Give high impact talks and presentations – 5 simple tips

Do you want to give high impact talks and presentations?

Do you want to engage your audience? And do you want to look and feel confident when speaking? If your answer to any of these is ‘yes’, then these techniques are for you.

We’ve been coaching business leaders to become impressive public speakers for more than ten years. We can transform a nervous presenter into a confident public speaker in just a few hours. These are some of the tools from our public speaking toolbox that we use to transform dull performances into impressive, high impact talks and presentations:


High Impact Talks Tip #1. Use short phrases

Spoken language works best when delivered in snackable bites, with short, simple words and phrases.

  • Speak a few words at a time.
  • One idea per phrase.
  • Cut long sentences into chunks.
  • Take out sub clauses and complex constructions.

High Impact Talks Tip #2. Include many more personal pronouns

You will find that personal pronouns are more compelling in spoken language. Using I, We, Us and You means that you are speaking directly to people. We find this technique works well. And you’ll find your words easier to say.

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High Impact Talks Tip #3. Introduce more and longer pauses

Say this phrase out loud, with long pauses. You would be amazed how long you can pause. Pauses are so important.

  • Pauses give your audience time to think.
  • They give you time to compose your next line.
  • Pauses also make you look more impressive.

High Impact Talks Tip #4. Use rhetorical tools

Often forgotten, but critical in high impact talks, are the simple rhetorical tools. For example:

These are some of the most useful and important tools you can adopt. Used well, they will transform your performance.

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High Impact Talks Tip #5. Connect with the audience within 10 seconds

Never start your talk with “Hello, my name is… I am here today to talk to you about….”

Instead, give a high impact talk and grab their attention from the start. Use one of the many tried and tested ways to hook your audience and lead them straight into your subject.


You may also be interested in Five techniques to make a boring presentation more interesting.

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  • Increased confidence
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Have you got an upcoming talk or presentation? Do you want to become an even more impressive public speaker? If so, talk to us.

We have developed a robust toolbox of techniques to help you deliver clear, confident talks and presentations.

We’ll help you look, sound and feel impressive so that you grab your audience’s attention.  In just a few short hours we’ll transform you to deliver clearly, confidently and with impact. You can prepare a specific speech with us, or learn skills that will benefit you all your life.

Speak to Louise on 020 7018 0922 or email to discuss how we can help you become an impressive public speaker.

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About Benjamin Ball Associates

Benjamin Ball Associates Team

At Benjamin Ball Associates, we help clients to pitch, present & persuade.

Over the last 10+ years the award-winning BBA team has supported thousands of executives globally to present powerfully. You get access to a transformational toolbox of techniques to help you become a clear, confident communicator.

We’ll help you create a powerful first impression that hooks and engages your audience immediately and we’ll transform you to deliver clearly, confidently and with impact.

Speak to Louise on +44 20 7018 0922 or email to find out more and discuss your upcoming talk or presentation.

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