The focus is your work. It's the message. What do you want them to know? You've got to sit down and say to yourself not 'how am I doing?' but instead, 'What do I want them to know?' And then you create your speech based on what's the best way to tell them …. Them, them, them… And guess whom you forget all about?
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 20, 2009
On Total Picture Radio, Sonya Hamlin, best-selling author of "How To Talk So People Listen: Connecting in Today's Workplace" reveals how to connect with an audience of one - to ten thousand, with credibility and authority. The secret? "First, it's all about your audience. It's not about you.
"Are you seen as a leader? An effective and memorable go-to person? Do people pay attention when you talk? Are you seen as a main player at meetings? Do you have the ability to persuade others to take action?" These are the first questions communications expert Sonya Hamlin asks.
More than ever before, one's job, success, and ability to motivate and inspire others is essential. According to New York City based communications consultant Sonya Hamlin, "The hardest thing for many senior executives to do is to come through as a person, to dare to become personal and real. However, that is the fastest way to gain the respect, trust, and motivation so desperately needed today."
Through a far-ranging interview on the Leadership Channel of Total Picture Radio, (a popular career and leadership development podcast), Sonya Hamlin provides expert advice on how to be heard in today's hyper-competitive Twittering, tech talking, multitasking business environment. "If you find yourself thinking, 'When I talk, I'm not getting my message across and others really don't pay attention', analyze how you're communicating, because you're not making a connection." Hamlin continued, "Speeches are about talking, and other people hearing. Written speech has big sentences, but spoken speech is short sentences. Your energy, your voice, your phrasing, your eye contact, your body language is continuing to tell the story, it isn't just words."
Hamlin brings a unique set of skills and experiences to her seminars, Fortune 500 clients and executives she consults with: Help with presentation skills, media training and one-on-one meeting skills top the list of most sought-after services.
Communication strategies to help bridge the gap between generations in the workplace was one focus of the interview. Peter Clayton, producer/host of Total Picture Radio asked Hamlin, "Sonya, in all generations, many executives are between uncomfortable to terrified giving a presentation to a large audience, or even a small group of managers, or in a job interview. How do you help clients overcome these fears to become more confident and polished when giving presentations or speeches?" Hamlin responded, "Research has been done over a 30-year period asking people every year, 'What gives you the greatest anxiety? What scares you the most?' Number one has always been, giving a speech. And the issue is this: your focus when giving a speech, that makes everybody so scared is on yourself… well, guess what you're really trying to do? You're trying to talk to them. It's all about your message and what you want to give them. It's not about you. Shifting the focus changes your anxiety level into energy for your real work and what you're actually trying to accomplish."
Hamlin explains in the podcast how to get over stage fright: "The focus is your work. It's the message. What do you want them to know? You've got to sit down and say to yourself not 'how am I doing?' but instead, 'What do I want them to know?' And then you create your speech based on what's the best way to tell them …. Them, them, them… And guess whom you forget all about?" Hamlin asks, "You."
Sonya Hamlin's feature page on Total Picture Radio, How to Talk So People Listen. Connecting in Today's Stressed-Out Workplace includes a complete transcript of the podcast, biography, and resource links.
About Sonya Hamlin: Ms. Hamlin, a two time Emmy Award winning TV Host and Filmmaker, is a nationally recognized communications expert both verbal and visual, who was just inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. She conducts seminars worldwide and consults privately with CEOs and senior executives in many corporations, among them American Express, Bayer Corp., Bristol Myers-Squibb, Citigroup, CIGNA, DuPont, Ernst & Young, IBM, Monsanto, MTV, Nickelodeon, Sony, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the U.S. Government. Her latest book on business communication in the 21st century - How to Talk so People Listen: Connecting in Today's Workplace is a bestseller and sold in nine foreign countries. In addition to her corporate communications practice, she consults on courtroom communication and strategy and appears regularly on TV as communications expert. Her Web site is http://www.sonyahamlin.com