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Practice Makes Perfect for a Professional Speaker


For a professional speaker, practice makes perfect

When it comes to being a professional speaker, practice makes perfect.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

There are many things that could go wrong with a speech. Take the time to practice your speech with friends or family beforehand, and ask them to look out for the following errors.

Excessive Use of Notes

Great orators are able to stand in front of thousands and just speak; they have a natural rhythm and their narrative is inevitably engaging. However, we are not all great orators; sometimes we just need a little helping hand in the middle of our speech. There is nothing wrong with using notes; they can be essential in keeping you on track. However, it is important to avoid slipping into simply reading your notes to the audience. If you do that, you will sound wooden, and spend all of your time looking at the notes instead of the audience. Practice your speech and you will begin to use your notes as guides, rather than as a script.

Visual Aid Out of Sync

Many people realize midway through their speech that they have failed to keep their PowerPoint presentation up to speed. There then ensues a frantic display of clicking as the speaker tries to catch up. This looks unprofessional and does little to benefit your speech. Practicing beforehand allows you to know what each slide is saying, so you are far less likely to slip up by failing to click.


It is vital that you project your voice and avoid the temptation to mumble. Try getting your family to sit in another room whilst you practice your speech. Speak slowly and clearly, and try to ensure that they are able to relay what you are saying back to you. Perfect your flow and your speech will be a success.

Make sure that your audience is not the first people to hear your speech in full; practice makes perfect.

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Empathize and Become a Top Key Note Speaker

A top keynote speaker empathizes with their audience

A top keynote speaker empathizes to engage their audience.

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All too often, a keynote speaker fails completely to engage with their audience. Rather than presenting the information in a way that the audience members will respond to, they seem to drone on in a slightly self-indulgent manner. Avoid falling into the same trap by taking these tips.

Research Your Audience

It is no coincidence that a good comedian seems to push the right buttons to make an audience laugh, no matter where they are giving their performance. A comedian will spend a lot of time researching their potential audience, looking for rivalries that he can talk about, thinking about recent occurrences that they are likely to know about and so forth. They do this so that the audience can involve themselves in the performance; they engage because the comedian is talking about things that they can relate to. The same can be said for any other speaker. A person who takes the time to research their audience will find that they can integrate certain things into their speech, and so ensure that the audience doesn’t switch off.

Put Yourself in Their Shoes

We’ve all been in the audience before, so we know what really irritates us about speeches. When you are preparing your presentation, just think about how your speech will come across to others, or how you would feel to be on the end of it. If you feel as though you would fail to engage with the speech, change it!

Make sure your speech packs a punch by empathizing with your audience.

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Speaking Tips for Convention Speakers

As a convention speaker it is important to study your audience and choose the right approach.

 Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being, and Peak Human Performance.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Knowing your strengths and weakness will come in handy for convention speakers. It is a key in interacting with the audience at a level they can relate. Knowing what you are good at can help you put your message across better. When, as an individual, you, for example, are humorous, you can take advantage of that and make casual jokes here and there to lighten up a tough audience. This is a great advantage for convention speakers.

Sometimes you have a great life story that can help people relate to you better; use all things to interact better with your audience.

Be an Act

As a speaker, there is a higher degree of performing involved in the speech. It is more of a performance, though it generally relates to people’s business situations. As a result, think of yourself as an actor and try to build a personality as you speak. This allows you to bring yourself out to the audience. Think of it as costume party, except that people are only watching you.

Smile at the audience. This sends out a signal that you are open and are actually happy in that moment. This can loosen up many people in the audience and help you in delivering your message.

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What it Takes to be a Professional Speaker

The question is not whether you want to be a professional speaker or not. The questions you need to ask yourself is whether you have what it takes to be a professional speaker

The question is not so much whether you want to be a professional speaker. The question is whether you have what it takes to be one.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being, and Peak Human Performance.

What is a Professional Speaker?

A professional speaker is a person who might not have all the information, but one thing they do best is to connect with the audience. It is essential for the speaker to be passionate about the topic he or she is presenting. The audience can sense if its rote knowledge or knowledge from the heart. It can be boring to listen to someone who is just reciting facts.

What it Takes

The message that is presented needs to be as simple as possible. There is no need to use complicated words that can confuse the audience. This way the message is easily understood and people can identify with it. A professional speaker needs to know how to determine the mood of the audience. It is an essential attribute to have. This can be done by interacting with the audience.

A speaker needs to be excited when presenting the topic. This is shown through his or her physical energy on stage. It’s not appealing to the audience to watch someone who is stagnant on stage. A qualified speaker needs to love what he or she does and love interacting with the people in the audience. If you can accomplish these goals, this can open up many other speaking opportunities for the professional speaker.

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Five Techniques from Convention Speakers to Better Your Speeches

Convention speakers have a lot to teach but it's best to go up to a mic and practice your own techniques. Develop your own style to capture the eyes and ears of your audience.

Convention speakers have a lot to teach but it’s best to go up to a mic and practice your own techniques. Develop your own style to capture the eyes and ears of your audience.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

Convention speakers really capture their audience with what they’re saying. Is it their vocabulary? Maybe the way they dress? Perhaps it’s simply because they’re good looking? Convention speakers have their own techniques for getting the crowd’s attention and making them believe what they say. Public speaking is an art and should be treated as such. Learning how to woo a crowd takes years of experience, but here’s a few things to get you started:

  1. Project your voice: There are probably a lot of people attending your speech – your crowd. You won’t always have a microphone, so it’s important that you project your voice all the way to the back so that everyone is on the same page.
  2. Speak clearly: They can’t just hear you; they have to understand you, as well. Don’t slur; proper diction is important when you want to get your point across.
  3. Emphasize key words: This is to show importance in that term. Emphasizing key words is a technique for getting the crowd to remember the idea of your speech.
  4. Explore the stage: Staring at one spot for the whole duration of a speech is boring and members of the crowd might be tempted to look away after a while. Move around so their eyes have something to track.
  5. Move your hands: Make expressions that go along with what you say. It catches attention and keeps the crowd interested in you.

Becoming a great public speaker doesn’t happen over night, so it’s good to grab all the opportunities you can get to practice before a real audience and accumulate experience. Before you know it, these techniques will become natural and you’ll be just as charismatic as other convention speakers.

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