9 Habits of Highly Effective Speakers

016_dressI saw this article today from Inc. it has some great insights on speaking. As someone who does a lot of public speaking, I am always trying to learn and improve my skills. I am always looking for tips and tricks. I think one really important aspect is that the topic you are going to present on or speak about needs to be something you have a lot of knowledge of. You must study, research and understand the content. This will bring you the confidence you need to stand in front of an audience and talk about the subject. This is the foundation. Now this will not necessarily make you a good speaker or presenter but it is where you should start. Once you have the content down then you are ready to start honing you presentation and speaking skills. Below are some good resources to get you started.

Here is the article that inspired this post it is worth checking out. 9 Habits of Highly Effective Speakers | Inc.com.

Below is a good slide presentation from 7 Lessons From the World’s Most Captivating Presenters

Here is another good one from Inc 10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say

Another way to improve is to watch/listen to others and learn from them. You should troll Youtube and Ted for more inspirational talks. Also here is a good list of The Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century

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Secrets to giving a presentation like Steve Jobs

Besides being an Apple fan boy, I am big fan of Steve Jobs. One of the many things that I respected about Steve was his power to get people excited. Besides Steves charisma on stage the fact is he was a great presenter.  His presentations drew you in, got you excited along with him he was a master presenter. There was something special about his presentations. There is no doubt that Apples product where innovative, exciting but I big part of made Apple products so great was Steve Jobs.  Steve carried the torch for Apple when he got on stage as well as off and when he launched a product it was magical well at least for the believers. Mac people are Mac The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs people they embrace the Mac culture, race to stand in line to be the first of their friends to buy the latest product. I have been a Mac-thusiast since the early days when I sold them on the retail floor. Even back then before the iPod, iPhone or iPad Apples products where exciting and a big part of it was driven by the passion of founder Steve Jobs. Every time Steve announced a new product people listened. He had a very engaging presence.

Here are some resources on being a great presenter like Steve.

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