct a quiz- program.
In this way, interaction will ensure that all the persons/ participants/ audiences have understood the message that is sent. This will also be more likely to respond favorably to the message if it appears reasonable and fair to the receiver.
Fluency Development It is observed that repeated reading as the key strategy for improving students' fluency skills (NICHD, 2000). Repeated reading has two essential elements:
Giving participants the opportunity to read and then re-read the same text and
Having participants practice their reading orally with an opportunity to receive corrections.
Research has also determined that having students read aloud along with a model of well-paced, expressive reading and receiving specific feedback through systematic progress monitoring also helps improve participant’s fluency skills.
Knowing the meaning of a word is useful, but knowing how to use it in context is vital. Words aren't used in isolation and will often form part of an expression or fixed set of words. Speaking English fluently is not just about making corporate presentations and giving long speeches. It is about expressing your views on the most mundane of things. The ability to make small talk is very important in business and social conversations. Topics for casual conversation could include the weather, sports, current affairs, arts, hobbies, travel, etc. Read up on your area of interest and try framing sentences expressing your opinions. Talk about it with someone close to you so you can check for grammatical accuracy.
Fluency is the ability to read most words in context quickly and accurately.
Fluent readers recognize words automatically when reading silently.
Fluent readers read with expression when reading aloud.
Thus, fluency plays a crucial role in all the sectors at the personal as well as professional. Other essentials for encouraging voluntary reading include a plentiful library of books. For gaining fluency, quantity is more important than quality.
Maintaining a relaxed posture while walking or during a meeting- Relaxed posture indicates you are comfortable in your surrounding and not under stress. Even if you are in stress while working, when you reduce the appearance of stress, those around you will feel comfortable and have more faith in your abilities.
Mannerisms- Mannerisms like fidgeting, moving around while talking, breaking Eye Contact can be seen as a distractive to those around you. These mannerisms can make you appear anxious, unprepared even if you are not. Mannerisms can be controlled by making note of when they occur and consider ways to alter them. Many times, mannerisms are just old habits that need to be broken.
Controlling Facial Expressions- Learning how to control your facial expressions can help you become more successful in the workplace Change your facial expression by practicing in the mirror. Find an expression that is relaxed and calm and make an attempt to wear it as often as possible around others.
Body language plays a key role in helping an individual to form quick impressions. Through body language, a person can convey a host of feelings without actually speaking a single word. The body language really can reinforce or contradict verbal messages because a person’s body discloses true feelings.
Action speaks louder than words are an indicator that body language is the literal translation to this statement. The ability to understand body language is powerful tools that will help us connects with others, express what we really mean and build relationships.
Language trainers need to be very particular and precise. They should be well accepted and understood by the audience. They should themselves be well equipped with the product knowledge and should have the quality of being quick and correct decision makers. The lives of the trainees should be inspired by the trainers. The trainers should give them a clear vision of where their efforts will take them in future. The trainer should make the trainees feel the importance of the language.
Motivator: The trainer should act as a motivator. He should time and again motivate his audience. Motivation should come not only by narrating inspirational stories but also by giving them personal impact to which they can easily relate.
Trainers should act like “trainers” and not “teachers”. Most of them forget that their lies a difference between trainers and teachers. Teachers are the ones who have the knowledge and want people to know exactly what they know. For the trainers, the game is completely different. Trainers are the guides, who help in exploiting the potential of their audiences and create a spark in them. Sessions with the trainers should always have something that the trainee can take home.
Excellent Presenter: The trainer by default is expected to present his or her own self in a very genuine and decent manner. He should imbibe all the qualities that an orator (good speaker) should possess.
Eye Contact: eye Contact is one of the ruling factors to excel in the art of presentation. In order to get the attention at the first go.
Expressions: The trainer should be very expressive while delivering speeches The vocal chord of the trainer needs to be very supportive.
Confidence: Trainer is expected to be a complete idol of confidence. Confidence is expected to be at its brim.
Energetic and Enthusiastic: The energy level of the trainer needs to be at its peak. He should just give away all the positive energies to the audiences and create a different atmosphere altogether.
Clarity: Immense clarity is expected from the trainer. If the trainer is not clear, it is considered a “crime” in his profession and not a mistake.
The trainer should be cut above the edge and should help the audience in improving themselves. The audiences should feel that he is from a different world altogether.
Good hygiene forms an imperative (extremely important) part of our routine life. Most of the people associate frequent hand washes as a sign of good hygiene habits. However, hygiene is not limited to keeping your hands clean. It involves many more habits that are essential for a better self presentation.
Hygiene habits are of utmost importance when it comes to careers and workplace. Good Hygiene habits amongst the corporate Men and Women signify a sense of personal care.
