Four Amazing Tips To Turn You Into A Powerful Public Speaker

Although it may be one of your biggest fears – it’s up there with death on peoples’ top five list of fears – public speaking is most likely going to be a part of your life at some point, so trying to avoid it and wheedle your way out of every opportunity to speak in front of more than two people just isn’t an option, or not a good one in any case. Instead, wouldn’t you rather be able to make public speaking into one of your skills – something to proudly show off on a CV, and wow your co-workers with during presentations? Spreading your ideas is easiest when you’re talking to people in person so that they can see your passion and interest firsthand, so making every single speech impactful with these four tips can help to shape your image and spread whatever message you need to get across.

1. Be Unselfish

“While one way of psyching yourself up before the ‘big speech’ might be to convince yourself that you’re an expert and everyone listening to you is just an idiot in their underwear (a commonly suggested thought process), this is terrible in practice.” Joe Worrell, a speaker at Writemyx.com and Nextcoursework.com, advises. “Your audience will feel alienated and be able to instantly notice your high and mighty status, whether that be through your body language or any complex terms which you use but don’t explain. To be as down-to-earth and accessible as possible, make sure that you speak in layman’s terms or explain complex concepts and terminology, and match your attitude and tone to the audience and situation.” A speech that works wonders for high school students, for example, won’t be accepted that easily by your co-workers and could be seen as condescending, while the vice versa situation may leave the students bored and confused. Don’t just think about yourself – consider your audience while planning any speech.

2. Use Powerpoint Properly

Media can be a brilliant asset to any speech or presentation – when used correctly. If it’s overused or relied on, your audience will become disinterested, and often assume that you have no actual passion for your topic. Someone reading off a computer screen in a monotone isn’t usually that convincing, but if you stand out in front of the media and only use it as a prompt, you’ll look a lot more passionate and knowledgeable. Also, your audience members won’t know every single line of your script if it isn’t on your powerpoint, so you’ll be able to keep the element of surprise and ‘planned spontaneity’ which make speeches so humanizing and relatable.

3. Mix Stories & Stats

Anecdotes can make an audience sympathize or empathize with you and understand your viewpoint. Statistics convince an audience and make them believe what you’re saying. “Both accurate stats and personal stories need to be used in equal measures to keep an audience engaged and convinced,” Natasha Hyde, a writer at Britstudent.com and Australia2write.com, says, “so don’t flood your speeches with stats and make them sound like one long financial report, but also don’t make them sound too much like old wives’ tales that you’d share with the family. Finding that balance, along with original content to keep the speech moving and flowing well, is the secret to crafting amazing speeches that will win over your audiences.”

4. Passion

There’s a simple rule you should always keep in mind while speaking publicly: if you’re bored, then so is the audience. You shouldn’t be making a speech about something that you’re not passionate about, and, if you are, you can expect it to be boring and lackluster – for certain business aspects of work, like presentations and meetings, this may be the norm. Still, if you’re speaking to an audience that you care about, with a message that you care about, then you’ll need to do more than read out notes and flick through a powerpoint. Throw yourself into your content and perform. Hand gestures and proper inflections in speech are useful markers for passionate speaking, but the best way to tell is to ask yourself if you want to be up in front of your audience, speaking to them. The answer might be a very, very quiet ‘yes,’ squashed by all your fears and doubts, but if it’s a definite ‘no,’ then passion might not be possible for you to grasp, and your speeches will suffer as a result.

eSpeakers guest blogger, Katrina Hatchett blogs about lifestyle at Academic Brits, and also enjoys working for Origin Writings as a valued member of the writing team. She is also involved in numerous business projects since one of her passions in life is identifying project problems and their solutions, which aren’t always that simple. Still, they do give her the satisfaction of problem-solving time and time again. Her main goal is to improve the effectiveness of everyone’s communication around the world, and one of the small ways by which she contributes to this goal is by writing for the Ph.D. Kingdom blog.

ICCA and eSpeakers.com collaborate on sharing top-quality educational content

7 August 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands — ICCA is further strengthening its position as the global knowledge hub for international association meetings and attracting high-quality speakers to their events by partnering with eSpeakers, the leading online source of professional speakers for international meeting organizers.

Made up of a number of initiatives, this new collaboration will allow the International Congress and Convention Association to diversify and expand the educational possibilities available to its members at annual ICCA events and online via the ICCA Knowledge Hub, through access to eSpeakers’ expansive and diverse community of thought leaders and subject matter experts. 

eSpeakers will use their community’s resources to sponsor speakers for ICCA’s annual Congress and Association Meetings Programme, and in addition create a branded directory of ICCA faculty members within their Marketplace, the largest directory of professional speakers available on the web. Designed to help meetings professionals to hire speakers directly through the eSpeakers platform, event planners can use the directory to find and filter appropriate speakers by subject, budget, language and other customizable criteria.

“This partnership has been born out of our desire to continue to provide top-quality, high-end educational content to our global membership, the leading suppliers to the international meetings industry. When our members attend ICCA events, they expect high-quality speakers and unique education sessions that keep them up-to-date with the latest developments in the constantly-evolving and expanding international association meetings industry – the kind of education they would not receive at any other industry meeting,” said Senthil Gopinath, Chief Executive Officer, ICCA

“Collaborating with eSpeakers allows us to rise to this challenge. By providing us with access to a broader range of subject matter experts and speakers, we will be able to persist with tailoring our educational offerings to our members’ expectations and address the meetings industry’s hardest-hitting topics.”

