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Public Speaking Tip #5: Choose Content You’re Interested In

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Back in 1994, I took a Television Production Workshop at Santa Rosa Junior College. To pass the class, I only needed to create one 7-minute video. I ended up producing a 27-minute introduction to Toastmasters, a quick skit video and a music video. What can I say, I think big!

Anyway, this week’s video tip … and the next two … is excerpted from For the Love of Public Speaking, the longest project I did in that class.
 

 
The information in this video is targeted to people who are just starting in Toastmasters, which is why I mention a short presentation time and a wide selection of topics. But the basis of what I’m saying applies to anyone who wants to make public speaking a part of their business, as well.

You want … no need to be passionate about your topic.
Passionate speakers are more engaging and entertaining. They are more likely to get an audience involved in their presentation and therefore the presentation is more effective.

You need to stick to the time you’ve been allotted.
This shows respect for the audience, the person who booked you, and any speakers who will follow you on the stage.

You need to communicate clearly.
Break your content up into easily digestible parts and don’t overwhelm your audience with too much information.

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Carma Spence, The Own Your Awesome Mentor, is author of Public Speaking Super Powers. She is fiercely committed to guiding women to Owning their Awesome and turning it into a profitable business. She is masterful at helping her clients see what is possible for them and supporting them on the journey from where they are to where they want to be, releasing the Mind Goblins of self-doubt, self-sabotage and second-guessing that keep them stuck.

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