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Intro to Public Speaking - Give a 5-Minute Talk Without Dying

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9 Lessons (47m)
    • 1. Intro to Public Speaking

    • 2. Stop Being Afraid

    • 3. Picking A Topic

    • 4. Outlining Your Talk

    • 5. Building Your Deck

    • 6. Stage Presence

    • 7. Practicing Your Talk

    • 8. Finding a Stage

    • 9. Recap and Project

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About This Class

Fear of public speaking – Glossophobia - affects 74% of Americans. Meanwhile, only 68% of Americans fear death and only 30.5% fear spiders.

What if you had a method to confidently:

  • Deliver your concept in 20 highly visual sides?
  • Connect with your audience on a personal level using something you do every day?
  • Identify and eliminate verbal and physical tics?
  • Practice for only 5 hours and deliver a masterful speech?
  • Convey your idea with the simplicity of 20 tweets?
  • Source 20 free-to-use images for your slides?
  • Look, act, and sound like a pro even if you’re a total speaking newbie?

Becoming a confident public speaker is something that YOU CAN DO, but there’s a step-by-step recipe that makes it a lot easier than trying to go it alone. In this course, you’ll learn how to do everything above, plus you’ll have help to craft your very first 5 minute talk, including how to pick a topic, how to outline, how to prep, how to eliminate embarrassing pauses and tics, how to stay on topic, and how to craft your slide deck to keep the focus on you and your message.

By the end of this class, you’ll have a fully developed outline, a fully-developed slide deck, and a good start on giving your very first talk.

Who is this guy and how does he know about public speaking?
I’m Nick Armstrong: the Geek-in-Chief behind WTF Marketing, dad, author, Ignite, PechaKucha, Startup Week, and TEDx speaker, audio drama enthusiast, and award-winning entrepreneur. Through WTF Marketing and partner organizations, I’ve served a wide array of happy clients ranging from mom-and-pop shops to Fortune 100’s. I’ve co-organized community events like Fort Collins Comic Con, Startup Week Fort Collins, TEDxFoCo, Ignite Fort Collins, LaidOffCamp/CareerCamp, PodCamp Fort Collins, and more. My local efforts landed me a prestigious spot as one of BizWest’s 40 Under Forty in 2016 and the Colorado Association of Libraries’ Library Community Partnership Award in 2018.

