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Oral Communication

Definition:  Makes clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups.  Listens effectively and clarifies information as needed.  Facilitates an open exchange of ideas and fosters an atmosphere of open communication.

Ideas for Developing this Competency: 

  • Join a Toastmasters Group.
  • Volunteer to address a community group on BLM activities. 
  • Volunteer to chair or facilitate meetings or lead workgroup discussions.
  • Volunteer to act as a spokesperson for a special interest group.
  • Interview your counterparts in other organizations about their "best practices" and summarize what you learn at a staff meeting.
  • Find opportunities to speak in front of groups.  Check and see if the group is correctly receiving your message.
  • Listen to tapes of effective speakers.
  • Tape yourself doing a presentation and ask for feedback.
  • Hire a speech coach.
  • Teach a new skill to your work team.
  • Serve as a mediator for workplace disputes.
  • Create a skit for your next all-employees meeting, team meeting, or other event.
  • Teach or demonstrate a personal interest at a brown bag or other informal meeting.
  • Get feedback from your peers about the dynamics of your verbal and nonverbal communications.

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