Are you planning a big speech or presentation? Follow this uncommon advice from Sean Luce, Head National Instructor for the Luce Performance Group International, author and speaker:
- Tape your doors. Use duct tape to cover the latches of doors. That way, when people get up to go to the restroom, the sound of the latches won’t disrupt your presentation.
- “Spy” on previous speakers. Or at least find out their discussion points. You want to ensure that you don’t duplicate content.
- Turn down speaking engagements. If you aren’t qualified to present to a group, don’t. If you try to bluff your way through a presentation, people will realize it. You don’t want word spreading that you are incompetent or dishonest.
- Ask for testimonials from sponsors. Within 24 hours, contact the person who sponsored your speech to request some feedback about how you did. Or create an evaluation that you send to sponsors that makes it easy for them to comment. Always ask a person’s permission before you post their testimonials anywhere.
— Adapted from “Luce’s Top 10 Tips for Public Speaking,” Radio Ink Magazine, www.radioink.com.