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Be a Better Speaker: Tips from Carol and Catherine

Written By: Catherine Morgan | Comments Off on Be a Better Speaker: Tips from Carol and Catherine

Engaging Speaker Catherine MorganIt isn’t often that Carol and I post on the same topic around the same time on different blogs – but that is exactly what happened recently.

I suspect that many of you are speaking, or are considering speaking to grow your business. Here on Business Unplugged we strive to give you the information you need to succeed, and here are some of our best tips to look like a pro when you are standing in front of a group.

Since Carol’s name is on the door, let’s look at her tips first:

  1. Memorize concepts, not content.
  2. Chat up audience members before your presentation.
  3. Enhance your visuals and audio.
  4. Flip your mindset to ease your nerves.
  5. Get interactive.

You will want to check out the whole post 5 Easy Ways to Become a Better Public Speaker — Fast on

I’ll see Carol’s tips and raise you five more:

  1. Create clean slides with only the most important points.
  2. Use large fonts people can actually read.
  3. Start and finish strong.
  4. What’s in it for them? Make sure they know!
  5. Deliberately slow down your speech cadence and don’t mumble.

You can see my whole post 5 Easy Speaking Tips to Make You Look Like a Pro on the Made in Chicago Speakers Bureau site.

So that makes 10 tips. If you are just beginning to speak, these are a great start.

If you are an experienced speaker, I’m sure that you will realize that you could be doing one or two things better.

As our friend Barry Moltz says, “Speakers speak.” Go get ‘em!

What other tips would you add? Did any of these strike a chord? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Catherine Morgan is the founder of Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., a virtual provider of coaching services to individuals who are in business or career transition. She specializes in helping entrepreneurs transition to corporate jobs they love. Catherine is the author of the eBook Re-Launch You: Discovering Your Point B and Embracing Possibility. An experienced independent consultant who was employed by three of the former Big Five consulting firms, Catherine speaks frequently on topics related to career transition, small business, productivity, and mental health. She doesn’t take herself seriously, but takes her subject matter very seriously.