5 Habits of Successful Speakers

stars_iconStephen Covey has the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. And I have the five “five-star” habits of highly effective speakers!

To make it easier for people to recall the five-star habits, I’ve framed them in a way that makes them more memorable and created an icon for each one because visual cues help people remember information more readily.

I sometimes run into former clients and participants (some who attended a workshops years ago), and they  rhyme off the habits to show me they still remember what I taught them!

Here’s a brief description of each of the “five-star” success habits (otherwise known as the Bull’s Eye model):

1) Think like a fish

Fish_icon Successful fisherwomen catches lots of fish because she knows what kind of bait to use, where different species like to swim and how they behave. Being a successful presenter is like being a good fisherwoman – you must choose the bait your audience likes. If you have several different kinds of fish in your audience, you must use different kinds of bait.

2) Hunt like a lion

lion_iconThink of how lionesses hunt: they focus totally on their prey. They pick one animal out from the herd and they target that one individual – they have a clear objective. use the same principle in your speeches and presentations: state a clear goal/objective at the start of the presentation so your audience knowd where you’re taking them.

3) Make a Sandwich

sandwich_iconThis is a version of the same of old rule everyone knows: 1) Tell them what you’re going to tell them, 2) tell them, and 3) tell them what you told them. In other words, have an start, middle, and end. Given this is so basic one wonders why 90% of speakers don’t do it. When you do, you will be in the top 10%. Click here to see an awesome real-life example.

4) Get fit

fit_iconPeople who want to be more fit and healthy do two things: they 1) diet to lose weight, and 2) exercise to build strength. In the presentation context this means 1) get rid of the fat and 2) build strength by including stories and examples. Make a point, tell a story/give an example. Make another point, tell another story/give another example. Easy.

5) Be an “all star”

stars_icon This is how you “wrap” your message. It’s the outside ring on the Bull’s Eye Target and it comprises passion, enthusiasm and preparation (PEP), body language, voice, visual aids, and most important YOU! One of the most most successful strategies you can use to connect with audiences is really no strategy at all: speak from your heart and be yourself.

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Susan Macaulay created and curates SheQuotesMy Alzheimer’s Story,  Amazing Women, and Succeed With Susan. She is a feminist, global citizen, lifelong learner and the author of Everyday Feminine Wisdom and soon-to-be-published “the dogs’ breakfast.”

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