7 Ways to Be a Great Speaker
Jim M. Allen
1. Be Yourself
It's great to watch other successful speakers, to see what they do and how they
do it. To be a great speaker in your own right requires you to develop your own
style, to speak using your own voice. Be yourself when you speak and you can't
help but be successful.
2. Be Bold
You might think that it takes boldness just to stand up and start talking, and
it does, but there are plenty of speakers out there who come across like timid
mice. Be bold as a speaker, confident in your abilities. Practice every day:
give speeches whenever you can.
3. Be different
Successful speakers aren't like everybody else. There's something that sets
them apart. Makes them stand out. They're the speakers who do more than just
stand in the front of the room and talk at you.
4. Be funny
Successful speakers know how to be funny, that is: they know when and where to
use humor in their presentations... and they aren't afraid to do so.
5. Be engaging
Listening to a speech is, for most people, a passive activity. Successful
speakers involve their audiences and converse with them so that it's a
conversation, not a talking-to.
6. Be positive
No matter what the subject, successful speakers are always positive with their
audiences. They help their audiences learn what to do as opposed to what NOT to
do. They focus on the upside, not the downside.
7. Be challenging.
Lastly, great speakers always challenge their audiences to do great things. And
again, it doesn't matter what the subject. A successful speaker gives you the
know-how and the challenge to make your life more enjoyable and more rewarding
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