16th April 2016


Apologies not Accepted!


It's okay to make mistakes #SpeechMentors #apologies #dontbesorry #mentor #publicspeaking #mistakeshappen #presentation

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Video Transcript:
When should you apologise?
Hi, I'm Claude, your SpeechMentor.
Apologies while public speaking should be avoided.
If you make a mistake, if you lose your place
or if you see something that interrupts your flow of thought,
breaking your speech, don't apologise.
If you've forgotten your words or realise
"Oh my God, I forgot to say something really important"
don't apologise, just say it!
The fact is that most people in your audience
won't know what the flow of your speech is, so don't apologise.
Simply move on, move forward, do your best and if you have to go back, go back.
Don't tell them, they'll know or they might not. Does it matter? No. Don't apologise.
I'm Claude, your SpeechMentor.

Grow Through Feedback!

Video Transcript:
Guaranteed Improvement? Feedback!
Hi, I'm Claude. I'm your SpeechMentor
Feedback is one of the most important things you can ask for after a presentation
to improve your speaking skills
Listen to what your audience has to say.
Take everything on, whether it's positive or negative.
Look at the constructive criticism.
The important thing is that if you have twenty persons feeding back, look at the commonalities.
Are they saying similar things?
Pay attention to that, because it's important and this is probably one thing
you should be working on to improve in your next speech.
Feedback: improve yourself.
I'm Claude, your SpeechMentor.

Ask for Details!


A lesson I just learned the hard way! #SpeechMentors #presentation #publicspeaking #preparation #personaldevelopment #stagetime

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Video Transcript:
Make sure you have all details before going to a gig.
Hi, it's me - Pascal, your SpeechMentor.
I've just finished teaching at a school
I was asked to come over and give presentation training to the 10th graders
and I had done this before and the last few times I was here
I was given two to three days with each of the groups
and I was asked to do two days this week as well
so I came over and I start my session and all of the sudden I'm told that
it's actually two different groups in those weeks
so I have 1 day per group, 1 day to do a curriculum that's for 2 or actually 3 days
so in last minute panic I fortunately managed to put together a 1 day curriculum
but if I had known about this earlier, I would have prepared properly
and it did not go as well as it should have, so always make sure
whenever you get a speaking gig you know all the details
Know exactly how long you have and if it's going to be one group or two.
I'm Pascal, your SpeechMentor.

Hold Eye Contact!

Video Transcript:
Eye contact.
Hi, I'm Claude, your SpeechMentor.
Eye contact while you speak is very important.
One aspect of eye contact is transitioning smoothly
from one person to another while speaking.
It's very important that when you start one idea
that you maintain eye contact with one person.
When you come to the end of that thought or idea then one can transition to another.
Don't break eye contact in the middle of your sentence or in the middle of your idea
because it disrupts the flow of your thought and the flow of your speech
Eye contact.
I'm Claude, your SpeechMentor.


Video Transcript:
A speech does NOT begin with the first word.
Hi, I'm Pascal, your SpeechMentor.
Today I want to talk about the important few seconds before you start speaking.
You see, the audience will already notice you while you walk up on stage,
so the impression you leave on them will matter for your speech and your presentation.
The best thing you can do is, well: smile.
Happens way too often and I've done this too,
that a speaker will go up and look really grim
and then wonder why the audience isn't smiling at them.
If you want the audience to smile at you, you smile at the audience.
You want the audience to be happy? Show them that you are happy.
So always smile when you go on stage and you'll have a great time.
I'm Pascal, your SpeechMentor.

Be Original!

Video Transcript:
Be an original.
Hi, I'm Claude, your SpeechMentor.
When you have an idea which isn't your own, don't plagiarise.
Think of something you can use, possibly from your past, an experience you've had and fit that into that idea which you've picked up from someone else.
Be original, be authentic, be yourself.
Pick a story which fits the idea you want to speak about.
Now, when you're being an original and authentic, your connection to your audience is going to be much much stronger.
My tip to you: be authentic, be original, use your own stories.
I'm Claude, your SpeechMentor

Welcome to SpeechMentors!

We launch our SpeechMentors video series on Instagram and Facebook!

Video Transcript:
Hi, I'm Claude
And I'm Pascal
And we are SpeechMentors!
Would you like to learn how to give amazing presentations, how to write emotionally moving speeches and how to lose your fear of speaking on the stage?
With more than 25 years of public speaking experience, we want to help you become the speaker you’ve always wanted to be
We've prepared a series of videos to help you improve your presentation skills. Each video teaches you a specific skill you can use for your next presentation.
that you can use in your next presentation.
Follow us, like us, share us - and stay tuned to find out more!
We are SpeechMentors!

3 Presentation Tips

Pascal starred in the German Pitch-Up Podcast and shared his top three tips for effective presentations. An English transcript of the podcast can be found here.