Category Archives: Mistakes

Public Speaking Mistakes: Effective public speaking is a learned skill set. That means that you can learn to be a better presenter. Also, you might make some mistakes along the way. It helps if you know about those mistakes that many speakers made so you can avoid them. Questions about Public speaking from George Torok – the Speech Coach for Executives

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

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

 

lertern or no

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

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

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 worst presentation sin?

What’s the worst presentation sin?

Not respecting time.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your time is more valuable than the collective time of your audience.

Just because you were told that you would have a 60 minute time slot – don’t count on getting 60 minutes to speak.

Why? Because things change. 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 should a public speaker do when he forgets his next words?

What should a public speaker do when he forgets his next words?

This happens to almost every speaker at some time. Something interrupted your train of thought while you were speaking and suddenly you don’t know what to say. If you haven’t experienced this dilemma yet you’ve been lucky. If this has happened to you, recognize that it happens to speakers more often than you realize. 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