Frank Chimero

Brand & Product Designer
Brooklyn, New York
⚠️ This post is old and may no longer reflect my views.

Suggestions for Speakers

A lot of people are surprised when I tell them I dread speaking, especially in light of how many talks I’ve given in the past three or four years. Public speaking is like exercise: it hurts—and it doesn’t really stop hurting—but you learn to love the pain and depend on the resistence. It makes your reasoning stronger and hones your ability to sort through your thoughts. Plus, sometimes you get to go to fun places and you’ll meet interesting people. (That’s the best part.)

Some web friends have taken the time to jot down their tips and methods for public speaking. I particularly like Ethan’s tips and Mark’s advice. Since I’m taking a hiatus from public speaking, I thought it’d be a good time to offer up some of the things I’ve figured out in the past few years. A lot of the basics are covered elsewhere, so I’ll give a few tactical tricks in crafting the talks that work well for me. (Your mileage may vary.)

Hope this is helpful, and good luck out there.