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3 Speaking Mistakes You Can Try Yourself For Free

Looking for a way to ruin that perfect speech? How about a tried-and-true method to disengage with your audience? Tired of people asking you to speak again? What if I told you that following just one bad course of action could help you with all of these goals? How much would you pay for that advice? $12.00? $17.94? One Million Dollars?

Well here it is… free of charge (shh!):… wait for it… Give out too much information. <– That’s the ticket. Now you’re probably wondering, “Hey Rob, what are the 3 best ways to do that?” I’m glad you asked!

First… cram too much material into the time allotted… Imagine the perfect mutual fund speech: First point, the entire history of mutual funds. Second point, what mutual funds are. Final point, how to invest in mutual funds for your future. Time? not just 5-7 minutes… no… no… you extend this gem out to 6-8 minutes. Sweet!

Seriously, don’t be afraid to just talk about one fraction of one topic in your presentation. i.e. Pick history, and just talk about how the mutual fund got its start in the ’70s (or whenever they came into being). Now, people will be able to absorb what you’re talking about and understand your points. Bonus! You can talk about the current state of mutual funds in a future speech, and your audience will remember that you were informative last time, so they’ll listen this time too.

Second… Keep talking until you’ve said everything you can think of, no matter how long it takes. This is the best idea, because your audience is trapped! They wouldn’t dare walk out while you are speaking about this topic! You are the King, or Queen, or Jack… whatever. The point is you own the stage Ace, so they need to pay that rent and listen until you’re done, right?

Seriously, your audience is probably expecting a set time presentation, and a reasonable amount of information to be provided in that time frame. Make your promise, i.e. “You’re going to learn the 2 steps to investing in mutual funds”. Then don’t blabber on about anything that doesn’t meet that promise. Even if it makes you cool. When in doubt… drop it out. No audience ever gets mad at a speaker who finishes early. Ever!

Finally… Look at your watch in the middle of the presentation, and just stop talking! No conclusion. Or better yet, just say “Thank you.” and step off the stage. Victory!

Seriously, you should open your presentation with your second strongest material, and close with your best material. You can’t do that properly if you just stop before you get to your conclusion. You should practice your conclusion, watch your time, and avoid “added” extra content in the middle. Don’t set yourself up to drop it off of the conclusion.

Now! You know my secrets to less communication! Talk more… say less! It’s a winning combination. Take the time to add useless drivel and pointless content to your next speech, and your audience will be sure to ask for me to speak in your place next time! Victory!

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Rob Christeson is an IT Project Manager, freelance writer and speaker based in Wichita, Kansas. His Talk to the Human™ blog is based on the premise that while on-line social networking, e-mail and text can be very useful for building contacts and staying in touch, nothing beats real live human communication when you need to get stuff done.

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks for this great advice. I agree, we\’ve all been there, situations like going in front of the stage and making a speech to a faceless crowd! But what I just kept in my mind are these things:
    Speaking in public is not inherently stressful.
    Don’t fear the fear. Don’t fight it.
    Don’t put pressure on yourself to succeed:
    – It’s not about you.
    – You don’t have to be perfect or brilliant to succeed.
    – You are not the only one with this problem.
    Be yourself.
    Don’t over-prepare or prepare in too much detail, but do rehearse if possible.
    Make sure you have a message to share. Focus on your audience and on the message itself during your presentation.
    Don’t believe something bad will happen.
    Don’t think your audience does not want you to succeed.
    Get practice to see firsthand that all the points above are true.

    Recently, I made an effort to put up a comprehensive diagram for this, please take a look!

    http://www.spreadinghappiness.org/2010/01/analysis-of-public-speaking-anxiety-and-proposals/

    Thanks, Nick

    • Cynthia Lay / 997Ways...
    • February 20, 2010
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    Hi Nick!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts… Our readers are always interested in learning what others do to handle certain speaking situations.

    And, wow, what a great set of flowcharts you’ve created! Nice job… very helpful!

    ~ Cynthia

  2. Thank you for a humorous look at what NOT to do! Really hit home! I hope NOT to do these things in the future!

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