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Rapport- What to Customize

Rapport- What to Customize?

Go to the trouble of learning about the audience in any presentation..  Make six or seven references geared to your audience.  That makes you, the speaker, an insider and lets the audience know you took the trouble of learning about them.

Make comments – humorous statements, praise, or just simple observations – about the people you’re speaking to, the organization’s history, local businesses, local news, events, or customs.


How To Be a Great Conversationalist

English Communication: How To Be a Great Conversationalist


Conversation establishes rapport and connects us to our colleagues, clients, co-workers, friends, and family. Confidence in conversation makes you better in your work relationships and personal relationships.

Susan RoAne made a survey of what she called, “ConverSensations”, people who enjoy conversation and are very good at it. Seventy-five percent of those people reported that either they were shy or had been shy.

Simple truth is there are barriers in every person to satisfying conversation.

How did 75% of Susan RoAne’s ConverSensations who considered themselves shy work through their discomfort?

One way was focusing on others. First you can melt the ice by focusing on the event. Then reveal a bit of information about yourself. Remember, everyone has childhoods, hobbies or interests. Many have children, have taken trips or vacations. These are rich topics.

Also these people worked through their discomfort by acting like the host. They made sure everyone was at ease, introduced and felt welcome.

Sharing a sincere compliment can begin or contribute to a conversation. People love hearing that something about them is appreciated, valued, or noticed.

Good conversationalists have plenty of outside interests to talk about. They may play football/soccer, love movies, traveling or listening to pop or classical music. Good conversationalists can talk about what they don’t do in order to engage someone in conversation who does! The fun is that the focus is on the other person.

Be sure to watch our English Speech Tips videos and Accent Reduction Tip videos  for more English pronunciation and accent reduction exercises.

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Should You Accept an Invitation to Speak??

Should You Accept an Invitation to Speak?

(Of course, if your boss asks you to give a speech, do it!)

  • Do you have the time in your schedule?

o   You need time to get to and from the event and answer questions

  • Do you have time to prepare?

o   You want to prepare a speech you are proud of and satisfies the expectations of your audience

o   Preparing  a 30-minute speech can take hours, days, weeks or months depending on who you are speaking to and how important the speech is,

Deal with the present and look towards the future. Now that we enter times of hybrid working, virtual and in-person, organizations are requesting speakers for their events. It is fall 2021 so organizations are now booking presenters for 2022.

Look toward the future. All the work you devote to a socko presentation aids you by honing your knowledge, by building credibility as an expert and positions you for doors opening in the future.


Conclusion- Write it Out

Write It Out

Write out your conclusion to any presentation.. That combats stage fright. The conclusion is the second most nerve-racking time for speakers. If you write it out, you don’t have to worry about forgetting it. And most important, if you write out the conclusion, you’ll know when to stop. You won’t ramble.


English Communication- Gracious Good-bye

English Communication: Gracious Good-bye


Have you forgotten etiquette for a gracious good-bye. Gracious is when both communicators feel content with the leave-taking. Social gatherings for holidays are coming.

The situation: You have participated in a conversation.  It’s time to leave the gathering or you want to strike up conversation with someone else.

Smile and tell the person “I need to go.”

Then call the person by name and acknowledge something they said.  This is to let them know you were taking in information.  For example,  “Bob, it was good talking to you.  Great hearing about your hiking the Pacific Coast Trail.  It makes me want to plan some hiking with my friends.  Hope you get to hiking again soon.”

Express desire to see them again.  For example, “Hope I get to see you again before long.”

Smile and depart.

Gracious departure.  It only takes a few words.

Be sure to watch our English Speech Tips videos and Accent Reduction Tip videos  for more English pronunciation and accent reduction exercises.