Public Speaking Tips

10 Simple Public Speaking Tips In Under 10 Minutes

Public Speaking is one of the best ways to build your brand. It instantly creates a level of authority and influence and differentiates you from the competition. Due to public speaking is the #1 fear in life, therefore to help you conquer your fear and become a more confident person, here are 10 simple public speaking tips in under 10 minutes.

What Makes A Great Speaker?

There are many things that separate an amateur speaker from a great speaker, like Tony Robbins. One thing though that you absolutely can control is this, practice, practice, practice.

There’s only one way to get better. That’s getting up on the stage. The easiest way to do that is to join organizations that help you practice public speaking.

My recommendation is an organization called Toastmasters. They have hundreds of locations all around the world, and it’s super inexpensive. Make sure to find one that’s near you. Join, practice, practice, practice.

Overcome Fear of Public Speaking in 60 Seconds

I’m going to show you how to overcome your fear of public speaking. But before I do, I have to talk about thermodynamics. The first law of thermodynamics states, “Energy cannot be created or destroyed. It can only be transformed.”

Anxiety is a form of energy, what we need to do is transmute that energy from that nervous energy to that excited energy.

You can do that with a simple trick yoga technique. Take your finger, put it under your nose to identify which nostril you’re breathing out of at the time, close it off, and then breathe through the other nostril for two minutes. That actually changes the state in our bodies and shifts us from that nervous energy to a more calm, centered energy.

Public Speaking Tip #2 To Overcome Anxiety

In the previous video, I showed you how you could use a yoga breathing technique to transmute the energy of nervousness into excitement. Another way you can do this is actually through movement.

The great Tony Robbins actually jumps on a trampoline before he gets up on stage. You can do something like that. You can jump on a trampoline, you can dance, you can do jumping jacks, you can jiggle. Whatever it is, move your body.

There’s scientific evidence behind this. When we get stressed, the pH balance in our bodies actually shifts and the only way to flush that pH and bring it back to a neutral is to use something called our lymphatic system. Our lymphatic system triggers when we are moving. If you’re starting to get stressed, bounce around, jiggle, breathe, and overcome your fear of public speaking.

How To Structure Any Speech

On my first day of joining Toastmasters, I was given one of the best public speaking tips that I use to this day.

My mentor said, “here’s how you structure your next speech or presentation that is super powerful, and will get everybody praising you by the end.” To achieve this, we are going to use a very simple formula.

  • Tell them what you’re going to tell them
  • Tell them
  • Tell them what you told them.

In essence, start the presentation telling everybody kind of what’s to come. Then you’ll give them the meat and potatoes. And at the end, you recap. By using this simple formula, you can create powerful speech structure through the power of repetition. Tell them what you’re going to tell them, tell them, tell them what you told them

How To Write Your Speech

As you’re reviewing your speech, make sure to ask yourself this very simple question. If I remove this sentence or this section does it make my speech less powerful or is it the same? If you can remove it without compromising the integrity of your speech, do it. Delete everything that isn’t your core message.

How To Start A Speech

How to start a speech is pivotal to the success of your entire speech as it’s your first impression. There’s a couple of sure-fire ways anybody can use to start off their speech.

The first one is called the question-prompt. You ask a question, how many people feel this? Raise your hand and naturally it’ll get your audience engaged because you’re getting feedback.

The second one is what I call moral of the story. Whatever your through line is, you find a story from your childhood that you get to tell. When I was a young boy, my father always told me…

Public Speaking Tip: How To Stop Fumbling Over Words

There are many reasons why we stumble and fumble over our words. You may be getting nervous, or speaking too fast. No matter what the reason is, it absolutely sucks when your tongue gets in the way of your words. The key to being a more eloquent speaker is to practice enunciation.

Togue twisters are a great way to practice enunciation, start slow and slowly work up till you can speak fast. Some togue twisters are:

  1. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
    A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked
    If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
    Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
  2. Betty Botter bought some butter
    But she said the butter’s bitter
    If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter
    But a bit of better butter will make my batter better
    So ‘twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter
  3. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
    He would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck as much wood
    As a woodchuck would if a woodchuck could chuck wood
  4. She sells seashells by the seashore

If you want more to practice check out these 50 tongue twisters.

Common Public Speaking Mistakes to Avoid

As a newbie public speaker, you’re going to say these deadly words: um, uh, and, so, you know. These are the deadly sins of public speaking and makes you seem so much less confident.

A very simply exercise is to record yourself speaking. See how many times you say one of those five deadly sins, and then just tally it down. As you start recording yourself, you’ll hear how many times you say it, and naturally, you will overcome this deadly sin of a mistake.

After you become aware of these words, you can’t unhear it when others say them.

What 47 Out of 50 Ted Talks Have That You Are Missing

I have to thank my friend Neil Gordan for this tip. A speech is designed to communicate a single message or idea and nothing more. Ted talks strip away everything that is not essential. This core message is called your through line, Neil calls it a “silver bullet.”

When you are writing your speech ask yourself if you can remove any of your speech or if it’s all essential content? If you can remove and distill down your speech you absolutely sure. Refine your speech down into a silver bullet and slay your werewolf.

In conclusion

In under 10 minutes I shared with you 10 public speaking tips that you can use to help you grow your personal brand. If you want more public speaking tips check out my Youtube channel where new content is released every week.

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