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1. Intro to Public Speaking: It's pretty common knowledge that most people would rather be in the coffin than the person giving the eulogy. But there's really no reason for all this fear. Public speaking is really simple. Once you know how to prep your talk and how toe set yourself up for success, you don't have to be that one person up there holding their cheat sheet and figuring out what to say next. Stopping every 10 seconds to re read the notes and go back to what you were trying to say in the meantime, losing the audience, You don't have to be that person. My name's Nick Armstrong. I am not a public speaker. I am not incredibly charisma kick. I am not any of the things that you would traditionally associate with a good public speaker. But I am a good public speaker, and the reason is because I found out how to do it the correct way. So in this course, I'm gonna teach you everything that I know about how to create a good five minute talk y five minutes. Well, five minutes is about the same time as it takes to give on ignite talk or ah Chaka or a Ted X talk, and you can do any of these formats after you watch this class, you're going to be more than capable of delivering a speech on any one of those stages and it'll take a little bit of practice, but you'll get there. So what are we gonna learn? We learn how to outline your talk to learn what needs to go into your talk. In order to make it effective, we're gonna talk about how to properly outline it. So you set yourself up for success so you won't be scrambling for a statistic or a pithy saying or something else that you'll want to use crib notes for We're gonna talk about how to completely avoid using crib notes. We're gonna talk about how to build a great deck, where to find images, how to safely source those images. We're gonna talk about how to prepare your slides so that you don't end up forgetting something when you're really searching for something that you wanted to say and you couldn't quite come up with it. We're also gonna talk about how to prepare your talk and how did it go about practicing were to talk about how to recover when you have issues and you want to try, uh, saying something over again or if you stumble during your talk and you weren't quite clear how to get back on track. We're gonna talk about stage presence and how to connect with your audience and why it's so important that you go in without fear. Because, really, the fear is it's it's all just in your head. There's really no reason to be so afraid of public speaking, and I hope, but by the end of this class that you'll learn that and you'll be confident on stage, so let's get started. 2. Stop Being Afraid: take a deep breath and think about what it was like the very first time you tried to do any sort of public talk. Maybe you haven't yet. I remember what it was like for me. I was on Twitter back in 2008 or so, and I saw this really funny Twitter ad for Ignite Fort Collins. And I've never done public speaking. I had taken some in college and I had done a little bit of work on Ah, you know, like an F B l a or a decade class at one point back in high school. But it never really like got in front of people and gave a talk. And so when I walked into this venue as accepted as a speaker, of course I did all the rookie mistakes that you do when you pitch a talk. You were overly self promotional. I was overly self promotional. I wanted to talk about the things that I was, um, you know, trying to sell people, and that just wasn't a good thing. I just been, I think, laid off. And so I was looking to recruit clients into my practice, and it was just I had the wrong mentality from the get go, and yet I wasn't super afraid. And the reason is because I knew that if I got up there and bombed, the worst that could happen is that those 100 or so people would have one bad memory of me and we'd be able to laugh it off later. Wait forever. Social media asking and blocking. And these talks about digital years, my car. And that's really the crux of it. Is that the speech that you give? There's really no reason to be afraid of getting up there in front of people because those folks who are there in the audience weren't necessarily curated by you. Maybe you have some friends says to help you support or maybe have a family or something like that in the audience. But those folks aren't there, uh, to, you know, chastise you. You hear us. It makes us because you me the change that you want to see the world all now people way, they're there because they're listening to all of the speakers. They're there to hear new ideas. They are there to hear you speak, and they're not gonna be disappointed when you go up there on stage and do your best as long as you go in with honest intent, right? If you're trying to sell him something, it's gonna go horribly wrong. Um, we'll talk about how I corrected that before I went on stage, and even in the prep, I corrected all of that. When it comes down to it, the issue of fear is really about, um, not feeling like you belong on that stage and not feeling like you've earned your place. It's imposter syndrome, right? And it really shouldn't bog you down. You should feel like you are responsible for conveying your message. And if you don't, then the only thing that should be disappointed in you is Theo idea, right? Because you didn't convey it well, you can go back and try again. It's not like if you give a bad talk, you'll never be invited back again. That happens all the time. Speakers get second chances. Speakers have bad days. Speakers get colds, speakers, kids have issues or fail out of a class. And then they're just not in the right mind space. When they go in to give a talk, we'll talk about some of those things environmental factors a little bit later. But for now, the thing that you need to do to get rid of that fear, you don't have to imagine