The 10 Worst Tips To Give Someone Who Has To Speak In Public

Written by Alan Matthews


1. Learnrepparttar speech by heart or read it from a script.

This is meant to be a way of making sure you donít forget what youíre going to say. Instead, itís usually a way of making sure you donít connect with your audience.

Most people who use a script end up reading it out and, unless youíre a professional actor or a very experienced speaker, this will come across as unnatural and stilted and it will stop you looking at your audience.

If you try to memorise a script, you may find you are under even more pressure to remember what you want to say because, if you go offrepparttar 107989 script, thereís no way back.

Itís better to prepare some notes which can be a guide should you need one. Byrepparttar 107990 time youíve preparedrepparttar 107991 speech, you will knowrepparttar 107992 main areas you want to cover. Put these down as headings on paper or cards in LARGE PRINT so you can see them when youíre standing up. You may then only need a couple of key words to add to these to remind you ofrepparttar 107993 main points you want to make in each area.

If you need more than this, you may be trying to cover too much information. You may also think of a couple of really good ways of saying something, or a good story to use to illustrate a point. Jot these down so you donít forget.

2. Rehearse in front of a mirror.

This may be a bit controversial because I know several books and trainers give this tip. All I can say is I have never found I could do this.

I do rehearse ( sometimes ) and sometimes I tape myself to hear what it sounds like. But I canít watch myself in a mirror and think about what Iím saying, itís just too distracting. If you want to see what you look like, ask someone to watch you or use a video camera. However, donít get bogged down with worrying about how you look.

The main purpose of rehearsing is to reinforcerepparttar 107994 talk in your memory, check how long it takes and help you spot those areas where what you want to say doesnít sound right or where you might get confused. Then you can think of some effective phrases to use to help get your point across. You can do this without a mirror.

3. Use plenty of slides.

This is sometimes offered as a Ď tip Ď for taking attention from yourself. Giverepparttar 107995 audience something else to look at. Another tip is to give them a hefty handout atrepparttar 107996 start so they have something to read.

The problem is - YOU should berepparttar 107997 centre of attention. People want to hear what youíve got to say andrepparttar 107998 best way to communicate your message is by speaking effectively. By all means use visual aids if they will help but they should complement what youíre saying, not just reproduce your own notes.

Similarly with handouts, they can be very helpful but you need to know why you are using them. If they have backup information, give them out atrepparttar 107999 end. If they contain some key ideas you want to refer to as you go along, give them out atrepparttar 108000 start, but make sure they donít distract people from what you are saying.

Letís be honest Ė if youíre that concerned about getting out ofrepparttar 108001 spotlight, you shouldnít be doing this inrepparttar 108002 first place.

4. Wear a cartoon tie to show you have a sense of humour.

This is linked to a couple ofrepparttar 108003 other Ď tips Ď which are meant to give you a helping hand in gettingrepparttar 108004 audience on your side. Wearing a funny tie is saying ď Look, Iím really a nice guy. Give me a chance. ď

I wonít go into detail here for fear of alienating all of you who might, even now, be wearing such attire, but I have to say, thatís NOT what most people think when they see someone wearing a cartoon tie.

In terms of dress, wear something you feel comfortable in and which seems appropriate. Thatís a bit vague, but it depends on your audience. The usual approach is to dress slightly smarter than you expectrepparttar 108005 audience to dress. Too much of a difference between you and them can cause problems with credibility. Just think aboutrepparttar 108006 impression you want to give and, in general, avoid anything which could be a distraction.

Incidentally, I really donít know whatrepparttar 108007 female equivalent ofrepparttar 108008 cartoon tie would be. Any suggestions?

5. Start off with a joke.

This is a bit likerepparttar 108009 previous Ď tip Ď. Breakrepparttar 108010 ice, show what a good sense of humour you have, get them on your side.

Please donít do this. Not unless youíre a good joke Ė teller and this joke is absolutely guaranteed to get a laugh. And, even then, only if itís appropriate in some way. One ofrepparttar 108011 best ways to kill your chances fromrepparttar 108012 start is to begin with a joke which has nothing to do with your subject and watch it flop. Believe me, youíll wish you were somewhere else and your audience will too.

Use humour if you can. It will help get your message across and it will getrepparttar 108013 audience on your side, but be careful with it. You can use stories, things that have happened to you or to other people which relate to your talk. Being a bit self Ė deprecating can be a good way to gain an audienceís trust but donít overdo it. If in doubt, leave it out.

6. Tell them youíre nervous to get them on your side.

Like some ofrepparttar 108014 others, this is a plea for support torepparttar 108015 audience. You know most people haterepparttar 108016 idea of speaking in public, so you appeal to their sympathy by telling them how bad you feel. Another approach is to apologise Ė ď I donít know why I was asked to do this. Iíve never done this sort of thing before. ď

This NEVER works.

One thing you can generally be sure of is that, atrepparttar 108017 start of a talk, your audience will want you to succeed. You should remember this when you feel nervous. They will give you a chance to do well and they will mainly be prepared to listen ( and they will probably be really glad itís not them doing it ).

Fading into Sameness: How Too Many Slides Can Ruin Your Presentation

Written by Debbie Bailey

"I have a love/hate relationship with PowerPoint. Inrepparttar right hands, it's a great presentation tool. Inrepparttar 107988 wrong hands (and unfortunately, most usage falls into this category) we are cloning generations of boring slide shows narrated by speakers we barely notice." - Debbie Bailey

Ah,repparttar 107989 good old days. For me, those wererepparttar 107990 days before PowerPoint slide shows becamerepparttar 107991 norm for virtually every business presentation given in corporate America. I fondly rememberrepparttar 107992 days when presenters spoke passionately about a subject near and dear to their heart without having to display every single thought on a slide. I reminisce back torepparttar 107993 time when 80 slides for a 20 minute presentation was NOTrepparttar 107994 norm, when presenters weren't just slide narrators, when preparing for a presentation meant more than putting together your slide show.

Now don't get me wrong, I knowrepparttar 107995 advantages of using slides, however, I also know that too much of a good thing is NOT GOOD. I subscribe to Bill Wheless' philosophy about PowerPoint "It's like alcohol inrepparttar 107996 hands of a drunk. What we need is moderation." Somehow, we must learn to use, but not abuse,repparttar 107997 positive attributes slides bring to our presentations. If we don't, we risk looking and sounding like every other boring business presenter. Worst of all, we become forgettable.

Think aboutrepparttar 107998 last presenter who strongly affected you. More than likely that presenter used very few, if any, slides. The most memorable presenters rely on their delivery style to make their point, rather than a well designed slide deck.

When I first began teaching presentation skills more than 20 years ago, I struggled to convince presenters to incorporaterepparttar 107999 use of visual aids. My howrepparttar 108000 world has changed.

Today, I have to work twice as hard to convince presenters to rely less on their slides and more on their dynamic communication skills. It's almost as if presenters believe that all it takes to deliver a successful presentation is a good slide deck. The truth is, when asked to prepare a presentation, presenters spendrepparttar 108001 vast majority of their time working on their slides, rather than their delivery style.

Consider for a moment why political candidates and presidents DON'T use slidesÖ My guess, they don't want to divert any attention away from themselves. They understand what Roger Ailes, author ofrepparttar 108002 famous book You Arerepparttar 108003 Message has known for quite some time. "For those who want to succeed, there is only one secret. YOU ARE THE MESSAGE."

Cont'd on page 2 ==> © 2005
Terms of Use