Writing a speech can be a very daunting task. You feel overwhelmed with ideas, you don’t know where to start, how to end, what to talk about it, how to develop your ideas and the list goes on. The good news is writing a killer speech is really easy when you keep in mind the following six simple steps:
1. Be very clear about the topic of the speech
2. Answer the main question with two to five key points... Ideally three
3. Elaborate on these answers
4. Nail the introduction
5. Have a strong conclusion
6. Pay special attention to transitions
“Just be yourself” is perhaps the most common piece of advice given before interviews, dates and work presentations. But more often than not, we don’t even know what it means let alone be able to do it at times when we need it the most!
In this article I share a framework to better understand what it means to “be yourself” and how to be able to do it in every situation.
Advice given by well meaning supporters is often "just imagine the audience naked".
On the surface this is not only a common piece of advice it is also somewhat amusing. But does it really work?
Whilst I am not trying to be a killjoy I do not recommend imaging the audience naked in public speaking for a number of important reasons.
1. It causes you to mask vulnerability with a fake sense of power
2. It impacts your ability to build genuine rapport with your audience
3. It can impact negatively on your eye contact and facial expressions
Have you ever been to a presentation, perhaps participated in a team meeting or even been on a teleconference call where you can tell the speaker has got great things to say but you simply can't hear them?
In this video we're going to be sharing with you our top tips on how you can increase your volume when you're speaking and presenting.
Many people often think of the fear of public speaking and nerves associated with public speaking in the same way. They think that they need to overcome both nerves and fear to be considered a polished speaker. We don’t believe this is true!
Before writing any speech selecting the right speech topic can be a painful, drawn out and tendious process. The good news is that it does not have to be! With our Public Speaking for Life guide on how to select a speech topic you can narrow down the right speech topic for you without wasting time! We share seven steps to pick the perfect speech topic. They are:
1. Identify the nature of the speaking event and purpose behind it
2. Know your audience
3. Think of you personal interests, knowledge and experiences
4. Identify any relevant latest news
5. Brainstorm all possible ideas
6. Make a short list of possible topics
7. Make a decision and commit to it
Why is it that some people have the ability to persuade others almost effortlessly without being coercive or manipulative?
I have researched and studied what persuasive people do and identified 15 key things which I have grouped into the following four categories:
A. Inner game: The inner beliefs and attitudes you need to develop to become more persuasive
B. Short term game: The things you want to say and do during the discussion to maximise your chances of persuasion
C. Long term game: The things you want to do over a long period of time to affect change and persuade others to take action
D. Dirty game: The methods that some people use to persuade others. I seriously don’t recommend using these methods as they may be unethical and could hurt you over the long run. However, I think it is important to mention them and then you will be able to recognise them if others are using them.
Gone are the days of an audience being won over by a flashy PowerPoint presentation, an uninspiring three point message or polished delivery designed to mask zero content.
Today there is zero tolerance for robotic predictable ‘cookie cutter’ public speakers that share a bland and insignificant message.
To genuinely connect with the audience, you need to keep your communication real