5 Ways You Can Fail as a Speaker

The funny thing is, no matter how skilled or professional a speaker is or becomes, they can still fail to get their message across. I remember one time hearing a very well known and respected inspirational speaker and leaving the talk wondering why people loved him so much. His presentation was stale and lacked passion … which was pretty much what is speech was about.

That said, you can be a mediocre speaker and still be very effective if you avoid these 5 pitfalls that even the pros sometime fall into.

Talking to Your Peers
Some speakers forget that the audience is not filled with their peers, people who know the topic on a deep level. Most of the time, your audience is going to be brand spanking new to your topic — or at least your take on it. To avoid this pitfall, get to know your audience’s level of knowledge on the topic before you give the speech so that you can tailor it to their level of understanding. This way, you’ll not only be able to hook them into the topic more effectively, but communicate your message using words, stories and imagery that they will respond to.
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The Power of Authenticity

be authenticAfter passion for your topic, the most common public speaking super power I found was the Power of Authenticity. But what does that mean in the context of public speaking?

When someone is authentic, they are worthy of our trust and belief. They are real. They are true to their own personality, spirit and character.

So, when you give a presentation in your own true voice, from your unique perspective and you are credible in your knowledge, you are using the Power of Authenticity.

In fact, the Power of Authenticity can be what sets you apart from other speakers who give presentations on the same topic. You see, no two people are exactly alike, so even if five speakers give a presentation on the same topic, if each one uses the Power of Authenticity … each presentation will be entirely different.
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