Alcohol is like a truth serum which can lead to us sharing personal insights with colleagues which we wouldn’t normally think of doing in the workplace.
But revealing details about yourself – in the communications sense – can be a powerful tactic when used purposefully to speak or write to your audience.
Personal revelation can:
– make your content more engaging
– help personalise your message
– make your communication original and memorable
– help you to talk in the language of your audience
– enable listeners or readers to relate to you
– explain or reinforce a point
Knowing that personal revelation is a useful tactic is all well and good, but how do you practically make use of it? How do you avoid over-doing it and embarrassing yourself? What would constitute getting the balance just about right, when weaving it in to a speech, presentation or leadership article, for example?
Here are eight tips to help answer some of these questions:
1. Make it relevant – this has to relate to a point you are making.
2. Keep it short – a story that goes on too long loses your audience.
3. Stay original and avoid clichés – helps make your content unique.
4. Be interesting – your audience still requires entertaining.
5. Don’t over-do it – culture and context dictate what is deemed acceptable.
6. Relate it back quickly to your original point – or people lose attention, especially with speeches.
7. Use an appropriate style – if you’re recounting a tragic tale, you shouldn’t sound overjoyed.
8. Ensure you have internally-processed it first – this is not a therapy session.
Has personal-revelation worked for you as a communications tactic? Have you used any of these points, and are there any points which could be added?