Tips From Lady T
The woman behind top TED speaker Sir Ken Robinson shares secrets of speaking success
Thérèse, aka; Lady Robinson is the PR and event’s guru who helped her husband; top TED speaker Sir Ken Robinson, catapult his career.
Indeed her latest novel, Letter from Paris, is a tale of love and career transformation where her heroine, India Butler delivers the speech of her life.
So with many hoping for a pay rise at the end of the financial year, Thérèse shares her top tips on preparing a speech, overcoming stage fright and keeping an audience in the palm of your hand:
“If the idea of giving a speech or making a presentation leaves you quaking, take consolation from the fact that even the world’s most charismatic professional speakers fight through a degree of nervousness. It lessens with practice, but never completely disappears. You have a message to convey and you want to make it impactful and entertaining. How do you conquer your fear and hold your audience?”
6 Tips for Giving a Talk
- Find out as much as you can about your audience. Why will they be listening? What can you do to really connect with them? What stories can you share that will illustrate your message? Start writing your speech with a story that will engage the room. Make it personal, or at your own expense, or make it powerful or emotional, funny or light but you always need to tell a story.
- Write your speech so that it has three distinct sections – a clear introduction, middle and end. A brilliant way to end your speech is to link back to your opening story.
- We all know how tedious it can be when a speaker reads from a script and makes no effort to connect with their audience. Avoid this by knowing your material so fully you could give the speech blindfolded. Write headings on note-cards so that if you do lose your train of thought you can look down at them to remember where you were.
- Tape-record your talk and listen to it critically. Be aware of any ‘ ticks’ you may have developed – the common ones are ‘ er ‘ or ‘ ya know’ or ‘so you see…’ Is your voice squeaky and high-pitched? Are you speaking too quickly? Try again… and again… until your confidence grows.
- Time your speech so that you know you have enough material.
- Finally take a deep breath and go out there and do your very best. Be determined to enjoy the connection with your audience and believe me, if you’ve done your homework thoroughly you will be just fine. Better than that, you’ll be great. You will. I promise, you really will.