101 Public Speaking Tips from Fearless Presentations

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No matter what people tell you, public speaking is not a skill that people who are lucky at the lottery of life possess while the rest of us are doomed to failure. Anyone can develop presentation skills, and with just a little practice, anyone can become a world-class speaker. This PowerPoint Slide Deck contains 101 public speaking tips that will help you reduce stage fright and become more self-confident.

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101 Public Speaking Tips from Fearless Presentations

  1. 1. Fearless Presentations® - 101 Public Speaking Tips 101 Public Speaking Tips This list is taken from… www.fearlesspresentations.com/101-public-speaking-tips/ Where you can find all of the tips with details about each one!
  2. 2. Fearless Presentations® - 101 Public Speaking Tips Design a Good Skeleton of a Presentation 1. Create a Clear and Specific Title or Topic 2. Limit Your Support to a Few Most Important Points 3. Add Stories 4. Use Stories to Reinforce Facts and Figures
  3. 3. Fearless Presentations® - 101 Public Speaking Tips Reduce Public Speaking Fear 5. Practice with a Partner 6. Avoid Video Feedback 7. Get Good at Delivering without Notes and Visual Aids 8. Butterflies are Normal 9. Lose Train of Thought? If you lose your train of thought and feel some panic, then one of a couple of things might be happening. You likely have a bunch of bullet points that are difficult to remember. If so, go back through the earlier tips and design your speech differently. If you are feeling light headed and confused, though… 10. Breath 11. Realize 90% of Nervousness Doesn’t Show 12. Avoid Writing Presentation Word for Word 13. Avoid Memorizing Your Entire Speech
  4. 4. Fearless Presentations® - 101 Public Speaking Tips Add Energy to Your Presentation 14. Add Energy and Enthusiasm 15. Talk with Your Hands 16. Make Your Gestures Bigger than Your Body 17. Exaggerate Gestures in Big Venues 18. Speak Faster 19. Move Faster 20. Speak Up; Your voice is your best tool when you present, so use it. If you are quiet, the audience will question your authority on the subject. Increase your volume a little to show the audience that you are in control. 21. Change Your Tone
  5. 5. Fearless Presentations® - 101 Public Speaking Tips Add Impact and Pizzazz to Your Presentation 22. Make Your Title Audience Focused 23. Make Your Bullet Points Title Focused 24. Add More Stories A Few Ways to Use Stories to Reduce Nervousness and Add Impact 25. Add a Moral or an Action 26. Use Success Stories as Proof 27. Learn from Mistakes 28. Give Contrasting Examples
  6. 6. Fearless Presentations® - 101 Public Speaking Tips A Few Ways to Use Audience Participation to Add Impact 29. Add Audience Participation 30. Avoid Rhetorical Questions 31. Be Careful with Yes/No Questions 32. Avoid Single Answer Questions 33. Ask Open Ended, Opinion Based Questions 34. Think/Write/Share 35. Use Sticky Notes to Get Input 36. Practice with a Partner 37. Have a Contest
  7. 7. Fearless Presentations® - 101 Public Speaking Tips Other Ways to Add Impact to Presentation 38. Analogies 39. Anecdotes Add Fun and Humor 40. Demonstrations 41. Offer a Sample 42. Quote from an Expert 43. Name Drop 44. Add Showmanship
  8. 8. Fearless Presentations® - 101 Public Speaking Tips A Few Ways to Add Showmanship 45. Use Posters Instead of Pictures 46. Add Some Magic 47. Teach The Audience Something that will Surprise Them 48. Props can Add Showmanship 49. A Good Leave-Behind can Add Showmanship Organizing the Presentation 50. Limit Your Presentation to Five or Fewer Points 51. Add at Least One “Impact Idea” to Each Point 52. Take a Break 53. Use Your “Impact Ideas” to Alter Time
  9. 9. Fearless Presentations® - 101 Public Speaking Tips PowerPoint Tips 54. Design Your Presentation First, then Add Visual Aids 55. Use Fewer Slides 56. Less is More 57. 6 X 6 58. Avoid Overuse of Animation 59. Use Appropriate Animation to Clarify Your Points 60. Charts and Graphs are for Handouts, not PowerPoint Slide Decks 61. Avoid Pictures for Decoration 62. Add Pictures for Clarity 63. Consider Boards Instead of Slides 64. PowerPoint Slide Colors 65. Use Simple Fonts 66. Use Bullet Points 67. Reveal Your Bullets One at a Time 68. Point to Bullets when You Reference Them 69. Stand Up When You Speak 70. Practice with Your Slides 71. Avoid “Read… Click…” 72. Design Your Own Slideshow
  10. 10. Fearless Presentations® - 101 Public Speaking Tips Places to Practice 73. Social Clubs 74. Chambers of Commerce 75. Libraries and City Recreation Centers 76. Lunch-N-Learns 77. Teleseminars or Webinars 78. Association Meetings in Your Industry 79. Association Meetings in Client Industries 80. Trade Shows 81. Marketing Seminars by Reservation 82. Paid Seminars 83. Paid Consulting Meetings 84. Radio and TV Shows 85. YouTube 86. Podcast Your Videos 87. Joint Venture Seminars
  11. 11. Fearless Presentations® - 101 Public Speaking Tips Team Sales Presentations 88. Prepare Your Team Ahead of Time 89. Talk About THEM, Not You 90. Show the Client that You are a Team 91. Use Showmanship 92. Question and Answer Sessions 93. Questions for Clarity 94. Questions to Test You 95. Set a Time Limit 96. Ask the First Question if Needed 97. When Time Expires, End It
  12. 12. Fearless Presentations® - 101 Public Speaking Tips The Seven Deadly Sins of Presenting (We know… This puts us at 103 tips versus 101, but we like to over-achieve.) 98. Thou Shan’t Not Go Overtime without Consent 99. To “uh” is Human, but Too Many is Annoying 100. Thou Shall Not Speak Monotonally 101. Thou Shall Not Use Shop-Talk 102. Thou Shall Not Speak Whilst the Audience Readests Thy Slide 103. Thou Shan’t Not Read Endless Excerpts to Thine Audience 104. Thou Shan’t Not Dump Endless Data Upon Thine Audience The good news is that if you follow the prior tips, you will never violate any of these deadly sins!
  13. 13. Fearless Presentations® - 101 Public Speaking Tips 101 Public Speaking Tips This list is taken from… www.fearlesspresentations.com/101-public-speaking-tips/ Where you can find all of the tips with details about each one! For more information, visit our main site at www.leadersinstitute.com or the Fearless Presentations® site at www.fearlesspresentations.com

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