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Speakers: You Only Have One Chance. . .

Speakers: You Only Have One Chance. . .

oTo Make a First Impression. Make It an Outstanding One Before You Take the Stage!

  1. The Title of your talk.

  2. It’s got to grab the attention of potential attendees, or they won’t be in the audience.

  3. Consider, when working on that title: People will do more to avoid pain than seek pleasure.

  4. Example.

  5. I could have titled my Signature Presentation: “Speaking 101” or “How to Give a Really Good Presentation”

  6. Those are Underwhelming!

  7. “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” conjures up more emotions, doesn’t it!

  8. Your Introduction.

  9. The Introduction is an integral part of your speech and your responsibility to write!

  10. It is not your bio and sets the stage for your opening and your speech.

  11. No one cares where you went to school, how many kids you have, and the fact you like to collect rocks.

  12. An Introduction should answer three questions.

  13. Why this Subject?

  14.  This should be something of relevance and interest to the audience.

  15. Why this Speaker?

  16. Gives your credentials. (And don’t be modest!)

  17. It may include education, work experience, life experience, awards, and other accomplishments that give you the authority to speak on this subject.

  18. Why Now?

  19. This part should finalize in your audience’s mind why they will benefit from your message now.

  1. Your Appearance.

  2. If you look like royalty, the audience probably won’t feel a connection with you.

  3. On the other hand, if you’re wearing jeans and a plaid shirt for the first time, you’ll “feel a little different” and your body language will convey this.

  4. No bling, wild scarves, or crazy plaid jackets.

  5. That kind of clothing and accessories are Clutter!

  6. Think “Steve Jobs” look.

  7. Blue jeans, black turtleneck sweater, sneakers.

  8. Perhaps, not quite that casual, but dress plain – simple – no distractions!

  9. Invest the time, effort, and possibly money, to discover your “Season.”

  10. Have you ever seen a jacket or other piece of clothing in a store window, or on a mannequin and thought, “Wow! I would look sharp wearing that!”

  11. You spend more money than you intended, take the purchase home, put it on while standing in front of a full-length mirror and say to yourself, “Hmm. This does not look as good on me as it did on the dummy.”

  12. Each of us look better wearing clothing with certain colors; not-so-good wearing clothing with other colors. (I’m a “Winter” and look best in black, white, and dark blue clothes.)

  13. Have your “Colors” done and find your “Season” to help your appearance make the best first impression!

  14. Your Opening.

  15. The Opening has two parts.

  16. A Strong Opening that grabs the attention of the audience.

  17. A “Menu” that tells them what you’ll be telling them.

  18. Before your Opening Statement – P-a-u-s-e

  19. P-a-u-s-e almost to the point where they audience starts to think, “She’s lost it and can’t remember her speech.”

  20. P-a-u-s-i-n-g shows “Confidence in your competence.”

  21. Grab your audience’s attention immediately after your P-a-u-s-e.

Use these suggestions to make a great First Impression, and I guarantee your next presentation will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT!


About the Author Fred E. Miller is a speaker, a coach, and the author of the books, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and “NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills.

They do this because they know: Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know: We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. Perception is reality, and we like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver ‘Knock Your Socks Off Presentations!’ with – NO SWEAT!


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