11 resolutions for public speakers

Is your goal for 2015 is to land keynote gigs? Nail a presentation in front of your organization’s leaders? These resolutions will help you reach them.

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You may dream of landing a TED talk or getting a huge fee for your next speech, but I have some real resolutions for you. They will lead you to greatness—if only you do them.

Success in public speaking—whether you give keynotes, TEDx talks, informal remarks or slide presentations—hinges on small, realistic steps.

Here are the resolutions I recommend for public speakers. They are all within your grasp. Happy 2015!

1. When I prepare for a speech or presentation, I won’t pretend advancing my slides and thinking about what I’ll say is practice. Instead, I’ll discover the advantages of real practice. I’ll speak out loud, record myself and practice in front of a supportive audience before I take the microphone.

2. I will watch videos of my talks before I decide they were awful, and use this no-wincing checklist to review them. If event organizers won’t record my talks, I’ll enlist a pal to do it.

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