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Book Freak #9: Public Speaking Tips

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I used to get very nervous when giving talks. I think it was because I was asked to give talks on sub
 

Book Freak

April 30 · Issue #9 · View online
Short pieces of advice from books

I used to get very nervous when giving talks. I think it was because I was asked to give talks on subjects I wasn’t passionate about. I don’t get stage fright anymore because I only give talks on topics that interest me.
Below, three more pieces of advice on becoming a better public speaker.
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Don't Try to Be Someone Else
“Your goal is not to be Winston Churchill or Nelson Mandela. It’s to be you. If you’re a scientist, be a scientist; don’t try to be an activist. If you’re an artist, be an artist; don’t try to be an academic. If you’re just an ordinary person, don’t try to fake some big intellectual style; just be you. You don’t have to raise a crowd to its feet with a thunderous oration. Conversational sharing can work just as well. In fact, for most audiences, it’s a lot better. If you know how to talk to a group of friends over dinner, then you know enough to speak publicly.” 
The Power of Silence
“When you pause, your audience thinks about your message and reflects. Pausing builds an audiences’ confidence. If you don’t pause, your audience doesn’t have time to digest what you’ve told them and hence, they will not remember a word of what you’ve said.”
Focus on the Outcome
“Seth Godin said: “If you’re not going to change my mind and change my life and make me go and do something different, why are you boring me with a presentation? Why not just send an email?” ” 
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