If you have an upcoming presentation, you can’t go wrong using these age-old tips for delivering a great speech:
- Be energetic. Make an entrance—jump, slide or bound onto the stage. Become a performer bringing your topic to life.
- Instill humor. Make fun of yourself. Tell of mishaps that turned into successes. Get personal, and keep your audience interested with humor.
- Use open body language. Smile and keep facial expressions friendly. Stand up straight and keep your arms open—not crossed across your chest.
- Offer visuals. Use images to help your audience remember what you say. Keep slides to a minimum and let them complement your message, not lead it.
- Build in breaks. People listen well for about 10 minutes. While you can’t dismiss them for breaks that often, work modified breaks into your talk. Pause for a video, do a demonstration or involve audience members in an onstage task. That breaks up your speech and keeps people’s interest.
— Adapted from “5 Presentation Lessons From Apple’s New Rock Star,” Carmine Gallo, www.entrepreneur.com.