Engaging speaking is a title granted by the listener.
Improving as a speaker is usually ignored in favor of working on things like your slide deck, handouts, and chair counts. They are things that are easy to see rights and wrongs, then make them correct.
But to achieve the type of public speaking impact that people are genuinely engaged and impressed by, you must learn a totally different set of skills that are more difficult to see and assess.
To be a great speaker, what you're really trying to do is engage and enlighten people in a dynamic that is forced and unnatural: dozens, hundreds, or thousands of eyes and ears all directed at you, expecting you to make them happy they're there.
what makes an outstanding presentation?
In order to give yourself the best chance of earning rave reviews and start to feel excited about giving presentations, you have to learn (1) how to design content and (2) what actions to take while giving a speech. It's as much about learning what makes an outstanding presenter as what makes an outstanding presentation.
Popular presenters exist in many fields—actors, professional speakers, teachers, any business that requires it. Presenters who achieve a lot of success with audiences know how to self-manage themselves in ways that others don't. They know how to engage, get trust, drive ideas, get buy-in.
How do I learn to present better?
Raising your speaking ability from two-dimensional phrasing we use with a friend that is often "Have Thought, Say Thought", to what works for a large group of people expected to listen to you for minutes at a time requires learning an assortment of "moves" designed to catch attention and influence. I call these assorted moves 3D Communication because they require a new dimension of thought and action.
Whether it is speeches, pitches, consultations, or job interview presentations, public speaking can be a vital skillset for leadership and impact.
Contact me if you want to begin this work for yourself or your group.