Speaking Skills - CNN's Kaitlan Collins

Not everyone in finance is the greatest speaker but it is a skill that is important. How can we improve? One way to improve is to be listen carefully to others as they speak. Unless she is completely reading off of cue cards, CNN's Kaitlin Collins is a very good speaker. She must have practiced speaking quite a bit or learned from some very good speakers. Her speaking flow is almost flawless in that you do not hear any, ahs, ums, etc. At the same, her sentences tend to be on the long, which makes her speaking skills even more impressive. Plenty of people who you would think should speak well like attorneys, politicians with strong educational backgrounds, etc., do not always speak very well.

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Aug 2, 2020 - 4:33pm
2and20:

This is a bit weird, but ok...

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Aug 2, 2020 - 5:02pm

Why is it weird? If you put this topic in the weird category, lots of topics would have to go in that category.

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Aug 2, 2020 - 5:27pm

he watches CNN, lmao

Never discuss with idiots, first they drag you at their level, then they beat you with experience.

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Aug 2, 2020 - 5:30pm

You can turn anything into a political topic...

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Aug 2, 2020 - 5:33pm

dude you want to talk about a good speaker - Barack Obama was a good speaker. Excellent orator - complete command of the English language - and I disagreed with every point. But a great speaker.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 2, 2020 - 5:38pm

Agreed with this. He had a nice fitting voice sound as well.

Never discuss with idiots, first they drag you at their level, then they beat you with experience.

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Aug 2, 2020 - 5:39pm

Yeah, he has it all going on: he speaks well and is charismatic. I am pretty sure I have heard him say a few ums and ahs, though. Kaitlan is like the opposite of charismatic.

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Aug 2, 2020 - 6:36pm
financeabc:

Not everyone in finance is the greatest speaker but it is a skill that is important. How can we improve? One way to improve is to be listen carefully to others as they speak. Unless she is completely reading off of cue cards, CNN's Kaitlin Collins is a very good speaker.

Butttt... she is not in finance?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 2, 2020 - 7:28pm

My dad is a finance executive who goes on networks like cnbc and the likes every now and then. For some it comes naturally but even though he's a good speaker I know that he stills spends a large chunk of time working with PR team that spends time every month going over and playing back previous interviews.

Aug 2, 2020 - 8:01pm

Yeah, I think it takes a lot of practice to get better at it.

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Aug 3, 2020 - 8:23am

Not sure why this is getting MS. She is an embarrassing human being but damn can she speak in public

Aug 3, 2020 - 12:27am

I agree on this however I strongly recommend that people develop their own speaking styles as opposed to emulating the speakers they are listening to..

There was a student in my communication class that would make the same pauses as Barack Obama in his speeches, and it was just cringe-worthy to listen to..

Ex: I am going to talk (pause + same hand gesture as Obama), about this issue (repeat)

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Aug 3, 2020 - 8:46am

I can partly agree here. I think you should pay attention to others who do things well ( writing, speaking, etc) and then apply them to your own situation.

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Aug 3, 2020 - 12:35am

It really depends on the setting and situation. Many of those uh's and uhm's are actually very useful in the right situations. For prepared remarks like speeches or television appearances, I agree to remove them. But for a lot of the kind of speaking you're doing in finance, I believe there's actually utility in not sounding so polished.

Show me the incentive and I'll show you the outcome.

Aug 3, 2020 - 7:59am

When are ums, ahs and ya knows useful? I think you are trying to say that sometimes it is better to sound like a dumb ass...

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