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Public speaking is dangerous and powerful. When done right, lives change.
Learn to reframe anxiety as excitement to positively fuel your stage presence.
Recognize nervousness simply means you genuinely care about your presentation. Harness that energy, don’t resist it.
A perfect smooth deliver can feel robotic. Embrace imperfections and stay true to your passion, as that authenticity builds rapport with audiences.
Great public speaking is more about connection than perfection.
Thoroughly prepare your talk structure, key points and stories, but leave room to improvise and be responsive in the moment.
Rigidly scripted, word-for-word deliveries often feel stale. React to audience reactions.
No plan survives first contact; be adaptable.
Humanize abstract concepts through vivid, memorable stories and examples. Stories captivate audiences, drive meaning, and aid retention much more than mere facts or data ever could.
Build talks around relatable narratives.
Explain directly why your talk matters to audience’s lives and interests. Paint a vision of the key post-talk insights and actions you want them to take away.
Inspire people by illuminating shared meaning, purpose and human truths.
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In Confessions of a Public Speaker, Scott Berkun provides an entertaining insider's look at the world of public speaking, sharing practical advice for improving presentations, managing nerves, engaging audiences, and learning from mistakes.
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