Over the holidays I will be posting very useful and practical speaking & presentation tips on the 10xSpeaker blog and on my Linkedin profile (connect with me!) and #10xSpeaker hashtag (follow the hashtag!) to help you take your presentation skills & public speaking to the next level so that you make an even better start to 2021!
One of the common questions I get from people wanting to improve their public speaking and presentation skills is:
"How do I use a story in my presentation that makes a powerful point... in time!?" - because we tend to ramble on and never get to the point when sharing a story...
... and the other person says: "GET TO THE POINT...!" - Right?
One big mistake I see often are aspiring speakers skipping the story and going straight to the point.
Just give them what they want right? Give them the point, go straight to the finish line and let's not waste their time with the story. This is bad practice and likely a reflection of poor storytelling...
How to be unique? We had this great question yesterday in our #10xSpeaker group coaching call. Here is an answer that may help you become more unique, differentiated and stand-out from the crowd so that you are noticed and valued for who you are, especially if you don't feel very special.
Be yourself. It’s the only person you can truly be and the only person no one else can be.
It sounds so simple and obvious but it’s not easy and takes considerable courage and considerable risk because what if they don’t like you for who you are? What if you no longer fit in when being yourself? Will you be able to deal this that? What will it do to your ego? Your identity? The path to being yourself can be risky business and cause considerable friction along the way, but in the end, you will be better for it and others will respect you more.
Here are 5 simple guiding principles I use to be myself as often as I can, even if I don't feel very special. These principles are grounded,...
I learned a lot of lessons along my journey as a professional speaker. And many of these lessons I teach now in the speaking and communication trainings I give as well as through the free public speaking course I offer through 10xSpeaker. I don’t believe you need to know everything about speaking to be a powerful speaker.
Some people will try to arm themselves with everything they can get access to before going out there and starting to deliver powerful speeches that move people and drive action. I believe the best way to learn is through doing. And I also believe that knowledge means nothing unless you apply it. What’s the point of knowledge in your head if you don’t do anything with it?
So I decided to distill everything I know about giving a powerful talk down into 4 key components that make up 80% (or more) of what you need to know to get started and deliver a powerful speech. These are the 4 biggest lessons I can give you that will impact...
On my journey to become a better public speaker, I developed a number of mindsets that acted as commandments for me on how to act in certain situations. They are a decision making framework and empower decision making so that you make the right choices that will lead you to becoming the best public speaker you can be.
These mindsets helped me to make choices on how to deal with certain situations and how to prioritise what to focus my attention on. They are really designed to transform anyone into the best public or keynote speaker they can be.
These mindsets were acquired from paying close attention to the needs, wants and desires of the people I worked with along my journey as a professional speaker. Always learning at every point of the way from others, their experiences, their philosophy and their stories on their journeys. I always say there is no right or wrong, there is only...
Chris Baldwin here (Founder of 10xSpeaker) with my very first blog post on 10xSpeaker.com. In time I would like many of our community members to share the insights and methods they learned on their journey as a speaker. For now, here is one of mine.
Here is my secret on how I consistently win speaking deals and get 25-100% more then the budget allocation of the event manager. This is how to get higher fees as a keynote speaker while delivering even more value for the event and its participants.
As a speaker, you get approached by an event manager/producer who are considering you as their speaker. The most important thing to do at this stage is LISTEN.
Listen deeply and become aware of their choice of words. The words they use are key to understanding their motivation.
I try to answer these 4 questions through good questioning. The first 3 are critical and the 4th is only if I feel they already know how I can help them. If they answer this 4th question, there is no...