I use my words carefully, because any great speaker knows that you are not there to just ‘speak at’ people for 20-30 mins you are there to move people, spread information, nudge behaviours and provide benefit.
It never used to be like this though. Back in the day when I was in the land of strategy and trends, I used to dread public speaking. I would roll up to my clients trembling, so focused on reeling off information or making the sale that my presentations had no heart. Moving into work that I loved taught me two things about public speaking….one, public speakers must love their content enough to want to change lives (professionally or personally) and two, public skills can be learnt if you care enough about the first. Here are some lessons I’ve learnt the hard way so that you don’t have to!
Make your speech real - relevant emotive animated loaded with visuals