I spend a lot of time in front of an audience. Itâ€™s a major source of my income, and if I suck at it, my bank account will feel it.
Since Iâ€™m rather fond of my bank account, I try to listen to others who do public speaking, and pick up doâ€™s and donâ€™ts from them. Itâ€™s mostly donâ€™ts, Iâ€™m afraid, especially from politicians. Our generation has very few good public speakers, and no genuine orators of consequence as far as I know.
The worst things I see are tics that speakers fall into. They annoy the heck out of me, and probably you too. I try to observe and remember those annoyances, so that I can avoid them in my own delivery.
Here, then are the top five things I notice in public speakers that grate on my nerves. Any of you that need to get in front of a group should try hard to avoid having a single one of these tics even one time in your presentation.
Very good advice, if you do any public speaking. Read the whole thing and take it to heart, especially if there is any chance I’ll find myself listening to you some day.