Practical Public Speaking Tips to Engage Your Audience

Try These 5 Public Speaking Tips to Engage Your Audience and Make Your Next Pitch Sound Like a TED Talk

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“The most popular TED Talks share five qualities that any entrepreneur or speaker can — and should — adopt in their very next pitch or presentation.”

  1. TED speakers are passionate.
    “Deliver presentations on topics you’re passionate about and don’t be afraid to express your enthusiasm about a subject. It’s contagious.”
  2. TED speakers tell stories.
    “Personal stories build trust between two people. Tell more stories to make a deeper, emotional connection with your audience.”
  3.  TED speakers use pictures
    “When you tell stories, make sure your slides have more pictures than words.  Simply put, pictures are more effective than text alone on a slide.”
  4. TED speakers keep it short.
    “TED Talks have a strict limit of 18 minutes. Why 18? According to Chris Anderson, 18 minutes is “short enough to hold people’s attention, including on the internet, and precise enough to be taken seriously. But it’s also long enough to say something that matters.”
  5. TED speakers put in a lot of practice
    “Rehearse repeatedly is a guideline that the TED conference gives its speakers. Your business presentation is a performance. Rehearse for it.”

You may never give a TED talk, but these five tips probably will help you stand out when you speak in your next presentation or business pitch.

If you want to overcome stage fright and learn to speak with confidence, join a Toastmasters Club.
You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.

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  2. Practice, Practice, Practice
  3. Talk Yourself Down
  4. Wallow in the Worst
  5. Visualize the Outcome
  6. It is Not All About You
  7. When Things go Wrong
  8. Keep Calm, Don’t Rush It
  9. Focus on Getting Through the First 5 Minutes
  10. Never Apologize for Being Nervous
  11. Don’t Share Your Mistakes
  12. Arrive Early
  13. Stretch
  14. Breathe
  15. Double Check Everything
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  1. Exercise Beforehand
  2. Develop a Routine
  3.  Make Sure You’ve Eaten
  4. Prep First, Speak Later
  5. Start with a Bang
  6. Take Dramatic Pauses
  7. Don’t Give All the Answers
  8. Don’t Apologize
  9. Answer Questions
  10. Repeat Questions
  11. Get Personal
  12. Keep Slideshows Brief
  13. Don’t Rely on Slides
  14. Tell Your Audience Something New
  15. Don’t Try and Sell Something
  16. Have a Back-up Plan
  17. Always Repeat Yourself
  18. Hand Out Homework
  19. Know When to Zip It
  20. Try and Have Fun

Join Toastmasters and find a club that you like to practise your speeches in a friendly environments. You are welcome to visit our Kampong Ubi Toastmasters Club if you are living in Singapore.

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