Learn How to Present Without Being with 7 Easy Tips for Public Speaking. Eliminate Your Anxiety and Persuade Any Audience.
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This video is based on personal experience and the official TED Talk book: "Talk Like TED".
Public speaking is hard. We all get a little bit of anxiety before we present, it's normal. But if you master a few basic presentation tips and techniques, you can absolutely give a killer presentation the next time you present without being nervous. This video will give you 7 tips for public speaking and teach you how to present without being nervous.
In this video you'll get the tips for public speaking to hook an audience, story tell, and persuade. You'll get the tips for public speaking to tell stories that have people hanging on every word. And the techniques to nail a finale that moves people to action.
Presenting shakes a lot of people's confidence, but if you use these 7 tips for public speaking, you'll be on your way to giving the next TED talk ;)
1. Tell stories
Stories are how people communicate and connect in their everyday lives, why should you do anything different on stage? The TED talk book, Talk Like TED stresses this point. If you want to learn how to present without being nervous, this is a must.
Stories bring people along the ride. A well-told story gets people to experience the event as if they were there right beside you. Start off with a story, because it captures attention and it builds trust with your audience. Don't be afraid to be vulnerable and open up. When you show people your soft side, they'll reciprocate too!
2. Follow the arc
This was one of the tips for public speaking that my English teacher gave me. All good stories are told in very similar ways. It starts with the introduction, then the story builds, eventually, all the action intensifies and reaches the climax, then the story resolves and concludes. Follow this diagram and you're guaranteed* to keep your audience interested.
3. Talk in sets of 3
No, it wasn't a coincidence this was the third tip.
Three is a magical number. It's not too many, and it's not too little. People remember things in sets of three, and that's how your presentation should be too.
Try to keep your presentation to three main points that are connected with a single overarching theme. This way your audience will not be overloaded with information, and will also be able to take action straight away.
4. Cool it with your PowerPoints
The hexagonal-honeycomb-fade-flash-swirl-spin transition is super cool and all, but it's not going to persuade anyone.
Only use 2 transitions: Nothing or Fade (set to 0.5 seconds).
Also, try to keep each slide simple. Use your PowerPoint as a visual aid to enhance your presentation, not as a cue card. Try to keep it simple and mostly images. A quick test you can do yourself is to see if you can get all the information from the slide at first glance. If not, then you need to simply your slide.
5. Make them feel something.
Cry, laugh, groan, moan, resent = remember.
People are creatures of emotions, we do things based on how they make us feel. We eat ice cream or go out with our friends because it makes us feel good! Your presentation should do the same.
Engage people's emotions, that's how you really capture attention. It doesn't matter which emotion you're eliciting as long as it helps you make your point.
Socretes famously identified three modes of persuasion: pathos (emotions), logos (logic), and ethos (authority). But out of the three, pathos is the most important. In the passionate Ted Talk Bryan Stevenson gave, 65% was him telling a story, trying to engage the audiences' emotions. He only spent 25% of the time presenting facts and concrete knowledge. Yet right after his presentation, he totaled over $1 million dollars in donations to his foundation, without even asking for it.
6. Talk to your best friend, your phone
One of the tips for public speaking that helped me improve my public speaking skills is my phone camera. Record yourself talking. Personally, I just used it as a daily journal. Before I started posting videos on my YouTube channel, I talked to my phone every night for 2 months straight.
7. Get out of your own head
To be honest here, this is a hard tip for public speaking to follow, even for myself. However, if you can follow this one, it will make all the others seem redundant.
When you stop thinking about all the tiny things that will go wrong, how other people will judge you, and how you will damage your reputation, words will just flow out of your mouth.