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Miscellaneous Tips, 140 Characters or Less

  • You're on the minute you walk into the building. The person you're gruff or abrupt with could be the person who gives your introduction.
  • "Winging it" disrespects the audience. If you couldn't bother to take the time to prepare, why should they bother to pay attention?—@LisaBraithwaite
  • At a conference, be friendly and helpful to everyone before/after your session. They'll remember that as much as they remember your talk.
  • Ask people to email you for a copy of the slide deck. It's a great way to track the number of people interested in your topic.
  • Asking people for their email is also a great way to gather names for your enewsletter. Just be sure you ask if you can send it first.
  • Practice vocal variety by reading aloud. Children's books, newspapers, poetry, and comedy dialogue help you work on pitch, pace, tone, and volume.—@LisaBraithwaite
  • Have a central idea to come back to if you get on a tangent. It should be something to make it seamless while you find your thoughts.—@that_girl_lola
  • Start fast, especially online (e.g., webinar). Attention spans are shorter than ever.—@1080group
  • Don't give a speech. Talk to your audience and add at least some element of discussion to it. —@GloriaBell
  • We all have butterflies before we speak. Train yours to fly in formation, so the energy expends with purpose. —@IkePigott
  • Before you start, drink something that gives you something in your stomach. —@CoxyMoney
  • Use Tweetwall for Twitter comments and Q&A. —@CoxyMoney
  • Make a friend (or four) in the audience by using them as repeated points of eye contact. Smile within the first 30 seconds. —@GrindTheMusical
  • Keep your visual aids as free of words as possible. Use blank slides between photo slides often, so they're looking at you, not the screen. —@GrindTheMusical
  • All the books, blogs, and trainings in the world don't mean a thing if you don't apply your learning. Make opportunities—get out and speak! —@LisaBraithwaite
  • Q&A your ass off. —@CoxyMoney
  • Put your closing AFTER the Q&A. The last thing the audience will hear is your final message, not a random or irrelevant question from the crowd. —@LisaBraithwaite
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