5 Tiny Public Speaking Tips That Work
1) Treat the media personnel well. Chances are you will be asked for an interview at some time or the other. It will be more common if you are an expert in various fields like I am. It's vital that you are polite, nice and on your best behavior with these people from the media.
You can easily get yourself a lot of good press coverage if you are in the good books of few important liaisons in the mass media. For many years leading up to my voluntary retirement from my training career, I was being interviewed by a radio station, newspaper, magazine, website or TV channel for almost 3 times a month.
There were few other professionals in my field who had the kind of media coverage and presence that I had. I doubt this would have been the case had I not maintained excellent relations with my liaisons in the media.
2) Speak in public often. The more you speak in public, the better you will become as a public speaker. This is a tip I've mentioned several times. It's natural to improve a skill or talent purely through constant practice of the same.
Over the years, I've observed myself getting better and better as a public speaker. It directly connects with the number of times I've spoken in public. There is no other reason that I attribute my growing effectiveness to.
The more I speak, the better I am getting.
This probably happens because of more and more fine tuning of my speaking voice, hand gestures, eye contact, facial expressions and other body movements. I am also able to prepare a lot faster thanks to my massive experience in public speaking.
3) Repeat your key point 2 to 3 times in your speech so that they remember them for a long time. This tip normally goes without saying. But I too am following the same point here.
So I am repeating the importance of repeating your key points at least a couple of times in your speech. In a speech that's longer than 1 hour, you should repeat your main points at least 5 times.
I repeat my main points around 10 times per hour of speaking. It is something that I want my audience to remember for a long time. It makes sense therefore to repeat the main points a few times during your speech.
The important thing is to make sure that the main points aren't too many. Just a couple of main points are more than enough.
4) I usually take along my assistant to guest lectures, corporate seminars and my own training programs. Having someone there not only gives me moral support but she also serves as an important member of my audience who can spontaneously give me feedback on my speech so that I can modify my approach, content, and delivery style accordingly.
Sometimes, we must check the microphone, lighting, seating arrangements and audio/visual equipment before I start speaking. Doing this on my own would be a real waste of time and a hassle by itself.
Having my assistant do it with me saves time and makes it appear to the audience that we have been doing this for donkeys years, which we have by the way.
5) Opportunities come in odd packages at times. On World Anger Management Day, I was invited to speak on the topic of Anger Management on Big FM, a popular radio station in Mumbai.
It was to be just a 10 minute gig but I ended up being on air for more than 2 hours because the producers felt that I was doing such an excellent job.
Thanks to taking up this tiny gig on the radio for no charge, I ended up receiving dozens of students for my courses and at least 10 clients who booked anger management sessions with me.
What I want to say is that you should always look for these little opportunities lurking out there to build your professional profile and make more money at the same time.
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