5 things NOT TO DO when public speaking…
5. Don’t start with a quote from someone else. It may sound powerful, but leaves the audience thinking about someone else. (who may be more famous than you- just saying)
4. Don’t mention Politics. Yes, we have officially entered into an era where the most controversial subject of the moment is not religion, but Politics. Don’t go there. (Unless you are speaking at a rally) You will lose half your audience if you do. (and maybe some friends if you take a side)
3. Don’t start late. Even if half your audience is late, start on time. (at least in the U.S.) They can be tardy. They are not leading the room, YOU are! So be professional, start on time. It’s a good lesson for those late peeps that life goes on, and they may miss out at times with their tardiness. Be in control of your room. This makes everyone feel confident in you as a leader.
2. Don’t swear. Regardless of your personal feelings on this, you have an audience typically of different people from all walks of life. They have different backgrounds, beliefs and comfort levels. It’s a slippery slope as speaker, and may cause you to lose part of or all of your audience if you go there. (unless you’re a comedian in a bar)
1. Don’t forget “The Sandwich”. Strong Beginning. Strong Middle. Strong End. Whether you’re speaking for five minutes or five days- this is paramount to your success. The Beginning- First impressions are made within the first seven seconds consciously or subconsciously. (wow) The Middle- Keep their attention, or they will be on Facebook/Twitter saying how bored they are. (yikes for your reputation) The End. IF you want to be remembered, if you want amazing referrals, and/or if you want to make a positive impact in their lives….nail the ending friends! Call them to some kind of action based on your powerful presentation. Leave them wanting more. Leave them wanting to buy your book. Get them making a bee-line to see you at your booth, and logging onto your website to find out where you will be speaking next.
Another tip from one of my mentors:
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