No 1 Excellent Communication Skills in Business Networking

Communicate to Grow Your Business

Many business owners are concern about getting new business leads. Through communication and interaction with people in a similar industry, you establish a network that will help you ace your score chart. Communication skills in business networking have become essential social skills for career and business growth.

Human Interaction Through Communication

Networking is a form of interaction. When we interact, we need to talk. Talking is a form of communication.

When people meet us the first time, they start to judge us. Our communication with them will determine how trustworthy we are and whether we are good business partners.

According to an article published by Forbes.com,

“You And Your Business Have 7 Seconds To Make A First Impression.”

Source: Forbes.com
Excellent Communication Skills In Business Networking
A Firm Handshake Is Important If You Want To Leave A Good First Impression During Business Networking.

Your Communication Skills

Non-Verbal communication skills are crucial when it comes to face-to-face networking. After all, the first impression counts!

Here is how people will perceive you:

  • Your overall visual impression 
  • Your presentation skills
  • Your eye contact and body language
  • Your confidence
  • Your industrial knowledge

Use Communication Skills to Establish a Personal Brand

Branding is about association. For example:

If you are networking for a creative job, you put on colorful attire because you want people to associate you with being creative.

On the other hand, if you are networking for a legal position, you will choose a dark color suit because you want people to associate with being serious.

So what should you do before, during, and after Business Networking?

Before Networking – Know Your Networking Goals

For Business Networking to succeed, you need to know your networking goals. Here are some networking goals:

  • To broaden your exposure
  • To create a positive image
  • To find prospects
  • To build a relationship with the suppliers and vendors,
  • To build relationships for business referral and influence
  • To build relationships for career
  • To build relationships with potential mentors

Preparing For Networking

Here is a list of things you have to prepare for the event:

  • Updated Business Cards
  • Your Elevator Pitch
  • A List of Questions
  • Appropriate Attire
  • Proper Grooming

During Networking – Observe Your Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication Skills

Always look friendly and approachable. Initiate eye contact with people and start talking. Please do not wait for others to initiate a conversation with you because it will never happen. Communicate with an open mind.

After Networking – Follow-Up

Organize the name cards that you have collected at the event. Send them an “It is a pleasure meeting you” email. If you want your prospect to recall and remember you, do it immediately after the session ended.

In Conclusion

Business Networking involves a certain level of communication skills and preparation.

Understand your networking initiative goals, prepare all the necessary tools before attending the sessions, and, most importantly, remember to conduct a post-networking follow-up.

I will cover more on business networking communication and presentation skills tips and techniques in my future blogs.


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Voice Training For A Great Voice

Training Your Voice for Speaking

As we have covered in my earlier blog, our vocal folds play a role, especially for speakers and singers. Please don’t get me wrong; everyone needs a voice to speak. But with proper voice training, your voice can help you drive extra miles.

Whether you are a speaker or singer, part-time or full-time, you need to condition your voice to produce a grounded sound that will travel directly to your audience’s ear.

Always be reminded that a well-controlled sound is a good sound. Larynx plays an important role in facilitating this sound.

When we execute a sound, it collaborates with our speech organs, namely, vocal folds, trachea, pharynx, soft and hard palettes, tongue, jaw and teeth, lips, and uvula, to form articulation.

Voice Training and Sound Wave

“There are several sources of sound in speaking. The energy usually comes from air expelled from the lungs. At the larynx, this flow passes between the vocal folds.”

“In voiced speech, the vocal folds vibrate. This allows puffs of air to pass, which produces sound waves.”

Source: Voice Acoustics: An Introduction

The sound wave has to travel straight or else, it will become unbearable noise.

Suppose you could recall at Karaoke Rooms. Many karaoke-goers are not trained in using their voice properly; thus, the sound wave doesn’t travel straight. Instead, it is being dispersed all over the place and becomes noise.

This noise is then amplified, with the help of a microphone and results in more noise.

