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8 Habits of Highly Successful Speakers

Updated: Jan 11


1. Know your topic.

  1. You’ll never know everything, but have enough knowledge so you have “confidence in your competence.”

2. Know your audience.

  1. What is their understanding of your topic?

  2. Know the diversity of people who will be attending.

  3. What are their races, ages, and ethnicities?

  4. Will people with disabilities, visible and invisible, and from the LBGQT community be there?

  5. How might the makeup of the audience relate to your subject and delivery?

3. Know your time constraints.

  1. People will most likely be speaking before and after you.

  2. It’s OK to finish a bit early, but not too early.

  3. Per the ‘Law of Primacy and Recency‘, if you can choose your speaking position, take the first or last position.

  1. “Practice isn’t what you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” – Malcolm Gladwell.

  2. TED suggests one hour of preparation for every minute of presentation.

  3. A great way to Practice is HERE.

5. Have Backup Plans!

  1. Have your presentation backed up on a flash drive and in the cloud.

  2. Bring an extra copy of your Introduction and After-Duction.

  3. The emcee may have lost or forgotten it or assigned the task to someone else.

6. Arrive early to check out the room and equipment.

  1. Room temperature, seating, lighting and more can effect a presentations impact.

  2. Sometimes changes to give a better experience can be made.

  3. Bring your own adapters, cables, extra batteries, remote, etc.

  4. Personal responsibility.

  5. You, the speaker, are responsible for as much as possible.

  6. No one wants the excuse, “The AV guy didn’t show up.”

  7. Check the audio, computer, and all other equipment; provided and your own.

  8. For a complete “Speaker’s Checklist” go HERE.

7. Arrive early to Meet & Greet.

  1. It is much easier to talk to people you’ve met before speaking.

  2. Quoting one of them raises your credibility with the audience and grabs their attention.

  3. Thanking them, in advance, for attending your talk gives them a ‘stroke’ and increases their attention to your message.

8. If you have something to sell; merchandise, books, CDs, an upcoming event, etc., bring enough for maximum sales projections.

  1. If you’ll be using Square or another such device, be sure it is updated and fully charged

Initiate these habits in your presentations and I guarantee they will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT!


Pausing is a key component of presenting.

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