Understand your performance anxiety | delivery powerfully and strategically | strengthen your voice | develop your script | influence senior stakeholders | get complex messages across under pressure
History proves that chance favours the bold. In this brave new business world, the ability to articulate confidently in public puts you ahead. Compromise will not. You need to speak and think sharply. Take a step towards beating your performance anxiety or developing your public speaking.
Many presentation trainers are simply loud extroverts, often former actors, without linguistic or phonological expertise nor any understanding of learner psychology. In contrast, Tony Corballis has the technical expertise, 25 years of relevant experience, and has been intimately familiar with what you are going through. So he can give you real insight and practical tricks that work.
It’s not just about impact. It’s not just your gravitas – although we work with that too (and your personal brand). It’s about handling the voice of resistance. It’s about giving voice to consensus. It’s about asserting alliance with your organisation’s power barons. It’s about understanding the power of language (as NLP practitioners adopt). It’s about consequence-led logic. It’s about active listening.
Reducing accent or training a voice for broadcast are typical needs. It’s not enough to just explore your articulatory organs and play tricks to produce proper phonemes. It’s not enough to just modulate or follow stress patterns. It’s not enough to simply project. The key is to embed and automate these within yourself, independent of conscious effort. Many voice coaches can’t do this. They can demonstrate; they can provide expensive practice; but they cannot make you speak differently when taken unaware. It is difficult and deeply psychological. But Tony Corballis can.
From performance anxiety management to structuring to scale up or down on detail (without script). From standing and delivering in a way that invests in your brand and builds gravitas, to a systematic audit into how you engage your audience. Presenting can also combine with voice coaching, language enriching for being eloquent and sharper, or speech writing.
Tony Corballis has helped thousands to speak out. Contact him for a chat.
Words, words and more words – but what is lexis?
Grammar is less important than vocabulary and meaning (lexis), including the word patterns and their effects, word-combinations, sayings and metaphors and other clever precise semantics that colour fluent English and cutting-edge business communication. Choosing the exact word you need is a great gift.
Studies have shown that a strong command of lexis is linked to success.
FACT: Research demonstrates that executives score higher on lexical tests than subordinates do. Research of supervisory and executive personnel in 39 companies by Johnson O’Connor found a correlation between lexical ability and status on the corporate hierarchy. He showed that presidents and vice presidents averaged 87%, managers 62%, foremen 41%, and floor bosses 32%. Similar studies show a correlation between lexis and salary levels! Success does depend on how you express yourself. The world’s top achievers typically have richer lexis. Not just able or good, they are better.
The truth is that people judge you by how you communicate. Whether they are right or not, what you say seems to reflect your education, intelligence and power in society. A crystal-clear, richer language leaves a great impression.
You don’t need to feel embarrassed struggling for the right words. Take control. Lexis building helps both native speakers to become sharper and advanced speakers of English to become inspiring, confident and expressive bilinguals. You will:
- Make customer and colleague relationships robust
- Boost your career and gain a winning edge over others
- Speak comfortably to the c-suite, directors and NEDs
- Feel great and ooze credibility
- Knock them out in appraisals, presentations and interviews
What it does not do: Coaching in eloquence will never just load you with complex words; there is no bulk memorising of lists. It’s real and relevant.
Nor will it mean people will find you pompous and condescending. The truth is that complex vocabulary can make you sound pretentious, snooty or silly. The balance is finding the flexibility to scale up and scale down your ‘linguistic register’. It’s about knowing the right collocations (how and when to use them) and the right words for the right time.
“I never realised expanding my communication could be so much fun!” -Florence Lecuyer, Marketing Manager at Amazon.com after completed a Lexis Building course with Corballis Communication.
The right words at the right time: keeping it sharp. You don’t always need a coach or trainer. You can actually run a lexis building club yourself.
EloquentEnglish™ social clubs are a great way to keep your edge, operate globally and boost your opportunities and effectiveness. They empower their members to communicate not just more sharply, but with more flexibility and more impact. This is crucial if you want to succeed in business particularly in global organisations. They are sociable, engaging and you get out as much as you put in, because you are totally in charge. And can start one with barely any cost.
Take control, help yourself, start your own club for free. Speak with Tony Corballis for more information.
All you need is a computer online, a little time to prepare your sessions, and a meeting space. For a group to get together and become club members with all the associated benefits, there should be one person who is a trained EloquentEnglish™ leader. Some leaders run clubs in their workplace to improve the effectiveness of teams, others do it at home.
Anyone with native or near-native English or at least fairly fluent advanced English can obtain the training course to become a leader by downloading the EloquentEnglish™ Club Leadership Training Manual. There is no charge for this training and it is enough to launch your club. It gives you everything you need – tuition on ‘Units of Meaning’, ‘Learning in Groups’, and the basics of ‘Language Development’, and guidance and instructions from an expert – to get your club started.
Then next you will need the EloquentEnglish™ eBook Two: Club Instructions and Training Templates. This “step-by-step” approach to running your club is available as an e-book for free to students in higher education and those seeking a job or promotion. The paper version of the book costs a small fee.