One of my favorite things to do in the morning is listen to podcasts and watch YouTube videos related to leadership, communication, marketing and most importantly self-awareness.
What do all of these things have in common?
They each will require you at some point in time to read the room.
Learning how to “read the room” aka, observing your surroundings, being able to adapt to them and then communicate effectively is a skill that is useful in not only your professional life, but also your personal.
Here are 5 YouTube videos that I recommend to help improve your overall communication skills:
1.) How To Talk To Anyone: 92 Little Tricks For Big Success In Relationships Audiobook By Leil Lowndes
Hands down probably one of the most useful audiobooks that I have ever listened to! Although the audio may sound a bit outdated when listening, these 92 tricks/tips discussed have really changed the way that I think about entering meetings, presentations and even social scenes.
This podcast episode features Donald Miller, author of the marketing book, StoryBrand. Although his book is geared towards the marketing industry, the reasoning behind his StoryBrand concept and learning how to make your target audience feel like the “hero” can be applied to both your professional and personal life, as it paints a clear picture of how we all have an internal story we believe about ourselves that we can utilize to connect with others.
Everyone knows Tony Robbins is a legend when it comes to motivational speaking, but his speech on building rapport is one of my faves! Learning how to connect with everyone, regardless of their differences from yourself, is something I try to practice in my day to day life and the methods he presents help you to do just that.
This Ted Talk is a must-watch for learning how to think quickly on your feet when entering any room to ensure you make meaningful connections.
Another Ted Talk that I highly recommend if you want practical skills that help you genuinely connect when you are speaking to others in ANY situation!
Bottom line: Communication is not as complicated as we all make it out to be. If you want to improve your speaking skills, start with improving your listening skills. The easiest way to start a conversation with someone is asking them about themselves and getting to know their “story” because truth is – we all have a story.