5 Speaking Techniques All Leaders Should Know

By Andrew Howe

Updated Over a Week Ago

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Speaking techniques are an important part of being a leader. Being a leader also means motivating other people and generating enthusiasm in order to achieve goals. To become a leader, it is important to learn the art of communication, as it is a significant element of relationship-building.

Believe it or not, the percentage of people who suffer from speech anxiety is 74%. Obviously, some leaders have a fear of public speaking, but they do their best to overcome it. True leaders need to not only speak in public but how to grab their audience’s attention as well.

If being a true leader is right for you, you need to learn these five speaking techniques that all leaders should know and use:

1. Appeal to Your Audience

If you are a true leader, you know your audience’s needs and put them first. This means that you do your best to create an interesting and informative speech and don’t forget about an individual approach. For example, one of the best ways to succeed is to use people’s names when interacting with them.

Dale Carnegie once said, “Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

As you may already be aware, one speaking technique sociologists and psychologists claim is that an individual approach is the best way to grab your audience’s attention, so don’t hesitate to appeal to the audience.

Speech Audience Clapping

2.  Nonverbal Communication

If your speech is logical, savvy, and well-organized, that’s great. However, it is not enough to keep your audience focused. Communication consists of two parts, verbal and nonverbal elements. Obviously, your words matter, but nonverbal communication is important, too.

Elements of nonverbal communication

  • Appearance
  • Gestures
  • Emotions
  • Body positions
  • Eye contact

Don’t just focus on your speech; start practicing the speaking technique of nonverbal communication.

3. Add Actionable Examples

When it comes to an important topic, people crave actionable examples. It is always better to have multiple examples to prove your point of view. No matter what types of examples you have, whether personal stories, images, or best practices, you need to use the most relevant and actionable ones. If you want to deliver a good speech, add examples about which your audience feels confident.

4. Emphasize Key Moments

No matter how good a speaker you are, most people can’t stay focused for a whole speech. Thus, there are several ways to attract your audience’s attention and emphasize an important point:

5. Hook Your Audience

If you want to impact your audience, you need to provoke them to discuss your material even after your speech. Thus, you need to hook them in one of the following ways:

Leaders should have strong communication skills to persuade people and keep them interested. Of course, if you know your speaking techniques, that’s great. However, it is not enough to become a true leader.

You should keep on honing your speaking techniques skills. So, as soon as you’re ready to improve your leadership skills, you’re welcome to learn more about the Ultimate Leader Success online course.

What Speaking Techniques Should Leaders Know?

If you have ideas about speaking techniques that might be helpful to readers, share them in the comments section below. Thanks!

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Andrew Howe
Andrew Howe
Andrew Howe is a student who runs AdverbLess to help people improve their writing skills. Andrew dreams of becoming a true leader. Follow him on Google+ or contact via email: andrewhowe306@gmail.com
  • Thank you for sharing! I’m honored!

  • You are doing amazing work! Thanks for sharing your wonderful tips 👍. I just want to share my experience. I take Propranolol on an as-needed basis, so only when I have something like a presentation or public speaking. I used to get very shaky and sweaty hands, rapid heart beat, and very shaky voice. I now take 20mg of Propranolol 30 mins to an hour before the event and I am a-okay! It’s amazing. I got it from “STOPANX365” ❤️ (You can find this on *Google). Of course there is still mental anxiety, but it is not manifesting physically in the body, so I am much more confident. I don’t have the added anxiety of worrying that everyone can see how nervous I am.

  • Denis Mandela Otim says:

    There are about ten Principles of Leadership but these are some of the few and i think we should read and understand to make us know that we are Leaders for a purpose;
    Lead by Example.
    Seek and Accept Responsibility.
    Know your men and Promote their Welfare..
    Make sound and Timely decision.
    Keep your men informed of the mission, the changing situation and the overall pictures.
    Make sure your men know your intention then lead them to the accomplishment of the Mission.
    Train your men as a team and deploy them up to their capabilities.

  • is it proper to have little notes by your side when making public speech.or are to just memorize all that you want to say. thanks

  • I believe it is essential to share a story concerning the speaker for this will bring him closer to his audience. For instance share a critical incident relating to the topic under consideration. In any case share something which relates to you as a leader. This will give a sense of friendship and an impression of wanting to open up yourself to the audience.

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