Your prospects always seem extra critical. It’s hard to persuade them. This is because they are scared of making the wrong choice. You can help them.
When speaking in public. Try to keep it simple. If you want or need to use jargon, explain it. You can do that using the ‘Kinda like’ theory.
There is one way that without a doubt will improve all of your talks. And it’s very easy to do. It’s something every speaker should do, but doesn’t do.
Persuading or convincing people isn’t easy. That is because people don’t like to be wrong. When you can get to recognise themselves, you can convince them about anything you want.
Every event needs a good event moderator. A moderator is the master of ceremony of the event. There are 7 elements that make for a good moderator.
If you are struggling to structure your story, use The Story Pyramid. It guides you through the story. And we have a template for it!
A great presentation in 2018 has got as little text as possible. Bullets are ‘death by powerpoint’. So what most presenters do, is create slide decks with a lot of images. And they are right. After all, an image says more than a 1,000 words. Images can tell a story on its own. But more […]
As a small business, it’s hard to compete with brands. Storytelling is the solution! You can’t win on price You can’t win on marketing You can’t win on advertising You can win on a great story! Watch the video: When you are creating the story keep in mind… Don’t talk about how great you are […]
At The Inbounder in Madrid, Bas van den Beld spoke to Marcus Tandler about his experiences as a speaker and any tips he has for other (new) speakers). We discussed several topics: from Google to Slidestorms (301 slides in 30 minutes!), rehearsing, anxiety, tactics and much more! Here’s the full video. See a breakdown of […]
In the past few weeks, you have seen parts of the interview with Purna Virji being published on our YouTube channel and through our social channels. Today, you can watch the entire interview with Purna! Learning from Purna Public speaking for some speakers seems to be easy. They look confident on stage. They have a […]
People have a tendency to compare. They compare products. They compare services. They compare people. And yes, they compare speakers. This is why at a conference, you will often hear the question “which speaker did you like most today?”. Heck, I’ve asked it quite a few times myself. I’m not saying this question is wrong. […]
A sentence often heard in presentations is “I will get back to that” or “I will talk about that later”. This can be both good and bad. Good if you make it a ‘cliffhanger’. Bad if you actually never do get back on the topic. Bas van den Beld explains this sentence. Transcript: You have […]
When you are speaking in public, you might be inclined to share as much information as possible. You should not do that. People only remember three things.
How often do you say the word “uhm” or “um” when you talk? Probably a lot. Because many people do. These words are called “filler words”. But how can you fix this? When you use filler words, you are thinking out loud. And that’s where the solution to stop saying “uhm” lies. Bas van den […]
There are speakers who draw great crowds. Not only during their session, but after as well. People come up to them, ask them questions, take pictures and often enough, become clients. How do they do that? Of course, with a good presentation. But there is a way to get that attention as well. Here’s how… […]
If you are doing talks or workshops, you need to come prepared. If you show up with only your computer, chances are something goes wrong. A well-prepared speaker brings his own items. Let’s take a look at five items every speaker needs to bring to a conference or workshop to make sure your session goes […]
When you are preparing for a talk, you need to get out. Burst your bubble to create a better talk. Bas van den Beld explains in his weekly video!
Most speakers use images in their Powerpoint presentations. A lot of them look great, but it doesn’t end there. Many speakers talk ABOUT the image. But that’s wrong. The image supports your story. It’s not a story on its own. Bas van den Beld explains. Subscribe to our weekly tips below or on our subscribe […]
I wrote about ways to connect with your audience before. One topic I didn’t address then was asking the audience questions. Sometimes speakers want to engage with the audience by asking them a question. Often, these are simple questions (“who in the room works for an agency?”). Sometimes the questions are more complicated. These have […]
Some speakers come into the venue they are going to be speaking at last minute. It will make for a bad presentation. Here’s what you should do. Instead, come prepared. Be there early. Get to know the room. Get a feel of the audience. And very important: test your technical settings. So you know it […]
I’d like to talk to you about your audience. Many speakers don’t know much about who they have in the room. I believe you should know a lot about them. Here’s why!
One of the most important parts of your talk is the end of it. How you end your talk, decides on how people walk away from it. So you want it to be good. Bas van den Beld explains in this video why and how to pay attention to the end of your talk. This […]
Many conferences have panel discussions. As a speaker you need to pick where to sit. In the middle? At the end? Answer these questions to decide.
