7 Tips to Ensure You’re Understood when Speaking to a Foreign Audience

Speaking about Presenting

The phrase “tough crowd” takes on an entirely new meaning, with deeper shades of terror-inducing nuances, when public speakers face an audience made up of individuals who do not share the cultural background and world-view of the person behind the microphone. Audience

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How to Change the World: The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint


However, as soon as the audience figures out that you’re reading the text, it reads ahead of you because it can read faster than you can speak. The result is that you and the audience are out of synch. If “thirty points,” is too dogmatic, the I offer you an algorithm: find out the age of the oldest person in your audience and divide it by two. How to Change the World A practical blog for impractical people. «

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what to do when you're losing the audience

The Eloquent Woman

I just trained a group of nearly 100 scientists in speaker skills and message development for public audiences, at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. So it was not a surprise when one participant asked, "What do you do if you're losing your audience's attention?"

Some tips from a tip jar

Speak Schmeak

I came across one of my favorite examples so far of the Made to Stick concept of SUCCESs: Simple, Unexpected, Concrete, Credible, Emotional stories to make your ideas stick with an audience. While waiting for our order, we noticed a large tip jar on the counter, with a list of names on it.

Build the audience into your presentation

Speak Schmeak

Here's a quick tip to make your audience more receptive to your presentation: use their names in your talk! If you think you can't incorporate your audience members because you don't know them, that's all the more reason to get to your venue early and greet people as they arrive.

Picture Your Audience in Their Underwear

Executive Speech Coach

Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations Business presentations tips for executives, sales presenters, managers, technical experts and professionals from the "Speech Coach for Executives" George Torok. Thursday, October 21, 2010 Picture Your Audience in Their Underwear If you were ever nervous about public speaking, you might have heard that piece of tired advice. Depending on your imagination and familiarity with your audience that might make you giggle uncontrollably.

speaker/audience senior moments?

The Eloquent Woman

When I train speakers -- especially when they're learning extemporaneous speaking -- I emphasize that the core message of any speech or presentation needs to be memorable for both the speaker and the audience.

Powerful Women in Hedge Funds

DeFinis Communications

The audience of approximately 1,500 is made up of high-end family offices, Hedge Fund Managers, Institutional investors, and Pension fund managers.

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20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom


20 tips for better conference speaking ~ 16 February 2009 ~ View from on stage as I’m preparing to speak at An Event Apart New Orleans 2008. Keeping the audience eyes’ on you rather than their laptops benefits both you and the audience. Audiences don’t suddenly become dumber when they sit down to hear you speak — no reason to “dumb down&# anything! Always remain cognizant of audience interest. Tips, methodology, and resources.

Guest post: 5 Tips for Conquering Q&A

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

When roles are reversed, and audience members are handed the microphone, many public speakers turn a brighter shade of purple. It entails giving the audience members opportunity to reply to the material you’ve been presenting by having them ask questions. It does not necessarily entail simply asking for comment (that can be long, boring and often useless), but specifically setting apart a short time frame where you direct audience members to raise their hands if they have questions.


Speak Schmeak

My tip of the day: Breathe. When you breathe, you: * Send more oxygen to your brain and muscles * Increase blood flow * Support your voice * Reduce tension that can make your voice weak or quivery * Relax Slow down and be conscious of your breath and how you sound to your audience.

hat tip: New Zealand gets our intro tips

The Eloquent Woman

Olivia offers good guidance about paying attention to your "braggart alarm bell" and what you, your introducer and your audience need to make the introduction effective for you. Tags: women and public speaking hat tips public speaking tips

Using a lectern: do or don't?

Speak Schmeak

Following up on my post about where to put your notes , here's my quick tip about using a lectern: Don't. It's most important to use the tools that work for you and your audience. It creates a physical and psychological barrier between you and the audience.

Come early and stay late

Speak Schmeak

One of the easiest things you can do to alleviate anxiety before a presentation is to arrive early, hang out, and meet the audience members. Just introducing yourself and chatting with people can go a long way toward increasing your comfort level once you get up to speak.

is your audience mumbling? or is it you?

The Eloquent Woman

Read this one if you--or a fellow speaker--complains about your audiences, and take Lim's advice: Be a healthy speaker and get your hearing checked! Tags: women and public speaking the healthy speaker speech disorders humor audience issues public speaking tips

How do you know when you've nailed it?

Speak Schmeak

Because the audience was engaged the whole time. Why was the audience engaged the whole time? A few tips for using stories in your presentations: 1. Using a stale story that's been circulating through e-mail or around the Internet is a surefire way to bore your audience.

Web Ink Now: Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking


Web Ink Now Follow me on Twitter Your email address: Powered by FeedBlitz Search this blog WWW www.webinknow.com THE BEST OF WEB INK NOW Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking The one question to ask your prospective social media agency No blog? I see many speakers "wing it" and it makes me feel sorry for the audience. Its fascinating to see an audience sit up and pay attention when you start to tell a story on the stage. Thanks for the tips.

No systems, no formulas

Speak Schmeak

That doesn't mean that there aren't some quick tips and tricks along the way. I'm going to keep customizing my presentations based on the needs of each audience. As a coach, I find myself tempted to put my work into some sort of "system" or "formula." That's what everyone wants, right?

Presentation Tip - Ignore Grumpy

Executive Speech Coach

Presentation Tip - Ignore Grumpy Don’t get hung up over the one person whose body language suggests that he hates you. When speaking to one group I was pleased that the audience laughed and seemed to be enjoying my presentation. presentation skills presentation tips presentation coach

Give something of value - even if it's free

Speak Schmeak

If they had given me some valuable information, tips, anything, I might have stuck around to hear their pitch at the end and find out more about their product or service. Make it all about you instead of the audience, and you might find the crowd "hanging up" early. Is it just me?


Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

How about "A Winter's Tale" for tips on coping with mid career changes? relate the stories to your audience's lives. (C) C) 2008 www.schrift.comIf you really want to succeed in business, study the masters: Warren Buffett, Bill Gates. and William Shakespeare.


Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Here are some tips to reduce speech anxiety that I have gleaned from working with professional speakers over the last 24 years. Greet your audience as they arrive in the room. So harness your nervousness and focus your enthusiasm, your attention, and your message on the audience. C)2008 www.schrift.comVisualize your success at the lectern. When you visualize your success, you will be successful.'

How to Make a Favorable First Impression

Duarte Blog

In her three-minute address at the Treehouse, a hospice run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, she tried to connect with her audience and make a favorable first impression. Here are some tips to help those stepping into the spotlight shine.

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Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Other successful speakers connect with their audience in the first few minutes with a riveting story, a funny incident, a startling statement , or perhaps a poem. For more articles on speaking tips go to: [link] The Coach quotes an easy way to craft your speech. C)2008 www.schrift.comWilliam Buckley, conservative author, journalist and talk show host died recently.

How to be a Great Speaker

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

And there are many actors/actresses who can not speak to live audiences without cue cards. Here are a few tips I learned from them. There are basically two kinds of presentations – Informative (to know) Persuasive (to do) Be sure you know what you want your audience to do as a result of your presentation. We delineate our thoughts visually and your audience needs to “see” what they “hear.” Use your eyes – to make contact with audience. C)2008 www.schrift.com

Speaker updates: Kindle, audioconference tips

The Eloquent Woman

On our sister blog, don't get caught news & info , you'll find we often cover topics and tips of interest to women and public speaking. You can find all of the don't get caught news & info blog tips on public speaking here--whenever you click on that link, you'll get our latest posts.

Free Presentation Tips

Executive Speech Coach

Free Presentation Tips Register for your free Power Presentation Tips from George Torok, "The Speech Coach for Executives". Receive these free presentation tips every two weeks by email. Click here now to start receiving your Free Power Presentation Tips. What are people saying about the Power Presentation Tips? I have read your books and tried to follow your guide in regard to presenting in front of an audience. Keep those tips coming."

Presentation Tip - Speaking to the seven dwarfs

Executive Speech Coach

Presentation Tip – Speaking to the seven dwarfs Every member of your audience is different. presentation skills presentation tips presentation mythsYou can’t treat them the same and expect the same reaction from all of them.

Power Presentations Tip 04:

Executive Speech Coach

Power Presentations Tip 04: Zip it. If that is your style then be aware that the audience isn't listening. Pause before you answer a tough question from the audience to emphasize the credibility and importance of your answer. George Torok Feedback "Love receiving "the TIPS". Modifying my existing presentations as I read each TIPS message. Looking forward to TIPS #4." Register here to receive your own copy of Power Presentations Tips free every two weeks.

Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Silence

Executive Speech Coach

Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations Business presentations tips for executives, sales presenters, managers, technical experts and professionals from the "Speech Coach for Executives" George Torok. Wednesday, January 19, 2011 Power Presentations Tip 46: Open and Close with Silence Open and Close with Silence Your presentation starts before you open your mouth. The audience is judging you and hence your message before you start speaking.

Power Presentations Tip 02

Executive Speech Coach

Power Presentations Tip 02: Begin with the end in mind Stephen Covey offers this advice in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Give your audience a roadmap. Tell your audience, early in your presentation, where you are going. George Torok Speech Coach for Executives This tip is from the Power Presentations Tips. Get your Power Presentation Tips every two weeks free.

A Magician’s Trick That Will Get Your Audience At The Edge Of Their Seats

The Public Speaking Blog

Steve tells us how to do this; before you step in front of an audience, take a deep breath. Audiences will always applaud skill. This is especially so when you get yourself some ‘flesh-time’ with your audiences before you begin your presentation.

Power Presentations Tip 15: Move on Purpose

Executive Speech Coach

Power Presentations Tip 15 Move on purpose Should you move when you present? Move when you want to catch the attention of your audience. After you have their attention and want your audience to listen, stand still while you speak. If you pace while you speak your audience will watch more than listen. George Torok PS: tell me how this tip helps you. Executive Speech Coach, Business presentation tips from George Torok, the Speech Coach for Executives.

PowerPoint Tip: Using a Venn Diagram

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

The Venn diagram makes these distinctions visually clear for your audience. One of the types of visuals that I review in my workshops is the Venn diagram. These diagrams were created in 1881 by John Venn as a way to represent relationships in the branch of mathematics known as set theory.

Power Presentation Tip 10: Emphasize key points

Executive Speech Coach

Power Presentation Tip 10: How to emphasize your key points Your audience doesn't need to remember your presentation word for word. What must you do to ensure that your audience remembers your key points? Help them understand Use language that all of your audience can easily understand. Make it relevant Connect your point to your audience. A good story told well will grab attention, clarify understanding and relate to your audience.

Power Presentation Tips 14: Blackouts and Brownouts

Executive Speech Coach

Power Presentation Tips 14: Shining through blackouts and brownouts One thing you needn't worry about is experiencing a blackout during your presentation. Someone else has to decide what to do with you and the audience. The bonus is that your smile tells the audience that everything is ok. The audience believes that you do this for impact. You are really asking yourself this question but the audience perceives it as engagement.

Power Presentations Tip 16: Open with Pizzazz

Executive Speech Coach

Power Presentations Tips 16 Open with Pizzazz Your presentation is composed of three parts - the opening, the body and the close. Your opening is important because it should do three things for you: Grab the attention of your audience. Establish rapport Talk and look directly at individuals in your audience. and force the audience to respond with false enthusiasm. Open your presentation with pizzazz George Torok PS: tell me how this tip helps you.

Power Presentations Tip 47: How to be more engaging

Executive Speech Coach

Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations Business presentations tips for executives, sales presenters, managers, technical experts and professionals from the "Speech Coach for Executives" George Torok. Friday, February 18, 2011 Power Presentations Tip 47: How to be more engaging Have you ever seen people talking to or yelling at the TV? The audience cheers in ecstasy, groans in disappointment or screams in anger. Engage your audience in your presentation.

How to Establish Connection and Engage Your Audience like Barack.

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Power Presentations Tip 07: Be present

Executive Speech Coach

Power Presentations Tips 07: Be present when you present That might sound funny to you. Greet and talk to some of the audience members before the formal program starts. Pause for five seconds before you begin speaking to look at the audience and acknowledge their presence with a nod and a warm smile. Look directly at individuals in your audience while speaking. Listen to and observe your audience.