Snakes? Fine. Spiders? No problem. Public speaking? Ohhhh... no!
Just thinking about public speaking—routinely described as one of the greatest (and most common) fears—can make your palms sweat. As we have seen in our previous article "How to make presentations less stressful", there are many ways to tackle this anxiety and learn to deliver a memorable speech. One of the best advice you can have is to prepare, prepare and prepare again.
But what is a good preparation to public speaking?
Except practice in front of your mirror, you might not be able to find other ways. Even if, actually, there are many techniques. Few years back, I have met Mark Robinson, Senior Consultant in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) during a local TEDx event. His performance was absolutely outstanding and the audience was delighted. Since that day, he has created his company Mark Robinson Training and he continues to share his knowledge and experience in many conferences and events.
“How to present to keep your audience’s attention” is a question that Mark knows how to answer.
He has gone from believing that it was impossible for him to speak in public to someone who gets great reviews whenever he speaks at conferences. The city of Eindhoven is full of engineers giving technical presentations every day. Being an engineer himself, Mark has experienced a few too many boring presentations. Presentation skills are learnable, Mark himself is proof of that. In this talk Mark explains his journey, shares his best tips, shows how not to present and tells us why it is so important to captivate your audience.
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