When you hear the term, “High Definition” what is the first thing that comes to your mind, a high frequency of sound, something that is made clear? In terms of communication, what would you want your speaking technique to say about you? Most people if not all would want to be perceived as intelligent, confident, caring and perhaps fun to be around. Choosing the proper words to use can help you send the message you want and be most effective in getting your points across. Frankly, I have a fairly quiet voice, but I have learned to project it when I need to.
While making valid points in communication is important, it is equally important to speak with clarity and strength so that you may be heard. For Instance, if a tree falls in the forest a hundred miles away, will you hear it? Probably not. Does it make a sound? Yes, it does, but since you are not in close enough range of the sound, it is as if it never happened. If you have something to say and you don’t say it loudly or clear enough for anyone to hear it is it still worthwhile? Perhaps it is, but once again, it doesn’t matter much if it isn’t heard or made clear. Have you ever watched a movie and thought to yourself. “It was a good movie, but they could have left out some of the unnecessary scenes, or it seemed a bit phony.” If you give a presentation that is quite lengthy, you should use key points, speak clearly and with confidence. Remember you are trying to send a strong message to the people to whom you are speaking to.
In my honest opinion, Former President Barack Obama was beyond one of the most eloquent speakers of all times. His Speeches are the ones that you wouldn’t dare miss. If I had to work during these times, rest assured my timer would be set to record his message. He realized that the American people valued his sharing of ideas, and he paid close attention to their concerns and problems. He also expressed his heart-felt sympathy in a clear, concise way for anyone who suffered from any type of tragedy or misfortune. Some of us still ask the question, “What did he do that was so great?” Well, here are just a select few of the things that our Former President accomplished: ( 1) He saved the collapse of the American automotive industry by making GM restructure before bailing them out, and putting incentive money to help the industry. (2) He shifted the focus of the war from Iraq to Afghanistan, and put emphasis on reducing terrorism where it should have been long before, ( 3) Relaxed Anti-American tensions throughout the world. (4)Signed order to close the prisoner “torture camp” at Guantanamo Bay, (5)Made the environment a national priority, and a primary source for job creation, (6) Made education a national priority by putting emphasis and money behind new ideas like charter schools; spoke directly to school children in telling/encouraging them to do their part. (7) Won the Nobel Peace Prize. (8) Initiated $787 billion economic stimulus plan. (9) Appointed first Latina to Supreme Court. (10) Attractive tax write-offs for those who bought hybrid automobiles. (11) Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for Veterans. (12) Signed The Hate Crime Prevention Act.) I will stop here, but there are a hundred or more things that I could add. What am I saying? Not only did President Obama speak clearly and eloquently, but he also worked hard to accomplish the things that he promised. While making a clear statement may be important, actions always speak louder than words.