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Presentation Secrets: Do What you Never Thought Possible With Your Presentations by Alexei Kapterev

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BEING PERFECT VERSUS BEING PASSIONATE

The first secret of passionate public speaking isn't about speaking at all. Presenting is a projection of your everyday life. If your everyday job is colorless and boring to you, it's extremely hard to look passionate onstage.

You have to love what you do. I know this sounds banal, and I know you cannot force yourself into loving your job. So, if you don't love what you do and you want to be a good speaker, change jobs. We all understand this isn't easy, and I'm not suggesting you do it right away. But plan to do it. Keep your day job and start spending time analyzing the most interesting moments in your life. Go to a self-discovery seminar. Write an autobiography. Finding your passion in life is a quest and you have to embark on it—better sooner than later.

Passion is all about energy and this energy comes from an inner conflict. Why am I so passionate about presentation? Because I hate being bored and I know I can be a bore myself. In fact, I was quite a bore when I first started and I still sometimes become one, when I get caught in the small details nobody really cares about. I am passionate about improvisation because I hate routine, but at the same time, I know perfectly well that routine is the basis for all the improvisation there is. I am passionate about comedy because I don't like aggressive people—but I understand that the energy is there and that comedy is one of the socially accepted ways of channeling aggression. Comedy is an ...

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