ICCA and eSpeakers collaboration on educational content at ICCA events will also enhance ICCA’s online channels as part of this new partnership, with speakers on various topics appearing alongside relevant expert content in ICCA’s Knowledge Hub.

Gopinath added: “As part of ICCA’s mission to be the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry, we are developing our online Knowledge Hub to unlock the expertise of our global community of meeting suppliers and association meeting planners. This online platform currently offers expert blog posts and white papers on specialized association meeting topics, and this new collaboration with eSpeakers allows us to expand the resources available by adding links to relevant ICCA verified expert-speakers while offering a new platform for ICCA members to share their expertise.”

In addition, this new partnership makes ICCA Members eligible to be listed in eSpeakers’ ICCA-branded directory on the eSpeakers Marketplace. This opportunity offers the global meetings industry trade association’s member-suppliers an official platform to be hired as professional speakers according to their topic of expertise and also allows eSpeakers access to the renowned expertise of ICCA’s global membership. ICCA will, therefore, provide eSpeakers with the world’s best range of subject matter experts in all fields related to international meetings, whose expertise is verified by ICCA’s stringent speaker guidelines.

“We’re excited to be partnering with ICCA by rolling out this new education platform and providing a worldwide directory of subject matter experts and speakers that will be perfect for their meetings. We know that hiring the right speaker for an audience can be an important key to the success of the meeting.” Joseph Heaps, Chief Marketing Officer for eSpeakers

Joanne Joham, Regional Director North America, ICCA said: “We are so proud to have eSpeakers join the North America Chapter of ICCA and are convinced that this relationship will benefit all ICCA Members and enhance the educational offerings of ICCA on a global basis.”

The first speaker to join an ICCA event through eSpeakers’ and ICCA’s new partnership will be Scott Parazynski, former NASA astronaut and the first man to have both flown in space and reached the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. Parazynski will be speaking at the 58th ICCA Congress, which is taking place in Houston, U.S.A. from 27-30 October 2019.

To find out more about the 58th ICCA Congress, please visit www.congress2019.iccaworld.org

About ICCA

The global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry

ICCA (The International Congress and Convention Association) represents the world’s leading suppliers in handling, transporting and accommodating international meetings and events, and now comprises over 1,100-member companies and organizations in almost 100 countries worldwide. ICCA has specialized in the international association meetings sector since its establishment 55 years ago, offering unrivaled data, communication channels, and business development opportunities.

ICCA members represent the top destinations worldwide and the most experienced specialist, suppliers. International meeting planners can rely on the ICCA network to find solutions for all their event objectives, such as venue selection; technical and strategic advice; assistance with delegate transportation; full convention planning or ad hoc services.

For more information, please contact:

Rebecca Hogg, Marketing & Content Executive,Rebecca.h@iccaworld.org+31 20 398 1912

About eSpeakers

Where The Speaking Industry Does Business On The Web.

eSpeakers.com is a 20-year-old technology and marketing company providing the speaking industry with the tools to do business online. eSpeakers has the largest directory of professional presenters available online and believes that the right speaker in front of the right audience can bring real change. eSpeakers Marketplace is the spot where people who hire speakers access a huge catalog of the best speakers in the world, find the perfect match for their event, connect with the speaker, and hire them — all in a safe environment that takes the risk out of such a significant investment.

Joseph Heaps, Chief Marketing Officer, jheaps@espeakers.com,+1 888-377-3214


eSpeakers TV with Terry Brock CSP, CPAE, and recent Cavett Award recipient is now available

In this episode of eSpeakers TV, Terry Brock CSP, CPAE, and recent Cavett Award recipient will join our host Alan Stevens, FPSA PSA, PSA Founder’s Award recipient, and Joseph Heaps from eSpeakers to share some valuable insights about receiving the distinguished Cavett award. Terry shares success principles he’s collected from his many years as a speaker, his global perspective on the business of speaking, and how receiving the Cavett award has impacted him.

Terry’s presentations have been impacting audiences around the world for years. Hire Terry to speak at your next event, you can find him on eSpeakers Marketplace.

Click here to watch the interview with Terry Brock CSP, CPAE, and recent Cavett Award recipient.

eSpeakers TV with Patricia Fripp CSP, CPAE is now available

In this episode of eSpeakers TV, Patricia joins our host Terry Brock CSP, CPAE, and producer Gina Carr to share some valuable industry tips. Patricia shares success principles she’s collected from her many years as a speaker, her perspective on the business of speaking, and how eSpeakers has been instrumental in her success.

Patricia is one of the few professional speakers who can transform the presentation skills of others. She is an executive speech coach and sales presentation skills trainer. Hire Patricia to speak at your next event, you can find her on eSpeakers Marketplace.

Click here to watch the interview with Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE

Some Things Are Just Better Together!

eSpeakers and karmaSpeaker CRM Partner to Create First Event Management CRM Built for Professional Speakers

Introducing the first all-in-one system for professional speakers. The pairing of the leading event automation platform from eSpeakers and the only CRM designed for professional speakers from karmaSpeaker creates a powerful solution for the industry.

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Pay for an annual PLUS or PRO membership at regular price before December 20, 2017, and gift the same to a fellow speaker of your choice at no charge.

That’s all there is to it! We’ll send them a nice holiday email letting them know about their gift and include a personal note from you.

Give the gift of eSpeakers for Christmas!

eSpeakers Marketplace Featured Speaker: Doug Lipp is today’s featured speaker! View Doug’s profile and hire him to speak at your next event. https://www.espeakers.com/marketplace/v3#/profile/3443

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