3 Tips to Help Your Professional Speaking Skills

No introduction needed. Gabe Gabrielsen literally captured the interest of every student in Professional Communications within the first twenty seconds of speaking.

“Having knowledge, but not being able to express it, is ridiculous!” Gabrielsen said that when you think about college graduates who are working at McDonalds or Burger King, the issue is that these graduates weren’t able to translate what they learned in college because they lacked communication skills. His claim to fame is helping combat professional stupidity.

Gabe Gabrielsen, professional speaker

When it comes to public speaking, Gabe shared three tips that can help make you stand out.

1. Interest: You have to capture the audience’s interest
2. Humor: Make it fun for the people listening to you
3. Value: Make sure you give the audience something of value

And most importantly, you need to have credibility in the area in which you are speaking about.

Other nuggets of wisdom:

• People who get promoted are able to identify and communicate problems.

• Use the “tell ‘em, tell ‘em, tell ‘em” method whenever possible. First tell them what you are going to tell them. Then tell them. Then tell them what you told them.  

• Volunteer. You never know what opportunity might come out of it.

• There are two ways to get better in life: Do more of what you are doing right. Or do less of what you are doing wrong.

Koa Moua, business student, asked, “How will I know when something (a career) just clicks?”

Gabrielsen’s advice is to find a mentor, someone who you really admire and is doing things right. Think of someone who you’d want to be and go and ask that person to coffee. Pick up the phone and call someone to get to know them better. Meet with career services.

What did my students take away from this guest speaker? Here’s what a few of them had to say:

• My commitment was to listen more than speak.
• I will use the 3 Cs and the tell ‘em times three. He was great! He kept me engaged and had many experiences we can learn from.
• I learned that you have to push yourself forward. Get out of your comfort zone and not be afraid to ask questions.

More About Gabe

Gabe has an astounding background in professional speaking, public speaking and advising government and business professionals. Check out his website. His alter ego? The Cold Call Man!