Looking for a creative way to remember the next part of your speech? Tired of the boring, traditional ways of using printed speech notes and index cards? Watch this video for a couple of creative new ways to jog your memory while getting the audience involved, too! – – […]
When you step up in front of an audience to speak, what you are doing is all about the audience. And whether your audience is aware of that fact or not, they will know if you are not giving them your all. Respecting an audience is about many things: Being […]
By Featured Speaker Arvee Robinson
1. Don’t put your entire speech on your slides.
Not only is this boring, but your audience will be able to see what you’re going to say. Instead, “bullet” or outline your high points. Remember, mystery creates interest.
2. Don’t read your slides word for word.
Your audience can read faster than you can speak. Paraphrasing instead will free you to connect to your audience.
3. Don’t use too much text.
Use no more that six bullets per slide and no more than six words per bullet. Use phrases, not sentences; otherwise, your audience will be reading and not listening to you.
4. Don’t be small.
Make it BIG! Your text cannot be too large! A good rule of thumb is to stand about 5 feet from your computer monitor. If you can’t read your presentation easily from there, your point size is too small. The quickest way to lose an audience is to make them strain to see a presentation. A good starting point is 35 points or larger for titles and 25 points or larger for text.
There will be times that you have to read a speech from a document. In this week’s video I give you a few pointers on how to do it while still maintaining a connection with your audience. Print the text large enough so you can read it without leaning […]