9 Tips to Help You Speak With Impact

By Sandy Lawrence on August 1, 2017 in Communication

You have the floor and the opportunity to communicate your ideas.   You want to make a difference, to be taken seriously, to command attention.   Whether giving a speech, talking at a meeting, or having a private conversation with your boss or a possible joint venture partner, you want to use the right words.  You also want to make sure you are saying the words the right way so they have the most impact.


Speak with Impact

To deliver a message that will be strong, but not overpowering, you will need to choose your words and inflections carefully. Learn how to speak with impact.

Speaking Tips

As a speaker for many years, I have learned a few important tips I would love to share with you.

  1. Use the word “YOU” often. The You/I ratio should be 3 to 1.

  2. Don’t talk down, demean or belittle your listeners. (Let me phrase this differently so you can understand….)

  3. Don’t plant a negative thought before expressing your ideas. (“You might not like my idea, but….)

  4. Don’t diminish your role. (“I’m not an expert, but….)

  5. State your ideas one time, make it concise and direct. Don’t rehash and repeat.

  6. Use positive language. (I would enjoy working with you on that project, instead of I don’t mind working with you.)

  7. Avoid passive voice. Say, “we decided” instead of  “a decision was made.”

  8. Speak loud enough for everyone to hear.

  9. Speak with a calm firm voice.

BONUS TIP:  Have faith in your own ideas.  If you don’t believe in them, it will be almost impossible to convince someone else to support them.  Another post you might find helpful, 5 Tips to Sell Yourself.

Implement these tips and in a short time, you will notice a difference in how people respond to you when speaking.  YOU can speak with impact and make a difference.


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