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Saturday, February 28, 2009

100 Public Speaking Tips

If you like these tips, you can get 100 of them in Jacki's "100 Public Speaking Tips" book of her previous blog postings!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Your Interesting Stories & Geneology

The world’s longest serving Monarch is the King of Thailand who has been the king for almost 60 years. He was born in 1927 in Massachusetts and lived at 63 Longwood Avenue in Brookline, while his father attended Harvard Medical School.

During a trip in Massachusetts around 1960, there was talk that the King may visit his old homestead with the queen.

The Einsteins who currently lived at the home, anxiously awaited to see if the King would arrive. Their daughters and great-granddaughter asked, “Do you think the King will really drop in on us?”

A fleet of big black limousines pulled up, the King and Queen got out and gazed at the home.

A band of newspaper and TV reporters and photographers followed the King and Queen around the Einstein’s home while getting a tour. The King took several candid camera shots of the Einstein living room and said, he wished he brought flash bulbs.

Ira and Rose Einstein were my great grandparents. I was named after my grandma Rosie. My brother was named after grandpa Ira.

The daughters and great granddaughter the article refers to were my Nana, mother’s mother, and my cousin.

Ira Einstein was the half brother to Parkyakarkus who was a very famous comedian back in the day with Eddie Cantor. Parkyakarkus is Albert Brooks father. Albert’s real name is Albert Einstein. Yes – Albert Brooks is my cousin, but I have never met him and he does not know I exist.

I tell you this story because we all have interesting genealogy. I just recently learned about this part of mine. We don’t take the time to explore, to pay attention. Start with the genealogy you know, and write it down. Start a story journal and keep track of all the interesting things about your family, your families family, and experiences you have encountered.

Incorporate your interesting stories into your speeches and your presentations. Stop looking in the outside for your stories, and look within your own life. You may not find celebrity status, you may not find royalty, but you will find amazing stories that can be amazing gifts to your audience, not to mention yourself and the people who come after you in your family that you can share their heritage with.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Celebrities In Common

What did Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, and Johnny Carson all have in common besides all being successful and famous. They were all afraid of public speaking!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

So, I'm going to talk about public speaking skills.

Stop starting your presentation with the word "so" or with the phrase "thank you for having me here." Or... the sentence "I'm really happy to be here today. or... "Before we get started I need to let you know where the bathrooms are."

Just remove the word "so" and instead say: "I'm going to talk about public speaking skills."

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Kevin Bacon - The Bacon Brothers

I was so happy that one of my favorite groups finally came to my home state and I was actually able to get tickets and see them. I started talking with the woman sitting next to me who had traveled over 3 hours to come see them and was planning on driving 3 hours back home after the concert, which ended around 11 pm.

As we talked some more I discovered she had also seen them the night before in her home state and liked them so much she traveled the very next day to enjoy their music again.

When you present well, your audience will do anything to see you or do business with you. How you present determines the results of your presentations. It determines whether or not your audience is engaged, interested, and will want more of your or whatever it is you are communicating to them to do.(i.e. buy from you, learn from you, be entertained by you).

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Monday, February 09, 2009

Memorizing Speeches

As a child growing up I remember being in the back seat of the car with my parents up front. A song on the radio would come on that I liked and I would start singing along with the music. I knew every word to the song and my parents would say: "Now why can't you memorize your school work like you memorize these songs?"

I never knew the answer until I became a Presentation Skills Expert. I now know why. I actually have two answers.

1 - I never memorized the songs. I just knew them because I would sing them over and over until I knew them.

2 - Songs are stories with a beginning, middle, and end. It's much easier to remember stories than school work!

These two items also apply to public speaking. Don't try to memorize your presentation, instead read it out loud over and over until you just know it. And, add lots of stories, examples, and analogies to your presentations. It will be much easier for you to remember what you want to communicate to your audience.

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Friday, February 06, 2009

Positive Presentations in a Negative Economy

Life is not all that great right now in the corporate world. Layoffs every day, suicides, and people unable to afford food for their children. With all this happening, now more than ever you need to keep your customers and clients. Life goes on, business goes on, and the presentations you are giving needs to go on.

Are you focused on the negative or the positive? Now more than ever you need to bring out the positives. Your clients are concerned about being taken care of with less people. In your presentations you need to assure them they are going to get great service and great outcomes. Explain to them, be honest with them about what's happening with your business, but keep it positive.

No matter how negative a situation is, we have the choice to explain it in a negative way or a positive way. Negative actions produce negative results, positive presentations produce positive results.

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