“Your final exam will have one question on it.”

As a class we sat stunned at this announcement from our teacher. I was taking a public speaking class at the local community college. Over 12 weeks we had read a 200 page book, given 4 different speeches, and laughed in the face of public speaking fear.

“Take out a sheet of paper.”

Rustling filled the classroom as we each pulled out a sheet of paper.

“Here is the question. What is the Number one Secret to Being a Great Speaker?”

Quickly some of the class wrote down the answer. Others thought and thought.

What would you say? How can a speaker go from boring to interesting? What will wake audiences up instead of putting them to sleep?

Here was the one word answer:


The Dictionary says, “Great excitement for or interest in a subject or cause.”

If the speaker is excited/interested in what they are saying, it will affect their performance and it will excite the audience. This does not mean you have to talk excitedly or run around the stage (though if that is your style, go for it!). The audience should see that you are deeply interested in what you are talking about.

Wait! Not just deeply interested, but excited about it!

What if you don’t feel enthusiastic about what you are talking about? Simple. Apply the old saying, “Act enthusiastic and you will feel enthusiastic.” Put some enthusiasm into your voice. Have vocal variety. Do this and you will fire up the audience.

Here are 3 ways you can add enthusiasm to your presentations:

  • Choose topics you are interested in
  • Lean forward slightly when speaking
  • Act enthusiastic

An enthusiastic speaker can make boring topics interesting!

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Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Evening™

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