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A Novice’s Guide to Speaking in Public: 10 Steps to Help You Succeed in Your Next Presentation... Without Years of Training! by Michael Faulkner

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1. Step 1: Think about Your Language and Keep It Simple

Language is archives of history.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many people speak without clear intention; they simply blurt out whatever comes to mind. If you use the right words, speak with intention, and allow your mind and your actions to take on new purpose, you can speak with power and then act with power and influence. You can influence the lives of many people who listen to you. When you stand up before an audience of any size you have a unique opportunity and a significant leadership responsibility.

Communication is perhaps the most important human function in which we engage. Scientific evidence suggests that we don’t trust our instincts driven by our amygdala (which some refer to as our ...

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