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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 restart your presentation for the latecomers?

Should you restart your presentation for the latecomers?

It happens often. The meeting was scheduled for 9:00am. The meeting chair even waited until a few minutes after 9 to start the meeting. Then it was your turn to deliver your presentation. Several minutes after you started speaking more people wandered in and took their seats.

You are now faced with a dilemma. Should you quickly repeat or summarize what you’ve said for the late arrivals? 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 a good way to start your presentation?

What’s a good way to start your presentation?

Pause.

When you start your presentation, walk to the position where you will start speaking. Take your position, plant your feet firmly and look confidently at the audience and pause – for at least three seconds. A bigger audience will need a longer pause, perhaps eight, ten or more seconds. 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 should a speaker open the speech?

How should a speaker open the speech?

The opening of your presentation is important to your success because it’s the first impression that the audience has of you and your message. You need to grab their attention and set your direction.

Here are 3 techniques that you might use to open your speech: 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 best way for a leader to open a speech with the purpose of encouraging change?

What is the best way for a leader to open a speech with the purpose of encouraging change?

Great leaders are those who have the vision of a desired future and can lead people to create that change. We need leaders to make change. Status quo doesn’t require leadership.

To move an audience to get excited and eager for change the leader must impart the vision of the change and demonstrate how that change is desirable. 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 best way to start a sales presentation?

What’s the best way to start a sales presentation?

Start with a success story about how you helped one of your clients.

The big mistake is to start with a story about your company, founder and vision statement. Your prospects don’t care about any part of that. Instead, start with a story about how you helped a client achieve success.

Describe the initial condition or prospect’s challenge. Tell how you helped them and then talk about the results.

Example:
One of my clients was on a losing streak. He was making presentations to clients and getting shut out. After I coached the CEO on his presentation he closed the next deal which meant a $10M deal in his pocket.

I tell this success story in many of my presentation skills coaching presentations. It’s a powerful start.

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 finish my presentation with “Thank You”?

Should I finish my presentation with “Thank You”?

No.

There is nothing wrong with saying “thank you” to your audience. But don’t end on those words because “thank you” is a weak close.

The purpose of the close is to reinforce the key message. People tend to remember the last thing they heard. You might believe that they heard your entire presentation word-for-word – but they didn’t. They also forget most of what they heard. There is a good chance that they’ll remember your close if you deliver it well. 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