Show Your Unique talent on Stage.
Identify your unique connection for your presentation. Because passion leads to mastery. To inspire others, you need to inspire yourself. And you can only inspire your audience if you are passionate about your topic. It is an emotional quality that separates you from others.
To become a better speaker, you must have a passion. Passionate speaker easily inspires the audience than a non-passionate speaker. When you are passionate about something, you cannot help yourself from thinking, acting and talking about your knowledge.
It is tough to electrify your audience, without feeling an intense connection to your topic. If you believe, you can influence your audience on a topic that does not core to your identity then it is a big mistake.
Repetition is the key to grow.
However, you will become better, if you practice an activity continuously. Your brain grows and changes throughout your life. The repetition of any tasks creates a new neural pathway. Learning and practicing new a skill over and over creates a new and strong neural pathway in the brain.
If you continue to practice your presentation. The brain area associated with language grows. The area becomes effective and efficient. The more you speak in public, the more actual structure of the brain changes.
Devote your time and effort.
The compelling communicator in TED attracts millions of view because these people devote time and effort in pursuing their passion. Passion is crucial for success. It turns out; passion is a foundation of success in business, careers, and in public speaking.
However, if you are not passionate about the work you do, you might fail to have a greater career. Then, it will harder for you to generate enthusiasm.
The successful speaker cannot wait to share the idea. These speakers radiate joy and passion. As the idea will benefit the audience. If you are motivated to share your passion. You will feel less nervous in public speaking and will make a better connection with your audience.
Create A compelling Story.
Story is the kind of human communication design to inspire audience from the storyteller point to view. The storyteller does this by creating frictional character onto a stage and display the journey of a character over a period of time.
Three Effective type of story.
- Personal stories.
- Stories of other people.
- Stories of product success or failure.
Personal stories are the stories about yourself. But, they can also be the stories of other people, with whom the audience can empathize. Empathy is the ability to feel the emotion experienced by another person. If you are going to deliver a personal story, make it personal. Talk the audience on a journey. Make is so descriptive that your audience can imagine themselves with you on a journey.
Your audience wants someone to cheer for. They want to inspire. Give them a hero. Fill their imagination with stories of other people. You even need date, facts, and analysis to back up your story. A story can help you to reach people heart and brain. As stories engage human brain so the speaker can connect to the audience easily.
Story synchronize the brain of speaker and listener.
Stories cause the brain to synchronize between storyteller and audience. In the sync process, the same part of the brain activates of storyteller and listener and make a deep connection. With story, you can motivate your executive, engage with your customer, land a job, and win over your investor. The story reaches the heart and mind of the listener and encourages them to feel the same response.
Explore the world around you.
Discover information that is new to your audience. Because brain loves novelty. An unexpected and unusual element in a presentation attracts your audience. Bombard brain with a new experience. Building a novelty requires creativity.
One technique to enhance creativity is to indulge yourself with a new experience. Then, the brain starts to take a shortcut as it designs to conserve energy. It will try every possible way to save energy.
For this, you need to get out from the office, once in a while. Experience a new event, people and place. And indulge those events in your presentation.
The next step is to make a compelling and attractive heading. Heading should form within 140 words. Making short and descriptive heading create clarity on your topic. A good heading helps your audience to understand what your topic is.
Find jaw-dropping moment.
Jaw-dropping moment occurs, when you include a shocking, surprising and impressive moment in your presentation. It gets the listener attention and makes your presentation memorable. It also helps your audience to recall and remember your presentation later. Here I am suggesting you think about your content. And find the jaw-dropping moment in your presentation.
Adding Humor in Presentation.
Do not take your topic seriously. Give your audience something to smile. Because humor lower defense and makes your audience open-minded to your message. Brains love humor. And if you combine humor and novelty. You will make your presentation amazing. Statics are boring, although, you need it to back up your article. So wrap it in an emotionally appealing package.
Five way to add humor in your presentation.
- Analogies and metaphor.
Always try to add humor. Especially when the audience is not familiar with your topic. But, humor involves some risk and most people do not have the courage to do it. But do not try to become someone else. And if something makes you smile then there are good chances it will make other people smile too.
Stick with 18 Minutes.
A presentation can attract attention within 18 minutes. The rule is critical to transfer an idea into the listener’s brains. It is an ideal length of time for a presentation. But, if the presentation is longer than 18 minutes then you should add soft break by adding images and videos.
Because too much information prevents the flow of an idea. Delivering a longer presentation make your audience tedious and frustrate. Learning is a draining process. As it takes energy to listen and learn. Your brain gets tired when it takes a new piece of information. As millions of neurons are firing at once, burning energy, and lead you to exhaustion.
