Public speaking can be scary! Listen in to this conversation as three pro speakers share their tips to rock a public presentation and master your next speech.
My good friend, Jeff Sieh host of the Manly Pinterest Tips, recently invited my other good friend Rebekah Radice and I on his show to discuss our presentations at Social Media Marketing World. If you've ever wondered how to give a presentation or wanted more tips to be successful with your speaking, this information will help you!
This conversation was hosted on a Blab which was live and recorded so please enjoy the video. Here are some highlights from our conversation and other ideas about how to be a great presenter.
Keep it simple
People go to conferences or events to be educated, be inspired, or to be entertained. I strive for a mix of education, inspiration, and humor in each workshop, webinar, or speech that I give.
When I'm creating a presentation, the first thing that I consider is what will people learn from this speech. Don't try to pack your speech with too many ideas – hone your speech down to the essentials. I try to have three main things that I'm hopeful that people will remember.
One thing that Jeff excelled at in his presentation was his opening sequence. He told a hilarious story with a fantastic punchline that had the audience laughing. It was a great start to his speech, everyone was actively listening and entertained.
I start off with a joke or two in my opening and try to sprinkle them into my presentations too. It's definitely an area that I'm working on. We're all a work-in-progress, right?
Present in a top ten list
Master tip from Guy Kawasaki – he uses a top ten list for all his presentations so people can follow where you are in the speech and they also know if they missed a point.
Michael Hyatt had a fantastic presentation at Social Media Marketing World which he closed with a slide with a link to his slides and exclusive downloads for everyone that attended his speech. By adding the download, everyone went to his website and he gathered email addresses. Super smart but also generous because Michael shared great resources.
Add slides in your presentation with tweetables and sound bites. It helps your ideas spread and adds a punch to your speech.
Cite your sources
If you're adding facts and figures to your presentation, put them on a slide and add the source to the bottom so that people can look up the full research later. They'll appreciate it and you're adding credibility to your presentation by citing the sources.
Hire a coach
Rebekah works with a consultant to help her with her presentation and storytelling. It's helped her hone her personal stories and deliver more powerful speeches.
Practice makes perfect
Know your shizzle! The only way this will happen is to practice your presentation. Honor your audience and conference planners by delivering the best possible speech. Rebekah likes to do hers in front of the mirror. I like to watch mine back after events to see if there's something that I can improve upon. There's always room for growth when your speaking!
I hope that you get some ideas for next speaking engagement!
What have you found to be your biggest obstacles when you're speaking or plan your presentations?