Darren La Croix, the World Champion of Public Speaking (2001) started his workshop titled "OWN THE STAGE" with a question "Why do some speakers take the stage & some OWN IT?". He shared a number of useful tips on public speaking and speech crafting.
(Also read: 25 tips from Craig Valentine's workshop at Ovation 2011)
- Don't try to be perfect, try to be PRESENT
- Failure is a valuable negative information
- You don't know what you don't know
- Your mentor supplies the direction, you supply the energy and efforts
- Take any story and continuously try to improve it, to make it good
- If you want to be a master piece, you've to master the pieces
- When I'm done speaking, what do I want my audience to do, think and feel - Answer it in 10 words or few
- When you are delivering from your head, your emotions are dead. Don't memorize, but, internalize.
- When you are perfect without flaws, audience wouldn't like it. They want it to be real
- The most important part of a presentation is the thought process in your audience mind (not the introduction, and not the conclusion)
- Don't tell us, take us
- Use foundational phrases as a way to get into the audience subconscious mind (for ex., words such as "ouch!" that Darren used in his World Champion Speech)
- Don't quit when you get an offer to speak, commit. Never turn-down stage time
- Record your speech every time
- Always be coachable and find the best coaches
- When telling stories, just touch the canvas, and let your audience paint the picture
- When you are delivering your speech, your audience is continuously asking "So what, Who cares, What is in it for me?" Keep that in mind when crafting speeches.
- Speak to one, look to all
- Avoid using "How many of you have been to Las Vegas?" type questions. You won't be asking such questions when you are talking to a friend in a coffee shop. Rather ask, "Have you been to Las Vegas?"
- Do things you know, know things you do
Reference to other speakers
- "What would you dare to dream, if you know you wouldn't fail" - Brian Tracy
- I/You ratio - use more "You"s when compared to "I"s - Patricia Fripp
- Use the VAKS technique (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, and Smell) when delivering speeches - Craig Valentine