So, You Want to Be a Public Speaker? Article by Craig Harper
Public speaking is a curiosity most people either love it... or are completely terrified of it.
Some people are physically ill just saying their name in front of a group... while others will wrestle you to the ground to rip a microphone from your hand.
More than the years I have accomplished somewhere more than 3 thousand presentations nationally and internationally (which includes corporate stuff, educational stuff, sporting teams, schools and fitness industry stuff).
And at least 5 of those talks had been good.
I get emails every single day asking me how I got to do what I do and what suggestions I may possibly have to provide the would-be public speaker.
So rather than re-writing the exact same reply nineteen thousand times more than the subsequent ten years, I thought I may possibly make my life easier and formalise my thoughts on the matter with a post.
Okay, pens poised.(or printers turned on).
Here we go... Public Speaking 101:
1. Make a decision what kind of speaker you want to be:Locate your public speaking niche what are you very good at?What are you suited to?What are you passionate about?Who do you want your audience to be?What is your key message your mission?Do you want to do it professionally?
Are you an educator... "Okay class, let's take a appear at the physiological benefits of progressive resistance coaching for the elderly"
Are you a motivator... "I'm not interested in your comfort or enjoyment, I'm interested in outcomes... now quit whining, quit bleeding and get up off the floor!!"(Mmm... possibly that is a masochist!)
Are you an entertainer... "hey guys, a funny thing happened on the way here tonight... "
2. Have a U.S.P.In company we want some thing which separates us from our competitors we call this a Unique Selling Proposition. If you want a productive career as a speaker then you want to give men and women a reason to want to utilise your services. People always have choices... so we want to be the ideal choice (eventually)... or a far better option at least.
3. Spend significant time writing, preparing and committing your presentations to memory. You need to (1) have excellent content material (fresh, interesting, challenging, stimulating, confronting, funny, relevant) and (2) you require to know your stuff inside-out.The far better you know your material, the a lot more relaxed you will be in front of your group.
Seeking at notes repeatedly whilst you speak... not cool.
four. Practice often.In the auto.In front of the mirror.To your dog, cat, rabbit... plants!Recruit an audience... your family members possibly.
5. Get feedback.When you do any presentation (even if it's a dry run in front of friends or family) ask for constructive feedback. Do not be precious and consciously work on your weaknesses.
6. Film your presentation.Want some actual perspective?... watch oneself on film.The first time I saw myself on video (it was the 80's) I was totally weirded out by all of my little public speaking idiosyncrasies and habits... I repeated myself, I spoke too quick, I spoke with my back to the audience (as I wrote on a board), I kept rolling up my sleeves in this kind of unconscious nervous small ritual thingy (embarrassing) and my finish was about as exciting and empowering as porridge.
I hated watching myself.
But what it did was let me see what everyone else sees.Not a particularly comfortable process but a useful 1.I immediately became a better presenter following that.(I didn't want to put everyone via that discomfort once more).
7. Do freebies.Every public speaker has carried out hundreds of freebies along the way.You can only develop a skill... by practising that skill.Reading about, talking about and thinking about public speaking doesn't improve your actual skills.... public speaking improves your public speaking skills.
8. Be able to present on various topics... or at least variations of the identical subject.If you can speak (competently) on a broad range of subject matter, you are far more most likely to be in demand.
9. Study other speakers.Subsequent time you watch another (good quality) public speaker, take a appear at the method by way of the eyes of a student public speaker you will find out a bunch.Watch how they engage their audience, their timing, their use of (suitable) humour, how they dress, how they incorporate their audio-visual stuff, how they begin, how they conclude.
10. Create opportunities"So Sam, tell me a bit about oneself..."
"Nicely I truly do a bit of public speaking in the well being and fitness area..."
"Hey that is amazing... how would you like to talk to my team of fat sales execs?"
11. Join a public speaking organisationThere are some excellent organisations (like toastmasters) who get like-minded folks together and help them develop their public speaking skills and careers.
12. Don't be impatient.If public speaking is one thing that you might want to do lengthy term, do not be impatient.Invest adequate time studying, watching, researching, practising and creating before you rent your first ten thousand seat auditorium.Be ambitious.And realistic.And patient.
13. Know your audience.Analysis the business, organisation, group that you are speaking to.What type of group are they?Will there be thirty or 3 hundred in the audience?Are they corporates, are they truck drivers, are they predominantly male or female, are they youngsters, are they students... have they been presented to just before?Talk to the organiser (the individual who gave you the gig) and get some insight into your audience.
14. Use audio-visual aids when appropriate and relevant.The occasional nicely-placed video or slide can be a beneficial addition to a presentation and can offer you with a good chance to re-group, collect your thoughts and take a appear at your crowd.This concept is not to be confused with the mindlessly-boring presenter who feels compelled to base his entire presentation about a series of slides, photographs, charts and statistical tables.(all high-lighted with his laser pointer gizmo).
If I see you performing that, I'll hurt you.
15. Don't rush your material.Don't speak too fast, do not attempt and present too a lot info and do not have too numerous slides (if you are performing a power-point presentation). Not too long ago I sat in a presentation exactly where the speaker had over forty slides for a forty minute presentation.It was a disaster and it hurt my brain.
16. Have a wonderful finish.Leave them inspired, challenged, excited, curious and impressed.
There you have it Craig's mini-seminar on public speaking.I hope you found it intriguing and useful.