10 ways to know if SUCKS! YOUR SPEECH
Okay, you delivered your speech.
Audiences always applaud (it’s good manners)
So if your speech sucks.. you won’t know
#1 Thanking the audience Really!? We know you’re happy to be there! Thanking the audience is self-serving - get on with what you came to deliver.
#2 Start too slow, finish too fast Big mistake. Practice your first five minutes and know when you need to be: 1/4 way, 1/2 way and starting your close.
#3 Making it all about you Heroic stories about parachuting to work after pulling a family of eight from a burning house are all about you. Tip: Share when you failed and your audience will lean in.
#4 Forgettable content D.U.F.A. (Don’t Use Forgettable Acronyms). Keep your core lesson to three points and make each lesson memorable* * like ‘sharpen the saw’ and ‘seek first to understand’
#5 Uncomfortable moments Three things to avoid early in your speech: asking for a volunteer, walking into the audience, or asking them to share personal information. (Timing is everything.)
#6 Ugly Powerpoint Long bullets, too much text, and free clip art make you look like an amateur. Use fewer slides, keep bullets to a minimum, and use big, bold images. (Or no slides at all) Tip: Limit each slide to 3 bullets and only one line per bullet.
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#7 Reading your slides Bad enough your slides are crowded, don’t make it worse by ignoring your audience and reading them. Tip: look at one person at a time and everyone will feel like you are looking at them.
#8 Using old material Don’t tell the starfish story, Thomas Edison failed 5,000 times, or “Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”* (Get original content.) *Marianne Williamson
#9 Too much content Instead of piling on more content, use stories, get the audience involved, and slow down. Fact: Within one hour your audience will forget about 50% of what you share. Art Kohn, Ph.D
#10 Going overtime If an event planner invites you to go overtime - don’t believe them. Delegates can read time and they want their breaks. (Finish on time. Period.)
Quick Summary (what to do)… #1 Launch right into your material #2 Pace yourself and never rush the ending #3 Be vulnerable, share when you failed #4 Deliver three memorable solutions #5 Build audience engagement #6 Clean up your Powerpoint #7 Look your audience in the eye #8 Use original material #9 Less content is more memorable #10 Don’t go overtime. Period
Photo Credits “Okay, you delivered your speech” www.flickr.com/photos/76349034@N04/18341478711 “Making it all about you” www.flickr.com/photos/23844045@N06/11939035745 “Forgettable content” slide www.flickr.com/photos/45173973@N02/9006109724 “Uncomfortable moments” www.flickr.com/photos/49752896@N07/10425544294 “Ugly powerpoint” www.flickr.com/photos/49752896@N07/10425985243 “Reading your slides” www.flickr.com/photos/45173973@N02/9006113844 “Too much content” www.flickr.com/photos/23844045@N06/11941347716 Audience applauding (this page) www.flickr.com/photos/95442476@N00/206971552
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