Time management is an essential skill for any public speaker. It should be part of any communications skills training course. I previously wrote a post about why speakers should stay on time when giving a speech or presentation, and how failing to do so is a sign of disrespect. I encouraged speakers to finish on […]
The next time you have a presentation, see if you can beat the clock. Speak for less than your allotted time.
Preparation is essential if you want to be a good speaker. There is an old public speaking story, attributed to different people, that essentially goes something like this: If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, […]
The Dating Game was a popular TV show in the 1960s and 1970s. The concept was simple. Three contestants tried to win a date with a man or woman by impressing him or her with their answers to question. The contestants were hidden and the person asking the questions knew nothing about them other than the sound […]
Know your speaking rate. Frequently, we have to give a speech within strict time limits. Speech contests are a good example. If a speaker goes over time by even one second, she is disqualified. Other examples include being given a 30-minute slot at a conference or 15 minutes to do an after-dinner speech. Those who speak longer than they should do […]