Daily Quote: ” Certain things in which mediocrity and ordinary are hard to take, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking. Show your uniqueness and and be natural and you will never be boring”
I have been thinking about how to get to your ideal performance state So here are some tips to quicken the “learning curve”
- The opening should be about 2-3 minutes, and have a “hook” to get people’s attention. An audience member decides in the first couple of minutes whether to keep paying attention or whether to checkout . Use a memorable personal story, quote, surprising statistics, demonstrations, provocative statements, or audience involvement or whatever it takes, to create rapt attention and a positive first impression. Don’t hem and haw or apologize for not knowing how to use the mike.
- The body should have a significant overriding objective (SOO) or purpose and 4-7 clear themes, each supported with credible facts, examples, anecdotes, stories, experiences, and whatever it takes to depart from the merely general power point deck. Stories and examples are powerful tools to “bring home” a point and connect through emotion and relevance.. The body should consume about 90% of your talk.
- The end should have a summary and call to action, and last no more than 3-5 minutes. Let people know how you expect them to think or act differently. Never end on questions and answers. Save your summary and ending for the absolute conclusion. And make your final sentence loud and strong.
- Use an outline with bullet points, which you’ve rehearsed. Never read a speech. This will ensure that you’re conversational and natural. Glancing at your bullet point notes is fine-never memorize a speech.
- Be careful with humor and sarcasm sparingly and always in a self-deprecating manner. It’s always all right to use yourself as the butt of a joke, and never all right to use anyone else. Don’t use generic stories or stories you heard someone else tell. Think about funny things that have happened to you, and incorporate them, not for belly-laughs, but for a smile along the way.
- If you’re taking questions, designate a specific period so that you’re not constantly interrupted. Repeat, respond to, and review each question. Repeat it so others can hear it clearly and give yourself time to consider your answer; respond to it, with an example, if possible; review with the questioner whether or not you answered the question to his or her satisfaction. (If you have a heckler or malicious question, then skip step three and immediately turn to someone else or continue your remarks.)
- Never lose your temper or your cool, even if waiter drop dishes or two participants are talking while you are. Most members of any audience want you to succeed. They’re with you unless you deliberately alienate them.
- Finally, prepare carefully, deliver with enthusiasm, and then go home. Do your best and forget about it. The future of civilization as we know it is not riding on your performance. Cut yourself some slack.