Free Guide to High Income Skill #2: Speaking

Welcome to the second installment of our High Income series. Today we will be discussing verbal skills. Speaking is important and understaspeaking to do it is even more important. You should consider environment, audience, tonality, and the message. Once you have practiced constantly thinking through these things, it will become second nature and you will automatically prepare yourself without having to make a conscious effort.

The voice can be though of as a muscle. As many professional speakers have said, you have to work it out. You need to train your muscles and your voice so that you can master the art of speaking. By practicing, you'll be able able speak longer, louder, and more consistently. Some gurus suggest just recording yourself talking for a length of time and then watching it. This allows you to make adjustments to how you speak and keep track of your progress. The amount of time for each video is up to you. You can start with less and gradually add more time to each session until you reach an hour.

When considering your environment, think about your surroundings. Is it noisy or soft? Are you outdoors or in an enclosed area? If filming a video, try to get the best lighting for your desired product and avoid too much background noise. These are just a few examples of what to consider with environment. Another angle to look at with environment is your mental environment. Also known as, your audience.

With the audience in mind, think of the best way to relate to them. You would not speak to a group of young teenagers the same way you would speak to a room full of adults. Also consider their point of view to elicit the response you want from them. The audience should be a top priority when producing content. Giving them what they want is one of the best ways to grow a following. Yes, do what you want to do but give the audience the knowledge they want from you. It is your expertise and personality that draws them in so be sure to hold their attention.

Tonality is one way to hold their attention. This is how you can hold their attention, by applying the tone to what you are saying and how you want it to be portrayed. This portion of the skill comes with practice. Using inflection is imperative to delivering with the correct tonality. The cadence at which you speak also directly correlates to it. So, through practice and recording, you will learn how to manipulate both to deliver the correct tonality for whatever message you are trying to convey.

Now onto the message itself. This is the meat and potatoes of speaking. The aforementioned subset of skills enhance the message but the message is the most important part. A weak message will have little to none of the desired effect. This begs the question, how do you create a strong message? Well, having something to offer (i.e. knowledge, a service or product, or a new perspective, etc.) and a direction with a destination are key components to a captivating message. In other words, the story you tell (direction) and the end result (destination).

Combining all of this and spending some time practicing will help you develop this high income skill. It is a fairly simple process but can take time and patience to master. Once you gain that mastery, there is no looking back. So, strap in and get ready for the ride as you work towards becoming the best you that you can be.

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