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How to make public speaking more entertaining #6

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samselikoff opened this issue Mar 14, 2015 · 3 comments
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How to make public speaking more entertaining #6

samselikoff opened this issue Mar 14, 2015 · 3 comments

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@samselikoff
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@samselikoff samselikoff commented Mar 14, 2015

Could you give some tips on how to give talks that are entertaining? Public speaker doesn't really terrify me, but I find it hard to work in humor, storytelling, etc. into my talks.

Thanks for your thoughts!

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@r00k r00k commented Mar 14, 2015

  • Do something that catches attention in the first 60 seconds.
  • Change topics every 10 minutes at most.
  • Prefer live demos to slides. Show, don't tell.
  • If you do use slides, make them interesting. For god's sake don't read them.
  • Encourage audience participation. Even doing "raise your hand if..." polls will wake people up.
  • Vary your tone of voice, pace, body language, and where you stand. (I like to hop off the stage and stroll the aisles. Or stand very still when making an important point.)
  • Get to the point and stay there.
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@mxgrn mxgrn commented Mar 20, 2015

@samselikoff Just watched Ben's talk on this, it's both informative and a great example of how to give talks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9JXH7JPjR4

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@samselikoff samselikoff commented Mar 20, 2015

@mxgrn awesome, thanks a lot!

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