How to Give a Bad Talk

How to Give a Bad Talk

(On some of these points, sadly, I am writing from experience.)

Apologize for not preparing

Tell the story of how you were asked to give the talk

Talk about the talk, its evolution in your mind

Read anything for longer than eight seconds

Tell people what to do, be preachy

Tell no stories, except about being asked to give the talk

Give general principles and doctrines

Explain how a doctrine works

Pontificate

Set yourself above the hearer

Do not speak from the heart

Avoid basics

Don’t ask others how you may improve the talk

Don’t practice

Don’t time your talk

Talk longer than assigned

Public speaking

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