not a public speaker
all speak in public. Public speaking goes beyond
a stage in front of 100 people. We present ourselves all the time.
don't talk with your hands
> Hand gestures show what you mean. Speakers who avoid using any
hand movement appear stiff. Let your hands speak for
over the heads of the audience
directly at key individuals. We connect with each other through eye contact. Effective speakers look at a few people, one at a time. Eye contact helps to build rapport, when you build rapport you build trust, and
when you have trust, your audience believes you.
It's more effective to memorize concepts, not words. If you forget a
you can make your
point another way or go on to a new point. Your audience will not know the difference. When possible,
avoid using manuscripts. Notes & outlines help you to stay on
in one place
movement can be dynamic. Work the crowd. Move across the platform. By
doing this, you'll increase the energy in the audience.
use a lecternreality >
There's only one reason to use a
lectern - to hold your notes. Use a
lectern only when you have to speak from a manuscript. Otherwise, you risk
giving a presentation that's perceived as formal and stiff.
all your points in your speech
Consider the time frame and modify your talk. Give three major points
instead of six. Condense your examples. Tell shorter stories.
People will be more likely to remember your speech if you take this
approach instead of trying to squeeze too much into too short a time
with a jokereality > Don't do
it. You don't have to be funny to be effective. Use
humor or irony instead of telling a joke. Or, simply start with a story
or a quote. Jokes backfire more often than not and you start your presentation
turn off the lights to show slidesreality >
darkness, your audience members will fall asleep. They'll
be startled when you turn the lights back on. Use a dimmer instead.
Give people enough light to see the slides, and be sure you can see
shouldn't be nervous
reality > You can control and manage nervousness, but you can't
eliminate it. For most of us, the fear of making a presentation never really goes away. Even the top speakers get nervous. Some nervousness is
good for you. It keeps you dynamic. The goal is to channel your nervous
energy into a positive performance.