You can become a great speaker if you follow four simple rules offered up by Edelman’s dynamic media and presentation guru Mary Gannon.
Speaking to DePaul PR/AD students in my class this week, Mary listed these four tips for successful presentations:
- Prepare, prepare, prepare with the audience in mind—why should they care? Start with why instead of what?
- Own your space—shoulders back, project your voice & smile!
- Don’t sabotage yourself with minimizing, qualifying language “sort of” “kind of” “really” “like”—slow down your speech & always end thoughts/slides with a definitive period, instead of ? or …
- Be yourself and have fun!
TedTalks also provide insights into great presentations. Mary recommends the following four talks: