Want to become part of the Inkandescent Speakers Bureau?

We’re always on the lookout for speakers with great messages and a strong following.

To learn more about how we work our arrangements in terms of benefits and commission:

Contact Hope Katz Gibbs, founder of the Inkandescent Speakers Bureau

And, to learn more about Inkandescent Public Relations, visit www.InkandescentPR.com.

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We look forward to meeting you!

Inkandescent Speaking Tips

We thank our friends at Toastmasters International and How Stuff Works for sharing these great speaking tips with us.

  • If you are an experienced speaker, you know these tips to be true.
  • If you an aspiring speaker, take these ideas to heart.

Here’s to hitting the big time!

  • Picture the audience in their underwear.
  • Don’t worry. It’s not life or death. It’s a speech.
  • Study the masters. Note their styles, habits, and timing.
  • Know who your audience. If they’re judges, convince them. If they’re friends, entertain them. If they’re colleagues, teach them something you want them to know.
  • Visualize yourself giving your speech.
  • And visualize yourself being fabulous.
  • Know your topic—and what you’d like the audience to take away.
  • Every time you go through your presentation, you’ll add another layer of “I know this stuff.”
  • Practice, Practice, Practice! Then read it though again. And once more.
  • Now practice in front of a mirror, to your dog. Then grab a friend and try it in front of a real human being.
  • Do your research. The more you know, the more confident you’ll be up there.
  • Look sharp. The better you look, the more ready and professional you’ll feel.
  • Your speech should represent you—as an authority, and as a person.
  • If you believe that you’ll be great, you will be.
  • If you think you’re going to fail, you probably will. Simple as that.
  • Your focus should be on the end game. Leave your ego at the door. Be the message.
  • Check the specs of the room: Football stadium? Conference room? Respond accordingly.
  • Arrive early. Walk around.
  • Stay sober.
  • Remember, listening to a sincere speech from someone who’s nervous is much better than listening to incoherent babble from someone who’s loaded.
  • Don’t apologize for any nervousness or problems. Breathe.
  • If you skip forward to the next image on a project by mistake, no one’s going to run you out of town.
  • If you forget to read a sentence of your notes, who will know? You. Take a deep breath. Smile. It’s ok.
  • Relax! We’re usually our own worst critics. Remember: People want you to succeed.