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!

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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.

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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.

2011 208

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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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?

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Zero-Tolerance Humor

Humor Power

A distinguishing factor between the corporate speaking engagement paid $10,000 for a one-hour performance and the act confined to a smoky room speaking to drunk people for $300 an hour, is the quality of the humor. And then, behind the scenes, people talk, and we fail to get repeat engagements. The magician was about half-way through his competition act at a major Magic Convention.

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How to develop a paid public speaking career – IV: 3 Rules for Long-term Public Speaking Success

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

   Most of your long-term business will come from repeat engagements and word of mouth.  You’ve created both push and pull demand – you’ve wooed the bureaus and meeting planners and you’ve created a strong platform – and you’re getting inquiries.    What do you need to do to create a thriving, sustainable business?    Following are the three essentials for long-term success in the very tough business of (paid) public speaking.