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Monday, March 30, 2009

Emotional Public Speaking

There was a question on one of the professional speaking groups on linkedin on emotional speaking. The person wanted to know if it was okay to get emotional when she spoke.

Here was my response:

Emotion is the way to impact your audience. Most people today do not show enough emotion which leaves the audience not knowing how to interpret or feel about the presentation. Your audience will only feel what feelings and emotion you portray. If you want them to have an emotional reaction, then show that emotion.

Now... with that said. You don't want to make your audience too uncomfortable by losing it. You need to be ready to give a speech that is very emotional for you. Shortly after my father passed away I gave a speech about him. I am a professional speaker and thought I could control the tears, but I could not. Afterwards people told me I was not ready to give that speech. So if it's watery eyes, if it's emotion through your voice, but you are not losing it totally where you end up crying while you are speaking, then go for the emotion.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spice up Your Presentation

Spice up your presentation with these 5 ways to gain respect from your audience.

S tand tall
P ronunciate
I dentify
C onnect
E ngage

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Economy and Public Speaking

Now more than ever you need to have excellent presentation skills. Whether you are employed or in job transition, you need to stand out above the rest to get ahead. Improving your public speaking will help you do that.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Are you a copy cat?

Do you Copy Other Presenters?

I have never seen any success come out of someone coping another.

Most people who present and who have not had public speaking skills training or coaching, usually copy what other presenters do. Why do you think so many people present with PowerPoint?

Do you present boring presentations because you see others present boring presentations, therefore you think it's okay? Well, it is not okay. The more boring your presentation the less effective your presentation will be. Boring presentations produce boring results. Average presentations produce average results. And, great presentations produce great results. Stand out above the rest - be yourself, be engaging, and present with total confidence.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Create a Great Presentation

Most people who create a presentation give way too much information and not even the right information to get their desired results.

Here are three things from my workbook "Fear to Fabulous" on how to start creating a great presentation.

1 - What: What do you want your audience to know or do?
2 - Why: Why is this information or call to action beneficial to your audience?
3 - When: When has it been done before - give a real life example.

These three things will make all the difference in the world when presenting.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Do you talk to fast when you speak in public?

It's very common for many people to talk too fast when speaking in public. It's nerves, it's excitement, and it's passion for your subject matter. But... if you talk too fast your audience is not going to be able to keep up with you, especially since they are hearing this information for the first time, whereas you are very familiar with it.

If you tend to talk too fast, put a SPEED BUMP on your tongue! Slow it down and your audience will retain a whole lot more.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

10 Things I Know About Public Speaking

Check out this great article published this month:

Jacki Rose knows a whole lot more than ten.
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Saturday, March 07, 2009

Break the Habit with your Public Speaking

I pulled up to a rest area, got some gas, and in the middle of watching the news I realized I was watching TV while I was pumping gas. I had never seen a TV at the gas pump before and I was shocked that I just found myself enthralled in the program without realizing the fact there was something I had not seen before. In the middle I said to myself, “Wait a sec, I’m watching TV.... at a gas station!”

Are you so used to watching TV that it has become an automatic habit. When you speak in public you have automatic habits that you are not aware of. Start paying attention to what you do during your presentation and if you discover a habit that could be distracting to your audience, stop doing it.

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Monday, March 02, 2009

Cruise Ship Vacation and Public Speaking

I took my very first cruise ship vacation this past February. There was plenty to do for adults and kids - separately! One day the kids camp put on a talent show for the adults. As I observed these kids I realized something very important about public speaking skills for adults. Some of the kids were scared to get up in front of everyone and do their act and avoided it. Some got up, but said um a lot and paced around. And there were a few that were just so excited to be performing they didn't get nervous or scared, they just had a whole lot of fun!

So here's what I learned.
1 - It is normal to fear public speaking, it's normal to say ahs and ums, and it is normal to have nervous fidgeting. However, this doesn't mean it should not be corrected or improved. The less fearful, the less ahs and ums, and the less nervous fidgeting, the more successful your speech will be.

2 - I learned that the kids who were not nervous but excited to perform and having a great time up there were the ones who knew that the audience supported them and they wanted to be entertained. These little performers connected with the audience to have a good time together.

When you know your audience is going to benefit from whatever you have to say, know that they are on your side, and you decide to present with them rather than at them, you will do just fine. Maybe even great!

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