When I ask my audiences their number one challenge with public speaking, they overwhelmingly say, “to overcome the fear of public speaking.” It’s okay to have “butterflies.” The key is how to get them organized, focused and flying in formation. Here are 10 tips for delivering a more powerful, persuasive presentation, and to improve public speaking skills.
Before your presentation, check yourself in a full-length mirror. A dear friend of mine forgot to do this. During her keynote speech in front of hundreds, someone quietly pointed out that her skirt was tucked into her pantyhose.
Together with your eyes focused on your pointed index fingers, slowly form a lazy eight figure along with your arms. Say whats happened, i.e., “I was ready to speak on Strengths and I see here I am so supposed to talk on Personality Assessments, which will get the audience on your side. Listed here are some points that can assist.
It’s understood that the opening statements are a time for the prosecution and defense to establish the facts and circumstances of the case. Time and time again, however, I’ve seen attorneys give dry and dispassionate presentations to the jurors and waste the opportunity for them to connect to their clients’ cases. When I work with attorneys on delivering opening statements I have them view themselves as storytellers first and attorneys second. Framing themselves in this way allows them to instill emotion in what they are saying and maximizes the impact their opening statements have on the jury.
Reading about, talking about and thinking about public speaking doesn’t improve your actual skills…. public speaking improves your presentation training.
Writing your goals down is a good first step. Then you need to take action! The sooner you take action, the better. Maybe it’s enrolling in a class. Or signing up to attend the first networking event. Even if the action you take is small compared with all that needs to be done to achieve your goal, it will get you one step closer and psychologically make you feel more committed.
Next time you watch another (quality) public speaker, take a look at the process through the eyes of a student public speaker; you will learn a bunch.
Flip charts are a great way to be interactive with your audience and get their inputs to your presentation. People feel important when you write their words and ideas on paper in front of the room.