Recently I have been asked what my tips are for public speaking. There are so many things to consider like how to remain calm, word choice, presentation styles and the list goes on and on. Here are my tips for successful public speaking.
- Follow the 3c’s
- Clear: Make sure your message is clear and easily understood by your audience. Be direct and get to the point early in your message.
- Complete: Don’t leave out important information in your speech. Do not leave your audience guessing as to how a particular story ends.
- Concise: Get to the point. Don’t repeat yourself or try to over explain things.
- Be Authentic: Don’t try to be something or someone you are not. Stay true to your strengths. There is only one Jason Hewlett and one Dan Clark in the world. Be yourself, play to your strengths. If you are funny then use humor and be funny. If you are a great storyteller then tell stories to share your message. People have an innate ability to spot a phony, so be original–just be you.
- Be Vulnerable: This one is scary because you have to leave your perfect world and comfort zone and step out into the unknown. Don’t be afraid to share mistakes or mishaps with others. Sharing our misfortunes will allow you to connect with your audience faster. Before becoming a speaker, I would have never shared with anyone that I didn’t graduate high school until I was 25 years old. Now I shout it from the rooftops. Now I share my pain and disappointments to inspire others to live the life they have always imagined. No one wants to hear a know-it-all speak, someone that has all the answers to life’s questions.
I use these tips on a daily basis. I coach people on these tips so that they can improve in public speaking. By no means is this all one needs to work on to master public speaking, but it is a good start.