By David Rose
As you may have already seen on the blog, I’ve published a series of three articles giving practical tools to improve your public speaking and presentation skills.
In tandem, I’ve provided some good examples of public speakers illustrating the key techniques outlined in the articles.
By popular demand, here’s a second set of example videos of excellent public speakers in action.
You’ll realise one thing when watching them…
…they all share the same set of core skills: conscious control of voice and body language, a logical structure, crystal clear key messages and a wide range of techniques to engage their audience.
Net result: they are all interesting to listen to, keep your attention and leave you with a concrete set of clear messages.
However, at the same time, if you watch other examples of them in action, you’ll quickly realise each speaker has developed their own, consistent personal style. They simply adapt it slightly depending on their audience
Remember: presentation techniques are simply tools. It’s the way you blend them to fit your own personality and target audience that makes for a consistently good presenter.
I hope you find them inspiring and useful!
Features to note
● High degree of interaction with the audience, including an engaging start with questions to ‘trip them up’ and lead into his main theme and light humour
● Dynamic body language: hand gestures to illustrate and add dynamism, planned movement to maintain the audience’s focus and very expressive (but not exaggerated) facial expressions
● ‘Storytelling’: an engaging and well-told anecdote to illustrate his main point
● Voice: engaging and clear, with deliberate and highly effective changes of speed and volume
Features to note:
● Voice: clear, calm and convincing
● Controlled body language: ranging eye contact to engage all the audience and hand gestures to add dynamism to messages
● Clear key messages both at the start and throughout, combining to form a cohesive argument
● Engagement: connects deliberately and regularly with the audience’s expectations, knowledge and experience to keep their attention
Features to note:
● Voice: measured speed created through an excellent use of pausing to control his flow of information to the audience – note also how he slows down to make his key points
● Engagement: regular use of light humour to soften what is a very serious topic
● Body language: dynamic use of hands to emphasise his points and constant, ranging eye contact
● ‘Storytelling’: using numerous personal anecdotes to lead to key points
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