What is the secret to Public Speaking and Presentation Success?
There are two quotes I particularly look to for guidance in everything I do in planning, in preparing and in delivering a speech.
The first is from Dale Carnegie: Begin with something interesting in your first sentence. Not the second. Not the third. The First! F–I–R–S–T! First!
This emphatic statement is so true and such good advice. You have limited time to make a great first impression. This is generally recognized as 7 seconds or less! You have also limited time to capture the imagination and the rapt attention of your audience, so why begin with unnecessary information?
Get going, get moving and get to the point!
It is essential to start making an indelible and a compelling impression from the first words you speak – to the last thing you say. You have a specific purpose in making your presentation. The audience has a specific purpose in listening to you. Is there any reason you would not want to be fascinating, intriguing and interesting from your first sentence?
The second quote is from Winston Churchill: If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit again. Then hit it the third time – a tremendous whack.
If you have any doubt about the soundness of this advice click on the following Talking Points link – Speak Like a Pro News-Feed – It discusses the Four Key Principles of Effective Communication. Great information.
The key to great speaking is to eliminate verbiage, to concentrate on a small number of key facts, to be succinct, to stimulate intense curiosity and to get to the point. Your audience will certainly approve and they will respond accordingly!
LifeStylized is holding 3 FREE – Speak Like a Pro events, in which you will receive great instruction and inspirational ideas to kick start your Public Speaking and Presentation prowess. These will be held at 444 Broadway, in Saratoga Springs. (Above Wheatfields)
These are to be held on
- Saturday – February 11th @ 1:30 to 3:00pm
- Thursday – February 16th @ 6:30 to 8:00pm
- Tuesday – February 21st @ 6:30 to 8:00pm.
They are just like the Carnegie opening – practical, effective, and productive – from word one!