Looking back at your own public speaking experiences, is there any story you’d like to share? Do you have an experience other presenters could learn from? An insight that could inspire us to advance our communication skills? A priceless lesson learned from a fun or engaging moment – or a terribly embarrassing one?
We’ve created a forum for just such valuable stories, with our new #SlideshopStories project. We’ll share your public speaking or presentation tale with our big social media networks, and our 250,000+ email subscribers. Our aim is to spread the wealth of the many “nuggets of wisdom” you and presenters like you have to share, and make presenting more effective and rewarding for everyone.
How Does It Work?
- Your story (preferably 100 words or so – but length isn’t critical)
- An image to share with our social media followers and newsletter subscribers
- Optional: a one-sentence biography that promotes your book, services, or website.
Here’s an example from Slidehop’s president, Tor Hvas:
“One time in business school, I had to introduce myself in front of the entire class. I knew this was coming, and had plenty of time to prepare. I could say I was mentally ready for the challenge. But I think I overdid it with my “I can, I dare, I will” mantra before stepping into the spotlight. I was so fired up that I didn’t take care to look where I was going, and fell right off the stage onto a technical cable box! That was an embarrassing experience, but it taught me a simple, face-saving lesson: watch your step!”
Tor Hvas is the president of Slideshop, a prominent provider of PowerPoint, Keynote and Google Slide presentation templates.
Guide Questions for Contributors
We’d love to hear any insightful story you’d care to share! If you’d like to contribute, but need help in getting started, look over these questions for inspiration:
- Was there a specific time you realized you needed to brush up your communication skills? What steps have you taken since that realization? What results have you seen from your efforts?
- Describe a memorable interaction with one of your audiences. What did you learn from the experience?
- How did (do) you overcome your fear of speaking in public?
- Who’s your favorite public speaker? Why? How did you discover this person? How does he or she inspire you?
- What has been your most embarrassing moment as a public speaker? What did you learn from the experience?
- How have public speaking opportunities expanded your network? Is there someone you’ve met at a public speaking event who became a great mentor, friend, or business partner?
- What aspect of your communication skills (voice, non-verbal communication, diction, etc.) would you most like to improve? Why? Is there a story behind your answer?
- What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned from public speaking experiences?
- Do you tend to use filler words when you speak in public? How did you come to realize you do this? How do you plan to overcome it? Or – even better – how have you overcome it?
- How have your public speaking skills enhanced your career? Would you say public speaking has been the key to landing a great job, a promotion, or developing leadership?
What’s in It for You?
In addition to the opportunity to help others improve their public speaking skills, you’ll also receive a thank-you gift from Slideshop: a 12-slide deck we’ve designed exclusively for contributors.
Remember, if you like, we can include a link to your product, service or website as part of your one-sentence biography. We’ll share this info with our social media networks and newsletter subscribers from all over the world.
Ready to be one of Slideshop’s featured public speakers? Send us your story now, and help improve others’ communication skills, one tale at a time.
Note: Slideshop has the right to amend or update these guidelines without prior notice.