Great public speakers have spread the messages of the world’s greatest
innovators and leaders to billions of viewers across the globe.
The three quintessential features of a great presentation are as follows: Emotional, novel, and memorable.
Below we break down the ideas of researcher, writer, expert and genius speaker Carmen Gallo.
Tip 1: IDEAS AS CURRENCY
KNOW THIS — In the age of instant communication, rapid cultural growth, and technological supremacy, ideas are the most valuable resource. Know how to present yours!
WHAT TO DO — Write down all your greatest ideas. Take the best one and write it out in many forms: elevator pitch, 5- minute presentation, 20-minutes presentation, even essay style.
Tip #2: PASSION IS CONTAGIOUS
KNOW THIS — If you aren’t passionate about a topic, you won’t be able to make others passionate about it either. Passion is the building block of your presentation’s authenticity and energy.
WHAT TO DO — Ask yourself, “What makes my heart sing?” Make sure that the presentations and speeches you give make your heart sing.
Tip #3: TELL A STORY
KNOW THIS — Narrative is not only how humans translate their sensory experience into their understanding of the world, but it’s the most effective way to connect with others as well.
WHAT TO DO — In any presentation you give, be sure to tell a story about yourself, about another, or about a business or brand. Whenever possible: turn data into allegory.
Tip #4: A MULTISENSORY EXPERIENCE
KNOW THIS — Engaging an audience with more than just their eyes and ears—or more dynamically with their eyes and ears—will keep them engaged and encourage them to remember your presentation.
WHAT TO DO — Formulate ways to creatively reframe the most boring parts. Can you give the audience something to hold, taste, or smell? Is there a cooler way to show it visually?
Tip #5: STICK TO THE RULE OF THREE
KNOW THIS — Information comes in threes. Across business, popular media, social interaction, and more, expressing important ideas in packages of three is more impactful than any other number.
WHAT TO DO — For your best idea, find three anecdotes that add emphasis, or three great examples of data that reinforce your point.or Shopify. Use simple contracts and invoices.
Tip #6: PREPARE, REHEARSE, CONVERSE
KNOW THIS — Practice makes perfect. In the case of public speaking, you want to be so comfortable with your content and material that your presentation comes off like a conversation.
WHAT TO DO — Practice, practice, practice. Record yourself many times, and enlist several different practice audiences to watch your practice sessions and offer feedback.
Tip #7: TEACH SOMETHING NEW
KNOW THIS — The human brain is addicted to novelty. We crave adventure and exploration, therefore, offering something genuinely new as a solution to an old problem will enthrall any audience.
WHAT TO DO — Diversify your experience. Read new books, go to new places. Boost your creativity by filling your mind with eclectic experiences
Tip #8: EMOTIONALLY CHARGED MOMENTS
KNOW THIS — Giving a “wow moment” to your audience will guarantee that they’ll remember you. Surprise, joy, and fear all release dopamine in the brain, which enhances memory and information processing.
WHAT TO DO — Concoct a special moment that will blow your viewers and listeners’ minds! Use props and wild statistics or anecdotes to your advantage.
Tip #9: DELIVER A DYNAMIC PRESENTATION
KNOW THIS — Your verbal style and body language are deeply important to how your presentation is received. Vocal comfort and range and sensible gestures will give you an aura of authority.
WHAT TO DO — Again, record yourself practicing. Record JUST the words, then JUST your motions, and see what you learn from parsing your presentation this way.
Tip #10: STAY IN YOUR LANE
KNOW THIS — No matter how much you study and emulate great speakers, the only way to leave a lasting impression on a large audience is to embrace your own unique style.
WHAT TO DO — Ask your loved ones to describe your speech style, what makes you unique, and what they like about how you communicate. Double down on those things.