10 Public Speaking Delivery Tools That Will Keep Your Audience Hooked

Here are 10 speech delivery tips you can use to have a deep impact on your audience.


Dealing With Presentation disasters

Most presentation disasters are not fatal; they can be resolved comfortably if you

1. Keep smiling

2. Know exactly what you want the decision maker to do (your main point)

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Resolution of pictures in powerpoint

What Size Pictures Should I Use?

Those of us who include a lot of pictures in slide shows (hopefully everyone in the near future) need to think about the resolution of those pictures. Resolution, in a digital image context, is basically synonymous with quality. The higher your picture’s resolution, the higher its quality—in other words, the better it will look when printed or displayed. A high-resolution picture looks crisp and clear. A very low-resolution picture might look fuzzy or blurred.  … more

Book – Voice Power : Using Your Voice to Captivate, Persuade, and Command Attention

Voice Power : Using Your Voice to Captivate, Persuade, and Command Attention

by Renee Grant-Williams

For those who are constantly interrupted or asked to repeat themselves, the problem may not be what they’re saying, but how they’re saying it. Voice coach Renee Grant-Williams, who works with singers and politicians like Linda Ronstadt and John Ashcroft, shows how to make one’s speech resonate impressively in Voice Power: Using Your Voice to Captivate, Persuade, and Command Attention.

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The fear of public speaking … and evolutionary psychology

From my own personal experience, from working with thousands of people face to face, and from asking my blog readers what they find hardest about presenting, I know that the fear of public speaking is a biggie.

And not everyone who suffers from the fear of public speaking has suffered a humiliating public speaking experience.

So why do so many people have a fear of public speaking?

The theory of evolutionary psychology

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What do public speakng and billiards have in common?

Quite a lot according to David Meerman Scott.  Read more at his blog

Improve your Public Speaking – 4 Tips for Using Evidence

Many tools can be implemented for success in delivering your speech, whether you are giving a speech to a public audience, talking with members of a company board meeting, or simply offering a sales presentation. Such tools comprise explaining detailed examples, designing statistical charts, in addition to providing influencing testimony. Below, we will add another public speaking skill to the list and explain four special tips for using “evidence” in a influential speech.

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Can colour-blind people see your slides?

 Vischeck, checks your slides (or other visual work) to make sure that color-blind people can actually see it. From the website:

Many pictures, documents and web pages are hard for color blind people to read because the people who designed them didn’t think about the problem. Vischeck lets them check their work for color blind visibility. It is also interesting to anyone who is just plain curious about what the world looks like if you’re color blind.

One in 20 people have some form of color blindness, and the problem is most acute with shades of red and green, so think of this as a way of ensuring that your audience has a fighting chance to pay attention to your slides.


Dear Speakers

Getting up on stage and speaking is a difficult and demanding thing to do. It’s natural to be nervous and for that nervousness to show. It’s also hard to know how what you are doing up there on stage is perceived by the audience. There are things that speakers do that feel good to them, but which are not actually great for the audience. … more >>

The two elements of a great presenter

1. Respect (from the audience)
2. Love (to the audience)

There are no doubt important evolutionary reasons why this is true, but in my experience, every great presenter earns the respect of the audience (through her appearance, reputation, posture, voice, slides, introduction, etc.) and captures the attention of the audience by sending them love.