Last week, I attended a one-week conference online.
Jenny Blake interviewed several professional speakers, actors, poets and invited them to share with us their experience about public speaking.
What they do:
Before the speech
1) Write the speech / Talk it out loud
2) Give themselves or friends the speech
1) Memorize the beginning (30 sec) and the ending (30 sec) of their speech
2) Work on transitions
3) Read the less as possible their notes
- Think of their intentions:
1) Why am I doing this speech?
2) What are my goal and the audience's goal?
3) How can I perform great?
1) Breath: belly breath, 4 sec in - 6 sec out
2) Use a large gesture
During the speech
- Engage the audience:
1) Use visuals (drawing, diagramming, mind-mapping)
2) Give content-Propose practice-Ask for feedback and take-away
3) Offer a physical experience (ask the audience to stand up, raise the hand, talk with other participants, etc.)
- Their speech:
1) A clear structure (titles, parts, examples) and a changing rhythm (quick - slow)
2) Personalized (stories, emotions, humor, quote yourself)
3) Narrow the topic to few bullet points (Imagine you have only 15 minutes to talk to the world, what would you say?)
- Their attitude:
1) True, authentic
2) Fully in the moment, spontaneous (If you can't hide a fact, you have to point it out. For example: an annoying noise, When you forgot your thought you can ask "what was I talking about?")
3) Respect the timing - Having someone keeping track of the time
After the speech
- Follow-up with attendees
- Work on your performance according to the feedback
What they recommend us to improve our performance:
- Ask for feedback
- Record your performance and watch it. Training in front of a mirror is giving you a distorted experience because you use yourself as a response mechanism.
- Work with a pro, a coach or a mentor. Contact speaking circles or a local/national speakers association.
- Have a strong knowledge of your self. The more you understand your self, the better you're prepared to deal with the emotions.
- Analyse others' practice and the impact on you as a listener. What are they doing that makes the presentation effective?
- Focus pro speech on one skill you want to improve
Personally, I have an important presentation to do next week. Wish me the best!