15 common mistakes speakers make

This list is from a brain-storming session we held at the recent World Champions Edge summit in Calgary.

  1. No message
  2. To many messages
  3. Ignoring your audience
  4. No pausing
  5. “Chicken soup” stories (using other common stores and not using your own stories)
  6. Making yourself the hero
  7. Stepping on the laugh
  8. Explaining why, not how
  9. Not being yourself
  10. Making assumptions (about your audience)
  11. Being too serious
  12. Forcing (irrelevent) humour into your speech
  13. Repetitive gestures
  14. Winging your speech
  15. Not customizing your message to your audience

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