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I was recently asked if what I do involves just giving my clients some clear tips, tricks or tools to become a better communicator. On reflection, I realised that I have never really done “tips and tricks” which can deal with the symptoms but not the cause of the problem. I have always been interested in seeing the communication issue as part of the whole person – the fears that hold that individual back, the challenges they face and the dreams they aspire to achieve.
This holistic approach has helped me identify areas that prevent someone being the best they can be. I believe that we all have the capacity to be powerful speakers if we are plugged into our vision and are clear about our message. However, it is very often our habits, doubts and mindsets that get in the way.
I am always curious to know what creates that fear of public speaking for someone, the challenges when presenting, the lack of confidence when pitching or putting ideas firmly across or the desire to hide oneself behind a soft or aggressive voice? What is it that stops someone powerfully influencing, asserting themselves or strongly leading others?
I am always keen to help others understand how their conditioned patterns and limiting belief structures affect their thoughts and behaviour - how the fear of being judged, evaluated or seen as a fraud can strongly hold them back.
I look at how a person’s mindset plays a part in their physical posture - resulting in slouching, fidgeting or having little to no eye contact with the others ... how this mindset affects their voices so they have little connection with their unique resonance, clarity of sound and the power to reach and affect change in others ... ultimately how it all contributes to the confidence levels, inner calm and peace within each person.
Here are 5 areas that can help you connect with your mind, body and self:
1) Develop a positive mindset, self-awareness and strong self–belief.
2) Connect to the full length and width of your body. Stand tall and inhabit your space with confidence.
3) Speak not just from your head but more importantly from your heart with passion, truth and authenticity.
4) Allow your voice to vibrate through the whole of your being and express the fullness of who you are.
5) Ensure you have a clear vision, story and structure to your message.
These five core areas of communication are what enables me to help my clients get in touch with what stops them from stepping into their power and becoming strong, dynamic and impactful speakers.
In my mind, there is no question that good communication stems from working with the whole person. This is not a quick fix but a holistic approach that enables each person to become conscious of his/her issues, work through them and put into practice essential exercises that over time become embodied in his or her own communication style. The results are long lasting, rewarding and very empowering.