the audience in their underwear. That's silly. When you step up to give a talk, realize that you have stepped up to give a talk because you have some area of expertise that you want to share. And it's that area of expertise that the folks that are listening to you want to hear about . They're not there to see you bomb. They're not there to heckle you. They're not there to make fun of you. They are there simply to hear you convey an idea, and that is what gets rid of that fear. They're there to listen to you, and all you have to do is show up. That's the only thing you need to dio way. I think that so much more of ah lighter feeling than I have to go and have to convince him of the thing and I have to get him to take action. I have to do this. No, All you have to do is put sound in their ears now. Hopefully, it's not like high pitched screeching the entire time. But if you put words together in a semi coherent manner, then I think that your audience is gonna be pleased. And that should take off a lot of the pressure from you right there. Just there to listen to you, that's all. They're there to listen to you. Isn't that a great feeling? And that's so much better than dread or fear. They're there to listen to you, and that makes you feel good. So in the next lesson, we're gonna cover how to pick a topic and how to outline ineffective. 3. Picking A Topic: the thing that usually made me nervous, Most nervous. When I was giving my talks and very 1st 1 I gave in 2008 I went into it with the wrong mentality. Picking your topic for your talk is one of the most tricky things that you conduce everything else once you got the title down and the topic is really super easy figuring out the right topic. The right angle to attack a topic with is, um, pretty tricky for a lot of people, and it takes the right mentality, right? So when you talk about mentality, what do I mean? Well, the audience for different types of events is there for different reasons, right? So if you are at startup week, for instance, you are giving a talk to people who are your peers, most likely who are there to learn a thing. They want something actionable, so your talk had better attack the topic. From an actionable standpoint, you want them to walk away with something to try or something new to consider some information that they didn't have before. That's a really valuable thing in that setting. That topic, with that context is going to be really valuable. The environmental factors are really important. Startup week. Maybe Actionable ignite or Chaka. They're there to be entertained right there, there to hear something new, something novel, something in a different way than they've heard it before. Or there they they're there to learn a back story about something that they didn't know before. That's where you want to go with those talks. They're not actionable, necessarily unless their advocacy talks. In which case you're trying to get somebody to do something. Sometimes those don't go so well. It ignites and Petrakis Chaz For Ted X, you're absolutely inciting inaction. You're trying to get somebody to do something. You want them to take that actionable kernel of an idea and then connect with their fellow thinkers and create something new out of that. That's what you're after going to present it, a comic con or a convention giving a lecture, those types of things you're teaching someone how to do something. Giving them the resource is the step by step guide of what to do next. And as you do that, the more you give them re sources and outline the steps, the happier they will be moving forward from that talk when picking a topic and figuring out the right angle for the talk. Identify the context that you're in. What is the audience there to hear about? What are they expecting when they walk away? Are they expecting action, you know? Are they trying to get something done? Are they trying to solve a problem? Are they trying to learn more about the environment that they're in, or are they there to be entertained in here? Story. Are they there? Toe Learn the broad implications of the topic. Are they there for some other reason? Are they just there for you? Those are all different types of talks, and they require different types of topics. Always consider your audience and their needs and the environment that you're in. If you can put humor into an environment where it will fit, if you can put in motion and contextual emotion, so you want them to connect to the story into a talk. That's always a good idea. If you can bring yourself and your quirks into the talk, that's also a good idea. Connecting with you is a speaker is something that the audience has to work at. They are there to engage with you. It's your job to give them something to engage with a little hook or a platform that they can jump up there with you. And that happens through a good topic in the right context, with the right end goal in mind. In the next lesson, we're gonna talk about how to outline your topic. 4. Outlining Your Talk: I'm going to share with you my secret for outlining talk, and it's going to seem really silly at first. Every slide that I create will have one tweet worth of information. That's it. I want you to consider your talk, right? So if it's on ignite talk, it's 20 slides. If it's a chocolate shop, it's also 20 slides, but each slide gets 20 seconds rather than the 15 for ignite. If it's a Ted X, you might have a few more slides, a few less slides. Typically, I like the ignite or Pitch, aka cha formats, just to keep me on track and on time with my ideas, because I know internally after practicing for so long. How long? 15 seconds is how long 20 seconds is gives me enough time to get about 2 to 3, maybe four sentences out. I go to Twitter and I start typing, and I create the idea that I wanted a spouse on that slide and I might have a couple of these ideas. I might have quite a few. In