Irritating Mannerisms Can Cost Speakers Business Opportunities, Find the Edge Expert Says

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A communications expert has used an article published on Find the Edge today to identify some of the most irritating mannerisms speakers tend to exhibit, and to explain why they can be so damaging.

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Poor speaking skills can have a hugely detrimental effect on your business results

Irritating habits when presenting can alienate an audience, and prevent speakers from getting their messages across, Cath Daley has said in a new Find the Edge article.

She uses a post on the business site to identify the top ten irritating habits that she says can genuinely affect the prospects of speakers winning new business, and gaining a positive reputation in their field.

She said: 'If you’re in business, it’s a simple fact that you need to be able to present well. If you irritate people when talking, it’ll cost you.

'There are certain mannerisms that really annoy people, and can stop them from listening and engaging in what you’re saying with their full attention.

'If you are irritated or switched off when listening to a speaker, are you likely to do business with that person or recommend them to someone else? Poor speaking skills can have a hugely detrimental effect on your business results.'

Among the top ten she identifies are speakers who fiddle with items in their pockets, those who simply read out their presentation slides verbatim, and those who speak with bizarre stresses in their delivery.

She also highlights excessive movement on stage as a distraction to the message speakers are trying to get across.

She said: 'I just want to shout, “Stand still!” You can’t see them properly because of the light from the screen, and you can’t read the text on the screen either, because they’re in the way. It drives me nuts.

'It's also really annoying when they talk to screen not the audience. It’s as if they don’t know what they are talking about.

'If they need to see the slide, why not use the laptop in front as an autocue instead?'

The article can be viewed in full here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/sales-marketing/sales/are-these-the-10-most-irritating-mannerisms-of-speakers.

Cath Daley is a communications expert and prolific contributor to Find the Edge. She works with clients across the business spectrum to help them improve their presenting skills and the impact they make when on stage. More about her can be found here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/expert-panelist/cath-daley.

Kenny Goodman, founder of Find the Edge, said: "This is another useful post from Cath, which highlights some of the subconscious habits that almost every speaker will be guilty of at some point.

"The smallest details really can make a big difference when presenting, so it's important for speakers to hone their techniques."

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