The Corporate Communicator

by 20 Mar 2007

Everyone has a phobia to some degree. A fear of heights (acrophobia), a fear of aeroplane travel (aerophobia) or a fear of spiders (arachnophobia). It’s easy to understand why we may be fearful of such things, because physical harm or death may eventuate – even though the probability of this is extremely low.

I was at a function recently and one of the speakers was the CEO of a large multinational firm. I was surprised to see that someone of that stature could be so monotonous and unengaging. As I looked around the room I saw a lot of the other delegates yawning –evidence that I wasn’t the only one who found the presentation rather boring. Was it a case of sociaphobia (fear of public speaking)? Maybe the speaker was just having one of those days or maybe just wasn’t prepared. Either way, one thing inspirational leaders have in common is superior communication skills.

So how do we overcome our fears? How do we engage an audience? How do we become inspirational leaders?

I have now completed The Corporate Communicator course, which was presented by The Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM). I learned how to overcome my own fear of public speaking. Before attending this course I would say I was a competent public speaker – if I prepared adequately, and had a thorough understanding of the topic and an attractive PowerPoint presentation. I now understand that effective communication means more than just being prepared and knowing what you’re talking about.

The course covers topics such as emotional intelligence and leadership success, managing nervous energy, the body language of influence, vocal performance, thinking on your feet and inspiring business communication skills.

The course uses theatre-based learning and the presenters provide one-on-one coaching on vocal projection, storytelling and body language to help you perform in the spotlight.

I received valuable feedback from the course presenters and the attendees on areas I could improve, and they capture your presentations on video so that you can review your progress after attending the course.

Not for the faint-hearted, but definitely a great way to challenge your fear of public speaking and to forever change the way you communicate and relate to others.

For more information contact AGSM on 02 99319333 or visit www.agsm.edu.au/tcc