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The logo’s shape and colours represent techniques you can use to make your public speaking more
effective. This post :
Shows you what those techniques are.
Shares links where you can find more details.
You’ll find these topics
in this post :
If you had to focus on just 4 things to make your next talk great, which would you pick?
That’s a tough call, because
Which is just so many factors go into a talk. one reason I was intrigued by the video below.
Another reason I was intrigued?
The video quotes 3 experts I’ve also quoted before:
7½-minute video , Thomas Frank (who has over 2 million YouTube subscribers) explains the 4 aspects of your talk that he recommends you focus on …
To save you time, this clip skips the first 60 seconds (and the last 90) of the original video (when he sets up his topic and promotes some courses).
If you like, you can on YouTube.
watch the full 10-minute version
Let’s look at each
of the 4 aspects Thomas believes can make your talk great. You can click any of these links to skip ahead, or, just scroll down …
If you’ve read , you’ll know I was inspired by my last post Aaron Beverly (World Champion of Public Speaking 2019) to write a self-critique of one of my talks.
today’s post, I discuss what are (to me) the strongest aspects and weakest aspects of my talk.
Why not watch my
5-minute presentation below, and judge for yourself?
Then, feel free to
share your viewpoint in the comment box at the bottom of this post.
Here’s what you’ll find
in the rest of this post – you can click any of these links to skip ahead :
Short of time?
Skip the intro
If you’re thinking of speaking at an Ignite night, this post can help you avoid the mistakes I made in my own Ignite talk.
And even if you give some
other kind of speech, the tips you’ll find in this post (like about humour, gestures and opening lines) should still help.
In this post and my next, you’ll find a critique of various aspects of my talk on this
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Have you ever heard a presenter say something that stood out – but for all the wrong reasons?
Several times recently, I’ve heard public speakers (
or in webinars ) say something that met that description. on video
I wonder how
you would’ve reacted if you’d heard those speakers.
To me, it made them sound dated, and out of touch with
(Gaffs like that damage the speaker – how audiences speak. and their message.)
Yet all the speakers did was say
3 letters and the word “dot”. (In fact, one letter ) 3 times in a row.
You’ve probably guessed what they said
Suppose you’re presenting online. You might be using Zoom, or Microsoft Teams, or one of the older tools like Adobe Connect or WebEx.
Whatever the platform, if you want to share your screen, what do you say?
Most presenters I’ve heard – myself included – say something like this
“I’ll just share my screen…
Can you see it yet?”
But thinking carefully about it, I realised that approach has
3-minute video by Kelly Decker, you’ll see a quick way to form an extremely high-level view of your talk or presentation :
And read below for tips to
fix the problem that Kelly describes.
Kelly’s the president of
Decker Communications, whose content I’ve featured before. (Years ago I shared a post of theirs about , and last year I published a video from them about pausing when you present .) speaking on a panel
I love the way Kelly’s “roadmap” makes you think of your talk in
If you’re anything like me when you give a talk, most of the time you probably use slides rather than or whiteboard (or speaking without any visuals). using a flipchart
But how much thought do you put into the
colours on your slides?
That’s really worth your time – according to
Bruce Gabrielle, author of the book Speaking PowerPoint :
“One of the secrets to great-looking
PowerPoint slides is colour choice”
And I agree with Bruce. As I wrote about a few years back
is one of the Using colours well key ways to make
your presentation look modern and professional.
You might wonder how much
choice you have in your use of colours though. After all, it’s likely you use a template or PowerPoint theme that comes with colours built in.
Even so, with well-matched colours of your own, you can
Gently innovate by just changing some of the template’s less-used colours (while still matching with its main ones).
Overhaul the template’s colours to used by your client, or by the event you’re speaking at. fit in with the colour scheme
So in the
4-minute video below from Bruce Gabrielle, you’ll see a neat tip for choosing colours that look good together.
Note: The video’s sound quality is quite poor, so please bear with it.
Have you seen Pat Flynn’s great video about making slides? Right now, it’s had almost 1½ million views, and it’s called :
How to Create an Awesome Slide Presentation
(for Keynote or PowerPoint)
In his video, Pat shares
pro tips to make your slideshows more engaging. So I highly recommend you watch it. (You’ll find it at the bottom of this post.)
My how-to video
Meanwhile, in the
1 of the videos below, you’ll see the precise steps you can use to implement one of Pat’s tips. That is, to add what he calls a “roadmap” to your slides. st
So, watch my
6-minute, hands-on video to see what’s meant by a roadmap, and learn exactly how you can add one in PowerPoint :
Short of time?
Skip to the tips
When you present at work (or or other speaking event), do you aim to make people at a conference feel something specific?
If you do, you’ll have a
far higher chance of engaging people, and therefore of But if you don’t, your talk’s likely to be quickly forgotten – in less time than it took you to present! achieving your talk’s goal.
Not convinced? Well, many speaking professionals suggest using emotional elements. For instance, in his book
The Naked Presenter, Garr Reynolds writes:
“Content alone is never sufficient.
We need an emotional connection…”
And former president of the National Speakers’ Association,
Patricia Fripp says: