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Monday, June 29, 2009

Your Audience Likes You More Than You Realize

Halle Barry was nominated for an Oscar and was at Oprah Winfrey’s house the night before the Oscar Awards took place. Oprah asked Halle the following question: “Did you write a speech?” Halle said “no”. Oprah replied: “write a speech” Halle responded: “No. I’m not going to win.” Well she did win and guess what she said after the fact “I wish I had written a speech because I ended up going on and on. I wish I could have been better and remembered to thank the people I really wanted to thank.”

Once you’re on stage, you forget. Public Speaking can cause excitement and anxiety which makes it difficult to collect your thoughts on the spot. If you prepare your speech ahead of time, you will be able to present all the material you want and need to for your audience and you won’t be regretting it later.


Friday, June 19, 2009

Feel Empowered When You Present

When Halley Barry was on the Oprah show talking about her experience in the movie Cat Woman she confessed it was during the time she was splitting up with her husband. She said the role fit exactly what she needed to do in her personal life. Thus she felt empowered and in control of her real life. When you act the way you want to be, you become that way. If you want to appear confident and dynamic when you give your next presentation, then act that way. It doesn’t matter if you feel it or not. No one has to know. The more youa ct it the more you feel it and the more you feel it the more you can become a great public speaker!


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Presentation Skills with Punctuation

Put a period after you sentence! Or an exclamation point, or a comma, or even quotes. I’m not talking about writing. I’m talking about speaking! Too many times I see people talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, without putting periods after their sentences. Which means they do not stop, pause, or take a breath. Let your audience know when you are done with a sentence by pausing for a moment. Give your audience a chance to absorb what you have said. Slow down, pause, and punctuate!


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Speak Through Your Fear

When I entered the world of professional speaking I had no interest in speaking internationally. It sounded to complicated, too scary, and I just didn’t think it was for me. In fact, whenever I read my speaker’s magazine and listened to the audio CD of all the tools of growing your speaking business, I always skipped over the part about speaking Internationally. It did not apply to me. I was never going to be an International Speaker – never, ever. But, one day I received an email from a seminar company in Asia. They invited to conduct a training program in Singapore and Malaysia. I was suddenly interested. Maybe because they were interested in me. For the first time, I could see myself speaking Internationally. Was it because I had an opportunity to do it and I didn’t have to go looking for it. Was it because someone had faith in me. Or was it because, I’m the type of person who likes to experience new things. Possibly, all three. My point here is, when you have an opportunity to give a presentation to an audience or on a topic that you could never imagine yourself doing, why not take a chance and go for it.

My trip to Asia was amazing! I had a great time from beginning to end and it was an experience I will cherish forever. I may even go back! I no longer have a fear of speaking Internationally. If you have a fear of public speaking, then speak. Speak, speak, speak and then speak some more. The more you do anything the less fearful you will be. Be open and receive what comes your way. It just may be coming your way for a very good reason.


Monday, June 15, 2009

You Need to Get a Life

When I returned from my bike trip I joined Toastmasters (public speaking skills). I went to my first conference and saw that a small number of people were receiving a very prestigious award called the DTM – Distinguished Toastmaster Award. As the awards were given out, it was explained to the rest of us what it takes to achieve a DTM. They kept listing accomplishments after accomplishments of speeches, officer roles, and public speaking projects that you need to achieve. It sounded to me that to accomplish this you will not have any time for anything else. I leaned over to my friend and whispered, “These people need to get a life.” About 5 years later, I achieved my DTM. And yes, I do have a life. I just couldn’t imagine being able to do all of those things, but as I got more into Toastmasters I found myself taking on challenges one at a time. Before I knew it, I was achieving my DTM. It wasn’t even anything I was striving for. If you take one challenge at a time it will lead you to great accomplishments with your presentations. Take one speech at a time, do it the very best you can, and the next one will be even better. The key is to take on every speaking opportunity you can, but do it one speech at a time and before you know it, you will accomplish something you never imagined.


Sunday, June 14, 2009

You Won’t Believe This

I had the privilege to sit in an all day seminar put on by Brian Tracy, America’s leading authorities on the development of human potential and personal effectiveness. He has spoken to over 400,000 people all over the world (53 countries). He is the author of many best-selling audio programs and has produced over 300 in over 25 years. My point is, he’s pretty amazing. And guess what, he does not use? PowerPoint! I was very surprised to see what he does use. You won’t believe this and if you are young enough you won’t even know what I’m talking about, but he uses …. Are you ready.. he uses… an... overhead projector!!! That’s right, in front of hundreds and thousands of people. It gets better, not only does he use it, but he writes on it as he goes rather than using professional printed overheads. And… his writing is almost as bad as mine. Why do I tell you this? So that you can know that you don’t have to use PowerPoint or fancy equipment to become great at public speaking.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Can You forget About Public Speaking Skills?

Brian Tracy may use an overhead, Alan Weiss may pace back and forth, and Oprah Winfrey may interrupt her guests, but it doesn’t matter what these people do, because they have an amazing reputation. They don’t have to worry about their body language, their vocal variety, or even their eye contact. But you do! Unless you have achieved celebrity status, you need to practice the presentation skills that help your audience perceive you as the expert that you are. Learn, practice, and develop your public speaking skills.


Friday, June 12, 2009

Break the Habit - Public Speaking Skills

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 watching without realizing the fact there was something I had not seen before. In the middle I said to myself, “wow, I’m watching TV at a gas station.”

We are so used to watching TV it has become an automatic habit. When we speak in public we all have automatic habits we are not aware. 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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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ya Never Know

Have you ever said you could never do something, but then one day found yourself doing that exact thing? In 1997 I was on a bike trip from California to New Hampshire. That’s 3700 miles across the United States. I remember the first day when I was checking in, the tour director asked me if I had clipless pedals? I said, “yeah right, like I’m going to have clipless pedals. I will never have clipless pedals.” Two weeks into the trip, I had clipless pedals and have been riding with clipless pedals ever since. Clipless pedals are the kind of pedals on a bicycle that your shoes snap into so you are attached to the pedals. It always scared me too much and I could not see myself with them. Never say: never. Many of my clients say that they could not see themselves presenting in a more dynamic and engaging way, but as soon as they started speaking and learning what makes a great presenter, they surprised themselves and became even better than they ever thought possible. Never say: never. Instead say: Probably some day.

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

PAUSE before your speak

If you have ever seen me present on public speaking and presentation skills or if you have read any of my articles on public speaking, you have heard me say “PAUSE before your speak.” Pause is an acronym for 5 things to do before you ever open your mouth to start your speech:
P – position yourself center stage
A – Appear Confident by standing tall
U- unwind, relax, and breath
S – Smile at your audience
E – Make eye contact with your audience

PAUSE before you speak and you will connect with your audience more effectively.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Aconyms for Public Speaking and Presenting

GSTV (Gas Station TV) – Make up an acronym to add spice to your presentations. After a few seconds of pumping gas at a rest stop, I realized I was watching TV….. at a Gas Station! The key here is that I didn’t realize I was doing something I had never done before, until after several seconds, maybe even minutes of doing it. I am so used to seeing TV in public places and watching TV, that it didn’t even occur to me this was the first time I had ever seen or heard of a TV at the gas pump. I call it, GSTV (Gas Station TV). When you speak in public you may not be aware of some of the things you are doing that could be distracting to your audience, but when you are aware of improving your public speaking skills you then become aware of some fascinating new ideas. What acronyms can you use when you tell your stories as part of your presentation?

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Saturday, June 06, 2009

Public Speaking Tip: KISSE

Public Speaking Tip: Keep It Short, Simple, and ENGAGING!
You may be used to hearing KISS - Keep It Short and Simple, but don't forget the most important part - ENGAGING. Presentations that are engaging produce much greater results from your audience.

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