Public speaking doesn’t have to be a chore. Instead, it can be a fun way to connect with people and share what we are passionate about. But just like mastering any other skill, success depends on your willingness to invest your energy in the right places for the right amount of time.
Each of the ingredients below are essential for becoming an effective public speaker. Depending on your needs, we’ll focus on one or more. There will be an exchange of ideas, I’ll share tools and strategies, and most importantly there is the accountability factor. Ever put off doing something and then, once you’ve finally done it, thought: “I really wish I’d done that years ago! What was I so worried about?” It’s the same with public speaking. By hiring me to keep you on track and hold you to a certain time-line, you’ll be more likely to follow through on your goals. And then wonder why it took you so long to pursue something that could be so awesome!
Goals and Vision
What is your purpose for creating and/or presenting on a particular topic? How will you know you’ve been successful as a public speaker? What are the objectives of your workshop or training? What is your message? Your call to action?
Beginning with the end you have in mind, I can assist you in gaining the necessary clarity to achieve the results you desire.
Taking advantage of my training in psychology, I can teach you how to manage your nerves and transform anxiety into excitement. I draw from over ten years’ worth of experience with cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnosis and visualization methods, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness practices and energy psychology (including emotional freedom techniques). By learning how to neutralize self-doubt and limiting beliefs, your self-confidence will deepen and you’ll end up actually looking forward to speaking in front of an audience!
Content and Structure
If your goal is to craft and transmit a meaningful message, then key to success is understanding just how much information your audience can absorb in a given time period. This will shift depending on whether you’re offering a twenty minute pitch or a 3 day training. It’s easy to get carried away and overwhelm or bore, so learning how to effectively sculpt and edit your presentation or workshop is a skill that must be mastered.
Also vital are openings and closings. How you begin makes all the difference between losing or engaging your audience, while how you end will have a major impact on how people remember your presentation as a whole.
You’ve come up with your perfect pitch, presentation or workshop. Now it’s all about practicing. The effort you spend beforehand rehearsing will allow you to present effortlessly when your big moment comes. But preparation isn’t simply about reading through your material once or twice. Taking a cue from the practice routines of athletes, who often have millions of dollars on the line, I’ll teach you strategies from sports psychology so you can utilize your prep time for maximum results.
Delivery and Presence
How aware are you of your speaking pace? Your tone of voice? Your use of volume? How do you use the space around you when you present? What are you deliberately doing in order to create connections with your audience? Are you aware of the energy around you and how to manipulate it in order to make an impression? Do you know how to create rapport?
Mastering the answers to these questions will transform you into a compelling speaker. Charisma is defined as “a special magnetic charm or appeal.” When you have charisma, people like you. They pay attention. And they take action.
PS: Slides (i.e., PowerPoint)
I want to be upfront when it comes to my bias in this area.
Do I know how to use PowerPoint? Yes.
Do I use PowerPoint in my presentations? No.
In m experience as an audience member, the risk/reward ratio of using slides is not very compelling. First of all, slides draw attention away from the speaker, which breaks the trance of engagement. Second, people often pack slides with too much textual information, just repeating what the speaker is already saying. Plus, text on slides can be very hard to read, especially if you’re sitting in the back of the room. Finally, relying on slides adds a level of unnecessary stress to your life as a speaker. I’m sure we’ve all been witness to computer or formatting problems as the speaker and tech guy/gal frantically try to make things right. Starting a talk or workshop this way simply drains away all the professionalism and power of those opening moments.
So can I help you design powerful slides for your presentation? Yes. Will I push you in that direction? No.
AndyMatzner@gmail.com / 540-819-0429