Our Annual Employment Seminar has the topic of presentations on my mind this week. Like many of my employment-law colleagues, I do a lot of public speaking. I recently looked back at my speaking schedule for 2011 and was surprised to see that I averaged almost 1 speaking engagement per week. If it was up to me, I’d likely speak even more often but, again, my day job makes that difficult.
Being a good speaker is not easy–even for those of us who love it. It’s a craft and, like any craft, requires lots of practice and continued improvement. One guaranteed way to improve is to watch yourself–nothing shows flaws like a live video recording. A less traumatic way to improve is to watch other speakers. By paying attention to what they do well and what irks you can be a very effective training tool.
Here are two videos to get you started in your studies. The first is an updated version of Don McMillan’s Life After Death by PowerPoint:
And the second is Every Presentation Ever by Habitudes for Communicators:
Here’s hoping your Friday is as enjoyable as these presentations!