A confusing presentation can also tire the brain as brain has to work hard to understand the message. But, 18 minutes presentations works well as it leaves the audience with enough energy to think and talk about your presentation.
The Rule of three.
Audience can understand only three pieces of information at once. So split your presentation into three points, each point of 6 minutes. Doing this, your audience easily understands the flow of the content.
Format of presentation.
- Heading: A single message you want your audience to know at the end of the presentation.
Note: Make sure your heading should comprise within 140 words.
- Three supporting messages to support the heading, each of 6 minutes each.
- Sub-message to support each message.
You can also make bullet points to support each message. Now create a map for your presentation. So it will help you while delivering a speech.
Adding Multi-sense in your presentation.
Deliver your presentation with components that touch more than one sense: sight, touch, taste, and smell. As it enhances the quality of a presentation. Because the brain does not pay attention to the tedious things.
Once you do, your audience will love it. Even your audience might not explain why they love it. It is your secret. When you make a presentation with multi-sensory components. It will easier for the audience to recall information later.
Effective use of power Point.
In slides, use pictures instead of words, this helps the audience to recall the information. In TED presentations, the average PowerPoint slides have only 40 words. It is impossible to find anyone slide that has more than 40 words.
Your brain can multi-task like walking and talking. But when it comes to presentation. It will not pay equal attention to multiple items. So do not load your audience, forcing them to listen to your words and read a paragraph on slides at the same time.
It also proves that, if you hear information, you will remember about 10% after the next three days. But, if you add pictures, you can recall 65 % of it. Pictures can help the audience to remember six times more information than listening. It happens because visual and verbal information is stored in a different part of the brain.
Practice your Content.
Practice your content so you can deliver your presentation as comfortable as you are having a conversation with your friends. You need to understand three P’s: passion, practice, and presence.
The first is to identify your passion and think how it will help you to connect with your audience. True persuasion occurs when you build an emotional rapport to your audience and gain trust. However, if your voice, gesture, and body language are in-congruent with your words. Your audience will distrust your message.
Authenticity does not happen naturally. It requires hours of practice, choosing the right words, and making sure that non-verbal communication: gesture, facial expression, and body language are coordinated with your message.
If you do not practice, you will have millions of thoughts, while delivering the presentation. And this dilutes the effort of making an emotional connection with your audience.
Analysis your Material over and over.
Practice your presentation, either in front of people or record it, so you can play it later. Ask your friend to watch your presentation and give you feedback. Practice will help you to find small distracting movement you are making. Even pay close attention to the pace of your speech. Ask your friend, either it is too fast or slow.
Improve your verbal delivery during presentation.
Four elements to take care of:
- Rate: The speed at which you deliver your words.
- Volume: high and low sound of speech.
- Pitch: High and low inflection of voice.
- Pause: Short pause to punch key Words.
You should pay more attention on verbal delivery. Because when you read notes. It is easy to mark important words with a highlighter. But, in verbal delivery. You need to raise or lower voice, change speed, and take a pause before and after of important words.
Ideal pace of speed in public speaking.
The ideal rate of speech is 150 to 160 words in a minute. Delivering your presentation at ideal speed help your audience to hear, absorb, and recall information easily. However, delivering your presentation at the same rate will also make your audience tedious.
If you are delivering a presentation at 190 words in a minute. Then, you can assume you will deliver 3,400 words in 18 minutes duration.
In a presentation, you should dress better, polish your shoes, press your cloth, and make strong eye contact with others. Compelling communicator uses an open gesture to make the presentation more effective. Their voice project because they are speaking from their diaphragms.
Tips to improve the way you use your hand.
- Do not afraid to use your hand. Pull your hand out of pocket. When you are delivering your presentation, your hand should be free. And your gesture should look natural. But does not think which gesture to use. Because your story will guide you.
- Save your key gesture for a special moment. Reinforce your key message with purposefully gesture. And make sure your gesture match your personality and style.
- Your hands should not hang below the navel. As it displays a lack of confidence and energy. Using hand gesture above your waist, give the audience a sense of confidence about you as a leader. And enhance your overall personality.
- Do not fix yourself on a single place on the stage. As it makes you look tedious, rigid, and disengage. Instead, walk and cover an entire stage.
Easily fixing of common body language Problems.
Fidgeting, Tapping, and jingling are annoying habits, make sure you did not exist any one of them. Fidgeting makes you look nervous, while mannerism like playing with your pen serves no purpose.
To find this, use a video camera and record yourself so you can identify either you are making such moments or not. Watch yourself and write down all the unnecessary movements. It makes you conscious about the moment and helps you to eliminate it.
Authenticity is the key.
Be authentic, open and transparent. Because if you try to become someone else’s, you will fail to gain trust of the audience.
Above article is the extract version of the book “Talk Like TED” written by “Carmine Gallo”.