Make sure that you are solving a problem, an issue or removing some kind of pain for your audience. Alternatively, make sure your message will help your audience achieve their goals and dreams or reach their targets. Make sure you are speaking for the audience and not for yourself. This is simply “What’s in it..
You have heard of the tin soldier – standing bolt upright in front of the stage with no movement whatsoever. You have heard of the rabbit in the spotlights where you stand as if shocked and dazed by the presence of the audience. And we have all seen speakers hide behind the lectern. Your body..
Stories create interest, emotions and memorable moments. Most engaging speakers are great story tellers and they keep the audience in suspense as they reveal their stories. But remember, the story must not be too long, it must have a point and it must have a benefit for the audience. The story may be about you..
Steve Jobs was passionate about innovative products and he said that this is what makes his heart sing. So find your passion when you present, be passionate and authentic about your topic. Be passionate about helping the audience in their journey, be passionate about the change or the way forward that you are speaking about…
If you lecture to your audience, or tell them what to do, or give them information overload, then you are on the path to putting them asleep. So I always do a “tell – show – ask – share” cycle every 10 to 15 minutes. Simply put: Tell them something Show them an image or..
We have all experienced death by PowerPoint, where there are too many slides and just words or bullet points and the presenter just reads word for word of their PowerPoint slides. Your PowerPoint slides are not your teleprompter, they are not your script. People who read from PowerPoint slides generally have not done enough preparation…
Reading from a written script or a prepared speech with occasional eye contact is a sure way to put your audience asleep. Instead, make sure you are better prepared and know your content and use either a mind map, a page outline, or headings and bullet points to remind you. Engaging speakers speak directly with..
It is what you do now that will make the difference, so please take some steps and get speaking. If I can be of further assistance you can reach me through my website at www.peterdhu.com.au
The same as an opera singer, rock star or actor prepare their voice before speaking or singing, as a speaker you can also do simple things to improve and enhance your voice.
In this podcast episode I will talk about the importance the pause, deep breathing, oxygenating your blood and the bonus of good chemicals when you breathe deep. One of the inadvertent mistakes people make in public speaking is that they stop breathing or shallow breathe. This lack of breathing then adds to your anxiety and..