are eloquent and have good presentation skills often progress faster in their
careers. However, speaking in public is not everybody’s cup of tea.
Nevertheless, it is important to avoid the worst mistakes. After all, they can
ruin a career.
subject to a personal attack, e.g. during a company meeting, you must react
confidently and objectively, choosing your words carefully. People in
leadership roles must avoid fits of rage.
- Controversies and insults
nothing wrong with a heated discussion as long as specific rules are observed.
One of these rules states: “Be hard but fair towards others”. Belittling other
people does not make you bigger. In fact, the opposite is true. Inspiring
others to become great makes you greater still.
- Polarizing instead of assimilating
speakers help the other side to save face. They listen, show understanding and
emphasize areas of common ground. As Indira Gandhi rightly said: “You cannot
shake hands with a clenched fist.” You should avoid highlighting disagreements
and making your differences even clearer as a result. All this does is split
Institut für Rhetorik,