Over the last few sessions, we have been discussing practical techniques to help you become a better public speaker. In the previous leadership training session, we started a series on the “essentials” that every speech and communication needs in order to be effective.
The first essential is passion and today I’m going to share the second essential.
Leaders communicate with integrity. What does this mean? A few examples:
- Tell stories. In fact, tell great stories. But make sure they’re not exaggerated. Leaders cannot afford to tell exaggerated, untrue stories.
- Always give credit where credit is due. People will respect you for citing references, giving credit, and not plagiarizing.
- Fact check your communication beforehand. Since not everything you read is true, it’s important to take time to double-check and cross-check stories, stats, and other illustrations you’re using. It’s worth the time.
Here are a couple questions to ask yourself:
- Based on the session today, how would you rate yourself on speaking or communicating with integrity?
- Think through some of your favorite stories that you like to tell. Do they pass the integrity test? If not, then they may be fine to share with some friends to get a good laugh but you might want to refrain when sharing them in the public arena.