Voice Training For A Great Voice
Voice Training For A Great Voice

You don’t have to shout to produce a loud sound. You just need to project it properly. Voice training can help you condition your voice and make it sound unique.

Vocal Training does the job of training your voice to the ground, and together with the building of the diaphragm muscle, the sound wave will then move smoothly and directly to your audience’s ears.

Voice In Communication Skills

Based on Professor Albert Mehrabian’s “7%-38%-55% Rule”, our voice takes up 38 per cent of the total Communication Model. Therefore, training up your voice to speak will better connect with your audience. After all, our objective speaking is to pass messages. If your listeners are unable to connect with you, then what is the point of speaking.

In Conclusion

Many speakers and singers are not aware that voice stamina can be trained. 

“The quality of the voice is dependent on many factors; however, barring a physical vocal disability, everyone can learn to sing well enough to sing basic songs.”

Source: Probing Question: Can anyone be taught how to sing?:

Of course, you need to find a vocal coach who understands voice anatomy and constantly utilizes their voice for their profession. Focus on application-based learning rather than theoretical-based. After all, what you want to achieve is the instant application of the skills.

In my later blogs, I will cover more on the various voice techniques vastly used in speaking and singing.


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Top 10 Voice Skills Questions and Answers You MUST Know (Part 2)

Voice Training For A Great Voice
Voice Training For A Great Voice

1.      How long will it take to learn how to sing?

Well, that depends on how much time you spent time practicing the voice skills.  Our vocal folds have to be conditioned to enable them to stretch through our vocal registers.  Our lung capacity needs to be enhanced to store more air in our chest cavity, and our diaphragm is a muscle that needs to be strengthened to work at its best condition.  These are only the fundamentals skills in singing.  Not forgetting that we also need to study the lyrics, put in our emotions, and other singing techniques.  So, practice hard and you will able to sing well.

2.      How do I make my low notes stronger?

Try humming to your lowest chest possible.  Keep the airflow constant, controlled, and relax.

3.        How practical is voice skills training for improving one’s singing?

Many students are not sure how to project their voice correctly for singing or presenting (public speaking).  An experienced coach will be able to “listen” to your voice from inside out and make adjustments if the projection is wrong.  Most of the time, students will not be able to identify whether they project their voice correctly.  Hence, it is crucial to find an experienced coach who can go in-depth to hear the tone placement and provide prudent advice on how to do it correctly.

4.        What qualities of one’s singing voice are most likely to be improved? Will improving voice skills help?

The quality of your voice cannot be altered unless you want to go under the knife, such as reconstruction surgery.  You can use correct voice projection and singing skills to create unique styles with your voice.  Many singers and speakers have their unique styles and have created a persona for them.

5.        Singing well has always been my dream, but my voice falls very short. What is a way I can substantially improve my vocal capacities?

Find your style.  If your vocal range is limited, choose songs that are composed with a short register.   As you practice your voice skills, your vocal range will be broadened gradually.  As the vocal folds are elastic, and it will be conditioned to perform,  apply singing techniques to bring out the inner emotions and create visuals that your audience can resonate with.

6. How can I learn to sing better?

You may learn to sing better by engaging an experienced voice coach. Although numerous articles and resources that you could download from the internet, such as YouTube tutorials, it is never the same compared to having a coach standing beside you, listening and guiding you through the correct steps in voice projection. I have a student who spent hundreds of dollars buying online learning materials on voice projection skills, but soon he realized that he learned nothing from them. 

He spent 2 hours with me, and he understood and learned the new voice skills almost instantly.

7. Is it possible to train your voice to sing like professional singers?

Every individual is different.  Of course, you can train your voice to sing like professional singers, however, the construction of our voice anatomy varies.  Adult men and women typically have different sizes of the vocal fold; reflecting the male-female differences in larynx size. The vocal folds have a three-layer construction of an epithelium, vocal ligament, then muscle (vocals muscle), which can shorten and bulge the folds. (Source: Wikipedia). Hence, you can sing like professional singers, with your own personality and persona.

