October 25, 2014

In the beginning was...passion

Fellow speaker,

When creating your speech, start with something you are passionate about, then work from there:
  1. Passion - What excites you, gets you going, and which you love to talk about?
  2. Audience - Who would be interested in hearing about your passion?
  3. Problems - What are the problems your audience has?
  4. Benefit - How can your passion help reduce or eliminate those problems?
  5. Action - What action do you want your audience to take with your passion?
For example, inventor Steve Jobs was passionate about making technology more people-friendly. Steve thought anyone could benefit from his technology people-friendly innovations. He knew a common problem people had was that they had much more music (e.g., on CDs, tapes, etc.) than they could conveniently access. Steve created the iPod that allowed people to carry "1000 songs in their pocket". Steve then made the iPod available and asked people to buy them.

Step by step,

Tim Wilson
Professional Speech Coach
Free speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
Twitter: @PblcSpkngLibr

October 24, 2014

To present or not to present...

Fellow speaker,

Designer Nancy Duarte suggests your giving formal presentations (with good graphic design, good layout, etc.) should be reserved for times when you need to sell your ideas to the audience. If the audience has already "bought into" your idea, then selling (and a formal presentation) isn't necessary. Nancy has created a "presentation landscape" with "slideuments" (a term used by designer Garr Reynolds to describe documents made out of slides) vs. presentations (to describe formal presentations):


About presentations,

Tim Wilson
Professional Speech Coach
Free speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
Twitter: @PblcSpkngLibr

October 23, 2014

Check the color

Fellow speaker,

If you are presenting your speech with slides, after you set up the slide, change the slide to view it in "gray scale" to make sure that there is enough contrast on your slides. If you notice that the different colors on your slide look the same in "gray scale," change your colors so that they have more contrast.

Re-colored,

Tim Wilson
Professional Speech Coach
Free speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
Twitter: @PblcSpkngLibr