Public Speaking

51 Tweetable Public Speaking Tips

Tweetable Public Speaking Tips

Like so many precious jewels, good advice can also come in small packages.

A growing number of public speaking specialists are turning to the social media site Twitter to offer nuggets of knowledge that can help aspiring orators.

In just 140 characters, they tell us valuable things to make our presentations better.

Here is a compilation of some of the best public speaking advice from
@MelSherwood_, @VoiceExpert, @maidenmuse, @1publicspeaking, @PublicSpeakers, @UofTPS, @ruletheroom, and @LSPR_PSC on twitter. Some of the tweets are my own compilation.

Follow them and others for regular updates and inspiration for making your presentations better.

Advice about content

People can't read and listen to you at the same time so keep your slides simple with powerful images and minimal text. Share on X It's a fact that people Tweet during presentations. Be prepared by including Tweetable sayings on slides (140 characters) and read slowly. Share on X Make sure everything you say during your speech is related to your topic. Even if you tell a joke, it should be related to your speech. Share on X Concentrate on telling at least one good, true story in your speech. Make sure it has good flow and is capable of being referenced again. Share on X Include one good call to action with each public speaking presentation. Do not confuse your audience with too many demands. Share on X Put your Twitter handle on every slide. Make it easy for your audience to share what inspires them. Share on X Keep the type on your slides to a minimum of 30 point type font or larger, and limit words on the slide to 20. Make them listen, not read. Share on X Read your prepared speech out loud to determine in advance if there are awkward phrases or difficult to pronounce words. Share on X Use lists as a convenient way to get key information across and as a technique to help remember things. Share on X If your speech is too short, research and find more good information to fill in the time gap. Another one more relevant story. Share on X Spend 60 percent of your time researching and preparing your content, and 40 percent of your time practicing your delivery. Share on X Present your statistics by relating them to common references in people’s lives. Limit your use of graphs and pie charts. Share on X Add a little humor to lighten the mood for your audience. You don’t need to tell jokes; just be humorous in your observations. Share on X Leave your audience with a highly memorable closing vision or quotation. Repeat it and let it ring through the room. Share on X Include short links “for more information (FMI)” on each slide. People often make notes of that and traffic is high afterwards. Share on X

Advice about delivery

Reframe your public speaking nerves as excitement. Use the adrenaline to give your presentation energy and enthusiasm. Share on X Your body is communicating constantly even though you may not be aware of it - what is your body language saying? Share on X Leave the appropriate distance between you and your audience; don't speak from too far away or too close to them. Share on X It's not enough to get the message to your audience. You must get it INTO them and get the right response OUT of them. Share on X People would rather be entertained than educated. U may need to find ur 'inner performer' to get ur business message across. Share on X To be effective your message must have a clear sequence and a logical flow. Think before you speak. Share on X Try to memorize your remarks if you can prepare your speech in advance. Then perfect your delivery. You can ad lib easier this way. Share on X Don’t fidget. Playing with your hair, chewing on your nails, adjusting your clothing, tapping your pen are all annoying to watch. Share on X Watch famous speeches on video. Study the presenter’s delivery of the speech and watch how the speaker engages their audience. Share on X Avoid using the podium if you can. It creates a barrier between you and the people you are trying to reach with your remarks. Share on X Use a timer to determine the length of your speech. This will help you to edit the speech and stay within the given time. Share on X If you are standing on the stage, move each time you start a new topic. Stay at least five seconds in each position. Share on X Make sure to focus on getting your audience’s attention right from the beginning of your remarks. Use an attention grabber to open. Share on X If you aren’t excited about your topic, you can’t expect your audience to be. Show your enthusiasm right from the start. Share on X Take your time while delivering your speech. Be calm and conversational. Do not rush through on a rapid sprint to the finish line. Share on X Even if the setting is informal, never speak while chewing gum. It distracts your audience. Sip water if you must, but sparingly. Share on X The more often you smile, the more positively your audience will respond to your message. Just do it at the appropriate times. Share on X

Advice about confidence

Love your topic. To be able to speak with confidence, select a topic you are very knowledgeable about and share your insight. Share on X Your voice is a sales & marketing tool. Use it well and it can build your individual & company brand. Speak with purpose. Share on X Find one person who looks nice and trustworthy and focus on them. That takes away the feeling you are addressing a group. Share on X Visit your hairdresser on the day of the speech. Purchase a new article of clothing. Feeling that you look good boosts confidence. Share on X When you get to the podium, take a deep breath and look right at your audience and smile. Practice your pace and breathing. Share on X Be your authentic self. Sincerity is a quality people respect and admire. Your audience will appreciate your honest contact with them. Share on X Dress appropriately for the event and to enhance your image. If you question whether or not something is too informal, it likely is. Share on X Remember that good posture reflects confidence. Stand with your shoulders wide apart and your weight evenly distributed. Share on X Imagine your audience leaping to their feet to give you a standing ovation. This will boost your confidence and help it happen. Share on X

Advice about preparation

Be crystal clear on the objective of your presentation; if you're not clear it won't be clear to your audience either! Share on X Research your audience so that you know who they are, why you are presenting to them and what they are expecting to hear. Share on X if there's a name or word that's difficult to say, please practice the pronunciation prior to your presentation. Share on X Promote your speech in advance using the event hashtag. Do this the day before and the morning of your presentation. Share on X Visit the venue before you give your speech. Checking out the lighting, microphone, and seating arrangements. Stand at the podium. Share on X Try to meet some audience members before you speak. You will be more relaxed if you feel friendly with your audience. Share on X If you are going to use a white board or projector, make sure in advance that you have appropriate cables and that speakers work. Share on X After meeting a client to get specifics on your keynote address, send them a note summarizing the key points to be covered. Share on X Arrive at least half an hour prior to your address to have time to check all the technology and then mingle with your audience. Share on X Trust your technology, but keep printed copies of speech notes in case of a dead battery or theft of your tablet. The show can go on. Share on X

1 Comment

  1. This is a great post Ashish. All the tips are useful and form a practical summary. Definitely going to make use of them, thank you.

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