Develop Corporate Hygiene Habits
Bad Breath should be a complete No-No. You should ensure that you indulge in serious oral hygiene as at work you will have to speak and communicate with colleagues and if you suffer from bad breath, others are going to have a tough time. It will instantly amplify (reflect) your lack of hygiene habits and personal care.
Body Odor works as an enemy. When it comes to corporate hygiene, most people complain on how their peers stink due to body odor. If you do not want to be the person about whom they are talking then you need to change your Hygiene Habits.
Wear Washed and Ironed Clothes
Another important component of Corporate Hygiene is to wear washed and ironed clothes. An unwashed dress or shirt might stink due to prior wear. Crinkles on your clothes create a bad impression. Clean, ironed and fresh clothes exhibit your Good Hygiene Habits.
No Smelly Feet
Your feet should not be smelly. They should be clean especially for women, who wear open shoes at times. Make sure you invite good footwear that do not cause bad odor.
Avoid Chewing, Spitting and Littering in Office premises
Along with personal hygiene, one needs to ensure that the office premises are clean as well. Make sure the desks are dust and clatter free. Indulge in good sanitary habits.
These are some of the basic Corporate Hygiene that one must posses. It helps to personify a better character and Personality. Confidence, Adequate usage of English Language and Right Attitude is a good combination and BM assures you that these elements will help you stand out of the crowd and make a difference.
Given below are some tips which can help in improving productivity:
Planning: Generally people prepare a plan for the day in the morning. But it is advisable that you plan your next day’s work in advance before going to bed the previous night. This gives you an edge. It saves a lot of time. You can also do the more important tasks first rather than wasting time on doing the less important ones.
Upgrading: Many people know, it helps to sharpen your axe from time to time. Keep upgrading yourself in every possible way. It is necessary that day by day we improve ourselves to increase productivity.
Time Management: Proper time management improves your productivity. Therefore prioritize your work and do not waste your previous time in non-productive activities. Giving value to your time adds value to your work.
Learn From Mistakes: Be quick to learn from mistakes and do not repeat them. Carelessness and ignorance can lead to wastage of previous time and can keep you busy with no productivity.
Attain Balance: Live a life of balance. There are seven important areas in our life. For long lasting and true success, devote equal time to your health, family, wealth, intellect, society, spiritualism and religion. Have a holistic approach.
Be Neat: De clutter your work station. It does save a lot of time!
Be Organized: File important papers separately and be meticulous. Waste papers should be discarded in the bin. All this saves energy which can be used to produce more work.
Be Result-Oriented: Spend your time only in qualitative work whether it is in your personal life or professional life.
Sleep: Though it is the simplest, it is also very important that you get enough sleep and rest during the dry. Never compromise on sleep because in the long run it can affect your productivity drastically. Sleep deprivation can cause lack of enthusiasm.
Relax: Learn to relax and rejuvenate yourself. Take a break from time to time, especially the meal break is very important. Never compromise on that. People, who feel that skipping their meals to do some work is a great idea, often feel exhausted very soon. Therefore do not commit their blunder. You definitely need proper meals to recharge your batteries.
Thus planning and organizing your work enables you to get better results and in the end leaves you satisfied. This way you don’t feel stressed and you can enjoy a peaceful sleep.
Positive thinkers are always upbeat. They find happiness in whatever they do. As a result negative energies do not affect them. Those who have a positive state of mind usually prove motivating to others in society. They love to see their near and dear ones prosper.
Positive thinkers are the ones who have understood very early in life that problems are a part of life and it is better to focus on the solution. They never cringe about a situation. Instead they go through the struggle without complaining and always remain hopeful that something good will come out of the difficult situations.
7 WAYS TO BE POSITIVE:
At first, you need to make a choice. Once you make a choice about changing your attitude for the good, then there’s no looking back. Your determination can help you in being a positive thinker.
Many great positive thinkers have quoted about attitude. One can read those quotes and get inspired. There are many books and tapes available in the market on ATTITUDE DEVELOPMENT. One can also attend Personality Development workshops for the same.
A sure-shot way to feel good and positive is to help others in their growth. Your success lies in their success.
Knowledge grows with sharing. So never keep it to yourself. Go ahead and share your knowledge with others. It gives immense satisfaction to see others grow due to your sharing knowledge with them.
Writing your goals also helps us to focus on the positive things on life.
Staying with Negative thinkers can have a bad influence on us. Therefore one must avoid such company.
People who think Positive are always welcome wherever they go. They are respected by others. You can count on such people in time of distress. Positive thinkers always stand by you, providing moral support. Even if you have a negative attitude, you can surely change it to a positive one with your determination. Finally, remember that EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR THE BEST.