fact, if my topic is really broad, I might need to narrow it down a little bit and read, Redefined my topic as I go, but in order to outline properly have to know what type of narrative I'm gonna we've. And so, in each tweet, I try to put a kernel of truth, an idea, something to connect us to, where we've been, where we're going, the more that I can do that, the easier the audience is going to be able to follow my talk and the easier I'll be able to remember where I'm going and where I've been. Geeks together work very well, and we see this in Star Trek. You've got scientists and engineers and Vulcans and medical doctors in the Captain and Communications officers. And so if I worked with one to assemble a team, I would base it off of Star Trek. Consolidating your idea. Your talk down to a series of tweets is one of the easiest ways to memorize where you're going, and you don't necessarily need to memorize your talk. You just need to memorize the key point that you wanted to get to. And if you only have 140 characters to remember, you're going to get there a lot faster than if you had written paragraphs after paragraph after paragraph after paragraph of outline, or even if you wrote verbatim exactly what you wanted to say. We're not talking about speechwriting. We're talking about giving a talk that is actionable or emotional or humorous or storytelling or educational. Getting to the point and how you do that and how you outline that talk is right down a series of tweets, one tweet per slide that you want to emphasize, and then you fill in the details around it as you're giving the talk as you practice, you'll naturally have a couple more sentences. Then you can get into 140 characters. The key point remains that 140 character core for each slide, and you can get that done really easily. So the best way to outline a complex idea break it down into tweets, put all those tweets together, and then Cole, right? You don't need every single tweet. Figure out which ones can still fit the narrative, which ones are maybe other topics or talk for another day. And once you're down to your 20 or so, you've got your talk. Now you can start figuring out what to do next. Practicing or figuring out stats to go along with each of those things. In the next lesson, we're gonna talk about how to build a slide deck Now that you've got your talk. 5. Building Your Deck: Have you ever been to a talk where the slides don't work well and Speaker is hemming and Hying or forgets where they're at and maybe blames? The computer maybe blames the slide deck. What happened is an audience member. When that happened, were you nervous? What? Did you feel bad for the speaker? It's kind of Oh, that's a bomber like. Okay, well, let's move on with our day, right. You weren't, like, totally engaged with talk at that point. Same thing is true if the images steal the show from the speaker, you don't want that to happen to you during your talk. So how do you pick images that are appropriate? Well, there's a number of different ways. The first things you need to consider is legality. Are you legally able to use the image in question for most images? The answer is no. Unless they're licensed creative Commons or public domain, you aren't able to use those images unless you took the image yourself. And I don't mean take, as in you downloaded it from Google yourself. I mean, you you click the camera, you took the picture. That was the thing that you did. You were the author of that work. At that point, yes, you are able to use the picture. So there are a number of different search engines that allow you to find Creative Commons or public domain images. Search dot creative commons dot org's is one picks. Obey is another, and there are a slew of different, really high quality photography websites such as unspool ash dot com and others that can help you get to where you're going with your presentation. And now that you have your outline from your last lesson, what you might be able to do is find the core message from each of those tweets and line up on image that resonates or is funny or highlights a particular point that you're trying to make. And sometimes you can even go without images at all. If you just had one word on screen or if you had one number on screen, the number that you needed to remember, for instance, or the date that you needed to remember or the person's name who you needed to remember. Sometimes those things could be really effective. The problems that we face is a society are not single player problems. They are massively multi player Big Harry problems that require us all to come together to play and try and solve them as you're building your deck. There are different types of deck software out there that can help you. Haiku Deck is one of those that actually automatically pulls Creative Commons images and does the attribution work for you? Most Creative Commons images, by the way, have to be attributed back to the author. Copyright law and fair use means that you can't use most commercial images unless you've bought them or paid a licence to use them. X. This could be tricky. If you're trying to talk about Star Wars or Disney, for instance, talk to your organizer and see if there is a method of getting around this. Sometimes you can claim fair use if you are educating about the topic at hand, and you absolutely cannot educate about Sebastian unless you have a picture of him. Those types of images can qualify as fair use, but they tend to make organizer's nervous double check with your organizer before you finalize your slide deck. In some cases, like Ignite or Pachuca, you know that you need 20 slides for a Ted X or something similar. You might not know that roughly 20 seconds or so is 2 to 3 sentences, and it's a good amount of time to get around an idea. Finding the right image for that can be tricky. Finding a word for that. What you don't want to do that is you