In Conclusion

Working on developing your voice stamina and quality can sometimes be frustrating. Especially when too many questions are running through your mind and trying hard to find the right answers.

Online tutorials and books can offer some help. However, there are other areas when face-to-face training can be a more effective approach.

If you have any questions that you are not finding any answers to, feel free to drop me a note and I will do my best to answer them.

In my coming blogs, I will cover more on voice and presentation tips and techniques.


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Top 10 Voice Skills Questions and Answers You MUST Know (Part 1)

Voice Skills Q&a (Part 1)
Anything you want to know on Voice Skills.

Voice Skills #1: Is it possible to increase my vocal range?

Yes. Our vocal folds are like an elastic band. They are stretchable. Vocal Pitch is determined by the tightness and size of your vocal folds.

During oscillation, the tighter the vocal folds, the higher the vocal pitch. Hence, by doing Vocal Siren Exercises, you will be able to increase your range over time

Voice Skills #2: What if I’m tone-deaf? Can I learn to sing?

Although it can be challenging for a person with tone-deaf to achieve a perfect pitch, it is not impossible. Do visit my article on “Sing with Tone-Deaf. 100% Yes! This is absolutely possible!” for more insights on how you can train to listen and process a sound before executing it. And before you know it, you will be on your way to delivering a perfect pitch.

Voice Skills #3: Why do I run out of air when I sing?

No doubt, our lungs are the primary organ for respiration; but they perform little help in voice projection.

Many singers and speakers use their lungs to speak, especially when they need to vocalize and sustain a long sound. The vacuum of air in our chest cavity is insufficient to sustain a long sound without grasping another breath. And every time a singer or a speaker trying to catch another breath, it is audible, especially when they have a microphone with them. To make things worse, voice tension and nervousness can result in a rapid heartbeat and make it even harder to breathe.

Hence, we need to extend the air vacuums from the chest cavity downwards to the diaphragm. Once the chest and the lower abdominal cavity expand, more air will be deposited while releasing it when singing or speaking.

Question #4: How do I get rid of the break or crack in my voice?

The vocal break occurs when we need to sing high notes or speak with a higher resonance. The higher the frequency, the higher the pressure we need, to expel the air out of the vocal folds. If you are able to record the position that the vocal break is likely to occur, try reducing the outbound air pressure. Too much pressure will cause the voice to crack or break.

Voice Skills #5: Can I take my chest voice up into my high range?

We all have six voice resonances: chest, larynx, pharynx, mouth, nasal, and upper skull. These six resonances have their unique characteristics. Of course, you can take chest voice into the high range, but it will sound terrible. Do visit my article on “Achieve Excellent Presentations with Voice Resonance” for more reading.

In Conclusion

Working on developing your voice stamina and quality can sometimes be frustrating. Especially when too many questions are running through your mind and trying hard to find the right answers.

Online tutorials and books can offer some help. However, there are other areas when face-to-face training can be a more effective approach.

If you have any questions that you are not finding any answers to, feel free to drop me a note and I will do my best to answer them.

In my coming blogs, I will cover more on voice and presentation tips and techniques.


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Great Communication Skills 101

Part 1

Great Communication Skills 101 

Answers all your questions relating to how you can better communicate with others. This 3-parts article will provide answers to the common questions you have about improving your Communication Skills. So, let’s dive in!

Great Communication Skills 101
Great Interaction Skills will bring you positive and healthy relationships

What are communication skills?

Communication Skills are skills of getting your message across via both verbal and non-verbal ways.

How can I improve these skills?

To improve these skills, you need to review your current verbal and non-verbal behaviors while interacting with others.

“In the 1970s, Prof. Albert Mehrabian of the University of California in Los Angeles cited that words, tone of voice, and body language respectively account for 7%, 38%, and 55% of personal communication.”

