One risk to testing a new talk is that you get feedback you’re not able to deal with. After seeing two speakers overwhelmed by suggestions from well-meaning friends and colleagues, here are some tips to help you use comments from a test audience – strategically and effectively.
A speaking product is a repeatable presentation you can take to conferences and events. A good speaking product will help raise your profile as a business leader, by giving you exposure to new audiences, and positioning you as an expert in something unique.
A gentleman asked me this question at an event and I was surprised I had an answer: What is the one thing that is critical for a successful, engaging presentation?
Overnight, Martin Hagger coached himself out of saying Um. His talk has been viewed over one million times.
But usually, cutting out um is about more than just breaking a habit.
I’m a speaker coach. This means I mostly focus on what you do that helps you connect with, and communicate to, an audience. But talks are about sharing ideas, and your role in the audience is as important as the work of the speaker. The speaker is there for you Picture an auditorium. Every audienceContinue reading “Be a good audience member, not just a good speaker”
We use our phones for everything, from alarms to metronomes. Referring to your phone while you are giving a talk is one thing I recommend you don’t do, because it breaks your flow with your audience.
Nothing taught me more about public speaking and facilitation than studying clown. Ironically, clown is a practice that involves very little talking. In clown, we listen closely to how we are feeling because we know the audience will pick it up. It’s vulnerable, but also the key to wrapping the audience around your little finger.Continue reading “Be a better speaker – listen closely to your audience”
I’m yet to coach a speaker who isn’t worried they will forget what they’re saying. I personally don’t think it’s a massive problem if you do forget your words – or fall off the stage for that matter. The audience will get over it. But if you are worried you will do something stupid, youContinue reading “Be a better speaker – get comfortable with being uncomfortable”
Quieter types in my speaker workshops are usually a bit nervous. They think I am going to make them be loud and vivacious. But if would be a very boring world if everyone had the same mannerisms on stage.
Given the choice, do you choose to speak behind a lectern, or do you like a lapel mic so you can roam free? I choose the lapel, but recommend new speakers I coach do whichever they find most comfortable. Sometimes, speakers who normally prefer the protection of the lectern challenge themselves to use a microphone.Continue reading “Be a better speaker – the power of stillness and natural movement when you speak”