don't want to overload your audience with text. You don't want to overload them with something that they can't read in time or something that will distract them and make them read the slide as opposed to paying attention to you . What makes for a good slide deck is that it supplements it. Compliments your talk. It doesn't overwhelm it. It doesn't overwhelm your presence on stage. It complements. If you can figure out how to engage with the audience through your slides as well as your talk, then you are starting to really grow as a speaker Now, Steve was really excited to have me give this talk because he said, Nick, I've never seen you give a serious talk. So here goes. The American worker is getting totally humped. Advanced techniques include sometimes just using no slide at all nothing on your slides, a completely black slide or completely white slide, even if you're not speaking at an event that has a lot of rules, like un ignite or approach, aka Cha, where every slide you get 20 slides in a talk and every slide advances every 15 or 20 seconds. You can still use that as a constraint. Constraints are really helpful when you're learning a new skill. You don't want to go outside the lines when you're learning to color in a coloring book, right, and these lines can actually help you create a better mawr. Impactful talk. Just by limiting you from going 20 minutes, 30 minutes on a particular topic. There's no reason to when you can get the same information through in five, or at least the main points. So if you can try to limit yourself to 20 seconds per slide, set your slides toe auto advance automatically, and that will really help you learn the timing and the dynamics of timing. What if you have a really complex idea that just can't be explained in 20 seconds, you can use copies of the same slide just modified a little bit differently. Your first slide would have three little dots. Your next light in the Siri's would have two little dots. Your final slide in the Siri's would have one little dot Burn marks can really be useful if you have a really complex topic. Building your deck should be a complimentary exercise to the talk that you are giving. You don't want toe overwhelm your audience with a new, different idea. You want to keep them in the same moment with you on the same page and hopefully highlighting or enhancing the moments that you have in your talk with really good imagery. The next lesson we're gonna be talking about stage presence. 6. Stage Presence: stage presence can be a tricky thing, especially if you've never given a public talk before in front of a large audience and could be even trickier. You don't want very many verbal tics or physical tics or mental tics where you take a little extra time to figure out what it is you're trying to say. Next, when you are going to give a talk, it's pretty vital that you at least record yourself once giving that talk. That's not a bad thing, necessarily because that slide was up there for way too long. That's not a bad thing, necessarily, because geekdom is eyes progression and we get it all the time because many cultures would go extinct if not for the geek. Like the people who ask us to fix their computers, recording yourself allows you toe find those errors in your physicality that he who wouldn't want the audience to really pay attention to. Same thing is true with verbal tics, ums UHS and you've heard me say it a few times. So, uh, I record myself when I give these lessons and I watched them back, and then I make notes about the things that I've said, and things that really bother me don't make it into the next videos. What can we do if we hear ourselves saying, um so, uh, or any other thing that you might say when I was a deejay on K. C. S u. I used to say, All right, after every break, it gets the audience irritated. It makes them tune out instead of when you feel like saying, um, are all right. So now whatever. Whatever your verbal tick is, be aware of where they come up. Pause yourself, trying to relax your shoulders if you can and take a breath. Be aware of where they come up. Pause yourself, trying to relax your shoulders if you can, and take a breath. It doesn't have to be that obvious. You can just take a micro breath if you want to, although sometimes, especially if you're holding a microphone up to your mouth, that can sound like a gasp, and we don't want to gasp. Okay, that freaks people out. People will walk away from your talk anxious. Instead, Just take a moment. Let the moment land. Silence is okay. Be comfortable with a momentary lapse so that your brain can catch up to what your mouth is saying in your mouth can catch up to your brain. You might have dealt wildly off track, and we'll talk about recovery in another video. But for now understand that the things you do physically and the things you say when they become repetitive, they can detract from your talk. And the best way to catch those is to record yourself. Giving your talk I contact is important. So right now, uh, I'm looking at you. I am looking not necessarily atyou. Technically, while I am recording this, though, I'm looking at a camera lens and it's not very personable. I used to. When I was on Casey issue, I needed to learn how to speak to one person, the one person who is watching you. Hello. I used to have a stuffed animal that would keep on my desk so I could talk to that stuffed animal. That person in your audience of 102 103 100 people, 2000. It could be really hard to make eye contact with all of them, so it's critical to pick a few people and really make an engagement with them. across the audience. You can scan your audience, and as you're making points, just look at their eyes, especially when you end a particular sentence. You want to make a connection with them. Let a moment land. You're looking at them where you don't want to be looking. Notes. You don't need notes anyway, because