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“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

-Jerry Seinfeld

We want to help you ease your public speaking woes with some help from some of the very best in public speaking. Here are a few tips that will help you rock that eulogy. The tips are broken into three parts: Pre-Presentation, Mid-Presentation, and Closing. Each section provides tips for each part of a presentation. We’ve also highlighted a few of our favorite tips to make your search a little easier.
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  • 4. Pre-Presentation
  • 5. TWEET THIS TWEET THISVIEW THE FULL ARTICLENick ElliottBreezentationsOne of the first things I like to tell newpresenters that will make a hugedierence is this: Make sure you arenot only clear on your specificobjectives for the presentation - youroutcome, but also on what specificobjectives your audience might havefor listening -what's in it for them.Meera ManekExecutive Speaking CoachIf you are new to public speakingor making presentations, neverapologize for being nervous orthat it is your first time giving apresentation. It takes away fromyour credibility as a speaker.
  • 6. Lisa YardeMotivational Consultant At LisvaluJust be yourself and get allyour points in order.TWEET THIS TWEET THISVIEW THE FULL ARTICLEJohn T. CappsPresident at Hope Mission Christian MinistriesIt all starts before the address,meet and greet as many as youcan when they enter the room,this way relationships andfriendships begin to provide thefoundation for your impressivepresentation.
  • 7. TWEET THIS TWEET THISVIEW THE FULL ARTICLEJanice WrightI would suggest looking up a fewsubjects on YouTube within theToastmasters pages.Toastmasters is a publicspeaking club where membershelp members practice theirspeaking and leadership skills.Graham YoungPresentation TrainerGo through your slides and removeanything that is there to remind youwhat to say and only leave the bitsthat help the audience understandwhat you are talking about. (Keepyour notes to your self)
  • 8. TWEET THIS TWEET THISVIEW THE FULL ARTICLEEugene ClarkManaging DirectorThink ICEBERG - just as you onlysee a small part of the icebergabove water, the presentationitself is only a small part of theprocess. The big part is thePlanning. Preparing and Practicebeforehand.Robert LaneAspire CommunicationsThe two main things I emphasize leadingup to the picture roles discussion is tomake sure they are using meaningfulpictures, pictures that actually dosomething rather than sitting there aspure decoration and they need to betaking the own pictures, 1000s of them.You never know when you'll need acertain subject to help tell story or give anexample.
  • 9. TWEET THIS TWEET THISVIEW THE FULL ARTICLEEmer McCarthyAs someone who does a lot ofpublic speaking but is absolutelyterrified each and number one tip ispreparation, preparation,preparation. I leave nothing tochance and then as I getcomfortable and more confident Ican ad lib away!Judy BondIf possible, make it a point tointroduce yourself to severalaudience members before yourpresentation.
  • 10. TWEET THIS TWEET THISVIEW THE FULL ARTICLEChantal BosséGiving a great presentation starts long beforeshow time. Start with your audience’s needsand expectations, and decide on a maximum of3 main takeaways so it’s easier to rememberyour talk. Make sure you use relevant visuals toenhance your talk…instead of reading slides toyour audience! Other important elements: knowyour content, practice, stay authentic andrespect everyone’s time by not runningovertime. I call it my recipe to help presentersmake a dierence in people’s lives, onepresentation at a time.Mary HarveyCreative Director- Improv YourselfPractice out loud in front of amirror. This puts the presentationinto your body, as well as yourmind. It lets you know if the wordsyou've written fit in your mouth. Itgives you a more accurate timing-- never run over the time you'vebeen given in the agenda!
  • 11. TWEET THIS TWEET THISVIEW THE FULL ARTICLEDataHeroTriple check your charts. Ifyour data visualization isunclear or misleading, you'regoing to lose before you everget started.
  • 12. Mid-Presentation
  • 13. Ashanti WitherspoonPractice speaking from your heart. Headknowledge is great, and entertwining storiesabout others adds variety to your subjectmatter. However, when you can deliver yourspeech from your heart with a touch abouthow you overcame some obstacle in life, itwill connect with the heart of the audience.That will allow people's worlds to become apart of yours. Even though the experiencesmight be dierent, they will feel like theirlives and yours are connected.TWEET THIS TWEET THISVIEW THE FULL ARTICLEKaren WilliamsProfessional Trainer at Bold EchoCommunication SolutionsSee the presentation as a conversation.When engaged in a conversation, we listenand give space to others to engage. Thesame is true of good speakers; they payattention to the audience's responses andprovide opportunities for them to engagein the presentation. Engage the audienceby asking questions, relating the topic totheir lives and experiences, and providepauses so they can absorb theinformation.
  • 14. TWEET THIS TWEET THISVIEW THE FULL ARTICLEJustin ThompsonEmotion ,emotion, emotion - pull atthose heart strings - as ourdecisions are based emotionallyfirst - as many of these greatspeakers has suggested - from theheart and relate. Usually a storypacked with humor can get thegroup going - they can see yourgenuine side and that's vital.Ritzya- CreatorSpeaker SalonNumber one piece of adviceis: SMILE! and if you thinkyou're smiling enough, watchyourself on video and you'll besurprised at how little weactually smile.
  • 15. TWEET THIS TWEET THISVIEW THE FULL ARTICLEDataHeroThere is wisdom in the words,'People remember what you DOmore than what you say.' Grab theirfocus with an eye-popping visualstatistic, or engage them with aphysical demonstration. It will leavean impression long after they'veforgotten the words on your slides.Roy AlmaasCommunications Coach- AnglaideBeyond the basics (like makingsure your appearance is OK,)stop thinking about yourself! Putthe spotlight on your audience.Think of why they need yourinformation. Make them thecenter of your attention andyou'll be much less nervous.
  • 16. TWEET THIS TWEET THISVIEW THE FULL ARTICLEAndre VlcekMake sure your presentationincludes content that is more aboutyour audience and customersneeds and less about your needsor capabilities. Demonstratingexceptional understanding is a keysource of competitive advantage intoday's presentation environment.Monica StevensMes ConsultingTry not to fret. Even if your topic ishard one, be confident that whatyou are going to say is of interest toyour audience (otherwise theywould not be there!). Breathe in,smile, look at them in the eye, andbegin speaking with full confidence.You will do a great job!
  • 17. TWEET THIS TWEET THISVIEW THE FULL ARTICLEDataHeroI think the key to being a goodpresenter is finding the perfectbalance between your passion for asubject and the data you have tosupport it. When you can let yourpassion come out while sharing thedata, that's when something reallyclicks for the audience.”
  • 18. Closing
  • 19. TWEET THIS TWEET THISVIEW THE FULL ARTICLEAvinash KaushikI believe we should present our data aseectively as possible in order to firstbuild our credibility, second to setourselves apart from everyone else whocan present complicatedgraphs/charts/tables, and third allow ourleadership teams to understand thesingular point we are trying to make sothat the discussion moves o data veryquickly and on to what to with theinsights.Garr ReynoldsFinish early and ask if anyonehas questions. Or invite them tosee you after the presentation.But never run long… because allthe good will you built up couldbe lost.
  • 20. TWEET THIS TWEET THISVIEW THE FULL ARTICLEUC DavisEnd on a strong or positive note,not a weak or fading one.Saying “Well that's all I have tosay. Thank you very much forlistening” is underwhelming andcan give a lackluster conclusionto what could be a very excitingpresentation.George TorokA successful presentation is onethat moves people to action.
  • 21. Have one very good takeaway - what are they going toremember about yourpresentation, and state it.VIEW THE FULL ARTICLEPhala MurrayTWEET THIS
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