Public speaking: 12 keys to rocking it

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Public speaking: 12 keys to rocking it Aaron Strout – 10/30/2014

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Know your audience

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Know your content better

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Be a Story Teller

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Use Humor

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Body Language is important

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No Disfluencies (ums & ahs)

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Don’t read off your slides!

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Practice, practice, practice

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Imagery is king

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No more than 3-5 bullets

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Speak slowly

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Save time for Q&A

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And Now for Some Questions

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Let’s recap – part 1 Know your audience (and what you want them to take away) Know your content even better! Be a storyteller Use humor where appropriate Body language is key Avoid verbal disfluencies like ums, ahs and uhs

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Let’s recap – part 2 Don’t read off your slides Practice (A LOT) and record yourself doing so Imagery is king No more than 3-5 bullets/page Speak much more slowly than you think you should Leave time for Q&A

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Resources http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/4-tips-for-eliminating-the-ums-and-ahs-in-public-speaking-you-know http://www.toastmasters.org/MainMenuCategories/FreeResources/NeedHelpGivingaSpeech/TipsTechniques/VisualAidsPowerPoint.aspx http://www.toastmasters.org/MainMenuCategories/FreeResources/NeedHelpGivingaSpeech/TipsTechniques/WhenThingsGoWrong.aspx http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230079