Know your audience

When I speak about preparing to get ready for a presentation, one of the 3 levels of preparation that I always get people to focus on is to “know your audience”. Get as much information as you can about the audience and then you can ensure that the content is targeted, you dress at the right level, and all material …

More Mistakes When Speaking – 6 to 10

6. Ending with question time – never end with questions. Take questions before you conclude, wrap up question time and then conclude strongly and stop talking. You want to leave them with your powerful take home message, not some contentious or irrelevant question asked by an audience member. 7. Speaking to your PowerPoint Slides – the PowerPoint slides are to …

Common Mistakes When Public Speaking – 1 to 5.

1. Not being fully prepared – notes out of order, PowerPoint not working, rushing or running late, DVD not compatible with the laptop provided, insufficient hand outs. 2. Apologising for things unnecessarily – sorry I don’t know the answer to that – sorry for my change of topic; if you don’t know the answer or have to change your topic, …

Anxiety Reality Check

One of things that I see consistently when running my public speaking workshops, is the person who stands up and presents effectively, calmly and professionally and then sits down with a sigh of relief. When you ask them to score that speaking experience on an anxiety scale of 1 to 10, where 0 is so calm you are almost asleep …

So you feel nervous before speaking – Welcome to the club!

Fear, nerves and anxiety around public speaking is a very common occurrence and many people find this debilitating and they don’t undertake some of the speaking assignments that they should, as a result of this. Well the good news is that you are not alone and everyone who speaks has some fear before, during or after they have spoken. A …

Authenticity

I was lucky enough last night to hear David Penglase speak at the WA National Speakers chapter meeting. David is a pleasure to listen to, very informative and one of Australia’s top speakers. One of the key things that David spoke about, that rang true with me, was the absolute need to be authentic when you present, train or speak. …