- Be clear and keep a steady pace. Avoid speaking too quickly by taking deep, calming breaths before and during the meeting to remind your body that there is no need to stress.
- Use a structure in your explanations – introduction, middle, conclusion (during which you summarise what you covered and include your call to action.)
- Keep it simple – Don’t use jargon.
- Get to the point – no tangents, as you can quickly lose someone’s interest.
- Use visual aids if it is a complex issue (whiteboard/paper) – help the other person understand what you are trying to say.
- Use body language and vocal variety by changing the tone/pitch of your voice throughout the conversation – show your passion – inspire them.
- Stephen Covey suggests that “We seek to understand, then to be understood!” so get those listening ears on!
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