“Everyone wants to win, but not everyone is willing to prepare to win.” (Bobby Knight)
What deters most people in the pursuit of their goals and desires is rarely what they actually have to do. It is the preparation before doing what they have to do. Most people are lazy. They want the success without the sweat.
Before you speak, you probably know that you need to write your speech, practice, and prepare before hand. However, there are steps that you can take on the day of your talk, just before you speak, that will prepare you for an even better result. These 5 steps are simple, yet they can make the difference between appearing polished and professional, as opposed to appearing unenergized and disconnected.
Follow these 5 “Prep Steps” before you speak, and you will notice an immediate upgrade to your talks.
According to research, people will give you 8 seconds to make an impression on them. If you don't they go elsewhere mentally. And if you lose them, it's virtually impossible to get them back.
Connecting with your audience is like dating. It's easier to get someone's attention initially then it is to get it back after they've lost interest. Work on your entire speech – but master your opening.
Here is an acrostic for the word “Master” to help you do that.
Are you a fan of TED talks?
If you don't know, go on YouTube and you can find a variety of informational and motivational talks on basically any topic under the TED or TEDx banner (TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design).
As a fan of these talks, I wanted to watch as many as possible. Then I realized that there are well over 2,000 of these talks online (and more being added regularly). I'll never get through them all (who has time for that??).
So...I looked up the Top 5 all time talks...I'll get to the focus of this article in a minute (here's a hint – it involves the #2 most watched TED talk), but here are the Top 5 most watched TED talks.
Kwesi Millington helps speakers, presenters and youth to connect with their audiences and master their messages using the power of storytelling in their speeches & presentations. He is a Certified Public Speaking Coach & Youth Mentor.