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Monday, November 24, 2008

They Just Need to Like You

PBS has a wonderful show reviewing all of the old variety shows. From Milton Berle, to Carol Burnett: before, after, and in between. The one thing that was mentioned that I would like you to remember when you are presenting is that the narrator said, "It didn't matter if the material was mediocre, if they liked you they would stay and watch."

This just proves my point of how important it is to bring your true personality to your presentation. Show your audience who you are, your talents, your skills, and you charisma. Do that, and they will continue not only to watch you, but to listen and buy-in to you and your material.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Kevin Bacon Performs

The Bacon Brothers are fabulous!

I saw them last night perform at Showcase Live at Patriot Place in Foxboro Massachusetts. I just love their music!

Kevin Bacon said something that made me want to blog about it: "My brother and I have a motto: when something goes wrong, write a song."

They say your funniest stories come from your worst experiences. But, there's something else that comes from these personal stories, and that is lessons learned. When you share your personal adversities with your audience, you share your lessons learned and when you do that, you teach and inspire your audience to take action in their own lives.

There's one more thing that telling your personal story does, and that is engages your audience.

So take Kevin's advice, when something goes wrong, instead of writing a song, write a story and include it in your next presentation.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Dress Rehearsal

When you give your presentation, be sure it’s not for the very first time to the audience that really matters.

Have you ever been to a Broadway show where the actors were not prepared? They didn’t do much practice? And they didn’t have a dress rehearsal? Of course not.

Every performance includes lots of practice and a dress rehearsal so that the performers put on a great show and the audience gets what they want and need. When that happens, the show stays in business and the performers get to keep their jobs and continue performing.

Every presentation is a performance. You need to make sure it’s well prepared so that it gives your audience what they really need and want. When you give your audience what they need and want, you get what you need and want.

Do a dress rehearsal for your next presentation. Practice it in front of your friends, peers, or an audience that doesn’t matter so much.

This is what Terry Fator does and so many other big performers. I saw the 2007 winner of America’s Got Talent perform in a small theatre in Boston and he was fabulous! He tried out his new material on us that he plans on using in his headliner show in Las Vegas.
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