Mark Twain understood the power of communicating well.
“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug,” the wordsmith wrote.
It applies to all aspects of life, especially as a tool to connect with people. Humber’s Centre for Entrepreneurship held a workshop on Oct. 25 teaching students the art of effective communication.
Workshop facilitator Lance Constantine is a motivational speaker and Humber College alumnus who — after 10 years — came back to work with the college.
Constantine is the author of the book “The Art of Speaking,” which offers examples of the various techniques used in communications. The key points include voice dynamics and body language, which were demonstrated at the event.
Humber College students and visitors got hands-on experience and training on how to communicate effectively during the workshop.
“One way to overcome the fear of public speaking is to connect the moment to your why. The reason why you are there at that moment, ask yourself why?” Constantine said.
According to Constantine seven per cent of our communication is based on confidence, and 30 per cent of it is the technique being used while talking to people.
Constantine said that communication is always an “internal work in display.”
“My aim for individuals after this workshop is for them to be able to speak with power. For them to learn how to command attention through their speech,” said Raeshelle Morris, the manager for Centre for Entrepreneurship at Humber Collage Lakeshore campus.
Morris manages the workshops forums for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, including the speaking series.
Morris said the name “SPROUT” was given to the CFE community because they wanted to be able to nurture the entrepreneur skills embedded in every individual.
“I learnt a lot during this workshop,” Kardisha Williams, a student in Media Communications at the University of Guelph-Humber said. “Normally I would not have known all these speaking techniques till this day.”