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5 things bad speakers and terrible leaders have in common

bad speakerAs I mentioned in my last post, I recently read an article by leadership authority Roxi Hewertson, President & CEO of the Highland Consulting Group, that listed five things great leaders do, as well as five things failing leaders do. I also shared that what I found so interesting about the article was how the information could easily be applied to public speaking.

In my previous post, I shared the five things great speakers and leaders have in common. Today, I’ll head in the other direction.

Five Things Terrible Speakers Do

They Are Self-Absorbed
“Failing leaders just don’t pick up on or value other people’s signals,” says Hewertson. “Or, if they do, they don’t care, all demonstrating a fundamental lack of empathy.”

One of the super powers many of my featured speakers valued was the ability to read the audience. When a speaker fails to pick up on — or care about — an audience’s emotional response to his or her presentation, that speaker fails miserably.
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5 things great speakers and great leaders have in common

great speakersI recently read an article by leadership authority Roxi Hewertson, President & CEO of the Highland Consulting Group, that listed five things great leaders do, as well as five things failing leaders do. What struck me was how the information could easily be applied to public speaking.

The first thing Hewertson commented on was focusing on attitudes and behaviors when evaluating how you are performing. “These are the biggest differentiators between great leaders and failing leaders because they demonstrate the four core emotional intelligence metrics: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, and Relationship Management. These four factors are directly correlated with attitudes and behaviors that work for you or against those in a leadership role.”

The same can be said of speakers. Those who approach speaking with the right attitudes and behaviors that respect and engage an audience, that support being of service to the audience, are those who have more gigs on their calendar and more call backs to the same clients.

Five Things Great Speakers Do

They Know Their Emotional Landscape
Successful speakers understand their own emotions and recognize how those emotions, and the behaviors they generate, affect themselves and the audience.
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Don’t give too much away in your introduction

A good speaker introducer shows restraint. That is, they don’t go overboard in talking about the speaker or the presentation. In this third (of five) excerpt from a presentation based on Toastmaster’s International’s “Better Speaker” series of educational presentations, I share some tips on how to do that.
 

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Drafting an introduction

It is always safer to draft your own introduction rather than leave it to chance that the host will introduce your presentation in an effective way. In this second of five excerpts from a presentation based on Toastmaster’s International’s “Better Speaker” series of educational presentations, I share some tips on how to draft a speaker’s introduction … whether you are writing one for the speaker or are writing one for your introducer.
 

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General essentials of creating an introduction

Now that you know the difference between an introduction and an opening, let’s go into how to create an introduction. In this first of five excerpts from a presentation based on Toastmaster’s International’s “Better Speaker” series of educational presentations, I talk about why an introduction is important, as well as some things that need to be included in one.

In summary, an introduction provides two main things for a meeting or event:

  • A smooth transition from one part of the meeting to another.
  • Sets audience’s mindset, preparing them for what is it come

Also, an introduction should include:
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