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A lesson from Barack Obama

January 24, 2009


Many of you would have watched as Barack Obama was sworn in as the President of the United States this week.

Many of you would have seen this eloquent man, who has given numerous speeches in the past, stumble and forget the words presented to him. But did you notice how he handled the situation?

Barack stood there confident and poised and waited for his line to be presented to him again.

Even the most confident of speakers can have a moment or two where their mind goes blank. How you deal with this when it happens will make all the difference.

The secret is to be confident in your self.

If you need to look at your notes then go ahead, you may also want to pause slightly longer than normal to gather your thoughts together. (see last weeks blog on pausing). Think about what you’ve been talking about and what you’d like to say next, have a sip of water if you need to extend the time slightly and then continue on.  

Watching other speakers, such as Obama, can help with those vital lessons on how to become a better speaker.

Keep speaking – Carrol

Should I use notes?

December 7, 2008

notesThere’s always a debate as to whether you should use notes or not. For me, it depends on how long my presentation is going to be.

If I’m speaking for longer than an hour, I like to have a brief outline of what I will be covering, I don’t have everything written out word for word, just a few dot points on one single note card.

When you’re speaking you want to convey confidence, enthusiasm and sincerity and this can be achieved more easily if you aren’t relying on notes.

You can make eye contact more easily with your audience if you don’t have notes and it also avoids the problem of what to do with your notes if you do decide to use them and there’s no lectern.

If you do need to use notes, look at them occasionally to refresh your memory don’t read from them as if you were reading a story. Think about what would happen if you have your notes written out word for word and you lose your place during your presentation.

Keep your notes brief, dot points are a great idea.

For your next presentation, try not to use any notes.

Keep speaking – Carrol