The 25 Most Essential Public Speaking Tips

Written by Brad Phillips @MrMediaTraining on April 18, 2013 – 3:05 pm

I’ve written hundreds of posts since beginning this blog. Many of the posts containing the most critical public speaking tips have gotten buried, so I wanted to post them all in one easy-to-find place.

So, with no further introduction, here are the 25 links I consider to be the most important for public speakers everywhere. I hope you find them useful!

Public Speaking Microphone


1. Eight Great Ways to Open a Speech (Part One)

2. Eight Great Ways to Open a Speech (Part Two)

3. Eight Great Ways to Open a Speech (Part Three)

4. Seven Ways to Close a Speech (Part One)

5. Seven Ways to Close a Speech (Part Two)

6. Seven Ways to Close a Speech (Part Three)

7. How To Deliver a Closing “Call-to-Action”



8. Public Speaking Body Language: Energy

9. Public Speaking Body Language: Tone

10. Public Speaking Body Language: Eye Contact

11. Public Speaking Body Language: Gestures

12. Public Speaking Body Language: Posture

13. Public Speaking Body Language: Voice

14. Public Speaking Body Language: Interacting with PowerPoint

15. Public Speaking Body Language: Where to Stand



16. The One Sentence Most Public Speakers Get Wrong

17. The Biggest Mistake Many Public Speakers Make

18. The “Grocery Cart” Approach to Public Speaking



19. The “4S” Approach to Showing PowerPoint Slides

20. The Five Most Common PowerPoint Mistakes

21. The PowerPoint Slide I Hate The Most



22. Five Ways to Manage Your Fear of Public Speaking

23. What To Do When You Have an “Oh, Shit” Moment

24. Managing Your “Imposter Syndrome”

25. Five Ways to Recover From a Brain Freeze


If you found these links helpful, please check out my book, The Media Training Bible: 101 Things You Absolutely, Positively Need to Know Before Your Next Interview.

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