You finally have a client, workshop and/or audience to share the information you have studied and researched for many years. Whether behind a desk, in a small group arrangement or an audience of your dreams, you must first learn the basic rule of communication, which is to tailor your message for your hearer. In tailoring your message to your audience, you will not succumb to throwing a canned message, scripture, pearls of wisdom or saying at your audience because it worked for your previous audience or use practiced words that impressively roll off of your tongue without meaning or purpose. Instead, tailoring or adapting your message requires you to appreciate the uniqueness of your audience by understanding their needs, wants and feelings. Without adaptation, your message will be lost in translation and your audience will not be “fed” with your knowledge and understanding about the given subject area.
Take me for example, when I first started my professional career, I felt the need to impress my audience by giving them the full story, the background of the who, what, where, why, how and then to give them alternatives to the suggested advice. I was impressed with my willingness to learn and ability to share. However, the hearers of my advice were overwhelmed with so much information that they could not digest it. After listening to myself speak and wondering why clients nodded in agreement, looked puzzled and continued on their lost journey, I began to assess my own presentations. After a few critiques and seeking feedback, I realized my impassioned dialogue was one-sided and lost in translation.
As a wiser diva, I realize to much is given, much is required to ensure an audience obtains a nugget of information they can chew on when they must make a decision. Instead of choking the babe entrepreneur, the newbie mother or the young believer with information I wish I knew when I first began my journey, I have learned to dissect and offer the message into a few manageable pieces similar to the tactics used while nurturing my children. After I feed my client and/or audience with manageable information, I then watch them savor the moment by digesting the information. Depending upon the level of expertise, professionalism or understanding of your hearer(s), the “nutrients” in each follow-up conversation should allow him or her to view you as a reliable resource that encourages him or her to grow, understand and move past their present situation to a better tomorrow. Be BLESSED today, tomorrow and forevermore.
Toni Moore, Founding President of Diva Moment, Inc., is a lawyer, teacher, writer and inspirational speaker who motivates people to live their best life one moment at a time by renewing their mind about life experiences and circumstances. Toni is currently finishing her debut inspirational book, ‘One Moment, Please,” and appreciates opportunities to inspire women and girls to allow their shimmer to Shine by embracing their uniqueness at workshops, conferences and written material. Are you willing to be the change in your home, workplace, business and community?
Toni Moore, Esq.
Toni is an attorney and business coach who is committed to helping women uplevel their success.
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