10 Commandments of Public Speaking from TED

commandment (1)I’m sure you already know what TED talks are. If not, just visit their page (http://www.ted.com/), look around and watch one of their videos there. You’d be amazed at how their presenters or public speakers are able to deliver their message in 18 minutes without losing the attention of the audience.

Below are TED’s ten commandments we could all follow so we learn how to become better presenters and public speakers.

1. Dream big. Do something that’s never been done before. Be a star. Share something that can really make a BIG difference.

2. Show us the real you. You’re only human. So don’t be afraid to show your vulnerability. Be real. You’d be more appreciated.

3. Make the complex plain. Speak in layman’s terms. Tell simple but interesting stories. Give examples. Be specific.

4. Connect with people’s emotions. Make us laugh! Make us cry!

5. Don’t flaunt your ego. Lest you want to turn off your audience.

6. No selling from the stage! No selling about yourself, your company or your products.

7. Feel free to comment on other speakers’ talks, to praise or to criticize. Give us your opinion.

8. Don’t read your talk. Notes are fine. You can read from your notes instead of rambling but don’t read the whole thing from start to finish!

9. End your talk on time. Always. This shows respect.

10. Rehearse your talk. Practice makes perfect as the saying goes. Do this in front of a trusted friend … for timing, for clarity, for impact.

Follow these 10 commandments if you want to speak well just like TED’s public speakers. They are basic, simple enough to do and provide sound instruction for those who want to be effective speakers.

Read more about this here: Tips from TED: 10 Commandments of Public Speaking

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Six Presentation or Public Speaking Lessons We Can Learn from Freddie Mercury

1Freddie Mercury is the lead vocalist and lyricist of Queen and is one of the best entertainers in his time. Below are some of the things we can learn from him and apply into our public speaking career.

1. Stay hydrated.

Freddie always had plenty of water on hand.  Make sure the water is at room temperature though as it is the best for the vocal chords.

2. Engage your audience.

Interacting with your audience is a great way to keep their attention and stimulate their interest. You can do this by asking questions, giving your audience a writing exercise or group activity or demonstration.

3. Use vocal variety.

By varying the tone of your voice depending on the emotions that you want to evoke at a particular moment, you get to emphasize your points more  and you let the audience absorb what you just said.

4. Use the stage.

Don’t be afraid to use the four points of the stage. This will bridge the physical distance between you and your audience and will make them you feel more accessible to them. A good rule of thumb is to stand still while making a point, move a few steps during a transition, then “plant yourself” and make another good point.

5. Turn up the energy.

You have to give it everything you have energy-wise otherwise your audience will end up bored.

6. Have fun.

Freddie had fun. It showed and the audience had fun as well.

For more insight about this subject, please head to: Six Public Speaking Lessons from Freddie Mercury

How to Own Your Presentation?

1321115173d9PNzPOwning one’s presentation is all about listening than talking. But how does a presenter do this when he has to talk up there on stage most of the time? Below are three things you can do so that you do more listening than talking and you end up owning your presentation:

1. Channel your inner reporter: I’ve already said this before and I’ll say it again – get to know your audience. Be like a reporter and do everything you can to find out who your audience are. This way, you can tailor fit your presentation to the needs of your audience. The presentation, after all, is always about them and not about you.

2. Be a punching bag: Show your presentation draft to as many sources of feedback as possible. It’s okay to receive criticisms just as long as you turn these negative feedback and comments into constructive points of improvement so you can make a killer presentation.

3. Set the stage: If you can turn the first few moments of your presentation into a Q&A section where you ask the right questions, the better. This way, you establish more credibility than if you just barrage your audience with your bio.

For more insight about this matter, please head to: You Need to Own Your Presentation

Why Presentations Fail

presenternews photoBelow are the usual reasons why presentations fail. Take note of them and make sure that you do otherwise the next time you have a speaking or presentation engagement.

1. Don’t Know Your Audience – Your presentation is always for your audience and not for you. So know their needs, the reason why they are attending your talk, what their views are, what they want from you, their position on the subject matter, etc. The better you know who and what your audience are, the easier it is for you to convince, persuade and motivate them.

2. Lack of Authenticity – Always be who you are. Your real self will always shine through and if you’re being a fake up there on stage, your audience can always sense this and might make you lose your credibility and sense of authority in the process if you’re not being true to yourself.

3. Lack of Storytelling – Bombarding your audience with facts and figures will just become a meaningless act if your audience can’t relate to it. So put some story into it. Make an analogy. Tell a story. By doing this, you evoke emotions which make it easier for your audience to remember the data presented.

4. Bad Slidedecks – In making your slides, remember that less is always more. Instead of putting a lot of words on a slide deck, show pictures instead.

5. Unpreparedness – As the cliche goes, practice makes perfect. So practice, practice, practice. The more prepared you are with your speech or presentation, the more confident you’ll be and the less mistakes you’ll make.

6. Anxiety – Don’t turn down an opportunity to talk or present just because you’re nervous or anxious. A little nervous energy is always good for any presentation. Use this energy to make your presentation flawless.

To get more insight about this, please head to:  80% of Presentations Fail – Do yours?

Tips to Developing Your Public Speaking Skills

1220898966iP329aBelow are 10 tips you can use to become a more powerful public speaker:

1. Calming Your Nerves and Gaining Confidence.

To do this, there are physical exercises you can do. Also, be honest when you speak rather than aiming to impress your audience. Audience will always remember how you made them feel while you were speaking as compared to the facts and figures you showed them.

2. Know How to Prepare and Organize Your Topic.

Use an outline to help organize your thoughts. And equally important is to  learn how to tell stories when you speak.

3. Understand How to Achieve Presence and Charisma.

This involves learning how to do proper breathing, proper use of body language and application of vocal techniques.

4. Use the Power of Your Voice 

This involves the proper use of the five essential vocal tools: energy, pitch inflection, pace, use of silence, and vocal quality.

5. Create Dynamic Introductions and Conclusions.

Psychology states that audiences retain best what they experience first (concept of primacy). Similiar is the concept of recency, which says that audience members strongly retain what they experience last. So make your opening and closing remarks memorable.

6. Learn to Stay Focused and On Message.

This involves knowing how to educate, inspire and persuade your listeners. You do this by falling in love with your listeners rather than being more concerned with your own performance.

7. Engage and Motivate Your Audience.

This involves knowing the needs of your listeners, know your purpose and the message you want to convey and be conscious about how you want to engage your audience with your message.

8. Know How to Deal with Challenges and Resistance.

If there is resistance among your audience, remember your purpose in giving your speech or presentation. Always be neutral when disagreeing and try not to be defensive.

9. Handle Q & A Like a Pro.

If you truly know what you are talking about, then it will show in the way you handle the Q&A portion.

10. Learn the Nuts & Bolts of Presentations.

This involves practical techniques like taking food that can positively affect your speaking energy, speaking from your notes or manuscript, dealing with lecterns and microphones, etc.

To know more about these tips, please head to: 10 Techniques for Powerful Public Speaking Skills