The last d.e.l.i.v.e.r.Y. tip is be YOU!

Here’s the last 8 D.E.L.I.V.E.R.Y tips improving public speaking skills.  Someone said “of all the alphabet start with Y because everything else does”.  The Y in D.E.L.I.V.E.R.Y. is be You.

Being Yourself” includes intangible factors like knowledge, your skill set, enthusiasm and passion.  Every single presentation recommendation allows room for personality and personalization! Many factors mix and influence how you personalize a speech, this includes style and personality factors.

I). Delivery style is your approach to the presentation. Even when the topic is the same, individual delivery approaches influence variations.  For example, I once heard three different student presentations on the same topic on the same day, and yet each presentation was dramatically different due to content choice differences:

  • Personal knowledge
  • Content organization/order
  • Content selection
  • Antidotes
  • Evidence (i.e., quotes, experts, etc.)
  • Credibility
  • Persuasive appeal choices (i.e., ethos, pathos, golden rule, etc.)

Each speakers’ approach to the topic dramatically varied their presentation, and each remained interesting because of these variations.

II).  Intangible and tangible personality traits influence the presentation.  A partial list of“Being Yourself” traits might include:

  • Topic choices, such as entertainment, educational, instructive, demonstrative, humorous/comic, or persuasive?
  • Attitude.  Do you present an overall perspective that is positive or negative?  Are you optimistic and idealistic, or pessimistic and realistic, open and flexible, direct and opinionated, fun and silly or serious? 
  • Extroverted or introverted, outgoing and open or reserved and shy? 
  • Authenticity is defined as ‘being present’ and real.  This might mean adapting or varying your presentation.  An example is a stand-up comedian who engages the audience members and responds to their contributed content.
  • Humor.  Some individuals are funny and lighthearted while others are serious. 
  • Pace.  Are you slow and easy or fast-paced and energetic? Are you upbeat and high-energy or leisurely and relaxed?
  • Passion or earnestness.  Someone’s passion can make any subject appealing, authentic and interesting.
  • Persuasive?  Do you come across as honest and trustworthy, respectable and credible? 
  • Do you use self-disclosure or self-effacing comments?  This can reveal relatable and likable humanness.
  • Do you express emotions, empathy, and patience, or are you edgy and sharp?  Either approach can be supported by experiences and perspective.
  • Do you use figurative language, such as storytelling, facts, quotes, anecdotes, etc.
  • What is your disposition?  Do you come across helpful, engaging and happy, or cranky and cantankerous, etc.?  The latter when presented humorously or honestly can still be appealing and frank, especially if the audience agrees.
  • Maturity, professional and expert, or innocent and naive? 

As stated, this is not an exhaustive personality and traits list, yet some of the ways “Being Yourself” might individually influence and vary a presentation.  There also is not a single right way to present yourself unless you learn from feedback that an approach creates misunderstanding.  Combining all the 8-factor D.E.L.I.V.E.R.Y. recommendations with your personality is how you develop “your style”. 

This article is the last of the 8 part of D.E.L.I.V.E.R.Y.   The next series will be on C.O.N.C.E.A.L., 7-quickly applied tips to manage the anxiety and fear associated with public speaking skills. 

I look forward to hearing how this content helped you.  Reach out to be notified about my next book, Entrepreneur Pitch Tips about how to make a presentation for new venture fans and funding.  Or hire me to train your group.  See more at www.SageForwardTraining.com or write me at MBrady@SageForward.com.

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