Articles on Public Speaking

... from the Pivotal Network

 PowerPoint Bullets Bye Bye
Why would you want to get rid of bullets in your presentations? In short, they can turn a good presentation into a boring one. how do you get rid of bullets?

Public Speaking Tips: More Hiding Places for Your Notes
Presentations - The Single Most Powerful PowerPoint Slide You Can Use
 PowerPoint problems run rampant in presentations, from busy, overdone slides that are impossible to read to poor usage where the speaker talks to the slide or blocks the screen. While there are lots of ways to improve slide quality and enhance PowerPoint usage, there is one little known, but powerful, strategy that can improve any PowerPoint presentation and put the focus more on the speaker, where it belongs. 



10 Sure-Fire Steps To Take The Fear Out Of Public Speaking

Do you "feel the fear" when asked to do some public speaking?
Public speaking is still one of our greatest fears and it turns grown men and women into nervous wrecks. The mere thought of it turns our tongue to cotton wool, causes our internal plumbing to act up and turns our knees to jelly.
Well, there's no need for all of this because help is at hand. All you need to remember are your P's and Q's. Let's start with the P's


Lose the fear - Get out there and speak
You've heard it said many times before - the fear of speaking is considered by many as their number one fear, outdistancing death and divorce. There are legendary stories of entertainment superstars who undergo extraordinary episodes of stage fright immediately before they perform...

How to banish impromptu speaking blues
... the ability to almost immediately summon up a well-crafted speech from thin air can be learnt. With confidence arising from the practice of a few simple skills you’ll soon be an accomplished impromptu speaker whatever the occasion. Here’s how.

Ten Fatal Flaws Frequently Found from the Podium


My Best Presentation Tricks
Giving presentations can be a complete and utter thrill. Too bad attending them can be a complete and utter bore. If you are on the giving side, I want to offer you up a collection of my best presentation tricks to date


Handling the Audience in Public Speaking
Audiences Are Your Friend
For the rank amateur to the ignorant professional, audiences create the same effect no matter how small they are to a speaker. Fear and anxiety.
From a single person to a crowd as big as the fans in the Super Bowl, speaking in front of a serious listening audience is the true test and baptism of fire.
Despite this, audiences are predictable. Audiences listen to you because they want to learn something from the speaker.
Following this logic, the speaker would do well to follow the strategy of making it informative as well as interesting to listeners to see your speech through till the end.
Here are some tips on how you can have the audience listen in rapt attention.


Want to be more persuasive? Preparation is the key


Wake me when it's over - A guide to no-nap presentations

It’s 9:30 in the morning and you’ve made it to the third presentation of today’s marketing meeting. The presenter is pretty much reading word for word from a deck of 40 slides, which are mostly densely worded, bulleted items with an occasional chart or graph thrown in.     You have no interest in the topic, and to keep from falling asleep during the next 30 minutes, you are taking this opportunity to proofread some documents for a pressing deadline.     You realize you are missing about 75 percent of the material — but you have all the slides on a handout to refer to later if necessary. The meeting feels like a complete waste of time and you have this important deadline?     Okay, rewind: