Top 10 Powerful Speaking Tips

Top 10 Powerful Speaking Tips

The key to a good speech is to have a surprising truth- Top 10 Powerful Speaking Tips

Find something that everyone thinks is one way, and explain that really it’s this other way. If you can achieve that, you’ve hit a home run.

Don’t make it about you
Here’s the key to good networking: Think about what you can do for others, not what they can do for you. When you meet new people, don’t make the mistake of marketing yourself. Instead, think about someone you know who would be helpful to them. Connect two people, and suddenly you’re a hero.

Educate yourself
Never before have we had more power to educate ourselves. If you give a smart phone to a Masai Warrior in Africa who has never seen technology, he will have access to more information that the President of the USA did in the year 2000. A stunning statistic: Take advantage of it.

Top 10 Powerful Speaking Tips

Use slides and technology sparingly
Powerpoint is generally a crutch for the amateur presenter. Visual reinforcement can help make a great speech connect, but it won’t make a poor presentation better. Design your presentation without slides or videos and then determine if and how visuals can add to the audience experience in a meaningful way. Many professional speakers are stepping away from the slide-show approach and focusing on making a face-to-face audience connection.

Speak with an intent to move people to action
Know what you want your audience to do immediately after hearing your speech. If nobody does anything different than they would have done before you spoke – the value of your speech is zero.

Structure your material in three sections– grabber, middle, close 
Know your material. Get really interested in the topic. Find good stories.

Get experience
Take every opportunity you can get to speak (and listen to other speakers). Prepare well ahead of time. Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking.

Don’t Read Unless You Have to. Work from an Outline
Reading from a script or slide, fractures the interpersonal connection. By maintaining eye contact with the audience, you keep the focus on yourself and your message. A brief outline can serve to jog your memory and keep you on task.

Top 10 Powerful Speaking Tips

Use Your Voice and Hands Effectively. Omit Nervous Gestures
Nonverbal communication carries most of the message. Good delivery does not call attention to itself, but instead conveys the speaker’s ideas clearly and without distraction.

Grab Attention at the Beginning, and Close with a Dynamic End
Do you enjoy hearing a speech start with “Today I’m going to talk to you about X”? Most people don’t. Instead, use a startling statistic, an interesting anecdote, or concise quotation. Conclude your speech with a summary and a strong statement that your audience is sure to remember.
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