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Public Speaking Goal-Setting

Go ahead and rate your public speaking and presentation skills on a scale of 0 to 10 (where 0 means you are absolutely horrible, and 10 means you are a perfect presenter).

After you've done this, set a goal for yourself 3 months and 6 months from now. In other words, on the scale of 0 to 10, what number would you like to be at 3 months (and 6 months) from now?

The numbers themselves are arbitrary. They don't really matter. In fact, the whole point of this exercise is to try and give you a measurable (but subjective) goal that you can make progress towards.

Albert Einsten said, "Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving". Set a public speaking and presentation skills goal for yourself, and keep moving towards it.

Improving Your Presentation Skills

Want to improve your presentation skills?
Here's how: Read as much as you can. Read all the great books on presentation skills, public speaking and communication skills. Go ahead, here's a list of books for you to choose from: Click here. Read this blog. Subscribe to it.

And then, when you come across a great public speaking or presentation skills idea, write it down on a note card. Try out the idea during your next presentation.

Persuasion Skills Principle

Here's a valuable Persuasion Skills Principle: Do someone a favor before you ask for a favor. The Law of Reciprocation states that people are likely to return favors, so first do something for your prospect before you ask him/her to do something for you.
  • Give something away for free to your clients. They'll remember you for it. They'll like you. They'll do more business with you. They'll refer more clients to you.

Presentations & Speeches: They're Not About You

Presentations and Speeches. They're not about you.
Really. No one cares about you.
Unless you're a celebrity.
It's all about what the audience takes away from your message. So, when preparing your presentation or speech, keep this in mind, "How can my message help my listeners?" 
If you want to engage, entertain and educate your audience, then try and relate your story and your message to your listeners lives.