Good leaders are effective Communicators!
As a leader, you will probably need to speak to groups of people, make presentations, run meetings, and the like. These can be great ways for you to help achieve your objectives. But, if you've never done anything like this before, it might seem a little overwhelming.
Spend a few minutes thinking about all of the times when you were listening to a speech or presentation or were in a meeting being run by someone else. What did you like? What didn't you like? What worked? What didn't work? Now, reverse roles and imagine that you are the leader attempting to communicate. How would you do it?
The first thing for you as the leader to remember is that it's your message and that you are the expert or authority on what you're talking about. This will give you some confidence and set the tone for what you are about to do. That doesn't mean that you don't need to prepare. A speech or presentation might require you to make an outline or notes for yourself to make sure that you will be getting the entire message across in an organized way. A meeting typically requires you to do an agenda that gives the meeting a purpose and has all of the key discussion points and also spells out the future action that you want.
Hints on making Presentations...
Connect with your audience!
You want to get your message across. It's important to make the right approach depending on who your audience is.
Good Meetings help get results!
Give your meetings purpose!
Nothing is worse than a meeting with no form or purpose. Participants leave the meeting scratching their heads wondering, "what was that all about?"
Speak with Confidence!
Speak with confidence. An outline or notes, plus some practice, will make you feel much more comfortable in making your presentation!