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Friday, June 12, 2009

18 Tips for Speakers

18 Tips for Speakers

  1. Research your audience.

  2. Practice, practice, practice.

  3. Do relaxation exercises, just before you speak.

  4. Memorize your opening lines.

  5. Follow an outline, not a script - Know Your Subject.

  6. Quickly engage your audience with a question or humorous story.

  7. If you're not natural funny, speak for at least two to four minutes before using any humor.

  8. Never read to your audience, only read short quotes, otherwise summarize longer stories.

  9. Always allow time for audience participation and questions.

  10. Use props.

  11. Use visual aids to reinforce your points and increase audience retention.

  12. Avoid the #1 mistake in public speaking - failure to check and test your audio-visuale quipment beforehand.

  13. Know your subject.

  14. Speak to your audience as if you were having a conversation.

  15. Don’t stand still, move around.

  16. Look at one person long enough to deliver one complete thought and then repeat.

  17. Ask for referrals by providing a flyer about other programs you offer.

  18. Develop and sell back-of-the-room products for increased profits and promotion.

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