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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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How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

Think you have a boring life?

The definition of boring is dull or not interesting. Maybe you’ve been doing the same thing and living the same life for too long, or maybe your daily routine is limiting your growth and happiness. Whatever your reason is, the following list of 20 things can definitely make any day more interesting. Some of them are silly, while some are more meaningful, so hopefully just reading the list makes your life less boring and sparks your creativity.

Let’s dive in the list to quit your boring life and start living an interesting (and meaning) one!

1. Channel Your 7-Year-Old Self

What would he or she want to do right now? Color? Paint? Run around outside? Play dress up? Eat with your hands? Play that instrument hiding in the back of your closet that you haven’t touched in years?

Just because you’re a grown up doesn’t mean any of this stuff will be less enjoyable than you remember it. Give yourself permission to play.

2. Go Play with Kids

Speaking of little kids, if you have your own or access to any (in a non-creepy way, like they’re your niece or your best friend’s kid, you get the idea) go play with them!

They didn’t create an entire show called Kids Say The Darndest Things because kids aren’t hilarious. They also keep things so simple, and we can really stand to be reminded of this and stop allowing ourselves to get bogged down in boring details.

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3. Order a Hot Dog

While you’re eating it, Google: “What’s in a hot dog?” You decide whether or not you want to finish it.

4. For the Ladies: Wear Your Sexiest Lingerie Under Your Work Clothes

Your “little secret” will leave you feeling anything but boring all day!

5. Play Cell Phone Roulette

You’ll need at least one buddy for this. Scroll through the contacts in your phone, stop on a random one and call the person.

You could spark an incredible catch up session or be incredibly awkward. Neither are boring.

6. Fill out a Pack of Thank-You Cards

Give them to random people who probably don’t get thanked too often for doing what they do ever day.

Ideas: police officers, librarians, servers, baristas, cab drivers, sanitation workers, teachers, people behind any check out counter, receptionists, your friends, the guy at the falafel stand, etc.

7. Sign up for a Class in Something You’ve “Always Wanted to Do”, or Something That Makes You Really Uncomfortable

Ideas: pole dancing, salsa lessons, improv, pottery, cooking, knitting (yup, there are classes for this, too!), karate, boxing, something techy like the workshops they run in Apple stores, get Rosetta Stone and learn that language you’ve always wanted to speak, etc.

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What’s good about joining an interest class is that you will also meet new people!

8. Interview Your Grandparents About Their Lives

You can bet they’ve had some crazy experiences you probably never knew about.

9. Get up on Stage at an Open Mic Night

Whether you’re funny or not, get up on stage and just talk funny. And if you’re not, memorize a few of your favorite jokes and tell those!

10. Do Something for Someone Else That You Wish Someone Would Do for You

We all have a few ideas on this list. I promise you will feel amazing after and anything but bored.

11. Start a DIY Project in Your Home

It doesn’t have to be super complicated. If you need ideas, there’re plenty on Pinterest. Or you can also check out these 30 Awesome DIY Projects that You’ve Never Heard of.

12. Plan a Weekend Trip or an All-Out Vacation

This will give you something to look forward to.

Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a vacation, plan for a staycation, which is same fun and relaxing!

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13. People Watch

Find a bench in a crowded area (centers of transportation like airports, bus stops and train stations are great for this!) and just observe.

People are infinitely interesting.

14. Eat Something You’ve Never Eaten Before

Bonus points if it’s a random fruit or veggie.

15. Dance

You can get your friends together for a night on the town or just pull up a video on YouTube and bust a move from your own living room.

If you’re feeling extra brave, you can even dance in public and get other people involved.

16. Go to YOUTUBE and Search “Funny Pets” or “Funny Babies”

This is also a great quickie ab workout as you will be laughing hysterically.

17. Pick up a Book and Start Reading

Check out the NY Times Best Sellers lists and grab a new book you can get lost in.

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18. Step Away from the Computer and Go Get Some Time with People You Care About in Real Life

Facebook stalking doesn’t count as real social interaction. You can even share this post with your friends and vote on which one you’d like to do together!

19. Check out a Museum You’ve Never Been to Before

OK, depending on your interests, this one might actually be boring. If you love learning, art or different cultures though, this one is for you!

20. Write a List of Things You Desire and Truly Want

This is a great way to help you figure out the real reason why you’re feeling bored about your life. Maybe you haven’t really done things that you truly enjoy? Maybe what you’ve wanted to do all the time has been left behind?

Think about the list of things you really want to do, and ask yourself why you aren’t doing these things (yet). Then start taking your first step to make what you want happen.

Now go make your life interesting and live your dream life!

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