I was speaking at a conference and on a self-awareness roll, noticing some of the little habits I’d picked up over time and how well they work to engage an audience. These started as a tweet stream, you really should follow me on Twitter.
- The speaker is on stage to be of service. Every word should be carefully chosen and rehearsed to deliver value.
- Practice to the time allowed & realize schedules shift. To be of service the speaker must keep to the schedule and work to make up time lost in earlier sessions where possible.
- Develop a visualization practice so deeply that you speak from your bones, from the fabric of your being, not just your heart.
- The energy you have for your topic can’t be thrown around indiscriminately. Focus. Focus. Focus. On being of service.
- Smile a lot before going on stage, it wakes up your face.
- Often the audience won’t know you made a mistake. They don’t know your plan vs what you just did. Don’t show it. I made a “mistake” at this conference and when I was listening to the recording afterwards even I didn’t notice.
- Make a mistake? Adapt. That’s why you rehearsed. You got this or you wouldn’t be on the stage in the first place.
- As soon as possible after you finish, write down your thoughts of how you can improve. Ask individuals for feedback.
- When people ask for your slides or say ‘great job’ ask for a recommendation. LinkedIn recommendations are a great tool.
- If someone says “great job” respond: “Thank you, what did you like?” Listen to improve.
I’ve also written ‘6 public speaking tips for beginners’ that you might enjoy.