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Communication: Get the “Wow” Factor!
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Get Inspired

Business today is more challenging than ever before. Inspiration is what we need to be better at what we do. I just attended a business expo in NYC and was able to listen to some inspiring business authors.

Frances Cole Jones was a dynamic speaker who wrote “The Wow Factor.” Her focus is on developing effective communication skills. The things that she spoke about may also be helpful to you.

An audience will assess you when you speak: verbally, vocally and visually. We all know this when we hear any speaker, we judge them and have our first impressions. Here are a few interesting facts that Frances mentions:

  • 7% is verbal, what you say and how you say it.
  • 38% is vocal, tone, quality and enthusiasm.
  • 55% is visual, what your body is doing.
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Three Tips

  1. Never use a podium as your body is much more interesting and memorable for an audience. Keep your hands open and visible, never fold your arms or fold your hands. Studies have shown that people trust you more when they can see your hands.
  2. Include stories when speaking as stories are more compelling and memorable when a point is being made.
  3. Remember the rule of three. People can only remember three things, so when making a point use only three examples.

I would recommend this book as it has so many more things that will help you in today’s business world, www.thewowfactor-thebook.com.

Julie BranderBusiness Mentor, SCORE New Haven
Julie has been a SCORE volunteer since 1997. She has 20 years of experience in business, starting a manufacturing, wholesale and retail jewelry company. After selling her business, she dedicated herself to helping other entrepreneurs start and expand their business.
www.scorenewhaven.com | @juliebrander | More from Julie

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