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The Top 10 Deadly Mistakes You Can Make in Public Speaking – Avoid These at All Costs Or Fail!

I have compiled a list of the top ten most common mistakes to avoid when making a public presentation. These are presented in no particular order.

Failure to prepare – You are doomed to fail if you do not prepare. Enough said.

Excessive body language – Do not dilute your message by using overly distracting gesture and facial contortions. Use gesture and facial mannerism is a good way to add spice, but never over use them.

Inappropriate humor – This will kill a crowd’s willingness to listen. My suggestion is to keep it clean. Never racial, never sexist or never derogatory remarks toward religion.

Intentional Misrepresentation – If you lie to a group of people and they find out, you will lose your credibility and people will disrespect you.

Using Too Much Time – If you are given a time frame, stay within it. When you practice use a timer. I used to use an egg timer.

Not Pausing – Do not rush through your material. You want point to stick in the minds of your audience. Pause for emphases. Drive home the point.

Speaking Too Fast or Too Slow – This is related to not pausing, but slightly different. A Monotone speaker is like eating a plate of sand. Don’t get caught into this trap. Vary your pitch, power and pace.

Never flat speak – Rarely just using facts and figures as a basis for the whole speech is right. Use illustrations and life stories. People eat up the stories or testimonials. Sprinkle some throughout your speech.

Special terms or “talk” shop – I would not recommend using trade specific language or “shop” talk to an audience that is not familiar with the subject. Give definitions for these terms. I would also recommend not using to many words you have to explain, it may confuse the audience.

Excessive use of speech mannerisms – “Umm” “Umm” “Ahhh” “Ahhh” Cut these types of words immediately. They serve no purpose and will detract from your message.

Eliminate these crowd killers and you will be well on your way to becoming an effective speaker.

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