Verbal Behaviors are basically “what,” you say, which comprises:

    • Grammar
    • Vocabulary
    • Content

Non-Verbal Behaviors, on the other hand, is “how” do you say it, which comprises:

Voice

    • Pitch
    • Volume
    • Pacing
    • Speech fillers
    • Enunciation
    • Articulation

Visual

    • Body Language
    • Eye Contact
    • Hand Gestures
    • Attire
    • Overall Image
  •  

Hence, to improve these skills, you need to tackle every part of the above behaviors.

To Improve Your Skills, We Need To Review Your Current Verbal And Non-Verbal Behaviors.
To improve your interaction skills, you need to review your verbal and non-verbal behaviors.

Why is it important to have good communication skills?

Your communication skills affect how you relate to others. It will also project an image on you. You want others to associate you with depending on what and how your message is being sent, even down to the clothes you wear. Hence, having good interaction skills is crucial at both professional and personal levels.

What are five great ways to improve your communication skills?

    • Study how people conduct great speeches.
    • Identify people around you that communicate well and study how they do it.
    • Practice talking to yourself in front of a mirror.  How you see yourself is how others see you.
    • Listen to podcasts or audiobooks and learn the correct pronunciation from good speakers.
    • Record your speeches and playback to review. Set your goals and standards. Repeat the process until you are happy with your performance.

How do these skills help you in the workplace?

People with good interaction skills will have a better chance of being promoted or hired, especially for those who work in Multi-National Companies, when you need to communicate with people of all regions.

How important are these skills in the corporate world?

In the corporate environment, people come from all walks of life. Miscommunication happens when communicators conclude statements based on assumptions. 

When people from different cultures and languages come together, working in the same environment means that you have to buckle up your interaction skills to avoid miscommunication and achieve the best outcomes.

In Conclusion

Communication Skills, being one of the most important interpersonal skills globally, has their own attributes of attraction if you can fully understand and the ability to apply them. It is not just passing messages across. It encompasses a deeper notion that will bring people closer together and enhance healthy and positive relationships.

In my next blog, I will cover Part 2 of our 3-parts article on Great Communication Skills 101.


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How to Manage Panic Attacks in Presentations

Managing panic attacks in presentations instead of letting your fear take control over you.

In today’s blog, we will be discovering ways to manage this inner devil.

Amy looked through her notes for the final time before the event started. “It all seems good. I should not fine.”. “Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I am Amy from ABC Company. And it is my pleasure to be your host for this afternoon.”… then a long silence….. Amy started to perspire, and her intestine started to twist, and she felt like vomiting.”

Yes, Amy just suffered a panic attack.  

“I thought I am well-prepared. But why am I still having a panic attack”.

Believe most of us who have attempted to speak at events had such an experience. Are we alone? Absolutely not! Even Hollywood and pop celebrities, which perform numerous times, have experienced it.  

Source: Psych Hub Education

What causes this anxiety and panic attack during speeches, and how can we help ourselves eliminate such incidences from happening?

According to an article written by Medical News Today:

“Panic attacks usually occur without a trigger. Anxiety is a response to a perceived stressor or threat. Panic attacks appear suddenly, while anxiety symptoms become gradually more intense over minutes, hours, or days. Panic attacks usually subside after a few minutes, while anxiety symptoms can prevail for long periods.”

For a person with panic disorder, anxiety may trigger a panic attack. Since anxiety can lead to a panic attack, why not we tackle anxiety as a priority.

