The Seven Deadly Public Speaking Sins And How To Avoid Them
By Suzen Fromstein, ATM
The Write Connections Inc., Concord, Ontario, Canada
The seven deadly religious sins may keep you out of heaven. The seven deadly public speaking sins will put your audience through hell! -- Michael Cloud
I am a professional speech writer and published author. During the last nine years I have facilitated workshops, delivered speeches and earned my Advanced Toastmaster and Experiential Education speaking credentials. I have also coached many professionals on how to successfully deliver an extraordinary speech.
By carefully analyzing my experience on both sides of the podium, I have learned how speakers triumph or fail. The first step to becoming a top-notch speaker is to be aware of the seven deadly speaking sins, then learn how to avoid them.The first deadly public speaking sin -- failure to practice properly
Some speakers don't practice at all. Others don't practice enough -- since they know what they want to say, they believe their speech will be good enough. It is not very surprising to find their podium performances are lacklustre, boring and confusing.
There are three main reasons many speakers do not take the time to practice properly, if at all:
If you can't afford to practice properly, you can't afford the consequences of performing poorly. If the speech does not warrant serious preparation time, don't deliver it.
Practice doesn't always guarantee success. Practicing the wrong thing is even worse because you could be reinforcing bad habits. How you practice has a direct affect on your delivery.
If failure to practice properly is a sin, where is the redemption? Here are some tips:
Some speeches have no unifying theme or try to cover too many topics and ideas. Others say nothing of value or try to say everything. None of these approaches is effective. The absence of a well-defined message suggests the speaker hasn't cared about the audience enough to think through the speech. Can you afford to have this happen to you?
If the absence of a well-defined theme is the sin, where is the redemption? The perfect theme is the perfect bumper sticker message. More tips: