How to Deliver a Powerful Talk
- Speak from your heart instead of reading your speech. Keep eye contact with your audience – do not talk to your notes, slides, or whiteboard. Talk loud enough that people at the back can hear you. Be sincere and authentic. Be energetic, enthusiastic, relaxed, and smile.
- Be gracious to have an opportunity to address the audience. Greet the audience and the organiser.
- Have a powerful introduction.
- Connect with your audience. Tune in and manage the energy of the audience.
- Watch for body language, are people yawning, playing with their mobiles, or listening attentively.
- Use appropriate jokes, relax your audience, and have fun.
- Pause and change the tone and volume of your voice when making important points – silence is good.
- Do not preach, repeat, pontificate, go on, or be dogmatic.
- Use a variety of strategies to build trust and to connect with your audience emotionally, intellectually and spiritually – stories, questions, jokes, wisdom, emotions, and examples.
- End with a powerful conclusion. Summarise key points. Leave the audience with practical steps, the way forward, strong and memorable impression.