6 Public Speaking Tips To Hook Any Audience


This is Charlie from Charisma on Command and
today I’m going to be giving you some presentation tips and tricks. Now, the guide that we are
working off of today is actually the Toastmasters 2015 World Champion of Public Speaking. This
does, though, apply to a presentation that you would give in any setting, whether it’s
in work, or elsewhere, because when you stand in front of a group of people, whether you’re
talking about macroeconomics, or the forecasted revenue, or you’re telling a story, like this
guy, you must captivate their attention first. And that’s one of the things that we’re going
to focus on today. So let’s get started. What? So, this is so huge. How does he start off
this speech? There are two big things going on here. One, he starts with a prop, and sometimes
I can feel hokey and you’re like, “Well, how do I do that in a business setting?” The truth is,
anything that is a physical object that people do not understand why you’re doing it, whether you’re
holding some sort of piece of fruit as a metaphor, I’ve seen people do that, whatever it is,
if you have a physical object, that helps to capture people’s attention, and you’re
going to see that this is the most critical thing at the start of a speech. He does it
in multiple ways, because when you get up there and start to speak in front of people,
you have about 10 seconds to capture their attention and captivate them before they tune
out completely, so you must do something interesting. Secondly, impeccable timing. This guy is so
deliberate, so slow, he commands the stage. That’s just something to look out for for
the rest of this video. All of you think smoking kills? So, another quick thing, and I’m going to
play this back, again, just so you can see it altogether. You need to get audience interaction
absolutely within the first minute. You see a lot of speakers do this. It can feel hackneyed,
but they ask people that, you know, “Show a hand, whose seen this before?” “Show a hand, who’s
heard of something.” You must get the audience moving and speaking and responding to you if you
want them to listen and to engage with what you are saying. He does it very cleverly by
asking a provocative question. So, I’m just going to go back and play that all over again
so we can see it together. What? All of you think smoking kills? So, now, they’re interested, and hooked, and
he can begin his– he can begin to get into it. Let me tell you something. Do you know that
there are many people dying from diabetes as three times as many people dying from smoking?
Yet, if I pulled a Snicker bar, nobody will say anything. Again, two more great examples. He’s dedicating,
basically, the first minute of his speech to engaging with the audience, and he does
that a number of ways we’ve covered, but, also, humor. He makes sure that there are
jokes in that first minute. So he’s got another belly laugh here, and then, that provocative
question that he’s asking you, “You think this? Well, guess what?” And, now, he’s going
to reveal something else. Do you know that the leading cause of lung
cancer is not actually a cigarette. Prop again, captivates attention It’s your DNA. You could smoke for years and
nothing will ever happen to you. This whole war against smoking is just to restrict the
farming of tobacco. Mr. _, _ and guests, I use these arguments even though I just made
them up So, you see, this is kind of an abbreviated
version of this talk. But, right now, we’re going to go to the body of the talk. So that’s
how you need to and must. The first part of whatever your presentation you’re giving,
has to captivate attention. You’ve got humor. You’ve got provocative questions. You’ve got
props; lots of ways to do that, but the first minute, do not get right into what you’re
saying. Don’t tell them what you’re going to talk about. Capture their attention. So, here, now we’re more in the body of his
speech, and the body of his presentation, and one thing that you’re going to want to
have, no matter how dry the subject that you’re talking about, is stories, because, people,
the human brain did not evolve to digest and connect with statistics, right? You can talk
