Then here is some advice from Patricia Fripp, THE Executive Speech Coach
Never waste your audience’s time with trivialities. I heard a speaker addressing a San Francisco audience. He started with how nice it was to be there, how great the weather was, and how he loves our restaurants. Who cares? I didn’t race across town to hear him talk about weather and restaurants.
Your first move can set you up for success–or failure. Chess champions know this and so do top speakers. These champions didn’t become experts overnight. They read books, studied the grand masters, and learned what moves to make. Things the average chess player or speaker wouldn’t know to do, but can recognize in the presence of a master. Study the masters as you evolve and perfect the openings that work best for your material, your audiences, and you.
If you really want to learn how to be a popular speaker then join Darren LaCroix, Ed Tate, Mark Brown, Craig Valentine, and of course Patricia Fripp with our friends Lynn Rose, Mike Rayburn and screenwriting consultant Michael Hauge come to Lady and the Champs How to Speaking Conference. Palms Hotel, Las Vegas, on February 16-17, 2013.
Why not come early for the Edge Summit on February 15. Not a World Champion’s Edge member? Join for $1 to try us out. This is the home of public speaking experts.