There is an often-used saying that imparts the following:
“If you do what you have done you will get what you got”
and nowhere is it more obvious than in the art of speaking.
“Speaking is an art?” one may wonder...the answer to which is “it depends on how it is used”
There is the mundane speaking that uses language without much pre-thinking and then there is the speaking that is strategic, that understands that speaking is a gift that can be forever renewed and refashioned to meet the needs of the moment, not just what you want, but the needs of the moment.
What is absolutely crucial to understand is that we speak with words, with body language and with tone of voice and we can craft our message with the careful choice of all three to cause extraordinary results almost in all aspects of life.
The difficulty is the usage of SPEAKING according to a yesterday pattern.
The more something is used, the more accessible it is, the more automatic its function becomes, the less consciousness it requires, the faster its speed of usage becomes and the worst part is...the more meaningless it becomes...if it is not enlivened.
The word strategic here means to pre-think and determine what effect is being sought after.
Strategic Speaking therefore is to pre-think what you want to say, how you want to say it and what affects your art of speaking will have upon your audience.
The tricky part is WHY?
Because you can pre-prepare what you will say and how, but when you are with others the entire picture changes, because you now deal with their presence, with their collective energy, with their fears, with their wishes and wants, and much more...all of which, wasn't there when you prepared for the occasion at home alone, in the comfort of “no challenge”. That can throw you off and it often does, unless a prewritten speech is being used, which has the minimal affect of “before trying to shape the now” whereas “live speak” allows the now to live and be expressed in a most influential way.
What this is saying that all the techniques in the world will not amount to long lasting influence Unless the reason of the speaker is genuine and sensitive to the human aspect of the audience (this needs much more explanation)
Therefore strategic speaking relies on strategic thinking, and most importantly on strategic attitude, which takes into account the benefit of others first and foremost, not as a show but as an inner belief and conviction that sees oneself to be an agency of good things to this world. (...otherwise why speak...one wonders)
The words then become a vehicle for essences and presences that MOVE people and transfer to them feelings and passions that motivate them to excellence and value which enables them to have hope and fresh start and positive disposition.
These are the things that can make a real difference, if long-term results are sought after and not a quick fix that is mostly a delusion of those who don't understand the way of things.
Quick bottom line results are often the most temporary of “patch work” and can be detrimental in long-term values.
So yes, indeed, strategic speaking is an art which can achieve new results and open the doors of newness and opportunity.
This is a message that I carry and teach world-wide in seminars, speaking performances and leadership personal training for over 20 years, around the world, where I am, always, firstly, a student myself!
The Thinking Coach