Panic Attacks — A Vicious Cycle

An anxiety attack can be a vicious cycle if we do not reverse the cycle. Below is a simple illustration of a vicious negative thought process:

Panic Attacks In Presentations
Panic Attack – A Vicious Cycle

Source: The Vicious Circle Thought Form

Under the Principle of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, when a situation triggers a negative thought, it will cause our body to react negatively, both emotionally and physically:

Negative Emotions Reactions

  • Fear, dread, panic
  • Frustration, anger, disappointment, sadness

Negative Physical Reactions

  • Increased heart rate
  • Muscle Tension
  • Sweating blushing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or stomach ache
  • Trembling voice

The two reactions will then lead to behavior to act negatively.  

Methods To Eliminate Negative Thoughts

One key method to eliminate fear and negative thoughts is “self-talk.” Practice positive self-talk to nourish our negative brain. The more you feed your brain with “good thoughts,” it will gain health over time. Here is some “self-talk” that you can use, particularly in public speaking:

  • “It is going to be OK. I have rehearsed many times.”
  • “It is alright to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes.”
  • “I will do what I can do best. The rest is secondary.”
  • “I will use this opportunity to gain experience.”
  • “I will do better each time.”
  • “If the boss sees me doing this, he might give me a promotion.” (self-motivation)
  • “I will treat them like kids, no threat at all.”
  • “I’m given this task because the boss knows that I can do it.”
  • “It is OK. The more I practice, the better for me.”
  • “I will stand out among my peers after this presentation.”

In Conclusion

Delivering a presentation doesn’t have to be a scary experience. If you fear public speaking, keep your mindset positive. Acknowledge your fear and manage it. Transform the negative energy into a winning attitude.

In my next blog, I will talk about how we can prepare ourselves to expect the unexpected. Stay tuned!


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7 Benefits of Great Presentation Skills at Work

Presentation Skills Gaining Its Popularity

Presentation skills have seen gaining importance at the workplace in recent years. With the pandemic, corporations are taking their stand on conducting meetings virtually.

In today’s blog, we will talk about how this skill can help us achieve our career goals.

Presentation Skills At Work
In The Earlier Years, Knowledge Was Essential, And Most Education System Focuses On Scoring On Academic Subjects
Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer

Changing Trend

In the earlier years, knowledge was essential, and most education system focuses on scoring on academic subjects. 

This priority has evolved tremendously over the years. In today’s context, we talk about soft skills. 

In Institutions, even down to lower primary schools, trainers are engaged by external providers to give training to young students to equip themselves with the skills they need to stay in employment or land their first job.

“Employers/Industry is demanding graduates with excellent presentation skills.”

The essence of effective presentation skills in engineering education

Even those from the technical industries, such as engineers, start to realize the importance of presentation skills as they advance to their career path. 

Executives working in foreign companies have also faced competition for career growth, where presentation skills are crucial for not getting a deserved promotion. 

What You Need To Know

Since there is so much emphasis on presentation skills at the workplace, what do presentation skills comprise? It comprises:

  • The Content
  • Body Language
  • Visual Appearance
  • Eye Contact
  • Voice Skills
  • Articulation
  • Voice Dynamics
  • Pacing
  • Speech Fillers

Have you noticed something? The “content” only represents a small fraction of the whole presentation skill set. So, what does this tell you? It tells you that contents are important, but how you deliver the contents is even more critical.

In the 1970s, Prof. Albert Mehrabian of the University of California in Los Angeles cited that words, tone of voice, and body language respectively account for 7%, 38%, and 55% of personal communication.

Communication Skills
Albert Mehrabian’s 7-38-55 Rule of Personal Communication

What are the benefits of having good presentation skills?

Perception: Perception is about mental association. A person with good presentation skills will be perceived as confident, reliable, trustworthy, and refined.

Heighten Your Confidence: Have you been applauded after a speech? It feels good. Will you do more speeches in the future? A BIG YES!

Time-Saving: A well-planned presentation can eliminate a lot of wasted time on rambling the unnecessary.

Minimize Miscommunication: If you are constantly being asked this: “excuse me, what did you say? Can you please repeat?” Some people don’t even bother to ask you to repeat. They ignore what you just said. Good articulation will enhance enunciation, and this is very important.

