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In this February's issue of Toastmasters, Tara Sophia Mohr presents seven “pitfalls” commonly observed in women’s communication. These pitfalls can undermine the confidence and impact of your words. We tell you how to break those habits.

In this February's issue of Toastmasters, Tara Sophia Mohr presents seven “pitfalls” commonly observed in women’s communication. These pitfalls can undermine the confidence and impact of your words. We tell you how to break those habits.

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  1. 1. TRADE TIPS: LOVE IT BUT LEAVE IT By Nicole Hayes
  2. 2. • Similar to relationships gone bad, you may have habits that hinder your growth • Some bad habits and relationships are hard to break but I’ll suggest this: LEAVE IT
  3. 3. In February’s issue of Toastmasters, the publication for Toastmasters International, Tara Sophia Mohr presents seven “pitfalls” commonly observed in women’s communication.
  4. 4. These pitfalls can undermine the confidence and impact of our words.
  5. 5. 1. DROP THE JUST • Example: “Just checking,” “I’m just wondering,” or “I just think” • Problem: The word “just” demeans what you have to say. It shrinks your power.
  6. 6. 2. DROP “ACTUALLY” • Example: “I actually have a question” • Problem: Using the word “actually” communicates a sense of surprise to others that you “actually” have something to say. You’re an intelligent woman — of COURSE you have something important to say! • Solution: Eliminate this and other verbal garbage (ex: “just”) that can sabotage your speaking impact.
  7. 7. 3. DON’T TELL US WHY YOUR WORDS MAY BE WRONG • Example: “I haven’t done much research,” or “you’ve clearly done this longer than me but…” • Problem: These phrases reduce the power of your voice. • Solution: Present your information and allow for feedback and discussion, even if people disagree with your information.
  8. 8. 4. DON’T SAY “I’LL ONLY TAKE A MINUTE” • Problem: With this notice, people will watch the clock and hope you hurry up. They’ll focus on your time taken rather than your message. • Solution: Instead say, “I’m here to tell you about our idea.” Let the clock tick. • You can still be mindful not to abuse someone’s time in the process of sharing, and you may only take a minute.
  9. 9. 5. DON’T MAKE YOUR SENTENCES SOUND LIKE QUESTIONS • How does this happen? By having a raised pitch at the end of your statement. • Solution: Say your statement flat and with certainty.
  10. 10. 6. DON’T SUBSTITUTE A QUESTION FOR A STATEMENT • Example: “What about having the event on Tuesday instead of Thursday?” • Problem: Doing this gives less weight to what may be a good idea you’re presenting. • Solution: Simply present your idea and don’t couch it as a question.
  11. 11. 7. PUNCTUATE AND PAUSE • Ever heard a long presentation from someone and you wonder if they’ll take a breath? •They may be nervous and want to quickly hurl their information for fear of being shut down by others’ interjections. • Solution: Pause. Use shorter sentences as it makes you sound calm, confident and in control. • For example, “Hi. My name is (blank). Today, I’ll share with you three ways to improve your communication. My three points are…”
  12. 12. So ladies, you may have loved the habit, but leave it. Make these changes one at a time. We applaud you in your growth — it looks good on you, so work it!
  13. 13. This presentation was originally published on our Voice Matters Blog. To learn more about McKinney & Associates, visit www.mckpr.com McKinney & Associates was founded in 1990 with a commitment to social justice that has prevailed for more than 20 years. From the beginning, McKinney passionately and skillfully practiced Public Relations with a Conscience for local, national and international organizations involved in public policy and social advocacy. The firm has grown strategically, adding practice areas, maturity and a strategic core to meet the needs of clients. @McKPR facebook.com/McKPR youtube.com/McKinneyPR

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