The 5 best ways to open a speech.

Different audiences need different opens so here's a list to help.

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1. Personal story

You can always start with a personal story to create a connection with your audience.

Stories help speakers build credibility and likeability.

Or another way I say it...

Brag without bragging.
2. Imagine

Start by having your audience imagine a scene or an idea.

The key here is to create a rich and vibrant image in their head. Build out the scene with descriptive language and using active voice.

The word "imagine" helps the audience embrace the exercise.
3. Bold question

Have you ever heard a speaker ask a great question that you want the answer to?

Exactly. These types of questions spark the curiosity of the audience.

Curiosity captures them and leaves them asking for more so they stay engaged with your message.
4. Shocking statistic or fact

This needs to hit the audience where they think "there's no way" or "wow that's incredible".

There should be a visible reaction from your audience when this is delivered.

You can test this out like a comedian testing parts of their set.
5. High tension moment in a story

Yes, item 1 was a personal story but this is different.

This story isn't about you so you need to put the audience in a powerful and captivating moment.

Don't start with context. Hook them right away and then give the context after.

1. Personal story
2. Imagine
3. Bold question
4. Shocking statistic or fact
5. High tension moment in a story

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What are some of the best ways to appear more confident as a speaker?

Here's 5 of them.

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1. Let your body language do the talking

Think about James Bond and how calm and cool he always appears.

Shoulders back and relaxed. Arms and hands moving naturally.

Another way to put it...

Act like you've been there a thousand times before.
2. Talk less

Most people make the mistake of thinking more is better. But more means greater opportunity to mess up.

It also shows a level of mastery and self-assuredness when you don't need a bunch of fluff.

Think @naval's tweets.

In conversations, always speak less.
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What are some of the best tactics to use as a speaker?

Here's 10 of them.

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1. Pace

This is the speed you speak at. For a big speech or presentation, you want to hang around 110-140 wpm.

If your audience can't follow what you say, they can't understand it.

For conversations, the pace can be quicker but read on for the next tactic.
2. Change of pace

Speeding up demonstrates excitement and passion. When you speed up do it for no more than 45 seconds or else it will feel out of control to your audience.

Slowing down demonstrates seriousness and drama. This can apply to a single word, phrase, or thought.
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It’s finally here…

A vision...

To turn speaking into a superpower for you.

-In front of investors
-In front of an audience
-in front of every single person

On Deck Performative Speaking applications are open.

How did we get here?

The journey started in my first year of law school.

Seeing law students struggle to speak in front of the class…

I couldn’t believe my eyes.

So learn the skills, study the best, practice and refine.
Being a trial lawyer taught me what it takes to be a great speaker.

The 3 Cs


Nail these three and good things happened.
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How writing every day for the month of January is changing me.

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Back in December I looked at my website and was disgusted.

I hadn't published anything since September.

I needed a wake-up call and a challenge.
It's easy to say I'll do it tomorrow...

until you put it out on Twitter that you will publish every day.

Then it's a forcing mechanism.
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Want to create an online course?

Here's a quick thread on how I created a course that would ultimately be acquired by @beondeck

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I had 2 built-in advantages

1. Teaching a course requires public speaking and lucky for me, I was very comfortable doing this since I was teaching public speaking and am a trial lawyer.

2. I had been teaching at SMU Law School for 3 years.
If you're creating a course find a way to play to your strengths.

I did a lot more office hours, live sessions, and demonstrations because that's what I'm comfortable and good at.

Each creator has strengths. Use them.
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How building in public led to Performative Speaking's acquisition by @beondeck.

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In May I really started following @jackbutcher and @visualizevalue.

His philosophy is to build in public.

He puts his work out there, he puts his ideas out there, and he even puts the results out there.

I wanted to do the same thing.
In July I found @david_perell who believes that online writing is the greatest serendipity vehicle.

Part of his course in Write of Passage is to build a website and build a newsletter.

Then distribute your work on both.

I listened.
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