I was reading from an old spiritual book this morning and came across a great section on public speaking. It seemed so out of context from the rest of the book that I had to dig in.
What I found were some very relevant and helpful tips on delivering a better presentation.
The book is called “Leaves of Gold” and the piece is from Walter Robinson.
Here are my favorite points:
• Don’t be ashamed of your own opinions. I will admit there are times during my presentations that I have come across sounding apologetic because my beliefs or experiences were not consistent with what other thought leaders in our industry were saying.
• Don’t cover too much ground. This is a big one for me. I want to say everything and always run out of time. The solution? Rehearse my presentation, a lot.
• Have a definite purpose. How many presentations have you sat through where you were never sure if the presenter had a point? Develop a theme for your presentation and stay with it. A good example are one man or one woman shows in theater. The title is generally a theme and the actor states the theme (purpose) throughout the entire show.
• Pauses are of great oratorical value. Mark Twain said the most powerful word in the English language is the pause. This is a simple thing to incorporate into your presentation. Make a strong point, then…..pause….. It gets people’s attention.
• Speak Deliberately. People want to be informed and entertained. Speakers, who varies their tone, volume, inflection, pace, all with clear intention, are the ones people remember and invite back.