Ten Public Speaking Tips For Introverts

I read this article from Psychology Today and I thought of sharing these tips here with you.  It is particularly written for introverts and as I am an introvert myself, the tips really resonated well with me. The article is about how to thrive in a world that can’t stop talking. Are you an introverted speaker? Well then read these public speaking tips to help you face your audience and deliver your speech or presentation with more confidence than ever. 

1. For many speakers — and especially for introverts — preparation is key. As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect.

2. Think about what your particular audience wants to hear. Again, it’s always about the audience and not about you. That should take the pressure off of your shoulders.

3. If you haven’t spoken publicly in a while and feel rusty, watch videos of speakers that have shots taken from the speaker’s vantage point, where you can see what it’s like to face the audience. TED Talks have a lot of these videos. Just imagine that you’re the speaker. Visualization is really the key.

4. Similarly, if you can, visit the room where you’ll be speaking.  – Again, to help you with visualizing yourself in there.

5. When you listen to a great speaker or hear someone mention one, get a transcript of the speech. This way, you can study it and learn from it.

6. Keep a video diary or video blog. This way, you’ll have an idea of how you talk, what facial expressions you use, if you have annoying mannersims, if you look interesting to look at, etc. If you see anything wrong, then you can change it or improve on it.

7. Know your strengths and weaknesses as a speaker, and accentuate the positive. It’s similar to the saying “see the glass half full”. Focus on what you’re good at or what you do best and deliver it.

8. At the same time, public speaking is a performance, and that’s a good thing, even if you’re not a natural actor. Think of it as having an onstage persona.

9. Smile at your audience as they enter the room, and smile at them when you begin speaking. This will make you feel confident and relaxed.

10. Here is a funny tip from a reader of the Happiness Project. It’s probably not the best advice, but it will make you laugh:

“My eighth grade teacher told us all to pretend the people [in the audience] are heads of cabbages. I never quite got that one as making much sense, but to this day (40 years later) I still say that line to myself before I speak. And I laugh.”

For more insight, please head to: 10 Public Speaking Tips For Introverts

4 Keys to Persuading Your Audience

Remember this acronym: C.A.R.E. These letters stand for CredibilityActionReason, and Empathy. These are the four things you will need if you want to persuade your audience to do something or not do something or compel them to do whatever it is that you are advocating, selling or teaching.

Credibility – Without it, your audience won’t even listen to a word you’re saying.

Action – Be clear about what action you want done and ask your audience to do it.

Reason – Provide a good enough reason that will resonate with the values of your audience so that they’ll be compelled to take action.

Empathy – Put yourself in your audience’s shoes. Understand their reasons and show respect for them, and then metaphorically put your arm around their shoulder as you gently guide them to taking your desired action.

For more insight on this matter, please head to:  Handle With CARE: 4 Keys To Convince Any Audience

3 Tips on How to Deliver Powerful Presentations

Aside from all the other tips I’ve shared with you before on how to give great presentations, here are three more that will make your presentation more powerful:

1. Match your audience’s energy level. – If you notice that your audience is the quiet type or perhaps, they’re a bit sleepy coming in to hear you talk so early in the morning, don’t come barging in on stage with super high energy. Just match their energy level and lead them to a higher level through activities, questions, etc.

2. For bigger audience, use bigger gestures. – If you’re presenting in front of a large crowd, you have to make your gestures a lot bigger and your voice much louder in order to be heard, noticed and to create impact. But if you are presenting in the midst of an intimate audience, then you can tone down your gestures a bit and adjust the volume of your voice just enough so everybody can hear you clearly.

3.  Involve your audience in your presentation. – Make sure you converse with your audience right from the start. Ask questions. Get them involved in an activity. Have a dialogue with them. This will get them hooked on your presentation right from the beginning.

To get more insight about these tips, please head to:  Anthony Robbins Top 3 Techniques for Delivering Powerful Presentations

Beware of These Presentation Lies

We’ve all been through high school and I’m pretty sure we were taught the same general “principles” when it comes to presenting or speaking in public. Unfortunately, these lessons are all lies. Don’t make the same mistake passing these things on to younger generations, and if you do still practice them, well, stop. Here are the presentation lies we were taught before:

1. Focus on a Spot at the Back of the Room

2. Memorize Your Script

3. Keep Your Hands Straight by Your Side

4. Facts, Facts, Facts

5. Always use Powerpoint

6. Use complicated, technical words

7. Stand Still

8. You’re Either Born a Great Presenter…or Not

These are all self-explanatory. But if you want to know more, please head to: 8 Presentation Lies You Were Taught in School

7 Steps on Memorizing a Speech

While there’s not one surefire way to memorize a speech, there are seven simple steps that can help you get where you want to be, that is, a confident speaker who can deliver his/her lines well.

