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?
You always inspire me!
Thank you 🙂
Peggy Fitzpatrick says
I love to hear that! Have a great day
Adding humour while giving presentation is surely a great way to keep your audience engaged. I love all the tips. Thanks
Patrick Riley says
Peg, thank you for your thoughtful insights! I took a public speaking class about a couple of semesters ago but this was a great reminder about what I learned during the class. It is always scary getting up in front of people but these tips are valuable in helping to relieve that stress. Also, thank you for pointing out that you have to practice your speech to perfect it. This is one aspect that I need to work on myself. I always think that I can just go into a speech and wing it but I have found that sometimes I freeze up or even miss important points that I wanted to make. Again, thank you for the wonderful tips!
Love love love this guide! Public speaking is one of the most nerve-wracking tasks out there for some of us. It can absolutely terrifying, but having some simple tips to help lead you through the process can definitely reduce the pressure. This is a fantastic resource! Thanks so much for posting this!
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I’ve always found public speaking to come naturally to me, but I still get the shakes every once and a while! Being well prepared definitely helps to combat this, so I think it’s important for people to keep this in mind when they have a presentation coming up. Practice and thoughtfulness make perfect!