Archive for Professional Speaking

The Delivery

Next you’ll want to learn how to deliver the best possible presentation each and every time. First you need to warm up your voice, try humming or doing the scales. Vary the rate and the pace of your voice constantly during your presentation. Be conscious of your volume, pitch and tone. Emphasize specific areas with intension to gain your audience’s attention. One of the programs that helped me quite a bit is Carol Fleming’s “The Sound of Your Voice.” I also hired a voice coach who taught me how to throw my voice up to my nasal passage to prevent getting a sore throat while speaking.

Your body language is actually more important than your content. In fact experts say that the presentation is on 3% content and 97% body language and connecting with your audience. Always smile sincerely, let it come from your heart and show through your eyes.

Make sure your posture is open, stand with your arms open and relaxed by your side. Often people have a tendency to fold their arms or put their hands behind their back. This silently conveys judgment and superiority to your audience which is not a good message from a speaker. If you get nervous, you can use an Aikido technique I discovered.


Titles That Sell

The first thing you’ll want to do is create five titles for your presentations. The titles should be enticing and define your expertise. What are five areas are you interested in enough to create a presentation? Most of my presentations are centered on business skills. Some of my titles are “7 Techniques to Thrive in Any Economy”, “About Face”, “The DeCoder Ring”, “Sailing Your Entrepreneurship”, “Strategy Outweighs Success” and “U, Inc.”.

The title should have action words, a result, words ending in “ing” nouns, repetitive letters or a numerical listing. You’ll find that a great number of business books have numerical titles.

Of course each of the talks overlap here and there, but the organizer picks the topic according to what they believe their audience would be most interested in hearing.

You want to create a bullet point list of at least ten items to mention during your presentation. When you incorporate your personal stories, the presentations are always unique to you. You should strive for having an audience reaction of sighs, laughter, stunned silence or create a question in their mind every thirty to sixty seconds.