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Presentation Skills - How Leaders Become Better Speakers

There are a variety of ways to raise the bar regarding speaking excellence. Here are a smattering of tips for you to consider.

  1. Embrace the mantra of “Being Distinctive.” In other words, seek to raise your level of skill and preparedness so that you are clearly differentiated from other speakers.
  2. Be strategic when preparing for a speaking engagement:
    1. Make certain the room is setup to best fit with your presentation
    2. Request a wireless microphone
    3. Get out from behind a podium and use movement to connect with the entire audience
  3. For audiences of 50 or more, request a tombstone monitor that simultaneously shows your PowerPoint to you as well as the audience.
  4. Avoid using notes
  5. Acknowledge that our voice is an instrument and demonstrate masterful vocal variety


Bottom Line: Leaders must possess the ability to move groups of people. A clear cut way to accomplish this is by upping the game regarding your ability to speak publicly. Embrace a positive mindset, practice like crazy, deliver meaningful content, and positively influence the minds and actions of your audience.


Until next time, be well.


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