Avoid “Speechifying”

Speechifying is what I call it when the speech is delivered in the style of a bad Shakespearian actor – full of oratory but not creating an authentic connection with the audience. To create that connection you can replicate (or create) the state that you are in when you are talking to just one person.

Create this state by focussing on individuals in the audience and speak with them as if they are the only person in the room – then move on and give the same attention to someone else. This way you’ll take in everyone in the room and you’ll be speaking in a warm, genuine manner.

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