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5 MORE Ways to Bomb at Public Speaking

With the popularity of my last post about public speaking a few weeks ago, I figured you’d be interested in more ways to bomb at the front of the room.

Here are five more common errors. Remember… just because you see other people do these things doesn’t make them a good habit to follow!

X Meander around the subject

Please no! Let us know up front what you are taking about. Express your key message in a few simple words. Repeat it between stories or sections. Then leave us at the end of the talk with a call to action.

  • Start recycling at home this week
  • Take one step today toward your dream
  • Make your appointment with us before you leave
  • Join me in raising a glass to the bride and groom

X Make a big deal when something goes wrong

If you stumble over a word, pause and begin again. If the mic system doesn’t work, stay calm and deal with it. Audience members feel like cringing when speakers panic, “Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry. I can’t believe that happened.” Public speaking means you’re leading the energy in the room. You got this!

X Stick to the dry facts

People connect to people. Share the facts, but start with a personal or client story. Show me why I should care about the facts. Help me to put myself in your story and see things from your point of view

X Speak quickly

Breathe. Slow down. If you forget your place, pause. A pause feels like forever in front of a group of people. But it is a great way to get people’s attention and to stop them from looking at their phones. They assume you paused because what you say next is so important.

X Read your slides

Your slides are for images, not your speaking notes. Reading them also puts your back to the audience, and we all want to connect with you, hear you, and see your smiling face.

What will you do differently the next time you speak?


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