3 Tips on How to Be a Strong Speaker

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So how does one become a strong speaker? Below are three tips you can apply to help you become more confident and strong when presenting or speaking in public:

1. Avoid using phrases that convey to the audience that the information you are telling them is coming from you. You do this when you use “just” phrases, for example, “I just thought”, “I just want to say”, etc.

2. Avoid looking surprised. A strong speaker knows his speech inside-out. There should be no surprises. So avoid saying words like “actually…”

3. Avoid diminishing the value of what you are saying. Don’t use phrases like “It just occurred to me…”, “I’m not sure but…” and the likes.

To get more insights on how to become a strong speaker, please head to this link: 3 Ways To Become A Strong Speaker


How to be Persuasive

keyboard-yes-button-key-red-apple-36272413We all have to sell something at some point in our life. We don’t have to be sales people to do this. Even as presenters and speakers, we have to be able to sell the ideas we are trying to convey to our audience. So how can we be persuasive?

There are seven things persuasive people always do that you might want to imbibe. Here are a few:

1. They Are Purposeful You don’t have to win every battle. By arguing and advocating less often, and doing so when you really have to and with power, that’s the time they become more persuasive.

2. They Listen … and Listen … Then Listen Some More By listening more to the people they are trying to persuade, they will understand better where they are coming from and from there be able to attack the situation in a more subtle yet persuasive manner.

3. They Create a Connection Because they have an emotional stake to the people they are convincing and because there is common ground and shared objectives, they are easily able to persuade the people concerned.

To know more about the seven things persuasive people always do, please head to: 7 Things Really Persuasive People Do

Public Speaking Rookie Mistakes

noob-4967343Inexperienced presenters have certain patterns of behavior. When checked early, they can save the presenters a lot of heartaches in the long run. So what are these patterns?

  1. • Using small scale movements and gestures
  2. • Speaking with low energy
  3. • Playing it safe
  4. • Not preparing enough
  5. • Not practicing enough
  6. • Preparing too much material
  7. • Rushing
  8. • Data centric presentations
  9. • Avoiding vulnerability
  10. • Taking themselves way too seriously

If you’re a rookie presenter, do watch out for these things. Learn more about about these things by going to this link: 10 Most Common Rookie Mistakes in Public Speaking

What Role Do You Play in Presentations?

theaterWhen you present, you fulfill a certain role that you might not be aware of. Maybe, it’s the same role you played before but ideally, that role will depend on the situation, on what your goal is, and what kinds of audience you have.

Below is a list of 5 types of presenter roles you can play when presenting. Which one are you? Or perhaps, you can think of more…

  1. Facilitator – You facilitate the discussion of coming up with a solution to a problem at hand.
  2. Persuader – You influence others to make a decision
  3. Motivator – You motivate your team to take an action plan
  4. Trainer – You train your people to be good at a particular skill
  5. Listener – This does not happen often but when it does, it is usually in cases when the people’s morale is low and you need to listen well to their rants so you can come up with a solution.

What other presenter roles have you played in the past? What has bode well for you? Can you adjust yourself depending on what role needs to be fulfilled at the moment?

For more insight on this matter, please head to: Presenter roles: What role do you play?

6 Secrets of Newbie Presenters

Being a newbie speaker is not so bad. Sometimes, it’s even advantageous because they have something that seasoned speakers don’t. Actually, they have 6 secrets that more experienced speakers don’t get to take advantage of anymore. Here they are:

1. No bad habits to unlearn – Truth be told, it is oftentimes harder to unlearn bad habits than to learn new ones. So get training as soon and as fast as you can before you develop the wrong speaking habits.

2. A healthy respect for the audience – As newbie speakers, they take into consideration what their audiences feel, perhaps because it hasn’t been too long since they’ve been part of the audience themselves.

3. The appropriate level of nervousness – Because newbie speakers and presenters haven’t had much experience yet, they tend to prepare more which is good and which seasoned speakers should continue to practice too.

4.  A willingness to prepare – In consonance to no.3, newbie speakers are always very willing to prepare which seasoned speakers more often than not overlook or skip. You should remember that preparation is always key to giving great presentations and speeches no matter how experienced or inexperienced you are.

5. The honesty to admit what you don’t know – Newbie speakers don’t bother pretending to know everything hence they get insights and learning from admitting that they don’t know something.

6. A seemly reticence –There’s a certain modesty that exudes from newbie speakers which makes them care about their audience more than themselves.

For more insight on this matter, please head to: 6 secret advantages of the newbie public speaker

How can public speakers change the world?

When Nick Morgan presented during the 2011 Presentation Summit, he stated that “the only reason to give any speech has to be to change the world”. That’s quite a huge task to accomplish, isn’t it? But it’s the most noble and  aspired one by many speakers. So how can you do this?

Essentially, you, as a public speaker, can change the world by taking into consideration these three things:

  1. What is the audience’s problem that you want to solve?
    You need to get down and dirty if you really want to get to know your audience so you may offer something really valuable and useful to them.
  2. What is it that my content has that solves the audience’s problem?
    You have to be able to compel your audience to take action.
  3. What is the action step in the end?
    You have to give your audience a real and concrete action accomplish.

Again, this just shows that presenting or speaking in public is always about the audience; what you can offer and teach them to make their lives (professional or otherwise) a lot better. It’s not about you (the speaker), it’s always about them (the audience).

Know more about what Nick Morgan shared during his talk in the Presentation Summit by heading to Nick Morgan at the Presentation Summit 2011