Leverage Language as Science

Non-Verbal at the Next Level

Expert communicators don’t just rely on words. How the words are delivered can be as important, or even more important, for skillful communication. In order to exude professionalism, confidence, and commitment during presentations or on video calls, it’s essential to understand paralinguistics.

Paralinguistics delves into the aspects of spoken communication beyond words, the exact same skills and abilities Dardis helps participants discover and refine. When you’ve got nerves, they might impact the tone and pitch of your voice, distorting or even weakening your intended message. Dardis programs train professionals to firmly command their voice, meaning you can control tone and pitch to great effect. One of the other most challenging paralinguistic endeavors can be achieving a mastery of body language and facial expressions. Without the right image, poise, and delivery, positive impressions can be almost impossible to obtain. This contributes to why, according to Forbes, almost 80 percent of professionals endure behavior-changing fear during and before speaking publicly.

The best ways to overcome these hurdles? Practice and advanced training. Enter Dardis. Our range of professional programs are here to help you conquer fear. Side-step the butterflies with our Leadership Presentation & Image Skills program. Or, our Personal Coaching program connects rising professionals with one of Dardis’ executive coaches. With us by your side, you’ll gain the professional polish that’s necessary for next-level achievement. And don’t overlook the importance of virtual communication skills in modern contexts. Our Virtual Communication Skills training positions communicators for success, and, like many of our workshops, they’re available both online and in live workshop formats.

Being Concise is Key

As a professional and leader, you are not writing to impress. You are writing to express. We understand the temptation to write long flowing sentences. The more words, the more likely your audience understands your message, right? Wrong. Succinct messaging can elevate a mediocre communicator to a transcendent one. Consider these three tips to help get you started.

  1. Determine your purpose. Before writing an email, before practicing a speech, before attempting any professional objective, it is essential to outline the message you want to deliver. What is this message? Why is it important? What is the intended result of the meeting, virtual call, or presentation? Find this first, and you’ll be well on your way to straightforward speech.
  2. Assess your audience. A weekly internal status call with close co-workers is quite different than a business pitch. Your audience dictates content and delivery. Misreading whether a situation demands formal, elevated speech or accessible, casual rhetoric can be catastrophic. Dardis will help you determine how to navigate different audience types and deliver to each and every one of them.
  3. Practice. Revise. Revise again. When you first start typing a message or drafting how you might address an audience, for the most part, you’re simply getting your words down and out of your mind. Revision shouldn’t be a rarity, it should be a practice you dedicate yourself to. Before shooting off that email, read and reread. Dardis’ Business Writing program can help you sharpen sentences and remove unnecessary bloat.