You Ask, I Answer: How To Be a Confident Public Speaker

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You Ask, I Answer: How To Be a Confident Public Speaker

Jim asks, “Do you know what are the best tips for confident public speaking?”

This is a great and tough question. Many, many people are terrified of public speaking. At the end of the day, public speaking is just another form of content marketing. Learn the three basic rules and public speaking tips for being a confident public speaker in this video.

You Ask, I Answer: How To Be a Confident Public Speaker

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In today’s episode, Jim asks, Do you know what are the best tips for confident public speaking,

public speaking, is it really in many ways, nothing more than a form of content delivery, right. So if you are good at content delivery, in some format, you will be probably good at public speaking, there are two fundamental things that create great confident public speaking. Number one, you need to have content that the audience desperately wants, and to, you need to know your material cold. So let’s unpack these a little bit

most public speakers in order to in order to feel like they’re, they’re getting kind of energy of the audience, they want

to all sorts of stuff. And, and there’s three basic at aspects to the performance itself. If there’s entertainment, there’s engagement, and the education or the sort of the three things that you can do as a public speaker, to get the audience to, to respond to you. So being entertaining as one being provocative and saying things are doing things or dressing a certain way to get a rise out of the audience. And being educational teaching people something,

but at the end of the day, your content, your speech, or talk your whatever else has to be what the audience desperately wants to learn about to get something from, especially if you’re talking about professionally speaking,

as in the business world,

the audiences are there to be entertained to some degree to be motivated, because there’s an enormous number of people who, who actively look for things like motivational speakers, and to learn something that they can use to make their own lives better.

That may be technical things like how to do a certain type of work better, it may be

things to avoid risk, again, ton of conferences and events, which are all about risk and regulation, well, then they look dry on the outside. But if you’re in that world, those could be very, very compelling topics, new regulation, new IRS regulation, 127 a could be a keynote topic, if it is a value to the audience and the audience is all CPA is and they know all their customers are going to be knocking on the door in January, asking about this regulation, then, then that talk could be extremely viable, very compelling,


where a lot of people who are not

great public speakers fall down is the content that they deliver is much too much about themselves or their company. And not enough about the audience. When the audience is there for their own benefit. They want to, they want to learn something, they want to be motivated, they want to be entertained, and the speaker doesn’t do that the speakers and said all about themselves. So that’s the first part.

The second part is knowing your material cold. And what makes you a confidence speaker is not knowing the material itself rigidly cold, I can have just, you know,

to read off the memorize the talk and read off it, but actually be an expert in your content in your field, having that expertise so that no matter what happens, you can deliver value to the audience.

So for example, I talk a lot about marketing analytics. And I know it’s in my talk, I know the general layout, I’m about to do a talk in San Francisco on a is application and marketing analytics. And I have my presentation on all that stuff. But if the power where to go out, or the project didn’t work, or whatever, I could deliver the entire talk as it is without a single visual, because it would be harder for the audience to see because some of the things are highly visual, like, hey, imagine a chart

of colorful blue squares

with words in them. And the bigger the square, the more important the word, that’s what you know, a way of visualizing a certain type of analysis. It’s a lot harder without visuals, but

because I know not only the talk itself, but also have the domain expertise in pieces that went into that talk, then I can speak confidently about it. Because

no matter what the audience does, no matter what the venue does, I can still deliver value and

one of the things I’ve started doing in the last few years is is leaving a third of the time, whatever time we have been a lot It is Liga third of the time for Q amp a because that is where as a speaker, you can deliver additional value and demonstrate your expertise because someone will ask you a curveball question, like it’s not really all that much of a curveball and you answer the question and and you deliver value to that person in the audience. And other people in the audience may have that exact same exact question. And so you can help the questioner. You help the people around the question. And

you can show without telling that you know, what you’re talking about

knowing your material cold and having the domain expertise is the way you get to

enduring confidence when you speak, because after a certain amount of time, if once you’ve done the same talk 510, 2050

times you know it all the questions are, you’re not going to be surprised by a question.

And so you can be very confident in your talk in the q amp a in the audience in everything that happens within that performance.

Confident public speaking.

Guess the third aspect of it. And this is one that’s not changeable is whether you are comfortable and enjoy being in front of other people. A lot of people don’t, a lot of people are, do not enjoy public speaking, they do it because they have to work requires it or their position at work requires it. My old CEO and friend Todd Devon was very uncomfortable

public speaking. But he did it because as the founder of his company, he had to

until a lot of people

don’t enjoy that.

The one suggestion there is find a format that works for you. Maybe instead of standing up on the stage being the talking head for 45 minutes, and maybe sitting down on stage with a panelist and having a sort of like a coffee chat where you can interact with the person where you’re more conversational, rather than being a solo performer. So there may be different ways for you to perform. And

if you are absolutely unhappy, public speaking, don’t do it unless

circumstance dictates that you must, but you will not be a confident public speaker. If you hate it, it’s not something that you enjoy,

because you will be uncomfortable on stage.

And yes, you can hide it to a certain degree. But audiences know the difference between someone who’s there because they have to be and someone who’s there because they want to be and they love it. And that is their thing.


have content that the audience desperately wants. Number one, and the most important by far to know your material cold three want to be there. So those are the three basic tips for confident public speaking, there’s a whole bunch of other things that you can do. And the I would

check out the book steal

the show by Michael Port. It is a fantastic book if you want to learn more of that confidence. And that performance of public speaking is fantastic. So check that out if that’s something you want to dig more into. As always, thanks for asking the question, leave your question in the comments below. Please subscribe to the YouTube channel newsletter. I’ll talk to you soon. What help solving your company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems.

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