Today we shall discuss 5 key mistakes that even great public speakers make. Making sure that you don’t make these mistakes will not only put you above 85% of the speakers but also make you memorable.
1. LACK OF ENERGY
Have you come across a speaker who is giving you a lot of valuable information but you just don’t buy into what he is saying?
Have you come across a speaker who wasn’t convincing and confident?
Have you come across a speaker who was so boring that halfway through you just wanted to get up and leave?
Most probably you have.
So would you want to be a speaker like that?
One key weapon great speakers have is energy. They are passionate about what they are saying. They truly believe in what they are saying because they know it will add value to people’s lives. They are so enthusiastic about sharing their story and message that their audience feels that connection.
( Tip: Ensure good body language and vocal variety so that you don’t come across as lacking energy)
Friends, here’s the thing. Your audience will mirror your energy level.
In other words, they will exactly feel what you’re feeling. So make sure your energy level is right so that you don’t bore them.
(Bonus Tip: Try giving a speech about what you don’t love but have knowledge about.
Then try giving a speech on a topic you love. Feel the difference in your energy level)
So would you make the mistake of not being energetic next time?
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2. LACK OF PAUSES
Not having pauses can kill your delivery.
Pauses are powerful.
Pauses are the ‘Silent Warriors’ who create intrigue, anticipation and mystery for your audience. Give a right pause and your audience will be glued to listen to your next word.
However, one note of caution here, is not to overdo pauses. Overdoing pauses would make others feel that you are not prepared. They will feel that you are using those pauses to remember your speech.
The right use of pauses makes you come across as a confident speaker who is in full control. I remember this was the first technique I tried to perfect when I started speaking. It immediately 3X’d the impact of my speech.
(Bonus Tip: Try giving a short 2 minute talk rushing through the information you have to convey. Then try giving the same talk using a few pauses)
3. NO CALL TO ACTION
What is the main purpose of your speech?
What is the message you want your audience to take home?
What is that you want your audience to take action upon?
You have to answer those questions even before you start crafting your speech.
Imagine this, your speech is full of valuable content, you make it more impactful with your delivery but there is no call to action or takeaway for your audience. Do you think they will remember your speech for long?
Sure, they might have loved your speech, entertained by it but don’t you want them to remember your speech?
Having a call to action is what makes your speech memorable.
For example, if you are giving a speech on building relationships and keeping in touch with your old friends, your call to action could be as simple as “Pick up the phone and dial a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, NOW!”
4. INFORMATION OVERLOAD
We are in a time where there is a lot of information available. And most of you would agree with me on this. Today, if you have any questions all you have to do is ‘Google It‘
So when there is already so much knowledge available for free today, isn’t it necessary for you as a speaker to stand out?
Isn’t it necessary for you as a speaker to be different?
Isn’t it necessary for you NOT to be another information bot?
You have to! And you do that by having limited information (a good ratio that works well is 2-3 points every 10 minutes of talk) but making each of your point immensely valuable to your audience by adding stories, illustrations and practical action steps that your audience will remember each point.
You add so much depth to your points that your audience don’t see, hear and forget them. Instead the live, feel and breathe it.
5. LACK OF INTERACTION
Most speakers make the mistake of preparing a speech, coming onto the stage, giving their speech and walking off the stage.
Audiences are the King! Every speech you give is for your audience. Every talk or presentation you give is for your audience. Yet most speakers forget this fundamental point as they don’t interact with their audience at all.
As a speaker you are not on stage to just give out a ton of information to your audience. But you are there to challenge their thoughts and get them thinking. So if you just go onto the stage, say whatever you have to say and never question or interact with your audience, you are missing out on your biggest opportunity to be memorable.
So now you understand how important audience interaction is?
Do you fear screwing up your speech with an interaction? If so then,
Watch this video from Tony Robbins and see how he interacts with his audience regularly in his famous TED Talk ‘Why we do what we do?’
See how simple audience interaction could be? As simple as getting them saying ‘I’.
So next time don’t forget to interact with your audience.
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