Public Speaking Mistakes: Are You Caught in the Show-Off Trap?

Speak and Deliver

Eye Contact Customization Speaking Mistakes Audience Focus Repeat Engagements Showing Off Great Speaking Storytelling Show OffYou are sooooo cute! Your gestures, your voice, your vast vocabulary! Your Power Point was beautiful, your music inspiring, and you were dressed to the nines!

Would people tell you if you sucked?

Speak Schmeak

They are comfortable in their routines, comfortable with the applause and the polite smiles, and comfortable in the knowledge that they're being asked to speak, even if they're not getting repeat engagements with the same organizations.

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Risk and Reward in Performance

Humor Power

David was later scheduled for a repeat engagement on the show. Memorable moments are often a result of preparation, confidence, and taking a risk. In this video clip, Johnny Carson takes a chance by bringing audience member David Tolley on stage to play the piano. Having had a cancellation of a scheduled pianist, The Tonight Show decided to bring up an audience volunteer who said he played the piano. And play he did.

Five Habits of Highly Effective Public Speakers

Executive Speech Coach

Also punctuate your presentation with rhetorical questions to repeatedly engage their minds. You can consistently deliver more effective presentations if you develop the habits of highly effective speakers. Success is a matter of habit. Clear Purpose Start your presentation with the end in mind. The only reason to speak is to move people. So start preparing by thinking about this question. What do you want people to think, feel or do after you speak?

Would people tell you if you sucked?

Speak Schmeak

They are comfortable in their routines, comfortable with the applause and the polite smiles, and comfortable in the knowledge that they're being asked to speak, even if they're not getting repeat engagements with the same organizations.