How can I be more articulate when I am talking to big shots?
December 17, 2013 5:49 AM Subscribe
I am newly promoted on a diplomatic track. I guess this promotion comes from my clear vision, unique perspective and general abilities. That's great, of course -- but: When I meet up with people high on the food chain, I sometimes speak too quickly and without enough reflection. I become very animated and expressive and while this attitude is part of my success, it simply is not professional. I lack the calm and highly articulate speech that my brilliant colleagues regularly employ. it makes me look Mickey Mouse by comparison.
posted by mateuslee to Human Relations (9 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I tried all kinds of techniques to keep cool around those people (visualization, slow breathing, etc) but I feel my heart start beating and the surge of adrenaline and I transform like that into an inarticulate, blubbering fellow who may have a good idea or two, but certainly does not come off as the brilliant strategist which I want them to perceive me as.
How can I overcome this?