As an entrepreneur, you are to have many different opportunities to showcase your business and to grab the attention of investors, clients and business partners. Improving your conversational skills is one of the most important steps that you should take before you go to your next networking event. Having good conversations is important part of being memorable. If you want to make great impression and to stand out from the crowd, you should know how to communicate with your interlocutors, so they will actually listen to what you say.
When you pitch investors you will not only go out there and speak for a few minutes thinking that your job is done. The important part begins when the investors start engaging you into a conversation, when they start asking questions, the answers of which may determine the future of your startup.
To help you improve your public speaking and listening skills, here you can find three of the most memorable and impactful TED Talks on the subject. Enjoy!
Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen?
Have you ever felt like you are talking, but nobody is listening? In his TED Talk, Julian Treasure introduces the seven speaking habits that can turn you into a terrible speaker. But he also introduces four ways that can help a person make their speech more powerful and memorable.
Celeste Headlee: 10 ways to have better conversations
In her TED Talk, Celeste Headlee talks about the importance of having good conversational skills and highlights ten essential elements that can make every conversation more fulfilling experience. According to her the main ingredients of great conversations are honesty, brevity, clarity, and a healthy amount of listening.
Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better
Another talk from Julian Treasure is taking us to a different level of analyzing the way we converse. Nowadays, people are all so busy and work under so much stress and pressure, so often they forget to sit back and just listen to what others have to say. If you have conversations, in which you are not fully listening to what the people have to say, you are very likely to miss important points, which can lead to confusion and misunderstanding. Don’t let this ruin your next pitch – make sure that you listen well before you answer a question, make sure that you listen well before you make a decision and take an important step.