If you run your own business, or lead a team in a large corporate or maybe have a growing brood at home you will have experienced many times people not listening to you. Using your voice and being able to articulate yourself clearly is the key to being understood, building leadership skills, getting cooperation from angst-ridden teens.

Social communication is one of the areas that speech and language therapists help people with. The popularity of The Kings’s Speech and the coverage of broadcast journalist Nick Robinson getting his voice back after cancer treatment has given much needed press to the amazing work of speech and language therapists. It’s a profession little understood until you or a loved one is in the position that they need to see one.

The role of speech and language therapists

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) provide life-improving treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking or swallowing. So it goes a lot further than stammering and pronunciation!

Nearly 20% of the population may experience communication difficulties at one point in their lives.

Source: RCSLT

Effective social communication is an essential part of establishing your own identity and being understood if you are finding people are not listening then there are a few tips you can pick up to improve.

Listen to me!

“The human voice. It’s the instrument we all play. It’s the most powerful sound in the whole world probably, it’s the only one that can start a war or say I love you. Yet many people have the experience that when they speak people don’t listen to them. Why is that? How can we speak powerfully to make a number of changes in the world?”

Julian Treasure has a wonderful TED talk on just this subject. He goes onto explain the 7 deadly sins of speaking

  1. Gossip
  2. Judging
  3. Negativity
  4. Excuses
  5. Complaining
  6. Exaggeration
  7. Dogmatism

We need to avoid these if we want to be listened to more.

He then goes onto speak about the four cornerstones if we want our speech to be powerful and contribute towards changing the world.

  1. Honesty
  2. Authenticity
  3. Integrity
  4. Love

It’s a really powerful talk – useful for all those of us who rely on our spoken word to get us ahead in the world. Check it out:

Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen

If you’re interested in finding out more check out our free tailored 10 part inbox speech and language therapy courses. Designed by our Iris Speaks Experts to help your family on their speech and language journey. Sign up here!