|Archive for ‘General’

Secret Sauce of a Successful Speech – Lesson 1: Know Your Goal

Define the goal of the speech.  What effect or purpose do you hope to achieve through this presentation?  Selling a product, furthering a cause, attracting investment?  Keep that point in mind. Addressing your audience without knowing your purpose is equivalent to driving a car without knowing which direction to go.  Consider yourself the driver and […]

Continue Reading

35 slides + 5 minutes = data overload

A universal tendency in public speaking is for people to try to fit too much into their talks. Presentation coaching helps you edit and tighten your content for maximum effect. That is especially necessary when you are given less time than usual to speak. Here is an example from TEDxGreenville.  Prasanna Eswara, in first considering […]

Continue Reading

The 3 Cardinal Sins of Public Speaking

Regardless of subject matter or the speaking style of a presenter, there are three overriding mistakes that speakers often make, each one of which can seriously diminish the impact of a speech.  Avoid these three items and you are well on your way to successful presentation. Being unclear on your goals. Presentations should be made […]

Continue Reading

Be Successful

Whatever your goal in business or career, your strong speaking skills will give you an edge over those who are less persuasive. The confidence you display in front of an audience is interpreted as competence, and translates to success in many areas.  Imagine yourself in one of these situations: Entrepreneur/Inventor – you have a pioneering […]

Continue Reading

Be Persuasive

Persuasion means creating action in others, whether it is making a sale, attracting investors, or gaining supporters. There is no more powerful tool to persuade others than a convincing verbal argument. You may wish that you could forgo speaking to people, instead being able to just wave a wand and have them do what you […]

Continue Reading

40 Mellifluous Ums and Ahs

This presentation was filmed at TEDxGreatPacificGarbagePatch: This speech by Van Jones provides a good example of a good speaker with a few areas for improvement. On the positive side, Mr.Jones has a rich and mellifluous (mellifluous: having a smooth, rich flow) speaking voice, with great projection.  He speaks with ease to his audience with a friendly […]

Continue Reading

The 12 faces of Jim

Variety is the spice of life, and also of a good presentation. In many ways, mixing things up in your speech maintains audience interest and provides you with tools to underline the key points of your speech. A speaker utilizing vocal variety spares us the numbing chose of listening to a droning monotone voice. A […]

Continue Reading

Be Effective

Every speaker seeks to sway their audience to action in some way. Effectiveness at reaching that goal requires a combination of appropriate and concise content, good organization, and smooth delivery. What does “effective” look like?  In  essence,  it means minimizing anything within your content or delivery that serve as distractions from your message, while at […]

Continue Reading

Humor from a philosopher/builder

Recorded at TEDxHouston, June, 2010 Dan Phillips demonstrates in this talk how effectively a speaker can use humor to connect with the audience. This is one of the more amusing speeches about home building you will ever see.  He also incorporates an unusual use of his visual aids, using is photos at first to illustrate […]

Continue Reading

Be Comfortable

                           A comfortable speaker relaxes the audience and makes them more receptive. This comfort flows from your confidence in your message and in your ability to deliver it, both of which can be learned. Why do so many people struggle with nerves when speaking? […]

Continue Reading