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How are consultants so eloquent? I’m always blown away by how beautifully articulate some of my colleagues are. I’m taking public speaking classes and watching famous speeches but not sure how else to improve.

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I’ve improved substantially since starting this job due purely to the “reps.” I am presenting nearly every day in (what I would consider) a high-stakes environment. Presenting to executives on the regular forces me to be intentional with my language. I also have the benefit of listening to other tenured colleagues present regularly, and then I do my best to integrate their best practices.


I see some people take offense to it, but firms do tend to recruit from top universities that demand good writing and communication skills.

And then continuous, very rigorous feedback once you get into the firm.

I think good ideas get left behind in society at times because people don’t communicate them well. We’re usually very proud of our analysis and obsess over making sure we explain it so it’ll be heard.

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Eloquent? More like using elaborate vocabulary to formulate incomprehensible convolutions enabling them to fudge common sense and repurpose it as a strategic idea.




Read books and write . Thank me in a year


this is something someone would post on linkedin lol


I like to think a good sign of understanding a topic well is being able to explain it simply and in a way that anyone can understand.

Aside from knowledge, practice speaking publicly and persuasively, and arguably practice debating, can help with structuring and understanding how people will want to respond.


This is it. Confidence in the subject matter, or the genuine curiosity to learn new things makes for an engaged and high quality speaker


Dont underestimate the impact a strong K-12 education has (as well as verbose parents) compared to someone who didn’t have that.


Glad your strong K12 education taught you the meaning of “verbose” 😂


Because so many of us were privately or well educated, brought up by well spoken and educated parents, and went on to top universities


I completely agree with this!


Comes with time. I have been described as eloquent though I was anything but when I started, and sometimes find myself being very sub par in clarity of speech from time to time

Make sure you practice what you say and reflect to speed up the process of you learning that skill


By not caring if what they’re saying is completely relevant to the situation just as long as they hit a few vague buzzwords

In all seriousness, jotting down a few key bullets to help organize your thoughts and give you a well-articulated opening can help a lot with important meetings


try talking to yourself in the mirror (it sounds weird i know) but if you practice the words the cadence the facial expressions it can help with the actual delivery but also the confidence


This - watching others doesn't help as much as practicing



Noticed I became much more eloquent in my speech once I started taking Vyvanse so that’s an option


I think there’s a huge difference between being smart and speaking smartly. I’ve heard many leaders give fantastic speeches, hold impressive conversations with peers, but not be able to speak intelligently in a normal conversation or to staff.

Some people do well in school, some people are socially intelligent. Few are both without really, really hard work and preparation for key moments.


Selection bias. That's what the interview process filters for, moreso than raw intelligence or math skills or being hard working.


You get pretty good at verbal cosmetology when you've had a ton of practice putting lipstick on pigs.


I am sure you are well spoken or eloquent to someone. Everyone thinks a little differently and as long as they can put it words decently enough, it creates an impression of clarity and eloquence.


Thank you! I love this. Agreed, I think it’s beautiful how differently people express themselves. I think I speak fine but go in circles often so need to work on clarity.


Meanwhile ESL here 😂. Everybody would probably think how cute I speak rather than professional… same impact right? 🤪


Scottish food tastes like the ground it’s grown in.

Also pretty sure people who say they like Scottish accents are thinking of the ones you can actually understand, which isn’t exactly the majority of them.


Make yourself uncomfortable and take on the speaking jobs as much as you can. Just remember it’s okay to make a few mistakes but remember where you went wrong and try improving. With time and lots of practice, you will be better than those peers you are talking about.




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