Ten Holiday-inspired Rules for Public Speaking by Nick Morgan

It’s six days before Christmas and Nick Morgan is giving away ten of his best and most favorite rules when it comes to being a better public speaker. No one is perfect and even the most talented and veteran ones do make mistakes from time to time. With these rules in mind, it is my hope that public speakers and those aspiring to be one will have more reason to be better at practicing their skill.

  1. Don’t take on a technical problem alone. – Ask the audience if there’s any technical expert in the room who can help you. This way, you’re involving the audience and not letting them hang in the air.
  2.  If the audience is much smaller than expected, throw away your script and make it a conversation. – Deliver a shorter version of your speech and throw in a Q&A.
  3. Have a 3- and 20-minute version of your talk ready to go, in addition to the long one. – This is especially helpful during those times when there isn’t enough time left and you’e forced to shorten your talk.
  4.  Ignore the negative people in the audience.  – Focus instead on those who are nodding, agreeing with you and showing positive participation.
  5. If you have a heckler who won’t shut up, go to him and stand facing the same way as he is sitting, right next to him or just behind him. – This act will hush them up.
  6. Don’t save Q n A to the end. – Do it instead half hour into the talk then finish it with a strong close. This way, it’s the powerful conclusion that they will remember.
  7. If someone asks a question, the most important response is to repeat the question, clarifying it for the whole audience. – This will not only make the question clearer for everyone, but it will also flatter the one who asked the question.
  8. Acknowledge the elephant in the room ASAP. – This way, you won’t lose the interest of your audience.
  9. Finish a little bit early.  – Attention spans of audiences wane. They will appreciate you more if the talk doesn’t run long.
  10. Close with “thank you” – and wait for the audience to applaud. – Don’t walk out in the middle of the clap. Wait for them to finish clapping. It’s their way of showing you their appreciation for a job well done.
To find out more of Nick Morgan’s thoughts on his rules, head to:Morgan’s 10 Holiday-inspired Rules for Public Speaking – Especially When Things Go Wrong

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