The Public Speaking Royal Flush

royal-flushRecently I had a go at poker. In the game of poker a royal flush is the highest ranking standard poker hand.

So I thought why couldn’t we have our own public speaking royal flush? It would be great to have your own highest ranking standards that would help you to win.

The Ten:

The ten represents the outcome, fulfillment, attainment and completion. What do you want your audience to achieve from your presentation? What is your take home message for them? Keep this in mind when putting together your presentation so that you don’t end up wandering all over the place and having your audience not knowing what it is you’re talking about.

The Jack:

The French representation of the Jack is the Warrior or hero. You can be the hero of your presentation by understanding your audience; who they are, where do they come from, what do they do and what do they already know? By thinking about your audience you can tailor your presentation to suit them.

The Queen:

When ever I see the Queen of hearts I instantly think of Alice in Wonderland “Off with his head.” This was a Queen not afraid to show her emotions, and when you’re presenting you shouldn’t be scared to show your emotions either. If you’re talking about something confusing, look confused, if you’re talking about something happy, look happy. Being able to portray your emotions during a presentation will help people relate to you more easily.

The King:

The King is the ruler and you must rule the stage. When moving around the stage move with purpose, don’t wander around as this can be very distracting to your audience. If you’re making an important point, step towards the audience, this will command attention. Own the stage.

The Ace:

In some countries the Ace is the highest ranking card and you must ensure that your presentations are of the highest standard that you can give. Don’t think you can wing your presentations or put little thought or effort into them. Would you like to attend a presentation that looked and felt like it had been put together half an hour before the presenter came on stage? Remember your audience deserves the best that you can give them.

A public speaking royal flush will help you to win by keeping you to your highest standards.

Keep speaking – Carrol

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