Public Speaking: 8 MIndset Tips for Delivering a Stellar Speech or Presentation (Part 2)

In part 1 of this article, you learned 4 public speaking mindset tips.  Here are the remaining 4 mindset tips to get you out of your own way so you can capture and engage your audience every time.

  1. Embrace the importance of planning.  Set yourself up for success.  Prepare your speech/presentation.  Organize your presentation taking into consideration the following.  Be sure to have an introduction, body, and summary.  Convey clear main ideas, supporting details, and logical transitions between ideas.  Supporting details can be in the form of facts, stories, examples, and anecdotes.  You can even include audience participation in the body of your presentation.  This planning will show through when you are in front of your audience.
  2. Adopt the grandness of practice.  Say your speech out loud.  Tape it and listen to it.  The purpose of saying it out loud, is to identify yours strengths and your weaknesses.  Going forward, you can make the changes necessary.  Some changes you may notice you want to make include: catchiness of introduction, excitement/engagement level with your audience expressed with eye contact, movement (excessive or not enough), voice pitch changes,voice pausing, pacing, gestures, being more concise, transitioning more smoothly from topic to topic, catchy summary
  3. Get used to presenting your speech to someone you trust. Listen to the feedback you receive.  Make changes as needed.  Verbally giving your presentation allows you the following.  It allows you the chance to notice problem areas.  Those problem areas may alert you to such factors as whether you need to create acronyms and bullet points to better store the information in memory so as not to rely on your notes.  The problem areas may include rocky transitions or not enough supportive information to illustrate points.
  4. Kindly support yourself.  Monitor your thoughts.  Shift hyper-critical, non-supportive, judgmental thoughts to supportive, balanced thoughts.


You’ve learned 8 mindset tips for delivering a stellar speech or presentation.  They include:

  1. Get to know your conditioned self.
  2. Challenge your fears.
  3. Risk making mistakes.
  4. Be willing to invest the time and energy into your new skills.
  5. Embrace the importance of planning.
  6. Adopt the grandness of practice.
  7. Get used to presenting your speech to someone you trust.
  8. Kindly support yourself.

In addition to mastering verbal and nonverbal communication excellence tools, it’s of equal (if not greater importance in some cases) to embrace these mindset tools.   They will empower you with confidence and perseverance for  speaking your message with power, passion, and purpose.

To your stellar presentations and speeches,



Pam Kachelmeier MA, PC, LCMay 28th, 2014 at 11:46 am

This is really helpful Cher, each time I give a presentation I get a little bit better.

Bonnie NussbaumMay 28th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

I definitely resonate with the need to practice out loud and to be gentle with yourself in critiquing what you’ve created. Thanks, Cher.

Cher GundersonMay 28th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Bonnie, you’re welcome. Do you have another workshop or presentation planned soon?


Cher GundersonMay 28th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Pam, that’s great that practice is proving effective. It gives confidence for future presentations as well, doesn’t it?

Jill GreinkeMay 28th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Thank you so much for this valuable information Cher! This is a valuable skill for us all to learn.

TeenaMay 28th, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Cher – great information that holds power, passion and purpose as well as proactive positive tips to craft and deliver and stellar speech!


SangitaMay 28th, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Hi Cher,
Great blog, love your tips on presentation,it is the key element to put yourself out there and it can be polished with every speaking engagement and I also resonate with your point of tapeing and listening to weed out and make it stronger each time. Thank you for sharing 🙂
Love and Light

Vickie LegareMay 28th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Thank you for your helpful public speaking tips Cher! This is an important skill for all of us to learn.

Dorothy FitzerMay 28th, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Oh Cher – I’m just cracking up at myself. Took me a little while to embrace the planning thing. It’s still a bit of a rough labor process for me – but I’m getting better;)

Tina GamesMay 28th, 2014 at 10:17 pm

Thank you for these eight great tips, Cher! ~ While I do plan my presentation, I’ve found that I’m much better “off the cuff” with a “loose plan.” ~ My years in improvisational theatre have prepared me for this. The less “scripted” I am, the better. 🙂

Cher GundersonJune 6th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Tina, I’ve learned something about you. I didn’t realize you had beenin improvisational theatre. How cool! I’m sure that helped with your comfort level with spontaneity and your confidence in general.

Cher GundersonJune 6th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

You’re very welcome. With all the class teaching you do with your Reiki, I’m sure you see the importance and the impact on your students 🙂

Cher GundersonJune 6th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

How I smile when I imagine how it’s affecting your many presentations for your book promotions and workshops…
Sending you a big hug,

Cher GundersonJune 6th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Thank you.
To your stellar presentions and workshops,

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