I have enjoyed talking to my former colleague at Toastmasters, a dear friend of mine and someone I admire very much: Charmaine Burke, an expert in communication and leadership.
Her business, ' Art of Communicating - the Power of You', enables her clients to communicate who they are and how they are influencing and impacting the world.
She explains that everything we do in life requires us to communicate better, be it in relationships, in business or as a manager and leader.
Charmaine formed a business around the confidence of communicating authentic power to be comfortable around public speaking, expressing ourselves, conveying our message.
We are discussing the importance of leadership and confidence, especially in today’s times, where we are hungry for inspiring leaders with empowering messages.
Charmaine talks about the feelings, thoughts, actions and beliefs around confidence.
She gives examples of confidence stances, mindfulness and how to make a speech punchy, relevant, have an intriguing hook to start with and a memorable close.
We are learning how important it is to make a speech relevant to the audience to deserve their full attention, make it clear what we are talking about, who we are, our credibility to stand there and inform, entertain, inspire or engage someone.
Charmaine clarifies how important it is to answer possible questions, before they are asked, to tell people how long a speech will be, and to summarize the content of the message at the end.
The podcast ended up being more of a conversation that flows evenly between Charmaine and myself, but I am sure you will glimpse many gems for your next speaking engagement.