Speaking Tips to Make You a Professional

Speaking Tips to Make You a Professional

Judy Dippel’s Checklist of Advice for Speaking Growth and Preparation

Just begin speaking to groups:

  • Speak whenever possible, about what you know and are passionate about
  • Seek training you can trust – learn speaking techniques, but always be true to you
  • Practice balanced messages – Points, Instruction, Experience, References (Ref. PIER—CLASS Services; Florence Littauer, Marita Littauer)

Things to consider and questions to ask of the person who contacts you to speak:

  • Number of people expected? Demographics? Theme? Length of your presentation – type? (Keynote, interactive, workshop, inspirational, retreat, teaching, etc)
  • Ahead of time, provide a written introduction to the person who introduces you.
  • Will the audience be provided pens and paper?
  • How is the room set up? Lighting? Type of microphone you prefer. (Visualize)
  • Can you provide handouts? Does that work logistically for them? Do you need a flipchart, Power Point, other electronics, etc.?
  • Dress of group? Dress professionally, but don’t wear a suit if audience will be wearing jeans.
  • Do they have permission to record you? Can they sell recordings of your presentation?
  • Can you sell your products? (Books, etc.) Will they provide person to help at the table?

POWER “P” Words for a Professional Presentation:

  • Have a powerful beginning and ending
  • Make your points have impact: Allow at least 10 minutes for each major point
  • Pause: Pause instead of using filler words like, umm, and, uh, etc.
  • Pace: Change your speaking pace and voice
  • Express your personality and passion, and share personal anecdotes
  • Don’t be phony: Audiences are smart, they recognize sincerity and transparency
  • Props: Use them if they are comfortable for you—make your points “sink in.”
  • Pray: For me, this is essential. I can’t do it without God’s provision.

Nervousness can be helpful, but fear is not —it limits you. Ideas to help you overcome fear:

Arrive ahead of time – talk to people as they come in; connect; chat with them.

Take focus off of yourself: Instead, think about what you are excited to tell them; visualize your success; imagine a person who will appreciate what you say; look in people’s eyes as you speak; see individuals (just like you), not a blob of people. Know they want you to succeed; don’t take yourself too seriously. Laugh!

Practice relaxation techniques before and during presentation: BREATHE, release tension! Move around naturally.

Suggestions: Consider using Mind Mapping Technique, created by Tony Buzan, rather than outlining.

I recommend the book, Present Yourself by Michael J. Gelb