If you are scratching around looking for public speaking books that will help you to improve your public speaking skills, you need to be sure that the author of any book you buy knows what he or she is talking about.
What it means for the audience is verbal tedium. What makes for an interesting delivery of a presentation is the variety of language that is used in speaking (as well as in writing). You were probably taught in your high school English classes not to begin every sentence with the subject followed by the verb. The problem in public speaking is that some people not only create simple sentences but they connect them all with the word and.
Simple, always write your own introductions. Decide what you want to have said about you and your topic before you say a single word. Use your introduction to grab your audience’s attention and establish why they will want to listen to you. Be sure to keep your introduction short and focused on what your audience will really care about – i.e. how what you will say may help or benefit your audience. In other words, WIIFM (what’s in it for me).
I have often seen an presentaion skills editor act favorably on a mediocre portfolio because they were enchanted by the first image. The opposite is also true, I have seen editors reject strong portfolios because the first image was weak.
Choose dynamic words and speak with enthusiasm. It’s very important to let your customer know how much you care about them and their issues. Share your excitement about how they will benefit from your products and solutions.
If you’re like most human beings your biggest bugbear with time management is MEETINGS!!! Often we find it difficult to break the habit – we can’t see how to save time when faced with meeting after meeting.
I’m sure if you have a fear of public speaking, and are inexperienced at it, this seems like a lot to remember. Don’t worry. It can be learned. You can even improve your art of public speaking by taking public speaking courses if you feel they are necessary. Just remember to stay focused and calm, and learn from your mistakes. The more you speak, reflect on what you’ve done, and make adjustments, the better you’ll be.