Category Archives: Public Speaking Skills

Public Speaking Skills. It’s important to recognize that public speaking is a skill set. It’s not a natural born trait. That means you can learn to become a better public speaker by learning and practising the skills.

Questions about Public Speaking

What is the role of the introducer?

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What is the role of the introducer?

The person who introduces the speaker has three key responsibilities. Each must be done to help make the presentation a success. Miss any one of these and you might handicap the speaker and hence the presentation.

1. The introducer needs to get the audience ready to listen. That might mean calling the audience back from their break or quieting them down. This is mostly logistical and it is important. Just imagine the impact if the speaker starts speaking while people are still wandering into the room or talking.

2. The introducer needs to convey the relevance of the presentation to the audience. Why should they listen? What might they learn? Why is this speaker the right person to speak? A well written introduction will cover this step. If the introduction is too long and boring, the introducer might need to shorten it. Another point to keep in mind is that the audience didn’t gather to hear the introduction. They came to hear the speaker.

3. The introducer needs to make the speaker feel welcome. It doesn’t matter how many times this speaker has presented – he still needs to feel good about speaking to this audience. The introducer meets with the speaker before the presentation to get acquainted and confirm signals. The introducer is the host that encourages the audience to welcome the speaker with applause.

The role of the introducer is important and should be taken seriously.

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

Should I thank the introducer?

Should I thank the introducer?

It’s your turn to speak. The introducer just gave you a warm and flattering introduction. Should you thank the introducer for that introduction?

No.

Why?

Three reasons: Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

What to do if you don’t believe you’re the expert

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What to do if you don’t believe you’re the expert

I’m not the expert on the topic. How should I present myself to this audience?

Okay, so you’re not Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking.

No one expects you to be the world’s greatest expert on the topic – unless you described yourself as such in your self-promotional messages. I recommend that you don’t do that even if you think you walk on water. Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

Should I stand behind the podium (lectern) when I speak?

 

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This is a common question. The first point is that the piece of furniture that speakers often stand behind is a lectern not a podium. A podium is a small stage that you stand upon while a lectern is a high desk upon which lecturers place their notes and stand behind.

Should you stand behind the lectern? Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

How do I keep my presentation on time?

How do I keep my presentation on time?

This is one of the most important questions that every speaker should consider. Unfortunately not enough speakers think about how to stay on time.

The first point to consider is that even though your audience might not care when you start, they do care about when you finish.

So the real question is “How do you finish on time?” Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

What is the most common mistake speakers make when presenting information?

What is the most common mistake speakers make when presenting information?

I’ve asked this question of my audience over the past two decades and the answer is always the same. “Speakers deliver TOO much information!”

It seems funny. Everybody knows the answer yet many speakers continue to commit this deadly mistake.

Why? Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

Should you tell your audience that you aren’t prepared to speak?

Should you tell your audience that you aren’t prepared to speak?

No!

First, there is no acceptable excuse for not being prepared to speak. You should always be prepared to speak about the messages that are important to you and your organization. Sometimes you might be given only a few minutes notice. That’s why you must always be prepared to speak about your key messages. Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

When should a speaker move?

When should a speaker move?

Some speakers claim that they have lots of energy so they like to move. Some speakers say that they are nervous and they feel better when they move around.

That could be the wrong reason to move when speaking. The important point is that when you move it should appear natural to your audience. Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

Are some people natural born speakers?

Are some people natural born speakers?

When people ask this question I believe what they are really suggesting is that they aren’t natural born speakers and therefore there is no hope for them.

People use the “natural born speaker” theory as an excuse to deliver bad presentations or not speak at all.

They are saying, “It’s not my fault, I’m just not a natural born public speaker.” Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

What’s the difference between a podium and a lectern?

What’s the difference between a podium and a lectern?

Many people confuse the words “lectern”, “podium”, “rostrum”, and “dais”. A lectern is the slant-topped high desk that you as the speaker stand behind and use when reading your presentation notes. It can be placed in the middle of the stage or off to one side. To remember lectern, think lecture. Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com