Yesterday we shared a bit on what public speakers can do with their hands.
Now, let’s talk about some of the rules public speakers are “supposed” to follow and the things they’re “supposed” to avoid.
- Walk to different parts of the stage depending on whether they’re telling a joke, making a point, sharing a story, doing their close; etc.
- Start off by thanking the host for the opportunity to be with us today
- NOT start off by thanking the host for the opportunity to be with us today – instead start with a bang, then circle back
- Launch headlong into your presentation the moment you hit the stage
- Before speaking, stand still and silent to create an anticipatory anxiousness that heightens sensory awareness and receptiveness
- Don’t read verbatim off a PowerPoint slide – EVER EVER EVER!
- Don’t stand in one place very long
- If the presentation is being filmed, remember to make eye contact with the camera for the folks back home
- At the same time, don’t take your attention from the audience and place it on the camera
Just a thought…
Is It Possible To Actually Get It Right And Never Screw Up?
Unlikely, even in the best of times.
Do you know every person in the room AND what mood they’re in at the moment?
And what happens if you lose your lines, miss your cues, blast right through a segment and forget that major point you were going to make, need to recalibrate yourself by referring to the slides, or any other public speaking sin?
What if you’re just suddenly hit with stage fright?
The answer is simple:
At The Very Beginning, Start A Rebellion (And Get Your Audience To Rally Behind You)
Not only is this technique effective, but it
- Humanizes you
- Gets the audience directly involved in your presentation via callout and callback
- Creates the sense that your audience has asked you to give your speech
- Excuses you in advance from most mistakes you might make
Here’s how we might do it:
So, anyway, in public speaking school they tell us certain things. Don’t read off the PowerPoint. Don’t stand in one place for more than 3 seconds. Move around the stage based on whether you’re telling a joke or a sad story. Watch the steepling of your hands. Never put your hands in your pocket.
You know what? Due to the nature of this, I might end up doing those things, is that okay with you?
Can I break the rules?
Are we rule-breakers? Are we breaking the rules?
Are we ready to do some great stuff together?
Okay! (continue with presentation)
Do you see EVERYTHING we just did there?
Now you’re covered.