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How to Communicate Effectively for Networking & Public Speaking

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Some tips on better connecting and communicating with others in networking settings, and as a presenter or public speaker. This presentation was originally delivered as a meet up and workshop hosted by startup/angels and Smart in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on October 19, 2018, with the support of Digital Ventures and Seedstars.

Some tips on better connecting and communicating with others in networking settings, and as a presenter or public speaker. This presentation was originally delivered as a meet up and workshop hosted by startup/angels and Smart in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on October 19, 2018, with the support of Digital Ventures and Seedstars.

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How to Communicate Effectively for Networking & Public Speaking

  1. 1. HOW TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY FOR NETWORKING & PUBLIC SPEAKING Paul Ark, DigitalVentures Phnom Penh, Cambodia October 19, 2018
  2. 2. Where you look How quickly and loudly you speak How well you listen How you stand How you gesture and point Communication is about more than just what you say How you move around
  3. 3. NETWORKING
  4. 4. “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” - Winston Churchill or Benjamin Franklin “Go away; cool kids only!” “Want to join our club?” Be inclusive: how you stand signals how welcoming you are Direct, face-to-face stance leaves no opportunity for someone to join the conversation Angled stance with body pointed towards others creates an opening for someone to join the group
  5. 5. Eye contact! Minimize the wandering eye and focus on who you’re talking to You VC, startup, or potential hire you’re talking toMuch cooler VC, startup, or potential hire you want to talk to 3 minutes of your undivided attention is more valuable than 20 minutes with you while you’re distracted
  6. 6. “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” - Winston Churchill or Benjamin Franklin Quality over quantity: a few meaningful contacts vs. a thick stack of business cards
  7. 7. “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” - Winston Churchill or Benjamin Franklin Have a conversation, don’t deliver a sales pitch How would you explain what you do to your mother?
  8. 8. “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” - Winston Churchill or Benjamin Franklin “Do you invest in [fintech/e-commerce/my sector]?” Don’t give people the opportunity to say “no”; it’s easier to ask for advice or ideas than for someone’s commitment “What sectors do you invest in?” “Would you invest in my company?” “Do you know any investors who would have an interest in investing in companies like mine?” “May I pitch you my company [or give you my pitch deck]?” “Can you critique my pitch/deck?” “Would you consider joining my company as [COO/CTO/available position]?” “Do you know anyone who would make a good [COO/CTO/available position]?” “May I follow up on our conversation with an email?” “Can I buy you a cup of coffee sometime and get your advice?”
  9. 9. “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” - Winston Churchill or Benjamin FranklinPUBLIC SPEAKING
  10. 10. Shoulder length apart, pointed out at 45 degree angle; strong, stable position “I’m ready to kick butt!” Wide stance, feet pointed straight; strains thighs & hips over long periods “I’m doing martial arts kata!” Feet close together, pointed straight; unstable stance, tiring over long periods “I’m an Academy Award statuette!” Feet angled inward; bad for the knees “I really have to pee!” Back straight! Don’t slouch! Posture: listen to your mother!
  11. 11. “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” - Winston Churchill or Benjamin Franklin Until you become master of the stage, have a clearly defined and contained “circle of movement” • Align body in direction you plan to move • Half step in that direction (left foot leads left, right foot leads right) • Do the same to return to default position • Move in opposite direction • Give each position ~30-60 seconds
  12. 12. “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” - Winston Churchill or Benjamin Franklin a) Start in the center, 1/3 of the way back; 15-20 sec c) Left side near front; 10-15 sec d) Left side near back; 5-10 sec b) Eye contact with 2-3 people in front rows; 15-20 sec e) Right side near back; 5-10 sec f) Right side near front; 10-15 sec Eye contact: engage the room, share the love
  13. 13. “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” - Winston Churchill or Benjamin FranklinDON’T: cross your arms What NOT to do with your hands Appears negative & closed-minded DON’T: hide your hands behind your back Appears dishonest DON’T: put your hands in your pocket Appears insecure and powerless
  14. 14. “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” - Winston Churchill or Benjamin Franklin Using gestures AVOID: exaggerated gestures; distracting! TRY: to keep most gestures contained within a “strike zone”
  15. 15. “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” - Winston Churchill or Benjamin Franklin Wide arms and open palms convey honesty Good way to welcome an audience; the larger the audience, the wider the gesture
  16. 16. “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” - Winston Churchill or Benjamin Franklin Use gestures to reinforce a list Use gestures to describe magnitude, status, or progress
  17. 17. “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” - Winston Churchill or Benjamin Franklin Use gestures (& verbal tone) to convey emotions & state of mind: a) Hope, optimism & achievement b) Frustration, anguish & pessimism c) Confusion & uncertainty
  18. 18. “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” - Winston Churchill or Benjamin Franklin Too fast Too slow Too loud Too quiet
  19. 19. “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” - Winston Churchill or Benjamin Franklin Thank you!

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