Jerzy Zientkowski is a public speaker and coach. He is founder and owner of speakerslair.pl a coaching company, which organizes workshops, coaching sessions and helps clients with business presentations. He has nearly 20 years of experience in IT field, working for small and big companies. Jerzy currently has 100+ speaking appearances per year and has been TEDx speaker. He is also a Toastmaster, who among many other achievements cofounded the English-speaking club “Verbal Victory” in Poznan.
Lifetime best opener
- “Hi, I’m an IT guy”… “Don’t expect many of my jokes to be good”. The audience starts laughing and they feel connected to the speaker.
- To start acting as a speaker who introduces himself arrogantly. Then leave the stage and ask to the audience: “what do you think about this guy?”
His stage fright moment
Toastmasters’ Division level Humorous Speech Contest, in front of 300 people. First 20 seconds were brilliant. But then, the bad feeling came.
Today, the feeling (stage fright) is always there but he learnt to perform next to it.
Do we need self confidence on stage?
No. People needs confidence in skills, in connections, in what’s in our hearts, in our beliefs.
How to build the gap thought as “lack of self confidence”
Measure what you do. Think of proper questions to the one who gives you feedback: Was I understandable? What you didn’t understand in my presentation?
* In Toastmasters, Project #2 is your very second task “Organize your speech”.
“The only reason to give a speech is to change the world.” – John F. Kennedy
Audiobooks by Darren LaCroix
Routine to Shine
Try this weekly. Take your slides, put a piece of paper with numbers 3-7-11 near your laptop. Is the idea of this slide understandable in 3 seconds? Can I read everything on this slide in 7 seconds? Are my slides redable from 11 meters away?