Two Links on Public Speaking

I get the opportunity to speak publicly on occasion. Usually at church. Today I must have public speaking on the brain because there are two links that have come in front of me today that I thought were worth sharing. Maybe it’s because one of my goals for 2013 is doing more professional public speaking…maybe it’s just a coincidence. Either way, I thought these were valuable.

First, Cameron Moll pointed me to this link from Idan Gazit on “Designing Presentations.” Giving a presentation at your place of employment vs. giving a talk to a professional group or a conference is a totally different thing. Oftentimes (probably detrimentally), when a PowerPoint or Keynote deck is created in the workplace, it is passed around sans context or in-person presentation. If this is the type of presenting you typically do, this article isn’t really for you. This is for those who want to give good talks to professional groups and conferences.

There are some great nuggets in this article, even though it is aimed mostly at developers.

Presenting is the art of directing attention. If you’ve done that skillfully, the transfer of ideas is almost automatic. If not, it doesn’t matter how good your ideas were, because nobody paid attention.

It’s a pretty long article, but a terrific one. Check it out.

Second, I was catching up on some back episodes of A Show with Ze Frank and came across this one:

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Ze is always compelling and what he has to say about public speaking is really insightful. In fact, there are a lot of things that he lists in there that I’m not doing that I need to incorporate to become a better speaker.

Since one of my goals for 2013 is to do more speaking at events, I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more stuff like this. In the meantime,

  • What are your favorite tips for public speaking?
  • If I gave a talk, what would you want me to talk about (the answer can’t be Oreos)?
  • Who are some of your favorite public speakers?

Author: Shane

Shane Adams is a marketer, designer, blogger and preacher man who lives in the Kansas City area with his beautiful artist wife Alli and his corn-chip-smelling dog, Dreyfuss.

3 thoughts on “Two Links on Public Speaking”

  1. Shane, I enjoyed reading this, as with all your posts. I recently presented at the International Churchill Conference (as one does) and got a great tip from noted professor, author and speaker Warren F. Kimball: “If you can’t say it with words and inflection, it’s not worth saying.”

    Let’s catch up soon, sir.

  2. Best tip on public speaking: rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. There is no substitute. You need to read the words you wrote down out loud, to make sure they sound right, to make sure you have your pacing and cadence right. Forget picturing the audience in their underwear. If you know your stuff, you can’t go wrong. This is why so many TED talks are good: the speakers have to know their stuff.

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