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5 Actionable Tips for Public Speakers

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 12/11/2015 Adam Davis

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The first time I walked on the platform to deliver a public speech, my stomach was rumbling and I was a little nervous, to say the least. At the time, It had been nearly a decade since I stood in front of a crowd as large as this one, but this time, it was for a good cause.
I went armed with plenty of copies of my recently published book and, other than being away from home, I was in high-spirits. For me, the goal was to communicate clearly, establish the message I was wanting to convey early, and drive home actionable tips the audience could use to improve their lives.
I have been involved in delivering presentations, public speaking, and teaching audiences for over a decade. Here are some tips for you to keep in mind for your next presentation:
1.) Don't Rush It: Give yourself plenty of time to prepare up front. This is not always possible, but, if you rush it, you will be more likely to miss something.
2.) Always Have a Plan: Also, always have a presentation. You never know when your opportunity will come knocking on your door. When it does, it may not give you the chance to plan ahead. Be prepared at all time to deliver the presentation of your life.
3.) Pre-Game Performance: Get your mind right! Before you walk out on the platform, clear your mind. Now is not the time for you to be humble, meek, or sweet. Now is the time for you to take the "bull by the horns" and be a platform rockstar.
4.) Cruise Control: Listen, it would be easy to rush through your presentation if you are nervous or if you are given a very brief amount of time to speak. If you do not enjoy delivering your content, the audience will know it. If you don't have passion, they'll know it. Deliver it with passion and, if you are not passionate about the topic, have someone else deliver it. Either way, the most important thing is to connect with the audience and deliver real, actionable information.
5.) Have a Product: The bottom line is having a positive impact on lives. Period. Our society requires money to make products, and live. Don't sell something to just make money. If all you have are koozies with your name and picture on them, consider withholding them from the sales table. Consider having a recently published book you authored, a video course on DVD, or a flash drive with a bulk of digital resources for your audience.
This is information you can apply and you can use today as a public speaker.
Also, consider having a speaker's page on your website. You can see a good example of one here. If you have any of your previous presentations recorded, this would be a great place for you to showcase them.
It has been said that public speaking is more feared than dying by some people. If you are a professional and want to take your profile to the next level, consider providing some training workshops and getting your feet wet with public speaking.
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