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How to Avoid Giving a Bad Speech

Learn how to avoid giving a bad speech from media coach TJ Walker in this Howcast public speaking video.


So what makes a bad speech? Hmm. Really can't remember. Well, when you get right down to it, that in fact is what makes a bad speech. People can't remember anything you said. It's actually very rare that someone is so awful that they completely freeze, panic, faint, flop sweat coming out, complete disaster, the PowerPoint being destroyed. People think that's their potential problem that they have to worry about. But in the real world, that's not that common. Here's what is common. You get up, you give your presentation, your clothes are exactly the way you want them to be. If you're using PowerPoint, the slides progress just as you want to. Everything is smooth. Your hands are moving. Everything went according to plan.

But, if someone went around the room as soon as you finished, and put a thousand dollar bill in front of everyone, and said, "Okay. Bill. Tell me every message you remember from Samantha's presentation." That person would never get to keep the thousand dollars, because they can't remember a thing.

That's the real tragedy of most presentations. Is your audience can't remember anything. It went in one ear and out the other. And what makes them bad, is they're devoid of stories, and examples, and case studies. And if there's PowerPoint, they're not using pictures and images. They're just using text. That's what makes a bad speech a bad speech. It's a boring data dump, and it's a wheel barrow full of facts just thrown on people, and they forget it instantly. That is your number one potential problem as a speaker.

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