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#008: How to Succeed at Failing in Public Speaking

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On this episode of the UnPodcast, we discuss what I do for a living — speaking. We go over common misconceptions that people have about what it takes to be a speaker and what goes into a good presentation. We also talk about mistakes speakers make and how they can be avoided.

You cannot walk on stage without the confidence that says, “I am the right person to be standing here right now.”

Other topics include:

  • How speaking is a way to position yourself as an authority
  • The difference between speakers and experts who speak
  • How speaking can hurt your brand
  • Why you shouldn’t use the “urinal position” when speaking
  • Why the presentation software you use doesn’t matter
  • Some of the biggest mistakes I see made in presentations
  • How many bullet points are too many
  • How room size makes a difference with the presentation you create
  • What you should never do in a presentation
  • What you should do when something goes wrong in your presentation
  • How to be relaxed when public speaking
  • How to break bad speaking habits
  • Why people hire speakers and how to best promote yourself as a speaker
  • When a standing ovation isn’t really a standing ovation
  • And so much more. . .

    Beware of those who give you feedback when you don’t ask for it. [Tweet this]

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    Items mentioned in this episode

  • Sevenly
  • Sheridan College
  • Associates Not Pleased with Memo on Presentation Tips for Women
    Video provided by: AtomicSpark
    Audio recorded by: Wayne Cochrane Sound