Have you ever wondered how to get the messages you want into a radio interview? Here’s a few tips: 1. Make sure you get all three of your message points out in your very first answer. 2. Have your entire message- all three points – written out in point form on a piece of paper and have it in front of you. 3. Ensure you check it throughout the interview and mark off every time you hit those messages. You should end up with several marks by the end of the interview. 4. If you are offered the opportunity to perform live on a radio program- take it! And remember your listening audience is shifting constantly. So don’t forget to repeat repeat repeat your messages as well as your branding. 5. Again, make sure your three key messages and those sound bites or grabs you have devised for yourself beforehand …. are all written out in front of you during the interview. Please don’t read them … perform them instead!
Becoming a competent, rather than just confident, speaker requires loads of practice. Here are a few tips to start sharpening your presentation skills: 1. Death By Powerpoint In order to avoid this disease, should have no more than 10 slides, last no longer than 20 minutes and have no text less than 30 point font. 2. Be Entertaining Your speech should appeal to your audience’s emotions. Remember that no-one will pay any attention to you unless you give them the WIIFM – the most listened to radio station in the world – the What’s In It For Me. Be very clear about this and use it to your advantage. 3. Slow Down Nervous and inexperienced speakers tend to speak way too quickly. Slow yourself down to a pace that seems unnaturally slow and use the power of the pause to add dramatic emphasis. 4. Eye Contact Make eye contact with every person in the room. Address each person with a complete thought before pausing and moving on to the next audience member. 5. Become A Story Teller Your speech should always be visual so paint mind pictures for your audience. Explain your points with short stories, quips and anecdotes. Great speakers know how to use a story to create an emotional connection between ideas for the audience. 6. Project Your Voice Even if you’re delivering your speech with a microphone make sure you throw out your voice at least 3 feet or 1 metre in front of you. You want everyone to hear your passion and power and this just won’t happen if you don’t push your voice out. You can practices this at home to a dot on a wall throwing your voice out like a ball to hit the target. 7. Be Animated And Use Gestures Allow yourself to speak with your hands to add passion to your performance. One of the worst things you can do in delivering a speech is to grip the lectern or keep your hands plastered by your side or behind your back. Relax and allow your whole body to impart the story and connect with your audience.
So you want to become really good on-camera or as a public speaker? Well here are a few tips sure to help: 1. You nerves are perfectly normal and are directly related to the amount of preparation you do. 2. If you want to get a handle on nerves, try to convince yourself that you’re going to enjoy what you’re about to do. This just might assist in translating that nervous feeling (sure to shut down your performance) into an adrenalin rush (which will enhance your performance). 3. Record yourself on video. Often. And watch it back. Again and again and again. That’s the only way to get an accurate sense of how others see you or how you think you come across. We all perceive ourselves in one way and it’s often not what others are seeing. 4. Become your very own objective outsider. Learn to watch yourself performing without subjectivity. We are our own worst enemies, noticing and criticising every nuance but if you watch yourself enough, you’ll start to develop a sense of what you actually like about yourself. 5. Allow yourself to start enjoying certain things you do and say, even if it is only a small percentage of the time you are performing. Once you give yourself permission to like parts of yourself – your confidence will grow, your nerves will subside and your performances will shine!