How to communicate better at work – Part 1: Preparing

(light, upbeat music) – No matter what field you work in, you need to be able to present yourself and your ideas clearly, whether it’s in a meeting, at
an event, or in an interview. Even if you do this all the time, you do still have to prepare, and here are some of the things
that I like to think about. Do spend some time deciding
what you’re going to wear. It’ll help you to feel confident. But it’s also important that how you look doesn’t distract from
what you have to say. I like to wear black colors. I think it’s the simplest choice and it works against a
variety of backgrounds. Do try to find out if you’ll
be sitting or standing because that can influence
choices about things like shoes. Do think about your posture, whether you’re sitting or standing. I naturally tend to slump, particularly when I’m sitting down, and I always have to remind
myself to sit up straight. What are you going to do with your hands? If you’re someone like me who
speaks a lot with your hands, develop a neutral default position with your hands together. That’ll stop it becoming too distracting while you’re speaking. If you’re bringing notes, condense them into a
series of bullet points. That avoids you shuffling paper or flicking through an iPad screen looking for a piece of information. If you’ve done that, you’ll probably find that you don’t need your notes, but it can be comforting
to have them there. I like to write down and highlight any figures that I might want to use because that’s the sort of information you want to have at your fingertips. If you’re using slides, remember that people can read
the information on the slide at the same time as listening
to what you have to say, so try to adapt your script so that you’re complementing
the information that you’re giving on the slides and that leaves you more space to be able to highlight any key points. I hope you find these tips helpful. Good luck.

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