your talk is comprised of tweets. Why do you need notes? You don't need to remember what the date was on your slides, because sometimes you'll have a confidence modern in front of you and you'll be able to see your slides. Don't stare at that the entire time. Don't look back at your slides. There's no reason to do that. You have a talk comprised of tweets. You have slides that don't have a ton of information on them. You don't have to read them back to the audience. There's nothing more annoying than if you are engaging with them, telling them a story. Having conversation that is a much more engaging talk than hemming and hawing. Paying attention, your notes. Looking back at the slides, looking at your shoes the entire time. There are stick moments that you can get away with that knowledge of jokes is very important to attracting a geek. Here we have sharp objects, programming language. The Godfather played out with sugar cookies in real life. Photoshopped. Really? If you're trying to convey a message, get somebody to believe in something. You hear a story, connect with you. You want to be looking at their eyes. In my case, you will be looking at the camera. Next lesson, we're gonna be talking about how to practice your talk and how much time you really need to do it. 7. Practicing Your Talk: you've got your 20 tweets. You've got your 20 slides built out in a deck. That auto advances every 15 to 20 seconds. You've got your talk ready to go. You've got your topic narrow down for context, and I think that you are ready to practice. What do you say? Let's start with how much time do I need? Typically, I say for every minute of a talk that you're going to give, you need about an hour to practice. So if you're giving a five minute talk plan on about five hours of practice, it's not a hard and fast rule, especially if you really know your topic well and can really engage on it. And you have some sort of element of charisma or not nervous on stage that you have to go overcome. And if you're not giving it an overly technical talk but giving a story about yourself that you already know the key points and details, too, you might not need an hour. You might need closer to 30 minutes to 45 minutes per minute. I have given speed talks where I created the slide deck, created the talk, created my points that I wanted to say, um, wrote it all together in one day, practiced it in a two hour span of driving down to the venue and delivering the talk was not as good as my normal talks, but it was passable. I didn't die on stage. It was okay. Everything turned out all right with it, but it just wasn't me. Polished is I normally am. You don't want to memorize your talk. You want to memorize the key points that you want to get across, but you don't necessarily need to memorize every single joke or everything. Word for word. If there's a certain word that you want to use and need to remember, put it on the slide. If there's a certain date or a number or a figure, a stat or whatever a quote that you need to remember. Put it on the slide, although quotes end up taking up a lot of space. So it might not be super useful because your audience will disengage from you and start reading the quote instead. When it comes down to practicing, though, keep practicing through the entire deck. Do not stop your talk in one minute to minute three minute increments. Don't do that. Don't start over. Keep going. Keep going to the finish. This will make you resilient. And the reason that you keep going is that you need to practice recovery. Don't stop when you are two slides in and you have an error. Because when you do that, you re memorize the 1st 2 slides. And then when you're on stage and you have that moment again, you're going to have that oops moment. You're gonna remember starting over at the 1st 2 slides and you're not gonna have that opportunity. And you shouldn't abuse the audience with that opportunity to restart your deck. Recovery from an error is so critical when you're on stage stage presence. If you've been giving people I contact, they're going to give you so much wiggle room if you forget where you're going. If you say, um in the middle of your presentation, they'll give you wiggle room because they're they're toe, learn and listen from you. And then in 1950 National Security Council document 60 it was issued by the Truman found the Truman administration that said, if the American people want as many defensive options militarily as possible. We have to skim off the top of the GDP, and in order to do that, no American can work in less than an average of eight hours per day, five days a week. It's true. It's scary Looking up. Error Recovery is really simple. If you just keep going while you're practicing because you're your talk is comprised of tweets and because you only have 20 slides. And you know the timing of those slides because you've said it to 15 or 20 seconds per slide, they're gonna auto advance on you every single time you do your talk, you can create moments that you can reconnect to as you're going, so you might have forgotten the date. And if that's true, if it's totally outside of your brain at that moment when you're giving the talk, you know you can say, Who cares about dates anyway? We can look it up in a textbook. Let's keep going, and you can keep moving on. Have those moments where you can forgive yourself for not being perfect. Say oops. Uh, let's keep going. Donors who have five minute presentations that spanned five minutes stick with me that spending five minutes, 15 seconds per slide for 20 slides. Now we're gonna play. Never have I ever never can help you be more resilient on stage. It can help you feel more comfortable in your body can help you with conversations that are difficult. It can help you with stories that are difficult if you need a moment. Genuinely need a moment. Ah, your audience is either laughing or you are or they're