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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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Last Updated on July 3, 2020

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

30 Small Habits To Lead A More Peaceful Life

In today’s world, true peace must come from within us and our own actions. Here are 30 small things you can do on a regular basis to increase your overall sense of harmony, peace, and well-being:

1. Don’t go to every fight you’re invited to

Particularly when you’re around those who thrive on chaos, be willing to decline the invitation to join in on the drama.

2. Focus on your breath

Throughout the day, stop to take a few deep breaths. Keep stress at bay with techniques such as “square breathing.” Breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, then out for four counts, and hold again for four counts. Repeat this cycle four times.

3. Get organized and purge old items

A cluttered space often creates a cluttered spirit. Take the time to get rid of anything you haven’t used in a year and invest in organizational systems that help you sustain a level of neatness.

4. Stop yourself from being judgmental

Whenever you are tempted to have an opinion about someone else’s life, check your intentions. Judging others creates and promotes negative energy.

5. Say ‘thank you’ early and often

Start and end each day with an attitude of gratitude. Look for opportunities in your daily routine and interactions to express appreciation.

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6. Smile more

Even if you have to “fake it until you make it,” there are many scientific benefits of smiling and laughing. Also, pay attention to your facial expression when you are doing neutral activities such as driving and walking. Turn that frown upside down!

7. Don’t worry about the future

As difficult as this sounds, there is a direct connection between staying in the present and living a more peaceful life. You cannot control the future. As the old proverb goes, “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.” Practice gently bringing your thoughts back to the present.

8. Eat real food

The closer the food is to the state from which it came from the earth, the better you will feel in eating it. Choose foods that grew from a plant over food that was made in a plant.

9. Choose being happy over being right

Too often, we sacrifice inner peace in order to make a point. It’s rarely worth it.

10. Keep technology out of the bedroom

Many studies, such as one conducted by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, have connected blue light of electronic devices before bed to adverse sleep and overall health. To make matters worse, many people report that they cannot resist checking email and social media when their cell phone is in reach of their bed, regardless of the time.

11. Make use of filtering features on social media

You may not want to “unfriend” someone completely, however you can choose whether you want to follow their posts and/or the sources of information that they share.

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12. Get comfortable with silence

When you picture someone who is the ultimate state of peace, typically they aren’t talking.

13. Listen to understand, not to respond

So often in conversations, we use our ears to give us cues about when it is our turn to say what we want to say. Practice active listening, ask questions, process, then speak.

14. Put your troubles in a bubble

Whenever you start to feel anxious, visualize the situation being wrapped in a bubble and then picture that sphere floating away.

15. Speak more slowly

Often a lack of peace manifests itself in fast or clipped speech. Take a breath, slow down, and let your thoughtful consideration drive your words.

16. Don’t procrastinate

Nothing adds stress to our lives like waiting until the last minute.

17. Buy a coloring book

Mandala coloring books for adults are becoming more popular because of their connection to creating inner peace.

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18. Prioritize yourself

You are the only person who you are guaranteed to live with 24 hours a day for the rest of your life.

19. Forgive others

Holding a grudge is hurting you exponentially more than anyone else. Let it go.

20. Check your expectations

Presumption often leads to drama. Remember the old saying, “Expectations are premeditated resentments.”

21. Engage in active play

Let your inner child come out and have some fun. Jump, dance, play, and pretend!

22. Stop criticizing yourself

The world is a hard enough place with more than enough critics. Your life is not served well by being one of them.

23. Focus your energy and attention on what you want

Thoughts, words, and actions all create energy. Energy attracts like energy. Put out what you want to get back.

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24. Assign yourself “complaint free” days.

Make a conscious decision not to complain about anything for a whole day. It might be harder than you think and the awareness will stick with you.

25. Surround yourself with people you truly enjoy being in the company of

Personalities tend to be contagious, and not everyone’s is worth catching. Be judicious in your choices.

26. Manage your money

Financial concerns rank top on the list of what causes people stress. Take the time each month to do a budget, calculate what you actually spend and sanity check that against the money you have coming in.

27. Stop trying to control everything

Not only is your inner control freak sabotaging your sense of peace, it is also likely getting in the way of external relationships as well.

28. Practice affirmations

Repeat positive phrases that depict the life and qualities you want to attract. It may not come naturally to you, but it works.

29. Get up before sunrise

Personally witnessing the dawn brings a unique sense of awe and appreciation for life.

30. Be yourself

Nothing creates more inner discord than trying to be something other than who we really are. Authenticity breeds happiness.

Featured photo credit: man watching sunrise via stokpic.com

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