|Hints and tips for effective public speaking|
Mistakes are all right.
Recovering from mistakes make you appear more human.
Good recovery puts your audience at ease – they identify with you more.
Tell jokes if you are good at telling jokes.
If you’re not good, best to leave the jokes behind.
There’s nothing worse than a punch line that has no punch.
Gentle humor is good in place jokes.
Self-deprecation is good, but try not to lay it on too thick.
Stories make you a real person not just a deliverer of information.
Use personal experiences to bring your material to life.
No matter how dry your material is, you can always find a way to humanize it.
Try not to get stuck in one place.
Use all the space that’s available to you.
One way to do it is to leave your notes in one place and move to another.
If your space is confined (say a meeting room or even presenting at a table) use stronger body language to convey your message.
Speak to your audience not to your slides.
Your slides are there to support you.
Ideally slides must be graphics not words.
If all the technology on offer fails, it’s still you they’ve come to hear.