having an emotional reaction to something that you have said on stage. Let that moment land. Don't just keep barging through, take a breath and let the moment land and let your audience reacts to that. Never have I ever participated in a group hug. If people next you're sitting, hug them, hopefully they're wearing pants. There are all sorts of different recoveries, right? If something happens on stage, there's a small fire. There's a, um, child crying in the audience on adult coughs or sneezes. They're not doing that because of you. The fire doesn't exist because of you. It exists because it exists, and there is something that's just happening at that moment that happens to correspond to the moment that you're giving the talk try to be as unflappable as you can tell the story or tell the continue on as best you can. And if you need to give it a moment, give it a moment. Now let's also say that you have some sort of coffer sneezing fit. You can take a cough or a sneeze right and keep going After afterwards, they're not going. Teoh. Lose attention if you're giving them eye contact. If you have your stage presence down, you're going to be OK. Recovery is all about remembering What's next, What is next? Do I need to skip this next point in order to get my main point across? Can I hurry up this main point in order to move on? And as you practice, if you given yourself on our for every minute, then you are going to have enough time to figure out the condensed version of the thing that you want to say, because when you first start out, 20 seconds will seem like either a really long time or a really short time. Every time your slides advanced, they might catch you by surprise until you learn how long 15 seconds feels or how long 20 seconds feels you get a good idea for it, and as you get better at it, you can start to incorporate things like jokes into the timings of your slides. This is pretty tricky, too, because a lot of different computers have slight variances in their timing mechanisms and also projectors to have a little bit of lag as well, going from the computer to the projector. So you've got to account for that. And if you've added a joke into your slides, that's a really good technique. But also know that if you can practice on the venue on site, you'll have a much better idea of how the timing will flow. But let's say the, um, computer that's being used to project the slides need some updates or something on the Windows Update screen pops up in the middle of your talk. Laugh it off. Keep going. The audience is there for you. They're not there to read your slides. They're there for you. The next lesson we're gonna talk about how to find a stage 8. Finding a Stage: when I gave my first talk. It was a big night for Collins. Having responded to an ad on Twitter about folks who needed to talk about something, I went into that talk with completely the wrong mentality. I went in trying to sell that auto audience something, and I called it psychotic Resumes and digital gunslinger's. It was those were my two like programs. At the time I was teaching social media and helping people with their resumes. I went in with the wrong idea. I was trained to recruit clients, and that was just not. It's not what the environment was for contextually ignite is about sharing ideas that are fun. So what did I do? I sent it past the organizer in The organizer sent it back. Now one of my core mentors said, This is this is too commercial. You gotta You gotta bring this back in, bring it back to something of the audience, will find entertaining, first of all, and something that's novel to them. They don't. They don't know what digital gunslinging is. They might know what a psychotic resume is, but they don't know what did. Gunslinging. So what I did is with with the guidance from the organizer. I went back, rewrote my talk and created something that was brand new, that I then became known for in the community. And it was really interesting lesson to me that I didn't have to pitch in order to sell to people. I don't have to pitch. I gave them actionable information. I made them laugh, unintentionally or otherwise. What is that? Vegas in years? Because you, me the change that you want to see the world all now people. Really. I ended up learning that I had some comedic skill on stage and it really fit well with my personality. The talk went well. Surprisingly, there are about 100 and some 150 may be in the audience, and as I did Mawr talks, I came back and spoke at ignite number two. I came back and spoke at ignite number four. I came back and spoke at 678 and so on. And then I helped become an organizer for the event because my passion then became giving other people platform to speak. How cool is that? Finding platforms in your area is a simple is looking up in ignite a Ted X approach, aka chaw or Toastmasters Group. You can also look up local chambers of commerce business symposiums, uh, art symposiums start small. If you're new at public speaking, start small five minutes on stage is gonna feel like an eternity when it's your first time . Ultimately, a five minute talk is not something that you have to stay attached to forever. In fact, you can start crafting your next talk right after your 1st 1 Finding another stage is as easy as finding a place to go and talk and give a presentation and doing really well at it . And the more you practice, the more you put into it, the more gracious you are for the audience and the more thankful you are to the to the organizer's, the more you will get invited back to speak again. Finding a stage is super easy 9. Recap and Project: So let's recap what we've learned. First you pick a topic that is in the right context with the type of place that you're going to be speaking. So is your audience there to be entertained? Are they there to learn something great about the topic or they there to learn something about you? A