I do quite a bit of public speaking. At one time I spent six months with a TED talk coach. I believe the TED folks have dove very deep into what makes a compelling presentation, especially of an idea. And most talks are really selling ideas, getting buy in from the audience on something in a way they were not previously thinking about.
These are the four most important takeaways from that coaching.
- Practice out loud. In front of a mirror.
- Few slides as possible. One to three.
- Care. About your subject. About your audience. (see #4)
- Honor the time your audience is giving you. Give value.
2 thoughts on “DO THIS: Best public speaking advice I have received”
Who was your coach?
I recently spoke at TEDxSeattle with no slides. I recorded myself and listened back on audio as preparation, but nothing prepared me for thevaudience participation and laugh out loud moments they had. I knew my talk had amusing spots, but 3,000 people laughing? Wow! Such an incredible moment.
Thanks for sharing your experience.
I worked mostly with June when she was there. Congratulations !