The Blarney Stone is a historical stone, or actually part of the
Blarney Castle in Ireland where it was believed that kissing the
stone can grant you the gift of gab. Yeah, it seems strange in this
day and age, but who are we to question tradition? It's not like I'm
saying that Santa Claus doesn't exist (OOPS!).
There is so much to know about conversation that anyone, even I,
could ever realize. You can go though watching talk shows; radio
programs; clubs dedicated to public speaking; ordinary
conversations; certain rules still apply when it comes to
interaction through words. It may sound tedious, I know, but even
though it's your mouth that's doing the work, your brain works twice
as hard to churn out a lot of things you know. So what better way to
start learning to be an effective communication is to know the very
person closest to you: yourself.
1. What you know.
Education is all about learning the basics, but to be an effective
speaker is to practice what you've learned. My stint as guest at
every Toastmasters' meeting I go to taught me that we all have our
limitations, but that doesn't mean we can't learn to keep up and
share what we know.
It's just as important as asking questions. Sometimes listening to
the sound of our own voice can teach us to be a little bit confident
with ourselves and to say the things we believe in with conviction.
We all make mistakes, and sometimes we tend to slur our words,
stutter, and probably mispronounce certain words even though we know
what it means, but rarely use it only to impress listeners. So in a
group, don't be afraid to ask if you're saying the right word
properly and if they're unsure about it then make a joke out of it.
I promise you it'll make everyone laugh and you can get away with it
4. Eye Contact
There's a lot to say when it comes to directing your attention to
your audience with an eye-catching gaze. It's important that you
keep your focus when talking to a large group in a meeting or a
gathering, even though he or she may be gorgeous.
5. Kidding around
A little bit of humor can do wonders to lift the tension, or worse
boredom when making your speech. That way, you'll get the attention
of the majority of the crowd and they'll feel that you're just as
approachable, and as human to those who listen.
6. Be like the rest of them
Interaction is all about mingling with other people. You'll get a
lot of ideas, as well as knowing what people make them as they are.