about global warming, or world hunger, and how many millions and billions, and hundreds
of thousands, but the human brain is not persuaded by that. What is persuasive is individual
anecdotes, and even though it’s a logical fallacy, if you want to move people emotionally,
you need to tell the stories of individuals, and this is what he does right here. Choice of word can make a difference between
someone accepting or denying your message. You can have a very beautiful thing to say,
but say it in the wrong words and it’s gone. So, here, he makes his point, and now he’s
about to launch into a story. That’s a great way, bounce back and forth between a general
point demonstrating a story, or even start with demonstrating a story, what’s the point? My friend, Nasser, he loved his father, idealized
his father. He would do anything to make him happy. But his father was the kind of person
who’s not easy to impress, and year after year, Nasser tried, and his father was like,
“Nyah.” First year in college, Nasser got straight A’s, and he thought to himself, “This
is it. This will finally make my dad proud.” He picked up the phone So notice this. This is very critical. When
you are telling stories, again, even in dry enviroments, you have to realize that when
you’re in front of a group of people, you are performing, so you need to get out from
behind the lectern. You need to move your body, but you also need to embody characters.
If you can take people into the present tense of any story, any moment, that is going to
be far more powerful than summarizing it. And if you can go beyond the present tense,
and act it out, make it vivid and real play character, that is going to be something that
people can connect with much more, and will ultimately be moved to act upon, because,
really, when you get in front of people, your goal is not just to say some words, your goal
is for them to walk away, having had something inside them change, so that they behave differently.
And this is just a great example of how you can do that. So, see what he does here. He called his dad, “Dad, I got straight A’s,
are you proud? Please, tell me you’re proud, father. “Yeah, listen, son, I have to call you back,
I’m busy.” So, you see, this is actually abbreviated
in the end. I highly, highly recommend watching the whole thing. It’s much to get. It’s much
better in its whole piece, but I wanted to pull out some of the most fascinating pieces.
So, moving on, now, towards the end of the speech, he sort of wraps it up. What you want
to do when you get to the end of any presentation. In the middle, you know, you’ll have told
your stories, your anecdotes. At the beginning, you’ll have captured attention. It’s the end
when people are wide open from being sucked into your stories, from you hooking their
attention, that you can drop whatever insight or nugget that you want them to take away,
because if you captivate people with stories, the truth is, they’re wide open to you telling
them the moral, and this is kind of what he does here. Words have power. Words are power. Words could
be your power. You can change a life, inspire a nation, and make this world a beautiful
place. Isn’t that what we all wanted? Isn’t that why we are all in this world? Your mouth
can spit venom or it can mend a broken soul. Ladies and gentlemen, let that be our goal. So, you see there, at the end, he goes back
full circle with the prop. He pulls out the cigarette and crushes it at the end. This
is something that is very, very, very popular. I personally find it a little bit cliche,
in this case, but what a lot of people like to do is come full circle, or start with a
metaphor, and then, come back to it at the end. Again, very, very popular thing. You
don’t need to force it as I felt is the case in this speech, but something that you can
do. If you want to see more on this channel, go ahead and subscribe. And, of course, if there’s anybody
that you’d like to see me break down, any topics that you would like to see me do, feel
free to go ahead and put those in the comments. I hope that you’ve liked this and I will see
you on the next video.

100 thoughts on “6 Public Speaking Tips To Hook Any Audience

  1. These are good tips but only get you so far. Public speaking is way more simple than that… you need good posture,speak well and slowly,passion,confidence and most importantly talk to them like your having a convo. And know that your comfortable with speaking in public tell yourself that. and once you talk to them like a convo honestly everything naturally falls into place.

  2. Even though you think this is "cliche", at the end of his speech crushing the cigarette, it is required in learning to how to give a speech. At least that is what my teacher is requiring. I am glad I found this, I have to re-read and then re-write my speech I wrote yesterday, I am struggling with it. It sure helps on those points, thank you.

  3. Gracias es un gran video. It helps me for my future speech and those tips are so important to take it in mind.

  4. How can i come up with a good hook if i am giving a persuasive speech about this topic "To persuade people to stop upgrading their cars because it's the same engine but different body shape" ?

  5. I take my hat off to anyone who is able to stand up in front of a crowd.
    A challenge for most of us.
    Remember we are all good looking from a distance!
    Blessings from Wolverhampton England to you all.

  6. Welp I guess 2.2M other people are also trying to mentally prepare them self’s for a presentation due tomorrow

  7. I really like your videos! You always give great information in a concise format and you have a pleasant voice to listen to as well. Thank you for all you do.

  8. Have you noticed that he's smart enough to know that you never start a sentence with the word ,"SO".

  9. Your just riding on the back of this guys speech and stating the obvious. Jog on 👎

  10. How the "Human brain evolved"….. like we can even think and change one color of one of just one of our hairs if we wanted too? You cannot take your thoughts or your desires and change one thing about your body to a different design from inside yourself. Your body does not do this either and cannot do this. No, this is foolish to think we evolved. Life cannot make itself from death. Nothing dead ever made itself alive. A Ford/Chevy truck never made itself but had many designers and builders and it is not even as brilliant as we are made nor is it alive like we are. God made us and made us intelligent/smart where our brain sees in pictures better than in words. To think we evolved is utter foolishness when it comes to honest logic.

  11. I love the use of props and the idea of using them to come full circle. Also telling stories are one of the most powerful ways to connect with people. Great video! Really enjoyed 🙌🏻

  12. Summary:
    Start: 1. Provocative Question, 2. Props, 3. Humor, 4. Get the audience to interact, speak, move, raise their hands, think, 5. Use a metaphor
    Middle: appeal to emotion using Personal Anecdotes
    End: Connect to metaphor

  13. I disagree with your no, on the cigarette crushing. it may be an overused tactic when it comes to public speaking, but it is a very key part in public speaking. you have your opening statement. (your thesis) and you have your hook, otherways none as an attention getter. you typically have facts or proofs and before that an enumeration of those proofs. at the end of your proofs that can also include stories or other things to amerse your audience, you repeat your thesis to remind the audience of your main point and to bring the focus back to that, and then there are other dress ups and decor to add to the end and the beginning of your speech to make less plain and boring. I think the cigarette crush at the end was beautiful, smart, and brought the audience back to earth and was the perfect ending statement.

  14. I'm so excited that you used a Toastmasters video! Are you in Toastmasters?

  15. I learned that a keynote is a performance that includes humor, stories, utilizes the power of pauses and your asking questions. End the presentation with and emotional statement and a close for action.

  16. This video was very helpful. Learning that I must grab the audience's attention within the first 10 seconds, I need to get audience interaction so they will engage in what I'm saying, and make sure I have stories in my presentation along with points to the stories was really informative. Then I can't forget acting out my stories. Thank you so much!

  17. Ahh man that had me laugh out loud. I was so excited smiling ear to ear thinking i dont have to quit smoking.. When he said he made it up i busted out laughing. That was a good one

  18. I learned a lot from this. It was particularly helpful to hear specifics like capturing their attention within the first 10 seconds and engaging audience interaction within 60 seconds. Also, I came the understand the importance of not telling the audience what you are going to talk about in the first minute of the presentation. This structure was very helpful.

  19. This is amazing. Thank you for you deep instructions. I have received the teaching and will apply to my keynotes! Thank you!

  20. It is good not to be at school anymore. Just wanted to mention that.

  21. Dear Sir. Your speech was fantastic. However, next time you are on stage please have your jacket tailored properly. Your sleeves are too long, your jacket do not drape well as it does not rest well on your back. please fasten only the top button never the last.

  22. Nice work! I would like to brush up my public speaking skills. Thank you

  23. nice video you are a master !!!!!! thanks for your time. Mohammed could you help i have do a persuasive speech about mystery could you make a video about it?

  24. So true what has been said. And even the Proverb 18:21– says "Death and Life are in the power of your tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit".

