TOP TIPS ON HOW NOT TO BE A BORING SPEAKER

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Surveys show the three biggest fears most people face are public speaking, bugs, and heights. 

Now, I totally get the bugs and heights, but the one thing I don’t fear anymore is public speaking! I love it! Who knew.

(As a highly introverted person, those are words I never thought would come out of my mouth!)

Whether I am in front of a few people or thousands, on a live stage or in front of the camera, I thoroughly enjoy it.

And in no small part this is due to the fact that I’ve learned a few things about presenting that have helped me not only have a great time presenting, but also becoming a more exciting and dynamic speaker.

In the rest of this article, I want to share 3 things an audience needs from a dynamic presenter. This article is for you if you want to:

  • Become the type of speaker whose listeners hang on your every word
  • Have the right mindset before you take the stage 
  • Avoid some common mistakes presenters make that could make them a boring speaker for their audience 

 

 

Ok, let’s jump in!

Have you ever had to suffer through a boring presentation? It's terrible, isn't it? Your mind starts to wander, you might even get sleepy, and all you want to do is get out of there.

Why is that? What is the difference between a boring presentation and one that leaves you hanging on every word of the speaker? 

The answer is the mindset of the presenter. If you've got an idea to present, you need the right mindset before you take the stage.

There are 3 things an audience needs from a dynamic presenter (that will help you to NOT be a boring speaker). Keep in mind that these tips will help you not only be less scared to present, but also effectively communicate your ideas to your audience. 

1. Solve a problem for them 

Here’s the honest truth: your audience wants to know what you are going to do for them. 

Most presenters start off talking about their background, their credentials, their favorite color, while showing pictures of their cat. (Ok, I might be exaggerating a little bit to make my point). 

But the point is that most presenters start out talking about themselves.  Meanwhile, the people sitting in the seats are wondering... "So what?" 

You may have said something amazing at the beginning, but the listener’s brain didn't hear it. They were too busy looking for why what you are saying is important. 

So, start off your presentation with a problem your audience is facing and how you are going to solve it. 

A practical way to do this is to simply say: “By the end of this presentation you’ll know how to solve x, y and z”. Or “My objective for the next 30-45 minutes is to prove to you why a x is a myth in {specific industry} and how you can fix it.” 

Our brains love this! It sees it like a puzzle that needs solving and immediately pays attention. Once you've put the problem in front of the brain, then you can talk about your credentials. Your credentials are now in context of the problem being solved, which brings more authority to your talk. 

2. Be confident

This is HUGE. As a presenter, your audience feeds off of the energy you bring and mirrors what they see. If you are excited, they are excited. If you are cautious, they are cautious. When you assume that the audience is going to be against you, you assume a defensive posture. Your audience will reflect this by being distant, reserved, or even wondering why you are being so odd. 

If you are going to present your ideas to an audience, you need to go into it thinking the audience is for you, not against you. 

They are not there to attack you, they are open to hearing from you. Not only that, but that whatever idea you are sharing with your audience is something that can improve their lives. 

You can now present without holding back, worried about what your audience is thinking. Don't worry about it! 

If you are there to help them solve a problem, they will love you for it! The enthusiasm you bring to helping them will be reflected back by the audience. Which leads us to the third thing to assume.

3. Be entertaining

Don’t take yourself so seriously. Now, you don’t need to be a comedian to be entertaining. Think more along the lines of a little self-deprecation, funny anecdote, funny short stories or sayings. Or share any story. As long as you evoke some sort of emotion from your audience, you are on the right track.

When we present ourselves as perfect in front of an audience it really creates a gap between us as the presenter and audience. 

People have a hard time relating to perfection. That’s why it’s important you showcase your humaneness through stories and perhaps a little self-deprecation. Don’t be afraid to show your flaws and vulnerabilities.

Ok, so let’s see how we can put this into practice.

Here’s your DREAM to DONE action for today!

The next time you have an opportunity to present on stage or on a live video online take one of the tips I shared with you in this video and incorporate it into your talk. 

Now, I’d love to hear from you. What do you think makes a presenter less boring? Share it in the comments below. I’d love to hear.

P.S. Did you enjoy this video and the lesson I shared today? Then I’d love to invite you to subscribe to my #ScaleWithSpeaking weekly digest. Every Tuesday I send out an email with one small practical speaking and presentation tip that will help you become a more effective and dynamic communicator. I want to help you communicate your message with more clarity, confidence and in a way that deeply resonates with your audience. You can register for this free weekly digest at www.speaktoscaleguide.com 

 

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