How have your Speaking, presentations, presentations, contributions in meetings, conference calls, chats and professional conversations been this year? Did you feel like the keynote speaker you wanted to be? Do you think you had the impact and influence you were looking for?
To stay sharp and learn, of course, you must keep your ears glued to the ground. It means listening and paying attention to other presenters, in your industry and elsewhere. Read books and subscribe to podcasts and blogs that can teach you about presenting successfully. Watch TED Talks and judge for yourself if the people in the red circle not only have something interesting to say (most do), but if they’re good at saying it.
For the past year and all the others, the performance on the speaking stage remains equal, and is sometimes more consistent, than the data delivered.
If you listened to my blog Speak for Success! this year, thank you. Again, some of you were kind enough to share your appreciation for the topics I covered and the suggestions I made.
Every year around this time, when the pumpkins have long been frozen and the branches are bare, I share with readers my most viewed blogs. By that measure at least, the articles below are the ones that you, as readers, have found most useful. If you haven’t read any of these articles yet, I hope you find something useful in the recaps below.
So: my Top 10 Speak for Success! blogs of 2022. The 10th most popular blog is ranked first, followed by a countdown to this year’s winner.
My Most Popular Public Speaking Blogs of 2022
#10 How to overcome your nerves and speak with confidence
Does the nervousness of public speaking bother you? If your problem is too self-centered, learn here how to calm down and relax while changing your negative thoughts. Discover the two qualities that will outweigh a lack of performance skills: passion for your subject and confidence. Confidence will not only help you accept yourself, but it will also assure your audience that you are worth listening to. Find out here how to overcome nerves and speak with confidence every time you are on your feet!
#9 The Power of Silence: How to Effectively Use Pauses in Public Speaking
One of the most powerful tools in your public speaking arsenal isn’t speaking at all, it’s silence. Just like an actor, you can use pauses and silences to great dramatic effect. Pauses are also necessary to let your important information sink in; allow listeners to breathe; as transitions, and more.
#8 How to make the audience love you
Too many speakers have a much stronger relationship with their notes than with their audience. Is that you? If so, you need to change your way of thinking. . . so that the public likes you AND buys what you say. This is one of my 12 ways to achieve presence and charisma as a speaker. When you have a relationship with an audience, you influence how they feel. And that’s always one of your main goals as a motivational speaker.
#7 Body language and presence: how to appropriate a scene
When you watch a great speaker on stage, do you go home and marvel at the slides you saw? Or do you still feel the power of that person’s presence? I bet you’re fully aware – and perhaps a little impressed – with how they owned the scene. In this blog, you’ll learn these three techniques for gaining stage presence in your own speeches and presentations.
#6 10 Simple Ways to Make People More Confident in You
When it comes to career success, it’s not just about public speaking. Interactive skills have a crucial role to play. Your intelligence, your empathy, your concern for people and the attention you give to those you talk to are all factors in successful communication. It is also essential to know how to stay fully focused when talking to others. These might be soft skills, but they’re a great way to understand how to get people to trust you more.
#5 Storytelling in Small Business: How to be excellent at it
If you need to push people when you speak, realize the magic of storytelling. Everyday speakers tend to focus too much on metrics – projections, profit margins, charts, and graphs. Great speakers know how to turn data into an interesting story. And that means it’s about the human rather than just information, especially since it’s about those listeners. Find your true voice to make it happen! Start practicing these six storytelling tips for telling a great corporate story.
#4 Memorize your speech. . . Should you, or shouldn’t you?
It’s an age-old question – and my view may surprise you. Most coaches say you shouldn’t memorize your speech; and I have often given the same advice. But now I’m not so sure. Blame it on the fact that I am an actor. How do actors deliver memorable, dramatic, and emotionally strong material? They memorize the script, word for word. So, it’s not memorization that’s necessarily the problem in a poorly delivered speech, it’s performance. Your speaking skills, like that of an actor, means you must know how to bring your material to life for the audience.
#3 The one tendency that will make you a better speaker
How do you know the audience hears what you say? To answer that question, you need to ask yourself another: “Is my voice engaging enough to keep listeners tuned in?” Because if it doesn’t, they won’t. Just as variety is the spice of life, vocal coloring is what makes the sound coming out of your mouth enjoyable and interesting to listen to. A speaker can have the best information in the world but make it all dull. . . and many do! Here’s how to keep the audience with you every step of the way.
#2 How to Write a Speech for a Great Performance
To make an impact on listeners, you need to be good at presenting your ideas. I’m not talking about talking points. I mean your ability to lay out your full thought in a logical and powerful way and then convey it strongly to others. If this sounds like the way to prepare and execute an effective speech or presentation, you’re right. That’s what this blog helps you do, first in the preparation phase and then during a dynamic performance.
#1 Top 5 Reasons Public Speaking Matters
This piece asks the simple but vital question: “What makes public speaking important?” We’re all busy on social media, usually for more hours each day than we care to admit. Yet, of all the transformational skills you can learn to succeed in business, public speaking still tops the list. This blog, my most popular of 2022, outlines the top five reasons to make public speaking a bigger part of developing your skills. And maybe also a little surprise because you will find out why it helps your organization as well as you personally.