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  1. 1. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH A PUBLIC SPEAKING CHAMPIONHi, my name is Akash and I’m a presentation skills coachand author of “Public Speaking Secrets of theChampions”. I was recently on a TV show in Malaysiawhere I did a 40 minute segment on “Mastering the Artof Public Speaking”. In this short eBook, you will find theanswers to the some of the questions Iwas asked on the show.Akash Karia
  2. 2. What are the qualities of a great speaker?To be a great speaker, you have to be:  Audience-Focused: forget about you. The purpose of your speech, presentation, workshop - whatever your delivery method - is to engage your audience. It’s not about how you look, how you sound or how you dress - it’s about them. It’s about engaging your audience. It’s about connecting with your audience. Everything you do in a speech or presentation has to be focused on your audience. So, when you’re designing your presentation, ask yourself, “What information does my audience need to know? How can I make this information more relevant for them? How can I help them achieve their goals?” Approach everything in your presentation from an audience-centered perspective.  Passionate: If you’re not passionate about your topic, how do you expect your audience to be? If you’re not excited about your presentation, how do you expect your audience to be? If you’re speaking on a topic, make sure it’s something you’re interested in. Why? Because here’s what happens if you speak on a topic you’re not interested in: your facial expressions and your body language will give off signals that you’re not interested in your topic. Your audience members will unconsciously pick up these signals and because you’re not interested, they won’t be interested. Now, there’s an upside to this. If you’re passionate, excited, interested in a topic, it will show through in your presentation - and if you’re interested, you won’t need to fake a smile or rehearse any gestures because it will all come naturally. There’s a saying that, “If you want to sell, you first have to be sold”. You first have to be sold on the benefits of your message and your ideas before you can sell them to
  3. 3. your audience.  Expert - be an expert on the topic you are speaking on. As speakers, our main job is to share our expertise. Be so knowledgeable about your topic that if you’re called to speak on your topic right now, you can quickly come up with some points which would be of value to your audience. If you’re an expert on the topic you are presenting on, you will feel confident on stage because you are very familiar with the material you will be presenting. And this confidence will reflect in your body language and your delivery.So, if you want to be a powerfully persuasive speaker, be an APE: anaudience-centered, passionate expert. How do you measure the success of a presentation?There are two important questions you can ask to measure the success ofyour speech.First question: did you achieve the objective of your presentation? The goal of a speech is to take audience members from Point A to PointB. It’s to move them in some sort of way - maybe to move them emotionallyand to inspire them; or to move them intellectually and give them moreknowledge and more tools on a topic. So, if a speaker manages to meet hisobjective of moving his audience from Point A to Point B, then it’s asuccessful speech. Or,as you put it, it’s a commendable speech.Second question: Will your audience remember your message 3days after you presentation?
  4. 4. Did you know that most presentations are forgotten within a coupleof hours? A successful speaker, however, leaves a lasting impact on hisaudience. As speakers, we want to make sure that our impact lasts beyondthe day of the presentation. For example, let’s say you’re giving a sales presentation. Yourobjective is to convince Mr. and Mrs. Jones to buy a car or insurance - orwhatever the product - from your company. Now, no matter how good yourpresentation, it’s unlikely that Mr. and Mrs. Jones will enthusiasticallyhand over their credit card to you at the end of your presentation. They’regoing to need a couple of days to think about it. What you want is for yourpresentation to be remembered at the time when they are making adecision - when they are thinking about whether or not to buy from you,you want your message, your presentation, to be remembered and influencetheir decision to “YES! We’re going to buy from you.” Same thing applies to interviews. You want the recruiter to rememberyou so that when they’re making the decision about who to hire, you popinto their minds. So to summarize, the two most important questions any presentershould ask at the end of a presentation - the questions which determinewhether a presentation was effective or not - are: (1) Did I move my audience emotionally or intellectually from Point A to Point B? Did I achieve my objective? and (2) Will they remember my message 3 days after I speak?
  5. 5. What are the advantages of being able to speak powerfully and confidently in public?If you possess great speaking skills you possess an edge over most people.You’ll:  Do More in your career - you’ll be more visible in the company so you’ll get new opportunities; you’ll get promoted up the career ladder faster and quicker than those you lack speaking skills because the truth is, people associate good speaking skills with good leadership skills.  Have better self Esteem - you’ll feel better about yourself. You’ll feel more confident, not just when speaking in public, but also when you’re in social situations. The confidence you gain from good public speaking skills carries over into other aspects of your personal life  Lead Effectively - One of the objectives of a great leader is to clearly articulate a vision for the team. If you possess good speaking skills, it’s easier to articulate that vision and inspire and motivate people towards that vision. Once you master the art of public speaking, you will see new doorsopening up for you. If you lack speaking skills…well, I don’t even want tothink about that!
  6. 6. How will you encourage the use ofvocabulary in public speaking? How different is the use than in writing? Writing and speaking are very different. When we write we tend to usevocabulary that we don’t normally use when we speak - we use longerwords and longer sentences. One of the mistakes most speakers make is that they give speeches whichsound more like written documents than speeches. The best way toovercome this is to speak conversationally. Use words which younormally use when speaking with friends. Don’t use any words you don’tuse in everyday conversations. Make sure that what you’re saying on stagefeels natural to you. Speaking conversationally is the best way I know of to connect withyour audience. Audience members don’t want to be preached down to. Theydon’t want someone they can connect with on a personal level. How can a speaker finish off his wide range of topics, within a stipulated time frame? What is the most important thing to remember here?Here’s the process I suggest you follow:  Start with a Core Message - what’s the single most important point you want to make? The reason we have a core message is that it keeps our speech tightly focused. Next, brainstorm all possible points that help you clarify the core message. How many points should you
  7. 7. make? General rule of thumb is to use 10 minutes for every major point you make, which means that if you’ve been given 40 minutes to speak, you might only make 4 points.  Rehearse Your Presentation - rehearse in front of a live audience - your friends and family members - to make sure you’re able to present within the time frame  Plan to finish early. If you get 45 minutes to speak, plan to finish speaking within 40 minutes. The audience will never complain if you finish a couple of minutes earlier than plan. Is public speaking an in-born talent or can it be trained?Public speaking is not about talent, it’s about techniques. It’s about thetools that you have. It’s about the training you’ve received. And I knowbecause I’ve lived that process. Barack Obama is considered one of the bestspeakers in recent times that the world todayhas had the privilege to witness. What makes him such a superb speaker?There are several public speaking lessons we can learn from Obama:  High You-to-I ratio - The most important word in the English language is the word “you”. Obama uses a lot of “you-focused” language. He talks directly to his audience members and addresses
  8. 8. their needs and concerns rather than talking about himself. Conversational language - yes, his sentences are more eloquent and more structured than in a conversation, but the language is still conversational. Use of catch phrases - “Yes We Can”. Obama uses memorable catchy phrases which he repeats several times throughout the speech to make sure his audience remembers his message. Use of Stories - Obama is a masterful storyteller. Stories are engaging. Stories connect with people. Use stories in your presentations.