CHAMPION STRATEGIES – PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP – MARCH 6, 2021
What Do Great Presenters Do That Good Presenters Don’t?
4) GREAT SPEAKERS DO NOT TAKE SHORTCUTS – DO NOT “WING IT”
There are no shortcuts for preparing for your ‘best” talk or presentation. You owe it to each of your audiences to deliver your best presentation. Your audience wants to feel special and feel that you care enough about them to deliver a presentation tailored specifically for them. I have been speaking professionally for over 25 years and have delivered over 2700 programs to clients all over the world and still put in as much effort and preparation for every program I provide. I owe every audience I speak to the best program I can provide and this can only be done by putting in the work and not cutting any corners.
5) GREAT SPEAKERS GREET PEOPLE BEFORE THE PRESENTATION BEGINS
Do not feel so proud that you’re not willing to politely shake hands and greet people as they arrive. People love the opportunity to meet and actually shake hands with the speaker. Some speakers are so aloof and feel too important to even bother to casually speak with anyone from their audience before or even after their presentation.
I always arrive early, make sure my setting and venue is all setup before anyone else shows up and this allows me to greet people as they arrive. Great speakers are approachable and your audience will always appreciate it.
6) GREAT SPEAKERS SPEAK WITH ENERGY AND PASSION FOR THEIR TOPIC
Great speakers exhibit charisma and “engage” the audience right from the start. They are passionate, confident, enthusiastic, captivating but also comfortable and authentic. One of the key attributes audiences want is to listen and watch a speaker who is dynamic, energetic and speaks with passion. When you are passionate and excited about your topic, you audience cannot help but become excited too. If you can engage your audience at the same time, that is even better.
7) GREAT SPEAKERS DO NOT SAY ANY “AHS” OR “UHMS” OR OTHER TYPE OF FILLER WORDS WHEN THEY SPEAK
They have learned to totally eliminate the use of filler words during their presentation. Many good speakers still have a few, but great speakers have none. When I was a young kid growing up I used to have a severe stutter and was always made fun of by my friends. Most of us, even in professional settings use a lot of filler words and we, as a society, have come to accept these verbal annoyances. I worked very hard to totally eliminate the use of filler words when I speak not just during my presentations but during my every day conversation. I no longer use any filler words and I often am hired to work with executives just to help them eliminate their filler words. A speaker or presenter who does not use filler words automatically sounds more professional.
If you truly want to be a great presenter, you need to work on all seven of these areas and you will greatly improve how you sound and soon you too will also become a great presenter.