Listening is an art in which we must fully participate with our body, mind and soul. Like any other skill you can learn to listen. Speaking less and listening more is the quality which people find desirable.
Tips for Effective Listening: Hearing only means that you are aware of the sounds made by other person. Listening means that you only hear the sounds but also clearly understand the meaning of what is said.
Five basic tips to be a good listener:
Pay Attention: You must respect others than only you will pay attention to what they have to say. Look directly at others without being distracted, looking at your watch or speaking on your cell phone.
Do not Interrupt: No one like to be interrupted while speaking. Allowing the speaker to complete what he has to say will show that you are interested in it.
Do not let your mind Wander: If you are thinking of something else when the speaker is speaking you are nearly hearing but not listening.
Clarify: Requesting a speaker to clarify demonstrates your interest in what he is saying. It also helps to clearly understand the subject and remember the points made.
Do not jump to Conclusion: Nothing is more disturbing a speaker than someone leaping to conclusion before he has completed his speech.
Stress is Relative: The identical situation may or may not be stressful to different persons. Though two persons may be working in the same organization, under the same boss, with identical designations, one may feel stressed while the other may actual enjoy his job. Stress if therefore relative. Similarly, there is no one uniform solution to stress. It will differ from person to person depending upon the nature and qualities of that person. Lots of things cause stress at work. Deadlines, competition and friction at work lead to anger, anxiety and sadness but the stress level is never constant but keeps varying.
Stress Management: To cope with stress and may be get rid of it, you first need to understand the cause of stress.
Neglect stress at your peril. Tackle it, lead on by finding out what causes you stress.
If you can identify what causes you stress may be you can avoid such a situation the next time.
Impersonally analyze the effect of stress upon your physical & mental state.
Ask yourself whether you can avoid situations and circumstances which trigger stress?
If stress simply cannot be avoided, ask yourself, whether you can limit the period you are exposed to stress?
One way to reduce stress is simply to take a break when you are stressed. Stretch your legs. Go for a walk. Take a vacation.
Stress Management techniques should effectively put you on top of situations which you previously feared or were anxious about.
Understand that it is simply impossible to please everyone in life. So do not doubt yourself at the first sign of disapproved or criticism.
You can reduce stress by refusing to treat every matter as urgent or critical.
Stress is a good servant but a bad master. Do not allow stress to dominate you. Think of ways in which you can harness stress to get things done.
If you are stressed you tend to become emotional. It also works the other way round. If you can control emotions or find a safe outlet (like exercise, for example) you can control stress.
When stressed your heart beat start racing in readiness to cope with the threat. Bring it down through deep breathing.
Monitor your physical parameters with regular check-ups by our doctor and keep blood pressure under control to ensure that your body doesn’t take a beating.
But remember that addiction to medicines as a way to control stress can actually lead to more stress.
Natural and common sense ways of controlling stress are best.
Exercises which are good for the heart are also good for relieving stress.
If you have your weight under control, it is likely that you have stress under control.
Give yourself the 8 hours or whatever you require to really feel rested. Sleep like a child and you can deal much better with stress at work.
It is almost impossible not to be confused & stressed while taking critical decisions. It requires both bravery and stamina for the decision maker to decide in the first place and then shoulder the responsibility decision. No wonder such persons are welcome in most organizations. Such a person must be positive & cool in dealing with the uncertainties surrounding decision making. No decision maker can be right all the time but he must certainly have the ability to take a gusty call.
Why is decision making so difficult?Critical decisions cannot be changed later and consequences both good & bad arise. One bad call will result in condemnation of the decision maker which is why such decisions are critical. In this case of a critical decision the entire focus is on the decision-maker. In case he makes a wrong decision he will never be allowed to forget all his life.
Critical decisions can make you famous or dubbed a fool. Fear of failure is what puts great pressure on decision-maker leading to uncertainty and consequent mental distress.
8 Easy steps to decision making:-
A decision is something like the toss of the coin. One must be prepared for either heads or tails. But one must always back one’s decision. Have the right mental frame.
Having assessed the situation to the best of the ability take your decision in positive spirit and chances are likely that you will succeed.
There is no way that you can be 100% right in every decision you make. The simple solution is to openly accept when you are wrong and go on with your life.
Procrastination is the greatest enemy of decision making. It is worse than a failure due to bad decision and can destroy your reputation.
You may depend on your own knowledge and experience or you may ask those you may trust. But remember when you finally take the decision, the buck stops with you.
Remember large decisions are frightening because they are complex. If you take the decision one step at a time what is complex may now become simple.
One simple trick to decision making is to list them and dispose them according to priority.
If the same technique or the same logic applies to all decision making it would be wonderful. But each decision comes with its own baggage and requires a different template for its solution.
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