There is no shortage of public speaking advice on the internet, in magazines and book stores today. In fact, I have written over 100 articles myself for mindfulpresenter.com and other online publications in the last year alone. As we head towards the end of 2016 I’d like to share some of my favourite articles from other respected authors in the field of communication, public speaking and presentation skills.
Carmine Gallo is one of the first who springs to mind who has written a great deal and made a major contribution to the world of public speaking. Here are just a few of my favourites he has given us this year that I thought you’d enjoy reading.
This isn’t one of those articles full of practical tips designed to make you a more powerful speaker. It is however an important and valuable one to start with because many people are either very anxious about public speaking or simply don’t appreciate its significance. This article caught my attention because two of the most highly respected and successful entrepreneurs of recent times believe what I have been saying myself for many years.
Richard Branson said “Communication is the most important skill any leader can possess,”
Warren Buffett said “I was terrified of public speaking in high school and college. I couldn’t do it,” Carmine then goes on to explain that Buffett once told the BBC. “I don’t have my diploma from college or from graduate school, but I have my Dale Carnegie diploma there because it changed my life.”
I wrote an article earlier this year called The Most Important Skill in the World Today – Public Speaking which explains why it’s not a skill reserved exclusively for the rich and famous. The other point I found interesting about this article is that Richard Branson is clearly an ambassador for the merits of public speaking yet it’s not his gift. Despite his creative, entrepreneurial genius, having seen him speak a few times myself I don’t believe that public speaking is his greatest strength.
That said, his words clearly demonstrate the value he places on the ability to communicate well which I believe will inspire a great number of young people to want to develop the skill.
This article begins with reference to a dialogue with one of my personal favourite speakers, Joel Osteen. Mindful Presenter was created to help people communicate their ideas with greater awareness, purpose and impact. We knew that one of the greatest challenges we faced was the fact that so many people were deeply affected by high anxiety when called on to speak.
Isn’t it refreshing and reassuring to hear that a man who every year is inspiring millions of people to lead a better life once said as Carmine quotes in his article: “Carmine, when I began preaching I was nervous and intimidated. I’m naturally quiet and reserved. I was bombarded by negative thoughts.”
You may also be interested in an article I wrote about Joel Osteen’s public speaking skills earlier this year: 6 Powerful Presentation Lessons from a Preacher
I remember flying all the way over to New York on my 40th birthday to hear the legendary Tony Robbins speak and to have him teach me how to do the ‘Fire walk’. My wife thought I was going through a mid-life crisis but when I told her that I either had to fly to New York to do this or buy a Porsche she quickly gave me her blessing to do the ‘Fire walk’.
Carmine opens his article with a quote from Tony Robbins that once again I have been saying myself in my own words for many years, “The number one reason people are ineffective speakers is because they’re focused on themselves. If you’re focused on yourself, then you can’t possibly connect with the audience,”
In 2015 I wrote an article about what I had learned from Tony Robbins all those years ago to help me with my public speaking: ‘Presenting – 4 Tips you don’t hear about body language‘
This is another great article by Carmine Gallo because it highlights yet another very important point I have written about extensively: ‘A Presentation & Public Speaking Phenomenon – I feel terrible but you can’t see it’
He begins his article with:
‘First, the bad news. There are no shortcuts on the path to becoming an exceptional public-speaker. Now, the good news. Anyone who puts in the work can radically improve their communication skills.’
This is an article about the significance of preparation and rehearsal which may sound like common sense yet is the very essence of mindful presenting.
If you give people a wealth of data and tell them a short, compelling story you can be certain that they will remember the story first. This article opens with a story and then beautifully explains the power of storytelling sharing three keys to success:
Key No. 1: Inciting incident
Key No. 2: Personal transformation
Key No. 3: Life lesson
At Mindful Presenter we believe that ‘A Presentation without Stories is a Lecture’.
‘Make Eye Contact, Right From the Start’
‘Make ‘Em Laugh—But Not Squirm’
‘Park Your Ego’
‘Tell a Story’
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