Understanding how and why we communicate is another essential step in learning how to become a strong public speaker. We interact with people every day yet most of us don’t truly process the messages we are putting out there – we tend to rush in and out of conversations without realizing what we comprehend. Learning the basic concepts of communication will give you the skills to improve your presentation framework and become a better listener.
The building blocks of communication
Effective communication takes a creator, a message and a receiver. The creator’s job is to have an idea or concept to be communicated, but its true responsibility is to craft a clear and concise message. The receiver’s job is to provide their full attention and actively comprehend what is being said.
Though it’s not all that simple, communication can get complicated and messages can be misconstrued. Different audiences have different communication barriers – understanding the following obstacles to make sure your message passes from creator to receiver is the ultimate goal.
Audience barriers to consider:
Take extra care to see what may be standing in the way of a clear communication path. Your persona, language and body language all impact the transmission of your message. Your experience and comfort levels with public speaking will also have an impact on your delivery – while you want to perceive a positive message, your nervousness may confuse your audience because of your negative body language.
Similar to the creator, a receiver has a personal background, beliefs and experiences that affect how the message is received. Knowing your audience and crafting your message to best suit them is going to make your message execution a success.
Another important factor in good communication is learning styles. The best presentations incorporate all learning preferences such as auditory, visual and tactile. Visual audiences are stimulated by photographs and dimensional models. Auditory learners are attuned to tone, pitch, volume, vocal variety and the use of pauses. And tactile experts need to touch a prop or participate in some sort of activity. Never assume an audiences learning style, incorporating them all gives your presentation a better understanding and greater depth.
A simple, concise and coherent message is one that integrates all elements by neutralizing personal biases, using an appropriate communication medium and by catering to the receiver’s needs. It may seem like a lot to execute but by controlling as many aspects to your performance as you can the greater success and clarity your audience will take away.