Public speaking is an essential part of many roles, but still remains a source of angst for executives across the country. Jamil Qureshi is one of Europe’s most popular corporate speakers specialising in the psychology of performance. Below Jamil shares his top five tips for more effective, memorable and impressive delivery for content in public speaking.
- Don’t jump to content
When you’re asked to do a talk or a presentation, the first question to ask yourself is: “How do I want the audience to feel at the end of this?” Many people think about the content they want to or need to get across first. Instead, start with the emotion you want the audience to feel from your presentation and work from there.
- It’s not about you
People often tend to feel nervous when presenting, as though they are being judged in some cases. But it’s important to remember the presentation is not about you – it’s about the audience. Don’t worry about your choice of clothing or what shoes you’re wearing! Appreciate your audience and dedicate your thoughts to them, throw your energy outwards, not inwards.
- There is always a reaction to an action
As speakers, we often glance into the audience during a presentation to judge how we’re doing by their reaction. Smiles, nods, laughs and writing notes are all signs that your talk is landing well! But often it’s the ones that don’t look as engaged that stick in our minds, the smallest sign of disinterest can unsettle a speaker. Don’t look for validation, just play to the audience members who are participating.
- Success is not a comparison
Just because other speakers are using slides, doesn’t mean you have to. If the other speakers are talking numbers, tell stories and introduce narrative. Audiences want something different – apply creativity when approaching topics and be confident in your original ideas.
Without stories, presentations would just be plain facts and statistics and wouldn’t give any insight or context to the audience. Content without context, meaning or emotional connectivity is merely data. Every presentation can be brought to life with storytelling, so don’t be afraid to get creative.
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