Speaking Trends for 2007

Here are the trends I’ve noticed as I’ve observed effective speakers and contemporary presentations.

The Seven Biggest Presentation Mistakes

Giving a speech isn’t as difficult as it’s made out to be, as long as you keep a few basic principles in mind. Know what you want to accomplish. Understand the audience’s needs and motivations. Organize your material simply and clearly. But it is easy to make mistakes when you’re giving a presentation. Here’s my list of seven presentation mistakes to avoid.

Projecting a Commanding Presence (On Developing Charisma)

Developing a commanding presence isn’t something you can learn from a workshop or a self-help book. It’s more a way of being than anything you do, although the way you act can enhance it. Here are ways you can make yourself more attractive to audiences…

How to Start a Speech Do’s and Don’ts

If you lose your audience in the first 15 seconds to 2 minutes, you might as well pack your bags and go home. You’ll never — or almost never — regain their attention. Here are some tips to help you get through the first few moments of your speech.

How to Get a Standing Ovation

The best way NOT to get a standing ovation is to try too hard to get one. Aim instead to give a compelling speech…

How to Gain People’s Cooperation

When you want people to do something they’re not already doing — whether at home, school, or work — it’s not good enough simply to tell them. You have to show them what you want them to do, why they would want to do it, and how they can do it…

How to Connect With Your Audience

Lots of presenters speak without ever reaching their audiences. They talk AT their audiences without connecting WITH them. (And, as a result, they bore their audiences and ensure their resistance.) Reaching your audience means making a connection with them. To do so, try these techniques…