story? Are they there to be entertained? Were they hoping for something actionable that they can take home and figure out right then and there, they tinkering. Those were distinctly different types of talks, and they all require different types of approaches to the topic that you have at hand. The next thing that you need to do is figure out how to break that talk down into tweets, and the number of tweets that you have is the number of slides that you have now. I highly recommend to you that you stick to ignite or but Chaka Chaka type format, where you have 20 slides, max and each slide advances. If it's ignite every 15 seconds, or if it's Pacha Capshaw every 20 seconds, that format will give you an easy method to practice in. It's gonna be something that you're gonna feel really comfortable with moving forward, and you can apply it to other mediums like a Ted X. That's actually how I built my Ted X talk is I gave on Ignite Tuck on the Ted X stage. It was in the same format, right? I used the 15 15 seconds per slide 20 slides, and I was done in five minutes. My topic fit pretty well to that, and I stayed narrow enough that the audience was engaged with me as I was giving the talk. Next thing that you want to do is figure out how to build your slide deck using legal images, creative Commons or public domain or images that you've taken yourself on. Advanced technique is to build emotional resonance into your slides, creating things that you hope, emphasize or reiterate or even make the audience think. And a super advanced technique is telling a secondary story and weaving it throughout the narrative of your slides, but keeping your slides simple enough that you don't have to read them. The audience doesn't have to read them, and at most there is a number or a date or a name or a word that is critical to your talk. That's the only information that would be on a slide. And it's highlighted in a way that the audience won't know that it's a cheat sheet for you . Finally, practice your talk so that your giving at least an hour for every minute that you're gonna be speaking. And if you're using the ignite or perch aka CHA format, that's 5 to 6 hours of practice. Thes 5 to 6 hours will allow you to be concise with your points and also practice recovery , which is one of the most important things you can do. If you are going to get into speaking on stage, you need to know how to recover. The way you do that first is by understanding the shorter version of what you were hoping to say in the core kernel of truth in each of those tweets that you used to outline your talk, but also by practicing your entire talk all the way through every single time you practice it don't stop at slide to slide. 20. Slide 13. Whatever. Don't stop until the talk is done. Once you've got your talk, finding a stage is pretty easy. You can go to ignites. You can go to Ted X is you can go to Chaka Chaz. You want to find ah, local stage that you can practice on. In worst case, you can go to a Toastmasters or your chamber of commerce. Or you can go to any number of different groups. Organizations for your industry. They exist, and they're looking for speakers, people who can entertain or put information out there in a new way. Practice practice, practice by going out and finding places to go and give talks. Don't give up. And don't be afraid, because the audience is there to hear you. They're not there to be bored. They're not. They're toe heckle you. They're not there to make fun of you there, there, toe listen and to learn from you. And there's no reason when people are so excited to learn from you. To be afraid of that, it's something that's a non er. It's a privilege, and it's a lot of fun. I hope that you've really enjoyed this series of videos, and I hope that you've learned something new. So as your lesson. I want you to create a talk, a five minute talk and the way that you're going to structure. It is on a topic that's near and dear to you something that you really like. I want you to use your webcam. Use your iPad, use your video camera, use whatever you have at hand or even if you don't have a video. You have audio that's just flying to. I want you to create a five minute talk, and the way I want you to do it is to use the ignite format, which is 20 slides 15 seconds per slide. I want you to pick a topic. I want you to outline it with tweets. Put that in a word, Doc. Upload it to the class project section. Then I want you to create your slide. Deck 20 slides that auto advance every 15 seconds. You can use a haiku deck for this. You can use power point whatever you'd like. As long as it's a deck. Use legal images that don't don't don't use copyrighted images. You want to get anybody in trouble, including you upload your slide deck to the projects area. Then I want you to record your talk. I want you to practice it. I want you to go through the whole, like, five hour gamut and trying to put it together. And I want you to record your talk. It doesn't matter if it's on a webcam. It's on your iPad. I don't care how it looks, What it looks like. I don't care how it looks. I want you to put it together, give your talk to an audience of one right at the camera, and then you're gonna upload it to YouTube. You can put it to private if you want to. You can put it up here on the class channel if you want to. I will help give you feedback. The most important thing is to try. I want to see your talk to see what you care about. I want to see what you're passionate about. You can do this. I know you can, because I was able to do it too. And I went from not having any experience. Maybe a class here there. I didn't know how to talk in front of people. Now I do and took one talk. This is your moment. I want to see what you got and I'm gonna like it. Whether or not you do? Well, we're gonna go through and learn something. Okay. Thanks for taking my course. I hope to see you around.