Demonstrate Authority: Voice projection is about grounding the sound wave from the sound you made. A grounded voice with good voice dynamics will allow you to present as a leader. Listen to Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. Don’t you want to sound like him?

7 Benefits Of Great Presentation Skills At Work
A Good Voice Dynamics Will Allow You To Present As A Leader.

Positive Branding: Energize your image with your voice. Double it up with your body language. People associate these elements with positive vibes. 

Better Promotion Opportunities: A couple of years back, a senior executive came to me for presentation skills training because he missed his promotion. When others constantly interject when you present, it is time for you to look into improving your presentation skills. 

In Conclusion:

It is never too late to look at your own presentation skills.  Try presenting in front of a camera, record, playback and evaluate.  How did you score in the Albert Mehrabian’s 7-38-55 Rule of Personal Communication

In my coming blogs, I will cover more on business communication and presentation tips and techniques.


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5 Communication Tips At Festive Seasons

Social Gatherings and Communication Skills

With festive seasons round the corner, many feel obligated to attend social gatherings.

There might be a chance that you will meet new people, who might be your potential business associates or customers.

However, social gatherings involve a lot of communication skills.

From the way you communicate verbally to your body language and hand gestures. It takes practice and applications to perfect it.

In today’s blog, I will provide some communication tips to ensure that you present yourself positively and establish a good impression at social events.

Your Mindset

5 Communication Tips At Festive Seasons
Reframing is not about self-deceiving. It is about jumping out from the old frame and re-picture yourself in the new frame for a brand-new perspective.

Be careful of what your mind tells you. Ironically, our minds are brilliant in sending us a negative message. Keep a positive and open mind when being invited to social events. 

 If you are getting negative messages from your mind, try reframing the message. Here is an example:

Negative Message from Your Mind: 

“What again? I don’t even know the people there. It is a waste of my time.”

Try Re-Framing the Statement:

“What again? Well, since I am invited, I will see what business or career opportunity that will bring.”

Your Objective

Once you have established an open mindset, the next step is to set your goals.

Since you will be spending some time at the event, do a quick research on who will be there and the occasion. If you can visualize your goals, it will render the event some importance.  

Your Preparation

After you have identified your goals, prepare yourself for the event:

  • Whom do you want to approach?
  • How will this person help you with your goal?
  • When is the best time to arrive?
  • When is the best time to leave?
  • What do you need to bring along, e.g., business cards?
  • What attire should you wear?
  • How should you start your conversation?
5 Communication Tips At Festive Seasons
Body Language – A non-verbal communication skill

Non-Verbal Communication Skills

Observe your non-verbal cues:

  • Your eye contact
  • Your facial expression
  • Your body language
  • Your hand gestures
  • Your visual look 

Do keep in mind that our mind controls our body movements.  Often, when we are impatient, our body language and facial expression will show.

Ensure you keep a positive mindset to avoid unnatural or harmful non-verbal cues from ruining your professional image. 

Communication Skills
Always Look Enthusiastic And Smile When You Are Communicating With People.

The Duration

Know how long will the event last helps you to plan your meeting agenda. Determine how long you intend to stay and make full use of the duration to attain your goals.

When you want to leave the venue, make sure you let the host know that you are going. If the host insists that you stay longer, know what excuse you need to give. 

My favorite excuse is:

“I would very much like to stay, but my dog hasn’t had his dinner yet, and I need to be back for his feed.”.  

In Conclusion

Our business and career depend a lot on social connections. 

Although not all events you attend will meet your expectations and goals, getting to know more people is always an advantage.  

Make sure you rehearse your communication skills in front of the mirror before the event. How you see yourself in the mirror is how others will be seeing you.

Prepare a short elevator pitch of about 30 seconds. Practice saying it by recording it and review by playing back.


In my next blog, I will talk about how you can initiate a conversation at social events. Till then, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! 


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