  25. It comes down to confidence. If you're not confident, it's not gonna work, no matter how good the speech is.

  26. Literally I’ve a presentation in a week so THANK. YOU. I’m terrified 😂

  27. I learned persuasive techniques today
    1. Alliteration
    2. Repetition
    3. Emotive language
    4. Rhetorical question
    5. Anecdote
    6. Stats
    7. Metaphors
    8. Similes
    9. Puns
    10. Cliches

  28. Charlie: "within the first minute grab the audiences attention "

    Me: "so I'm sitting here, BBQ sauce on my titties"

  29. This is amazing! I've never done public speaking in my life. But I practice and visualize public speaking in my mind, and believe it or not I've actually hit most of these points when I practice/pretend. Hopefully one day I'll be able to give a public speech where I can put them into action.

  30. God is real and God is love. We are created to love God, trust God, and glorify God no matter what. We can't truly love God unless we trust Him and if you can't find God it's because you are not looking for Him. God knows our hearts and will allow anyone to be deceived who wishes to be. What we call life is just a test an illusion to see who loves God and how much. Anyone who truly loves God will keep God first, keep His 10 commandments, love their neighbors as themselves
    and do their best not to sin. We all sin and have fallen short of the glory of God. This is why God sent His only begotten son Jesus Christ
    to die on the cross for our sins so that all those who believe in Him and do their best to live a life that is pleasing to God will not perish but have everlasting life. Heaven and hell exist and the things we say and do in this lifetime will testify for us or against us and determine where we spend eternity. I was born in a Christian home and went looking for The Truth because I could see lies and deception in religion and wanted to know why there are so many different beliefs and religions. God gives us choices but wants us to choose Him.
    God allowed satan and his demons to test my faith with a demonic attack while He taught me a lesson about patience, holding my peace, and trusting Him no matter what. The Bible is true and this world is a lie.
    Spiritual warfare is going on right now and demons are fallen angels that work thru all people tempting us to sin and trying to win souls because it hurts God. God has given me spiritual discernment wich is the ability to detect these spirits. God wants me to help wake up the walking dead. The walking dead are people who don't know God are what He expects from us. God want us to love Him above everyone and everything. He also wants us to love everyone else like we love ourselves, to study His Word, and pray daily. Always remember our enemies are demons not the people they work thru. If we can't forgive others God won't forgive us on judgement day. God is love and love is the fulfillment of Gods law. This world rejects God because it is ruled by satan but God is always in control. God expects everyone who knows the truth to tell everyone who has been deceived. The only way to be saved from our sins is by repenting and excepting God 's only begotten son Jesus Christ because He paid the price for all sin when He died on the cross and rose again.
    Freedom is free and Jesus is the key. God is love and love is the fufillment of Gods law+++

  31. Revelation 22:7, 10-15 (KJV)

    Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
    And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
    He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
    And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
    I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
    Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
    For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

    Revelation 22:7, 10-15 (KJV)

  32. buddy i am having a school election in a week
    can u help me do a good work

  33. Bro watched this in 2019 …wow will implement this but I would love for you to watch a channel called mixed Molly whoppery is all about MMA… The guy can talk it's amazing…. Would you do a break down for it….

  34. Make a video on how to do podcasts, commentary.. Things your doing yourself.. How to captivate people who ain't seeing you

  35. Sólo se que los presidente usan direciones de los humilde y se pone a los que tiene trabajo así trabaja los delincuentes presidente y global

  36. I’m giving a mother of the bride speech next month and have only been a member of TM for a year, and I’m scared to death! Would you, or a woman you know please share some wedding day speeches? Thanks so much!
    Toronto Ontario.

  37. If you shut up and stop explaining your point it would be better

  38. Thank you for this. We are coming up to our Toastmasters club humorous competition. This will help everyone strengthen their speeches.

  39. Man, you seriously gotta let him speak, I mean you've been interrupting him right from the start. 😄

  40. I ate an apple in front of my class to start, the speech went very well

  41. Hey. Please please do a video on queen Hürrem Sultan from MUHTEŞEM YÜZYIL.
    She had a strong character. A woman of beauty and wits; cunning at times, but can't deny her strengths.

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