- Identify your audience
- What is the goal of the speech: persuade? Inform? Inspire/entertain?
- Write an outline first
- “Let me tell you a story.” Stories are more memorable than facts and numbers. Good stories contains conflicts and creativity.
- Develop credibility: show confidence and competence (two key details in your background on the subject matter)
- Five cold openings: ask an open-ended question; begin with a story; begin with a bold statement; tell the audience to imagine something; begin with hard evidence (Must be credible)
- Common opening mistakes: start with something trite; clear the throat; highlight technical/personal insecurities
Handle tech mishaps
- Overprepare: always bring backups - laptop, remote, etc.
- Know the material well so that you could speak without the slides.
- Last move: get the audience involved in the problem.
Q & A
- Let your audience know how you’ll handle Q&A. Jump-in anytime (small group) or a dedicated time.
- Hold your Q&A near the end, not at the end. “I have a one final thought to leave you with, but before I do, I’ll open up the floor for questions.” This handles the no-question scenario, and you’ll have the control of the final words.
- Repeat the question when the room is large.
- Keep the answer brief. If you can’t answer the question within one minute, say so. “It’s a complicated question, and a comprehensive answer might take an hour. I’ll give a shorter answer, and in the interest of time, I’ll take another question.”
- Rephrase the title
- Summary: key takeaways
- A relavent quote. Make sure that the audience likes the author
- Personal tagline: for repeated internal presentations to the same audience
- A call to action
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