The Oscars: How Not to Give a Presentation

5 Speech Lessons From the Oscars from Bill Lampton, Ph.D. on Vimeo.

How do you spell boredom? That’s easy.

O-S-C-A-R-S

Or more officially, the annual televised spectacle more formally known as the Academy Awards.

Why is this broadcast the most ballyhooed, hyped, long-awaited program of the year, second only to the Super Bowl in anticipation and in wagers about would-be winners? And why, annually, do people wear out their mute buttons, turn the program off halfway through, and if they record it fast forward through three-fourths of it the next evening?

Here’s why the answer to those key questions relates to you professionally. As part of your professional responsibilities, you speak to audiences–within your organization and beyond your work place. Certainly you don’t want your listeners yawning, moaning, complaining to their seat mates, or leaving early. To make sure you–in show biz terms–give an award-winning speech, watch this brief video. Learn my 5 lessons the Oscars gave us about speeches. And then put this advice into action for your presentations.

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