Here are the seven steps that can help you memorize your speech:

  1. Start by writing out your script in full. – Yes, the first step is to write from the heart and write everything down. You can always edit later.
  2. Be realistic – Don’t try to memorize your speech word for word. – While your goal is to memorize your speech, you don’t have to do it word for word. The important thing is to know the essence of your speech and memorize those important key points which you can later on expound with your own words.
  3. Rehearse, Rehearse, Rehearse – As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect”.
  4. Create a visual  “storyboard” for your speech – Use of images can help trigger your memory and help keep you on track.
  5. Create a speech summary in mind map format – Mind mapping is another effective tool in triggering memory. Use it well.
  6.  Summarize your speech on index cards – If mind maps are not your thing, jot down the important keywords on “6×4” index cards.
  7. Use a memory hook system – One example is the use of a familiar journey t help you memorize the main points of your speech.

Like I said, there is no one surefire way to help you memorize your speech but these seven tips above could help show you the way.

For more information, please head to: How to memorise a speech

How to be a presentation guru according to comedians

We’ve all heard and read stuff about how humor makes presentations and speeches a lot better and more engaging for the audience. It’s no wonder then why we can all learn from comedians on how to be experts in our field and hopefully become the presentation guru that we visualize ourselves to be.

Below are eleven (11) tips we can learn from comedians on how to become a presentation guru.

1. Be Natural.

2. Let It Flow.

3. Have a Story.

4. Make Your Material Relatable.

5. Have a Presence.

6. Share Your Point-of-view.

7. Be Genuine.

8. Mind Your Delivery.

9. Timing is Important.

10. Move Around.

11. Commit.

Find out more about these tips at:  Steal these 11 tips from comedians to be a presentation GURU

The Coco Chanel Method for Presentations

Coco Chanel once said: “Before you head out the door, take one thing off from among the accessories you’ve put on.” It’s actually the same with presentations. Before you close your PC for the night, before you decide that you’re already done with the preparation  you did for your presentation, look over everything again and see what can be taken out.

Sometimes, presenters get so obsessed with perfecting their presentations that they don’t realize they’ve put too much “accessories” and other unnecessary stuff that can ultimately distract them from making an impact and making a point.

Below are some of the things you might want to remove to make your presentation cleaner, more impactful and influential, and more straight to the point.

  • Slide jewelry – this refers to charts, graphics, effects, transitions, videos, sounds and pictures. Make sure you only have what you really need. Too many of these things can be very distracting for your audience.
  • Audience stylings – this refers to too much audience participation like polls and volunteer activities. Limit them. 
  • Technology tinsel – this refers to using laser pointers to cool videos. Use them only when necessary and make sure that the audience will still get to remember your point after.
  • Language lightshows – this refers to  using alliteration, analogy and too many other rhetorical devices. Always remember: the simpler the better.

For more insight about this matter, please head to:

Use the Coco Chanel method to gauge what’s too much in your presentation

Dale Carnegie and Presentation Lessons

How to Win Friends and Influence People is a book I’ve read when I was in college 14 years ago. It has helped me grow as a person and as  a professional and has indeed helped me make great friends and influence people along the way. I won’t delve much into all his profound teachings here. What I’d like to share with you are three presentation lessons we can all learn from the great man himself, Dale Carnegie.

1. “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” – The more we procrastinate doing the hardest part of our presentation or whatever job is at hand, the more stressed out we’re going to be. So to end our pain and suffering, face the hard parts first, do them and notice how light and easy things seem to flow afterward.

2. “If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.” – This is somehow similar to the saying “Fake it til you make it.” Sometimes, we really have to take the first step towards success or towards building our confidence by acting like we know what we’re doing, or faking our confidence. Soon enough, our mind will follow our behavior and we will truly become how we project ourselves outwardly.

3. “First ask yourself: what is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst. – If presenting or speaking in public is really hard for you, ask yourself this question. Then accept whatever answer comes to mind. For example, your answer might be “I might forget my lines”, or “I might stutter”, or “people might laugh at me or make fun of me”, or “I may never get a speaking gig after this”. Whatever your answer is, accept it.    After accepting it, do everything you can in your power to make sure it will never happen. But in case it does, learn from it and move on.

To find out more about these lessons, head to: Presentation Lessons from Dale Carnegie

How Do You Practice Confidence?

Many of our public speakers today are introvert by nature. But even the extrovert ones started out not very confident. They fumbled, made mistakes, and experienced pressure and anxiety as well.

Below are some of the things you can do to help you face your fear in public speaking and boost your confidence in the process so that you can start relaxing and being yourself when faced with a big crowd or audience.

  • Speak first. In any kind of social situation, always try to speak first. Try to initiate small talk and engage the other person in the conversation.
  • Network. Go out of your comfort zone and start introducing yourself to other people.
  • Stop hiding. Though it’s much less stressful to sit around all day or hiding behind your computer, go out of your way to talk to another human being. This will help you think on your feet.
  • Make eye contact. Observe the people who pass by your table at work and make eye contact with them while smiling at the same time.
These tips may sound simple enough. But they’re actually moderately difficult steps to get you out of your comfort zone first so you can start building confidence in yourself when you interact with other people.

To know the details of these tips, please head to: Practice Confidence