What do most of the best and worst ideas have in common? They are worthless if you cannot communicate them effectively.
From the many mediums of communication, perhaps the most influential when it comes to moving people to action is through a persuasive speech. That is because while logic might convince brains, emotions is what moves bodies to action, and emotions are strongly conveyed by looking someone in the eye and communicating a message using your body movements and unique voice.
For these reasons, public speaking is a tool that the best influencers of any era have relied on, and continue to do so today. This post is about how to confidently approach and deliver a public speech or presentation so that you can effectively deliver your message, while enjoying the process and allowing your audience to do the same.
The premise is simple: in life, you will have to negotiate.
Be it as part of a relationship, at work, school, sports team, or as member of an organization, if you interact with people you will negotiate. Unfortunately, negotiations often make us uncomfortable. They carry a reputation of being about the steps to make a deal in a zero-sum game. That is wrong. Negotiations are about relationships. Long term relationships in particular, and when done right result in win-win scenarios. If to you that sounds counter-intuitive, you currently probably feel uncomfortable before, during, or after a negotiation.
This post is about how to prepare for negotiations and how to act during them so that you feel confident and comfortable. Some of the content will seem like common sense to you, and it should. Systematizing such common sense is the difficult part, and that is what this post will show you how to do.