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13 questions for speakers.

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  • Question # 1 How short is your talk?
  • Keep it short and focused on the one or two things you want people to remember.
  • State the most important recommendations at the start. Then move on to supporting data.
  • The average adult reads 300 words per minute, but people can only follow speech closely at around 150-160 words per minute. Therefore, keep your talk short.
  • Question # 2 How clearly do you talk?
  • Communicate with a clear, strong voice.
  • Take a breath before you begin speaking to avoid rushing and mumbling.
  • Further inspiration
  • Question # 3 How well do you know your audience?
  • Show the listeners that you care about them.
  • Make sure that the idea you communicate makes sense from the listener’s point of view.
  • Further inspiration
  • Question # 4 Do you speak in the right place?
  • Design the space, you speak in, to help make 1. make you even more trustworthy. 2. create an emotional bond between you and people you speak with.
  • Further inspiration on work environments
  • Question # 5 How will you be personal?
  • Talk about things you believe in passionately.
  • Tell a story. People will will better follow and remember stories. They create emotional connections.
  • Bring your natural, informal style into your presentation.
  • Further inspiration
  • Question # 6 To what extent do you use “I” language?
  • I-messages simply state a problem without blaming someone for it. This makes it easier for the other side to help solve the problem, without having to admit that they were wrong.
  • Effective communication Aggressive communication Passive communication
  • Aggressive communication Effective communication Passive communication ”You” language ”I” language ”One” language
  • Aggressive communication Effective communication Passive communication Watch out what you say. You, don’t ever do… I noticed that…. I would like if…. Maybe. Well, I don’t know but...
  • Aggressive communication Effective communication Passive communication Anger. Out of control. Inner strength. Self confidence. Fear. Lack of self confidence.
  • Further inspiration
  • Question # 7 To what extent do you use open body language?
  • 55% of your impact comes from what your body is doing while you are speaking.
  • Be open in your body language when you speak.
  • Question # 8 How well do you respect personal zones?
  • The intimate zone < ½ arm’s length The personal zone 1 arm’s length The social zone > 2 arm’s lengths The public zone > 4 arms lengths
  • Question # 9 Do you speak as an adult to an adult?
  • Speak with others as you would like to be spoken to. Adapted from
  • Aim for a tone that suggests that you’re leveling with people.
  • Adult Parent Child Parent Adult Child
  • Question # 10 How often do you pause?
  • To emphasize what you say, vary your body language, your tone, and the volume.
  • Avoid using “ums” and "uhs”. Instead, use a well-placed pause to help people absorbe what you say and get people’s attention.
  • Advantages of using pauses  A pause gives listeners time to digest information.  A pause increases your feeling of confidence and ease.  A pause gives you time to formulate your thoughts.
  • Question # 11 How openly do you communicate?
  • Question # 12 What about using “and” instead of “but”?
  • The word “but” is an eraser. Use “and” instead.
  • Question # 13 How much will you practice before you speak?
  • Know your material extremely well. Sources
  • When practicing, expect that your actual talk will take at least 25% longer.
  • Further inspiration