Of the 140+ posts on this blog, here’s by far the most popular …
Awesome opening lines: 20+ more examples for your speeches, from Patricia Fripp (Certified Speaking Professional)
At its peak, that post had more than
22,000 monthly views (in October 2016). That wasn’t just an outlier, either – for 3 months in 2016, the post had more than 20,000 monthly views. And for 11 months that year, it had over 10,000.
When you’re preparing a data-rich talk, where could you learn to get your message across better?
In my opinion, you couldn’t do much better than watching the
55-minute video below, by Isaac Reyes. (The first 45 minutes or so consist of Isaac’s talk, and the rest is him answering questions.)
Isaac’s a data scientist, and the video’s from
(Open Data Science Conference). ODSC Europe 2018
The talk describes
these 4 keys of data storytelling :
If you look carefully, you can often from all learn great public-speaking tips kinds of places. (Not just from obvious ones, like courses.)
Let’s check out an example
can tell you my LinkedIn profile , I work at CommBank – Commonwealth Bank of Australia, also known as CBA.
were updated, so they’re now CommBank’s values in just succinctly expressed 3 words:
When I first heard those words, I was struck by how
well they work together. And as I reflected on exactly why that is, I realised it’s because they have these 3 traits:
Do you sometimes follow the design trend of using uppercase text for headings or other short labels on your slides?
Recently, I’ve twice seen presentations with very modern-looking slides using all-uppercase text in
Even if you’re a regular reader here, it’s quite unlikely you know what my logo looks like. So check it out
The logo’s shape and colours represent techniques you can use
The logo’s shape and colours represent techniques you can use to make your public speaking more
effective. In this post, you’ll find :
What those techniques are.
Links where you can learn more.
If you’re short of time, you can click a heading in this post’s
contents list :
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
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