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37 Ways to Become a Better Speaker Today

37 Ways to Become a Better Speaker Today

To become a successful professional, you need to improve at public speaking.

You will impress your boss, colleagues and clients. As a result, you will achieve your goals and make more money.

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After interviewing successful professionals around the world, I have discovered that successful professionals never stop learning. They keep moving forward.

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Taking these actions can help you become a better speaker:

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1. Watch your favorite TED talks and focus on the content, delivery, and design. Apply what you have learnt to the next presentation.

2. Write down 10 ideas every day so you will handle audience questions more effectively. Start with this: 10 ways to improve my public speaking today.

3. Tell a story with 4Cs: characters, conflict, conversation and change.

4. Structure your presentation with a clear message, story, opening and closing.

5. When creating your message, ask “What do I want the audience think, feel or do differently after my presentation?”

6. Open with a rhetorical question or story. Answer the question by yourself so you won’t mess up. Tell a personal story that engages people’s emotions.

7. Summarize your key points so people remember what you say.

8. Repeat your message… and repeat.

9. Give your audience a clear action step. Tell them exactly what to do after your presentation.

10. Storyboard your ideas with sticky notes. Organize them in the order that makes the most sense to you.

11. Go to a stock photo website and find powerful images that express your ideas visually.

12. Sketch your ideas before creating visual slides in PowerPoint or Keynote.

13. Practice and record your presentation in video. Use a smartphone or web-cam..

14. Watch the video and write down what you like and don’t like about your performance.

15. Use mind mapping to organize your ideas.

16. Get feedback at a local Toastmasters Club. Find areas for improvement.

17. Brainstorm possible questions you may get during the next presentation.

18. Practice answering these questions so you will feel more confident and natural.

19. Warm up your voice before speaking.

20. Breathe in through your nose so your throat will not run dry.

21. Arrive 15 to 20 minutes early to make sure the computer, projector and microphone are working.

22. Picture that you are talking to friends in the living room (Even Richard Branson uses this hack to become a better speaker.)

23. Relax your body before speaking. Stretch your arms, hands, legs and head and shoulders.

24. Take slow and deep breaths. Calm down…

25. Visualize your success as a confident and effective speaker. You can do it!

26. Focus on the audience, instead of yourself. It’s not about you; it’s about the audience.

27. Share your failures and frustrations. The audience wants to know how you overcame the challenges and become the person you are today.

28. Test your funny lines in everyday conversations (say, during lunch or dinner).

29. If no one laughs at your funny line, say “Well, my friends said that was really funny” and move on.

30. Attend an improv class so you’ll be able to handle questions smoothly.

31. Tell stories based on your personal experiences, client case studies or celebrities.

32. Have no more than three points per presentation. You don’t want to overwhelm people.

33. Explain each point in five minutes. Get to the point.

34. Throw away your word-for-word script. For your notes, use point form and make sure the font size is at least 14.

35. Have Q&A before closing. You don’t want to end the presentation with an awkward question from the audience.

36. Work with a public speaking coach to stay informed and succeed faster.

37. Stop lecturing. Starting having conversations with the audience.

Here’s my clear action step for you: Use one of these recommendations for your next presentation. You’ll become more successful at public speaking and in your career.

Featured photo credit: How Richard Branson Gets Over His Hatred of Public Speaking via businessinsider.com

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When You Start to Enjoy Being Single, These 12 Things Will Happen

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Being single can make you weary, especially if you didn't initiate a breakup, it could be easy to get carried away with reminiscing and what-if scenarios. Staying caught up in the past is toxic to your growth, however, and interferes with your ability to move forward. Single life can be self-actualizing and enjoyable, but you need to embrace it first. No matter where you are on your journey in coming to terms with being single, the following 12 fantastic things will happen when you accept it.

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1. You will be more focused.

    Once you start to treasure your new-found freedom, you will realize that taking time for yourself will show you what is most important in your life. Enjoying your single time will make what you want clearer and reveal which areas of your life you should build upon. Additionally, studies show that experiencing something alone results in our brain forming a more clear and longer lasting memory.

    2. You will be more active.

      Studies show that unmarried people are also more fit than their hitched counterparts. Let yourself welcome being single, and use this time to your benefit. You'll be more confident and in control when you do meet someone special.

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      3. You will be more likely to have high goals.

        Being single means you can't settle. In case someone who captures your heart comes along, you need to be at the top of your game. By embracing your time being single, you will be more able to pursue your goals and work towards a more complete, fulfilling future.

        4. You will be more creative.

          Spending time alone is also linked to an increase in creative thinking. Spending more time alone will force you to be a deeper thinker, and could lead you to solutions and projects you wouldn't have thought of otherwise.

          5. Your schedule will be your own.

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            Once you get past feeling lonely and realize how wonderful being single is, you will become aware of one of the best perks – your schedule is now completely your own. No longer do you need to have nights out approved, nor will long days at work get interrupted. Relax into loving your single life because nothing is quite as liberating as deciding every moment of your weekly schedule.

            6. You will likely save money.

              Dating is a great way to wave goodbye to all your hard earned cash. When you're with someone, there's nothing more important than impressing them, including your income. However, when the relationship fizzles, you realize how this tactic doesn't pay off. Not only are we more prone to spending when dating, married couples are more likely to have credit card debt than unmarried singles. So don't get depressed when you're eating cheap meals alone – it's really a form of investing in your future!

              7. You won't need to compromise on entertainment.

                Particularly if your significant other tends to have different tastes than you, being single can be a blessing. As soon as you can appreciate being single, you will realize how freeing it is to always watch exactly what you want. There is no longer any need to skimp on your favorite movies, plays, or TV shows that others don't appreciate.

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                8. You will have more time for your family.

                  Another thing you will realize once you learn to relish being single is you now have much more time for family. Especially when it comes to older relatives, time spent with them truly is precious. Make the most of your single time by reconnecting with family members in your life you may have been neglecting.

                  9. You have more time for your friends.

                    Once you start basking in your single glory, you will also find that you have more time for your friends. Not only will increased free time let you reconnect with friends you may have neglected while being half of a couple, studies also show that married people have much weaker social lives than those who are unmarried.

                    10. You will find new haunts in your city.

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                      Once you start to enjoy your single life again you will also find that you have plenty of time to rediscover your city. Where relationships see us fall into the same habit of favorite spots to drink, eat, or dance, when you're on your own you will naturally start to explore fresh venues again.

                      11. You'll find more interests.

                        Similarly, enjoying your time being single will give you more time to consider new hobbies and interests. Instead of repeating the same go-to dates, you can now freely explore activities that really make you passionate.

                        12. You will be more aware of what you want.

                          Ultimately, taking time to ourselves is an important ingredient in discovering what type of person is our ideal match, or what career we can happily commit to. By delighting in your uninhibited life, you are more able to experiment and thereby find out what works for you and what doesn't. Don't look at being single as a drawback, since learning more about yourself and finding out what makes you tick are crucial in forming balanced, healthy relationships in the future.

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