3 Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes to Avoid

I am not a big believer in following rules in public speaking. You know we've all heard them: do this, say that, walk this way, don't go that way. I just don't think they're that critical.

Instead, I want to share with you the three biggest mistakes that will kill your presentation every time you're on stage or on video.

Of course I've made them, just like everybody else has. But if you get these three mistakes under control, you will be a much better public speaker. 

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

Mistake #1: Focusing on the wrong things.

Have you ever entertained these thoughts about your audience: what do they think of me? What if they think I'm a fraud? What if they think I don't know my stuff? What if they don't like me?

These thoughts seem very harmless, after all, they're just in your head. But while you're spending your mental energy focusing on all of those questions, you are not focused on your...

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5 Must-Know Public Speaking Tips for Non-Native English Speakers

Public speaking is pretty tough for most people. Wouldn't you agree?

Now let's add another level of complexity. What if English isn't your first language? What if you have an accent like me?

I came to the United States more than two decades ago with okay English, and while my English has improved, my accent has remained pretty much the same. Now, don't take this the wrong way, I like my accent, but it definitely makes me harder to understand.

So, how do you become a better public speaker when English isn't your native tongue?

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

Tip #1: Speak slowly.

This is the biggest advice I can give you. It's very hard for me as well.

In my native tongue I'm a very, very fast speaker. I had to slow myself down quite a bit when I came to the United States because I realized there's just no way anybody can understand me when I'm speaking very fast, swallowing half of the words and not pronouncing the...

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The Major Mindset Shift You Must Adopt to Become a Great Public Speaker

Can you guess what the biggest mindset block in public speaking is?

If you're like most people, you're either afraid of public speaking or you're not particularly enjoying it. And nine out of ten times, it's because of a very specific mindset block.

Are you ready?

The audience is out there to judge and criticize me.

Have you experienced this? Be honest.

I sure felt this many, many times. And this thought kept on haunting me until I finally implemented a powerful but very simple mindset shift that changed things around for me. 

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

About 20 years ago, I watched a movie called The Mirror Has Two Faces with Barbra Streisand. And in it, Barbra Streisand's character is this middle aged, unattractive spinster, while the mother, who is very attractive still, is being asked on dates.

At some point, her mother asks her, “How can I go out on dates when you're sitting at home unmarried...

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How to Be a Great Public Speaker When You Are an Introvert

Can you be a great public speaker if you are an introvert?

Let's see: crowds drain us, we hate being the center of attention, we absolutely prefer meaningful conversation with one or two people over small talk with many, and we crave alone time.

This does not sound like the definition of a public speaker, does it?

Wrong. It all depends on how you take what's perceived as your weaknesses and transform them into your strengths. This is what we're diving into today.

If you prefer audio only, you can listen to the full episode on my podcast below or on iTunes.

There are a lot of misconceptions floating around about what an introvert is or isn't like. The perception is that we are these shy, antisocial hermits, and hence cannot be good at public speaking.

Well let's take a look at the characteristics of introverts.

Crowds of people drain our internal batteries, we are particularly uncomfortable with people we don't know, and we hate being the center of attention.

That's a tough one,...

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How to Face an Unexpected Problem or a Difficult Situation

In business and in life things happen sometimes, and very often, things happen without any warning. One moment, everything is great and the next moment, you fall down, figuratively or literally. How you handle those falls defines who you are as an entrepreneur and as a human being, and also impacts your business and your life in a very profound way.

So today, I will share with you my three-step system to handle anything that life throws at you gracefully and efficiently.

Step Number One: Smile.

I know, it makes absolutely no sense, but please bear with me.

When I was a teenager, I read an article which said that a smile is the antidote to anything bad that life throws at you. And I figured, hey, it doesn't hurt to try. And I tried.

The next time something happened, which was relatively minor, I think I fell down or something, the first thing I did before I even got up was smile. I even laughed at myself. And you know what? It made me feel so much better. It made me feel so much...

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Tips for appearing on live TV

Last week, I posted a question in my Brilliant Speaker's Club Facebook group. The question was: would you rather speak on stage in front of 100 people or speak on live TV at a studio? The response, overwhelmingly, was on stage in front of 100 people. Well today, we are going to talk about my personal experience speaking on live TV in the studio, when I was invited for a small morning segment to Fox 26 Morning News.

As some of you may know, I own Nutty Scientists of Houston which is all about inspiring kids to fall in love with science. So here, locally, I'm known as Professor Proton, and our company does all kinds of things. We do enrichment programs all over Houston, we also have a brick and mortar location where we do birthday parties and camps.

About a year and a half ago, I was invited to speak at Fox 26 morning news. It was right around Valentine's Day and so myself and an owner of another location of Nutty Scientist were asked to present some fun science experiments on live...

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