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13 insider tips for your next speaking event

Giving a speech can be a daunting experience. However, it doesn't have to be that way. Powerful communication is a skill that can be learnt.

Our expert panel shares their advice and insider tips, to help you become the confident speaker you want to be.

Tip #1

'It is not your words but your intention to make a difference that will create the synergy between you and your audience. Authenticity is key.'

~ Sylvie Stanley, Quantum Vision

Tip #2

'Avoid the three most common traps: too much, too fast and too apologetic. Think instead of what you'll say and why you're saying it! This focuses you on the audience.'

~ Cyndi Maxey, Maxey Creative Inc.

Tip #3

'I like to record a practice session of my presentation well in advance of the engagement and play it in the car while I am driving. I really soak it in.'

~ Dianne Morr, Happiness Matters

Tip#4

'Use the human element to connect with your audience. That's the perfect foundation for inspiring change and new ideas.'

~ Emily Hubbell, Pro Speaker Content

Tip #5

'Only speak about things you really believe in. Your passion and enthusiasm will come through and engage your audience, even if you mess up on some of the public speaking 'rules'.'

~ Linda Williams, Training Focus

Tip #6

'Know what you are going to say before you start speaking. Start strong, end strong and make sure the middle part is really good.'

~ Ric Newell, The Wreck Stopper Professional Driving Workshops

Tip #7

'Be absolutely clear on who your audience is, what they want and/or need to hear/know/learn.'

~ Jeremy Thorn

Tip #8

'Remember that you and your message are a gift for the audience. Be mindful of your reason for standing in front of your audience. It is about them.'

~ Pauline Duncan-Thrasher

Tip #9

'Once you really know your topic and have practised, then when you start, concentrate on the audience reaction and build on it within your topic.'

~ Richard L. Mann

Tip #10

'Engage your audience early and often. Engagement comes through meaningful stories, asking questions, polling in real time, or even being funny.'

~ Joyce Gioia

Tip #11

'Briefly tell your audience what you are going to tell them, tell them, and then wrap it up by briefly telling them what you just told them.'

~ Rosanne Van Heertum

Tip #12

'Mingle with your audience before your speech. Get to know a couple of names. You then have 'friends' watching you.'

~ Louise Cahill

Tip #13

'Be prepared for anything and even if you send your presentation to the event manager before the event, bring a copy with you just in case.'

~ Fred Felton, Falconscove

Preparing for a presentation is not just about writing a speech. It also requires researching your audience, rehearsing your presentation and investigating your venue. Only then will you be able to present your topic and yourself in the best possible way at your next speaking event.

Which of these tips best resonates with you? Would you add anything else to this list?

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Maria Pantalone

Maria Pantalone is the author of Success Talks: Conversations with Everyday Leaders. Maria works with individuals and teams to make communication their strength so that their message is heard. She provides tailored programs in presentation skills, business writing and effective communication as a leader and team member. Maria’s programs help her clients to excel in their role and be recognised as leaders in their field.
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