Your professional success is often based on your ability to present clearly, powerfully, and authentically. Whether you are a business owner promoting your brand, corporate professional enrolling others in an idea, or forwarding a cause, speaking takes know how.
When you think about it, speaking opportunities happen in a variety of places. They happen in person and online. They happen in:
-Podcasts/radio, or TV
These are all opportunities to connect with others. But how do you promote your brand, forward a cause, or enroll others in a product, service, or idea with ease and grace?
The Art of Asking Questions
Asking questions is a powerful tool for unlocking potential, discovering personal barriers, and uncovering opportunities. Far too, often, however, leaders go into telling mode. Yet, when you learn the art of asking questions, you can:
-Build rapport and trust
-Uncover hidden barriers
During a recent speaking engagement, I asked thought-provoking questions from my book Me, Myself, and Why? The Secrets to Navigating Change. These questions were posed so attendees could discover for themselves what might be in the way of accomplishing their goals.
One of my clients shared her deep discovery of what held her back from moving forward on her goals. She got to the source of what held her back. She developed a whole new level of freedom around her actions. No amount of prescriptive advice could have tapped into that personal discovery simply by asking a question.
When questions are utilized in ways that are focused on the other person, as opposed to forcing an outcome, it’s amazing what new possibilities or breakthroughs develop. More importantly, when you ask questions, you engaged your audience.
During your next speaking opportunity, instead of giving prescriptive advice, what question could you ask that would have your audience tap into their own personal discoveries?
If you are inspired to develop your strategy around your speaking opportunities, clarify your messaging, and elevating your speaking skills, I invite you to the Speaker Lab.
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