Channeling Diane Sawyer & Other Tips On Public Speaking And Effective Communication

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When I am not blogging, or lawyering, I am the Co-President of the UCLA Amuni Association, Los Angeles Westside Network. I really love the university for a lot of reasons, and I enjoy being able to give back to it, and my alumni community. Although it’s a volunteer position, it has become somewhat of a second job for me. The lessons I’ve learned have been a true education in leadership for which I am really grateful.
 
Last night, we hosted a panel event on public speaking and effective communications. The panelists included:
 • Matthew Boatright-Simon, UCLA Communications and Public Outreach
 • Sanjay Nambiar, Tengo Communications
 • Bob Chew, BoldPoint Now
 • Jinah Kim, NBC and WorldWise Productions

Here are my favorite take-away messages from the evening.
       
1. When Ms. Kim gets nervous, she channels Diane Sawyer. She suggests that you pick somebody you like or admire and channel their personality when you get nervous. Considering the millions of people she regularly addresses, I’d say this is a pretty good tactic.  Also, this is one I've used before. More about that below...  

                                                                        
2. Mr. Boatright-Simon said that your audience is rooting for you. They want you to succeed in your presentation.  How comforting is that! I had not thought of it in that way before.
3. In what may have been the most poignant message for me was what Mr. Chew said initially and was echoed by the other panelists.  He told us that what makes him a good speaker was his own mistakes.  Amen. Another success story born out of the concept that experience and feedback are the goals, not perfection.
4. Mr. Nambiar informed us that the key to being a great speaker is knowledge – both as to content and as to self.  He used the quote “It’s not how smart you are but how you are smart.”  Charisma and presence come from knowing yourself really well.
5. All of them also reiterated throughout the evening that public speaking and effective communication are all about practice.  Confidence is the result of repetition.
6. They also all emphasized the importance of telling a story. I personally use that all the time in my writing. People may not remember every fact of the story you are telling, but they will always remember how it made them feel. Decisions are the sum of emotions. We just justify later with rationale.
 
There were a lot of great lessons last night. The above six were my personal favorites. Each speaker really had their own presence and personality, all equally effective. To that point, a few years ago I was in an absolute, all out, litigation war over a case.  I was up against a very aggressive and very competent attorney whom I could not help but really respect because she was quite frankly.. kicking my butt like it had never done before!  To this day, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an attorney quite run a courtroom like she did.  The judge actually followed her lead.  Well, after the first hearing, and observing her in a bit of awe, I started to channel her a bit.  Fast forward months later, guess who ultimately won that battle! She has no idea of the effect she had on me, but she became my own Diane Sawyer.  I was still my authentic self.  I had just accessorized with my litigation hat.  

 

                                                                           


Christie Asselin is a fifth year litigation attorney who manages her own cases and does research and writing for law firms. She just recently launched a practice area devoted solely to legal issues arising from weddings. 
Christie Asselin is a fifth year litigation attorney who manages her own cases and does research and writing for law firms. She just recently launched a practice area devoted solely to legal issues arising from weddings. - See more at: http://chic-ceo.com/content/stress-fractures-bruised-ego#sthash.ARjgtiBG...
Christie Asselin is a fifth year litigation attorney who manages her own cases and does research and writing for law firms. She just recently launched a practice area devoted solely to legal issues arising from weddings. - See more at: http://chic-ceo.com/content/stress-fractures-bruised-ego#sthash.ARjgtiBG...

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