“Your goal should not be to ‘deliver a presentation.’ It should be to inspire your audience, to move them, and to encourage them to dream bigger.” —Amy Carmine Gallo
If I’m going to put my trembling body before an audience, I want to rivet the members with what I believe is important.
I read, Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo. Here are 18 tips from what I learned from Gallo’s book and other research. I suggest you read Gallo’s book for more tips, many examples, and explanations behind the “secrets.”
18 Tips to Rivet Your Audience
- Speak from your heart on what you believe and are passionate about .
- Tell personal stories that take the audience on a journey and reach members’ hearts and minds.
- Include unexpectedness in your stories, something that veers from what listeners expect.
4. Include villains (challenges perhaps) in your stories and heroes who rise to the challenges and succeed.
5. Deliver talks in a genuine, conversational manner.
6. Record your talk and watch for“ums” and “ahs,”distracting gestures or fidgeting, and lack of eye contact.
7. Use purposeful gestures at key moments. Gallo suggests we keep them within the borders of our:
- outstretched fingertips, and
8. Employ these techniques to show emphasis:
- raise or lower the volume of your voice,
- change word delivery from normal pace (190 words per minute), and
- pause before or after a key word.
9. Walk away from the podium occasionally.
10. Reveal something new or give a fresh outlook or solution on an old challenge to inform, educate, and entertain your audience.
11. Be able to write what you want your audience to know in 140 or less characters.
12. Supply a concrete and meaningful “showstopper” (a story, a video, a demonstration, a surprise guest, a prop, or a personal anecdote) to stress your most important point.
13. Employ humor and novelty without trying to be funny, e.g. relate anecdotes, analogies, quotes, videos, or photos that reveal humor in a situation.
14. Limit your talk to 18 minutes. If your talk must go over 18 minutes, build in stories, videos, or demonstrations every 10 minutes.
15. Keep content on slides under 40 words with one theme per slide.
16. Replace words and bullet points with pictures and reduce the number of slides.
17. Develop a “message map.” Gallo suggest we:
- Create a 140-character headline.
- List 3 key messages.
- Reinforce the messages with stories, statistics, and examples. (Enter a word or phrase to represent a story.)
18. Develop talks around the senses, especially vision.
Incorporate these 18 speaking tips to inspire your audience. Click to tweet.
What one thing has worked well in your public speaking?