How To Give Great Speeches
If you're a sales manager wouldn't
you like to know how to give great
First of all,
I can relate to any anxiety you might
have when standing up and talking
Today I'm a
professional speaker and sales trainer.
If you told
me I'd be doing this when I was a
teenager I would've said you're "NUTS."
Whenever I stood
before a group I was riddled with
anxiety. It wasn't fun and eventually
I discovered the key to eliminating
to an ROTC class in my junior year
It's the third
week and the instructor points to
me and says, "Next class you're
teaching chapter 7."
I don't think
I slept for two days. I was so scared
I prepared. I prepared, prepared and
kept preparing until I began my presentation
I still had
butterflies in my stomach. Maybe because
it was a military class - they were
flying in formation.
For me, preparation
was the key to eliminating any anxiety
associated with giving a speech.
There's a lot
to consider if you want to give great
When you begin
your speech you want to avoid all
the "YAWN STUFF."
for being here."
start with the numbers."
have your attention please."
You want to
avoid saying anything that doesn't
grab your audience's attention.
this key point. You never start talking
until everyone in your audience has
stopped talking. When you stand in
front of your group with a smile on
your face, your audience will eventually
stop talking and that's your cue to
Here are four
best ways to grab attention:
1. You can begin
with a quotation that's related to
2. You can begin
with a rhetorical question.
3. You can begin
with a compelling statement.
4. You can begin
with a short story that makes a point
related to your topic.
Select one of
these and prepare and practice until
you know it like the back of your
to deliver it enthusiastically.
Here are some
do's and don'ts.
When you prepare
your presentation start with the outcome
in mind. Imagine asking your audience
what did they take away from your
presentation. Naturally, these become
your presentation objectives.
PowerPoint. You can darken the screen
between slides by hitting the "Period"
key. Hitting the "Period"
key again turns the PowerPoint presentation
back on again.
to avoid coming across as a statue
behind a podium.
stories so be sure you tell some.
Do not cling
to the podium.
Don't ask, "Are
there any questions?" It's better
to ask, "What's your reaction
Remember - less
is always more.
Focus on what
you want them to remember.
Don't fall in
love with your technology.
Beware of the
dreaded monotone. Record yourself
to see if you have it.
Remember - attention
spans are getting shorter and shorter.
Have some fun.
Make it a conversation
instead of the presentation.
throughout your presentation. Your
audience will appreciate your passion
and always feed off your energy -
so for Pete's sake be energetic!
The four best
ways to finish strong include using
a quotation, a compelling statement,
a rhetorical question, or ending with
a powerful story.
speeches is easy if you work hard
Here's the bottom
line for you. Why give good speeches
when you can give great speeches.