Your slide deck is one of the most important attributes of your talk. That is if you use one of course. Most marketing speakers do. So you pay attention to your slides. Sometimes I see slide decks filled with great content. Content that is overwhelming. That is why I always suggest those speakers: build in […]
Never underestimate the power of a smile in a presentation. It can do wonders for how your audience feels. Did you know for example that smiling makes people more comfortable with you as a speaker? Your facial expressions are extremely important. The way you look says a lot about how you feel and about your […]
Every speaker wants a good ‘connection’ with the audience. In some cases, that can be quite hard. Not all audiences are the same. And some audiences, you have to ‘convince’. Wouldn’t it be great if your audience would listen engaged to every word you had to say? It’s possible. There are a few ways to […]
We’re giving you 25 minutes of tips! On Storytelling this time. This is the presentation I (Bas) have done at the Benchmark Conference in Manchester in September. The talk was recorded by Omi Sodi. Enjoy! Find the slides of that presentation here: Learn how to do storytelling yourself by individual training sessions or sign up […]
I spoke to Craig Rayner, event organiser. My question was about picking speakers. Want to know what it takes to speak at an international conference? Searchelite conference organiser Craig Rayner explains how he picks speakers and what you should do.
When speaking in public, it is very important to have the right timing. This doesn’t just mean, stay within the time of the presentation. It also means saying the right things at the right time and the right speed. In this video, we look at timing. Want more tips like these? Sign up below for […]
These days you hear a lot about storytelling as a marketing strategy. Many marketers, therefore, believe they should ‘do storytelling’ as well. Whenever you do something, you want to know they ‘why’ (as Simon Sinek told us). So, you might wonder why storytelling is such a powerful tool. What makes storytelling worth it? Do you […]
Have you ever wondered why speakers at the TED Conferences are standing in a circle? It’s about more than just the design. It’s helpful as well. And we can learn from it! Find below the transcript of the video: When I started speaking at conferences, I didn’t feel comfortable standing behind a desk. Some events […]
Public Speaking isn’t easy. And when you are starting out, you need some tips. Lucky for you, every now and then, we talk to experienced speakers. And then we ask them their tips for you! One of these speakers is David Iwanow. In this video, shot at the Searchelite conference, David discusses preparation, what to […]
Have you ever wondered why you are nervous? If you want to handle nerves, you should first understand why you are. After that, you can handle them better! In this week’s tip, Bas van den Beld talks about where nerves come from. Be sure to sign up for the speaking tips (below or here) to […]
As a public speaker, it is good to look at how the great ones are doing it. You can learn how they move. Learn how they craft their story. Learn how they inspire their audience. Here you can learn from Renny Gleeson. Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found This talk is from […]
When you are presenting, in pitching, on a stage or in a training session, there are two words you should not use. Which ones? Bas van den Beld tells you in this video. Want more tips like these? Sign up below for our free weekly tips and learn from behind your screen! Want more personalised […]
Speaking at conferences is great for building a personal brand. It’s something that helped Jono Alderson a lot. His speaking at conferences is legendary, because of the way he speaks and the amount of content he is able to get in. That takes a lot of preparation. I talked to different speakers, asking them about how […]
Practicing in front of the mirror is a common tactic for speakers. It’s a wrong approach. It can lead to the exact opposite of what you want to accomplish.
Listen to experienced speaker Sam Noble explain how she prepares for a presentation. She has a very special method using cards.
People can’t resist a story. So brands try to do storytelling. Often enough, they fail. Because stating facts isn’t a story. Maybe this Storytelling guide can help! (see more about Storytelling here) via (see more about Storytelling here)
Being the last speaker at an event can be daunting for speakers. But there are actually some big opportunities. Make being the last speaker work for you! Some call it the ‘graveyard shift’. If you are the last speaker at the conference. It’s not a strange remark. After all. If you are the last one […]
Many speakers have some ‘tricks up their sleeve’. Things that will help them be more memorable, or look more professional. Some of these tactics (because that is what they are) are well known. Taking the selfie with the audience. Getting interaction by asking questions, you name it. Yet some tactics might actually backfire. Without the […]
If you want to get your audience involved in your presentation, here’s a strategy to consider: Asking for their notes. What they write down, you get.