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7 Ways to Sound Smarter at Networking Events


Have you ever come across a person or heard someone speak and you thought that he or she was a very smart speaker? All around us, there are smart speakers and dumb speakers. The latter doesn’t always mean that the person is literally dumb or stupid. It is just that the way they speak doesn’t induce confidence. It doesn’t interest the audience and thus what he or she speaks gets ignored. Everyone aspires to become a smarter speaker but only a few people manage to succeed. Here are some speaking habits that can help you to become a smarter speaker.

1) Your presence has a significant bearing on whether or not you are considered a smart speaker.
Unless you can impress others with your presence, your words would fall on deaf ears. Let us imagine a group of five people talking about a particular topic. One person in the group is standing upright, looking at everyone and speaking with confidence, making eye contact and stating facts or even his opinion in a convincing way. Another person stands leaning against the wall, speaks in a low voice and tries to convey his point. Even if that point is factual and possibly more enlightening than the paraphrases of the other speaker, the timid approach would undo it. Being physically confident has a significant impact on whether or not you are perceived as a smart speaker.

2) You must be knowledgeable in a given subject, topic or context to become a smart speaker.
Those who can bluff others and convey factually incorrect stuff or just makes things up and yet convinces people are tricksters and the audiences are gullible. We aren’t talking about magic shows or standup comic acts. When the audience is learned and it is serious business, knowledge is the foundation of smart speaking. You can appear dapper in a suit but that would only set you up. What shall carry you forward is the knowledge you have.

3) Emoting is very important.
A smart speaker is not that boring lecturer in college who knows more than the president of the country but just rests his arms on the desk and keeps talking without realizing if anyone is relating to what is being said. The tone of a speaker, how one pauses, interjects, expresses, modulates, changes his facial expressions and moves his posture are of great significance.

To become a smart speaker, be sure of what you say, speak clearly and convincingly but not forcefully, avoid irrelevant vocabulary and don’t engage in blabbering or ranting.

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