LEADERSHIP: It's not what you say, it's how you say it! Speaking the Talamantez Karate Way

Kids Karate in San Antonio - Talamantez Karate

Many of our kiddos go through life unsure of how to interact with others. It requires that you come out of your shell and be confident with yourself. Some kids are just "born with it" and succeed in public speaking and actively seek conversation. Not many of us are that way though, even as adults. We get comfortable with our friends and whatever is in our "bubble". However, if we never learn to step out of that bubble, we never learn anything about ourselves. As parents, it is our job to give our children the best start in life ,and it starts with something as simple as learning to introduce yourself. 

Leaders should master the art of the word. Speaking with confidence takes a built up amount of charisma and skill. Those speech classes you took only take you so far; experience is everything. So how do we build ourselves up to face the crowd in everyday life and in a professional one? We get out of our box. Confidence begins with the first step and also acknowledging that we need to work on our speaking skills. Here are things you should be working on when building up your conversation and speaking skills:

Eye-Contact: In America, eye contact is imperative to be taken seriously. That goes with saying, don't lock on your target and look at them without blinking (because now you're just crazy). Be sure to look away once in awhile so you don't make the person you are talking to uncomfortable.

Good Breathing: Don't be afraid to take breaths. Use a breath as a natural pause to your conversation. For large crowds speak from the diaphragm in such a way that the sound of your voice is almost startling to you. If you don't surprise yourself the first few times you do it, then you aren't doing it correctly. Speak from the diaphragm even when you don't need to be loud. This causes your voice to be lower and people tend to relax around deeper voices than higher ones. Unless your audience is filled with small children and babies then remain at that happy, helium, bubbly pitch!

Take pauses instead of the dreadful "ums": The key to not stuttering is to simply take a break from speaking and breathe. Formidable speakers are almost never guilty of stuttering or saying "um" excessively because when they feel as though they are about to "um" they simply stop speaking and take a breath in. These natural pauses also allow for your audience to quickly reflect on what you are speaking about. Plus, I personally think it makes you look smarter in conversations since it appears that you are contemplating instead of having a brain fart. 

These are just a few pointers. Make your kids start small by teaching them to greet others and introduce themselves. Make them order their own meal so the waiter can hear. Make them open doors for elders and say the greeting of the day. Your kids might hate it, but they will thank you later. 



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