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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 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 I move when I speak?

Should I move when I speak?

Maybe. Move if it helps support your message. Most likely moving your head to look around the room and moving your hands to emphasize key points will help the presentation. Don’t stand still like a statue. That would probably look unnatural and feel uncomfortable. Feel free to move parts of your body to demonstrate that you are alive and passionate about your subject. But don’t let your arms flail about aimlessly. That would be distracting at the least. 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 common mistakes should you avoid when starting your speech?

What common mistakes should you avoid when starting your speech?

If you want to start your presentation with a bang instead of a bust avoid these ten mistakes. These 10 tips will show you how not to start your speech and what to do instead.

1. You like me, you really like me
Sally Fields said this when she accepted her academy award. Her gushing outburst was mocked because it seemed unprofessional. We all want to be liked but Sally pushed our puke button with her act. If they are giving you the award don’t insult them by pretending that you don’t deserve it. 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 jokes when delivering a business presentation?

Should you tell jokes when delivering a business presentation?

No jokes please.

If you are performing stand up comedy – tell jokes. That’s what the audience wants. They want to be entertained. They don’t want a message. When you are delivering a business presentation, don’t tell jokes. Your audience did not come to hear jokes. They came to hear your message.

Remember that the purpose of your presentation is to get a particular message across in a convincing way that moves your audience to act in the way that you desire. 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

Where should I look when I am delivering a speech?

Where should I look when I am delivering a speech?

You should look at the people to whom you are speaking.

If you are speaking to an audience of one, that’s easy. If your audience is more than one person then you will need to move your eyes from one person to another while speaking.

Don’t move your eyes too quickly or linger too long on one person.

Deliver a phrase while looking at one person then move your gaze to another for the next phrase or sentence. Look people directly in the eye.

That eye contact makes you appear more confident and truthful.

Do Not 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 tell a joke when I start my presentation?

Should I tell a joke when I start my presentation?

Ha, ha – don’t do that. Don’t start with a joke.
That is an antiquated piece of advice given to novice presenters by other novices.
I’ve seen it done and it was painful to witness.

There’s nothing wrong with making people laugh but you should avoid telling jokes. Maybe you heard a joke over coffee or while having drinks and it sounded funny – but don’t use it in your presentation.

Here’s 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