How To Feel More Comfortable Speaking In Conference Calls In English
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How To Feel More Comfortable Speaking In Conference Calls In English. We all get a little nervous for conference calls in English, whether you are a non native or native English speaker.
Plus as we don’t have the extra communication channel of ‘body language’ (lenguaje corporal) it can make it more challenging than a face to face meeting.
In our training at The English Training Company we’ve found the following quick tips really help professionals.
Remember preparation is key. And the hardest thing is to get started speaking in a conference call in English, but once you do you will relax and your good preparation will help you a lot.
15 Quick Tips: How To Feel More Comfortable Speaking In Conference Calls In English
1. define your conference call outcome (goal) in 1 sentence. For example, what do you want people to do after the conference call?
2. prepare the structure of the meeting and any ideas and info you will need
3. introduce yourself simply and concisely and ask others to do the same
4. tech tip / use of voice – use a headset with a microphone or use a telephone (go to your own desk if you have to) so you don’t have to shout and wear out your voice
5. tech tip / use of voice – don’t use speaker phone, so you don’t have to shout and wear out your voice
6. use of voice – speak to people in a natural conversational style and don’t read
7. use of voice – project your voice and speak at a good speed (not too fast or slow)
8. give specific examples to maintain the interest of your audience
9. use visuals with simple messages (the audience remember for longer)
10. ask good questions where people have to really think about the answers
11. prepare and use notes (1 page only)
12. if you sit – sit upright, put your chest out and open up your body (no slouching)
13. record your conference calls to check key information you may have missed (ask people for permission)
14. get used to hearing your voice by recording yourself when presenting (several times) and listening to the recordings.
15. practice, practice and practice (good presenters like good actors rehearse two or three times)
I hope this helps you with your professional English and in your professional career, Christopher!
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