Afraid to flop? Twitter CEO's keynote lessons

The Eloquent Woman

No one would have bet on this, but by all accounts, yesterday's SXSW keynote by Twitter CEO Ev Williams flopped. And any amount of time the questioner is speaking, the audience is really wanting to hear the main attraction. Focusing on these four steps, basic as they are, will help you avoid a flop the next time your big speaking opportunity rolls around.

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7 Rules of Taking Feedback

Speak and Deliver

Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing - remember to put all feedback up against your main point. Just because it sounds cool to add a power point show to your speech so you can add a YouTube video to it, doesn't mean its going to help you communicate the Main Thing to your audience.

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How to Start a Presentation: 5 Strong Opening Slides and 9 Tricks To Test


Knowing how to start a presentation is crucial: if you fail to capture the audience attention right of the bat, your entire presentation will flop. Main ideas are broken into bite-sized statements for your slides and complemented with visuals.

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Speak & Deliver - A Public Speaking Blog For the Speaking Public: The Climax - The Make or Break Moment in Speaking

Speak and Deliver

This was confirmed when, instead of going straight into her conclusion, she went for one more point, one more laugh, and it flopped.

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20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom

I’ve had my share of presentations that have been total flops, along with some very successful ones. One of the “total flops&# I mentioned was a workshop that went (I felt) horribly bad. 21 Jason ~ 17 February 2009 I prefer PowerPoint to Keynote, mainly because I know how to use a computer. 20 tips for better conference speaking ~ 16 February 2009 ~ View from on stage as I’m preparing to speak at An Event Apart New Orleans 2008.

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Five Ways to Speak Like Obama | BNET

Keep It Simple Throughout the presidential campaign, Obama kept his main message — “change you can believe in&# — simple and easy to remember. Say one thing, then flip-flop.

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