PRACTICE – INTERACTIVE EXERCISES
Exercise 1: Positive Visualization
This strategy is utilized by competitors before a race, they envision themselves winning and focus on this thought strongly. This gives them a psychological boost which converts into an actual one. You can utilize this procedure before a major show – envision standing on a platform in front of many people, imagine giving out a speech and the crowd looking connected with, envision wrapping up your speech and the crowd applauses.
Repeating this multiple times and immersing yourself in the occasion and the feelings will construct effective communication skills.
- Find a quiet place, sit down, and relax with your eyes closed.
- Think of an experience you had before that made you feel good. It can be anything from a personal accomplishment, a childhood memory, to a triumphant project at work.
- Imagine yourself back there and replicate the event with as much detail as you can, as if you are living the moment again.
- Hear the sounds, see the sights and feel the emotions.
- Repeat this a few times until you are absorbed in this event.
This is an amazing technique to do before a presentation as it will help you control your nerves and it will increase your confidence.
Exercise 2: Breathe deeply to communicate effectively
Each time you think, you breathe. Every time you talk, you breathe. The way that we breathe subconsciously, implies we frequently don’t think about it when talking. When we get nervous our breathing becomes shallow. Combine this with overlong sentences, which usually happens when speaking in public, and words begin to trail away at the end. Increasing your breath and filling your lungs when speaking is vital for building effective communication skills. It makes you sound powerful. Make sure to pause for emphasis, pause to take in a breath, and pause to permit your message to soak in.
- Stand with your back straight and put your hands on your stomach.
- Breathe deeply.
- Try to push your hands out as you breathe in by filling your ribs.
- As you breathe, on very breath be aware of the movement and expansion of the ribs