Malala Yousafzai’s Speech Considered to be the Best Speech of 2013

Malala YousafzaiMalala Yousafzai is a young 16 year old lady who addressed the United Nation with a speech considered to be the best speech of 2013. Unfortunately, she was shot in the head in Pakistan less than a year ago because of her outspoken nature and because she wanted to learn. This inspired the world to create an  inspirational advocate for global education.

Malala Yousafzai is touted to be a great global communicator and below are just 6 of the lessons we can all learn from her speech.

  • Practice – She was not “winging it.” She practiced the speech countless times and it showed.
  • Preparation – Malala knew this was her opportunity to deliver a powerful message, and prepared with that in mind.
  • Message Development – There was no mistaking what Malala’s message was. It was not buried in facts, details or statistics. It was relevant, actionable, repeatable, enduring and relevant. (The RARER method)
  • Call to Action – In fact, several direct calls to action. “We call upon ..” was the beginning of six sentences.
  • Pausing – there was no dis-fluency in Malala’s address. None. Why? Malala employed strategic pausing that helped to root out dis-fluency, and also added to the power of her delivery. Key pauses were employed throughout.
  • “Chunking” – Malala was delivering from a written document (I am unsure if it was a prepared text, or notes), but only spoke while looking down once. Instead, she looked down at her written document, captured a “chunk” of what came next, paused, looked up, and delivered it.

To find out more about Malala’s speech and the lessons we can learn from her speech, please head to:  12 Lessons from the Best Speech of 2013: Malala and Public Speaking 


Being a Fearless Public Speaker in 2012

Many of you, both old and new public speakers alike, may have taken a long break during the holidays and are now finding yourselves feeling nervous and rusty. Don’t worry too much. This is a normal feeling and everyone practically has it. But you don’t need to let it paralyze you either. Below are five things you can do to help you overcome this feeling of fear when speaking in public.

1.  Redefine the fear as adrenaline, and therefore a good thing. It’s just a matter of shifting your paradigm!

2.  Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse.  Rehearse a lot. It’s true! Practice makes perfect.

3.  Breathe deeply, from the belly.  Breathe slowly, and often. There’s no denying the effect of science.

4.  Focus on the audience, not on yourself. How many times have I shared with you in the past that public speaking isn’t about you. It’s about the audience. As Nancy Duarte wrote in her book Resonate, the audience is the hero in this equation. So you can relax and do what you do best.

5.  Focus on an emotion that you want to convey to the audience. Instead of feeling panicky and scared, focus instead on the emotion that you want to give to your audience. Do you want to bring them hope? Do you want to inspire and guide them to the right path? Doing so will make you forget that you were feeling fearful in the first place.

We’re only human. We get scared from time to time. It’s just a matter of using this emotion to empower yourself to be the best public speaker you can be. Use any or all of these tips and let me know how it went.

For more information on how you can apply these tips, head to:

How to Conquer Fear of Public Speaking

Cheers to a wonderful and fearless new year for you!

Clothing do’s and don’ts for public speakers

Did you know that there are so many things to be considered when dressing up for a public speaking gig?  It’s not just a matter of dressing up better than your audience or dressing up in suit to convey authority. It goes beyond that. Below are some recommendations you should consider:

  1. Dress like your audience is dressed
  2. But you should also dress better than your audience
  3. Beware of the public speaking clothing taboos
  4. Plan for clothing malfunctions and mishaps
  5. Know when it’s okay to go against the grain
  6. Other speaker clothing considerations

These tips are just the tip of the iceberg. But perhaps, the best tip there is is to always wear a smile.

For more details, head to How to Dress for Public Speaking


Five Ways to Maximize Your Speech

As a public speaker, in order for you to get more mileage for your speeches, you can actually adapt five ways to increase your audience both offline and online:

  1. Adapt your speech into a presentation by using PowerPoint, Keynote, SlideRocket, or SlideShare.
  2. Have it printed on a magazine to add to your credibility.
  3. Put it as a video on YouTube, the third most visited website in the world.
  4. Put it up as an article on your Website / Blog for fun or profit.
  5. Discussion on Facebook, LinkedIn, PR-Log, or other Social Media Site because meaningful and purposeful content can impact the planet.

It can also be the other way around. Your speech may have started out as an article on your blog which you turned into a speech. However it started, it’s good to maximize its full potential by turning it further into these five ways above. Doing so will not only widen your audience base, but it will also give you more credibility which then transforms into more profit.

For more information, read the guest blog post of  Kevin Lerner, Five Uses for One Speech.