This post highlights my third (of four) secret to overcoming the jitters so you can make more money in public speaking. The third secret that will improve your confidence and get you excited about speaking in public is….
Public Speaking Secret #3 – Organize your information
When organizing the information for your talk or presentation, decide what your audience must know about the topic, what they should know, and what is nice to know but is not necessary. Think about this, by organizing your presentation this way, it allows you to omit information that isn’t critical for your audience to hear.
Here is why I suggest this organizational tip. A few years ago, I found myself presenting as one of several people at a marketing conference. There were two other speakers before me that day and we each had about 30 minutes to present our topic. The first guy was a bit long winded and he went 5 minutes over. The second gal went a full 10 minutes over. So when it came to me, I had to cut my presentation down to 15 minutes from the original 30 that I had in order to keep the day running smoothly and getting everyone to lunch on time – because I was the last speaker before lunch.
Great public speakers know that arranging material based on what the audience must know about the topic, what they should know, and what is nice to know, is important.
My next post will present the fourth secret to gaining confidence and getting excited about public speaking.