Debate Preparation – Seven Rules for Success

Matt Eventoff

We have now officially entered silly season - the final weeks of the 2010 election season, and that means… debates, and lots of them! Campaigns spend an inordinate amount of time raising money to do one thing – deliver their message to voters, most often through paid media. Audiences will forgive a lot, but an audience will not forgive blanking on an opening statement when you must articulate why you are running for office.

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The one thing the best presenters at SXSW 2010 have in common

Speaking about Presenting

They don’t care about themselves – they care about their audience, and they care passionately. But most important they cared about their message and about us as an audience. Then after 10 minutes of speaking he turned it over to Q&A – this is with an audience of two thousand people. When a woman was clearly struggling with nerves, he invited her to come up to him and just talk to him quietly and then he repeated the question and answered it to the whole audience.

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Presentation Barriers: Audience Attitudes

Professionally Speaking...

To end this series, I want to look at how audience attitudes can also create presentation barriers for the speaker. The proper preparation for any presentation is analyzing our audience -- their existing knowledge of the topic, how they feel about it and what they need to know to make the information relevant to them. So our job is to try and get inside the minds of the audience. APATHY It's easy to take offense at disinterest from the audience.

Six Ways To Manage Audience Expectations

Professionally Speaking...

As a speaker, you will always deal with audience expectations. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they're always the lens through which the audience hears, interprets and values your message. Sometimes audience expectations can be downright unrealistic.like wanting to master a new skill in a way-too-short time frame or expecting information that is not yet available for release. Here is an integrated approach to managing any audience's expectations.

Presentation Tip: Actively Listen to Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

The savvy presenter knows that practicing active listening skills is a powerful way to engage an audience. you might have prepared a lot of information which you feel compelled to deliver to the audience, leaving little time for others' opinions. If any of those scenarios sound familiar, stop a moment and consider the benefits of actively listening to your audience: lets you know if the audience understands your message as they feed back questions or thoughts about what you've said.

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Six Secrets from a Professional Speaker on Audience Participation

Speaking about Presenting

Last week I wrote about the challenge of the third era of presenting: the era of the audience. Kristin Arnold has written a provocative and intensely practical book Boring to Bravo on how to meet that challenge by encouraging audience participation. The philosophy of the book is summed up by this quote from Amanda Gore in the book: When I say, “Use audience interaction,” I don’t mean that you should ask a question and have them call out. Close with an audience commitment.

How to handle a texting audience

Speaking about Presenting

Your audience are adults. If their behavior is not distracting or annoying other people in the audience it’s up to them whether they pay attention or not, and how they pay attention. Open your presentation and start to establish rapport with your audience, and then say: “I notice many of you are using your phones and laptops. He says to his audience: “Here’s a deal. Tags: Audience

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How to fight the urge to overload your audience

Speaking about Presenting

Alec’s drive is to deliver maximum value to his audience. It seems to make intuitive sense that the way to deliver maximum value is to give the audience as much as possible. So instead, view your presentation as just the beginning of your relationship with the people in your audience. You can deliver value to your audience in lots of other ways. Related posts: 7 ways to keep audience attention during your presentation.

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The 7 Triggers that will Fascinate your Audience

Speaking about Presenting

These triggers have tremendous power and executed skilfully will compel your audience to listen to you. But execute in a hamfisted way, and not only will your presentation fail you may also piss off your audience. It’s about titillating all the senses of your audience. Create a sleek and beautiful workbook that your audience will take pleasure in leafing through. learn how to tell a story like Malcolm Gladwell to keep your audience on the hook.

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Presentation Handouts: Are They Useful for Your Audience?

Professionally Speaking...

Most presenters at most presentations give handouts to the audience. Most audiences either throw them away or file them in an obscure location where they couldn't find them even if they wanted to.which they generally don't. So why are we, as presenters, so committed to sending our audiences home, laden with paper? Somewhere in the foggy past, some audience somewhere asked a presenter if she had any of her presentation written down so they didn't have to take notes.

Political Debates 2010 – R, D or Tea?

Matt Eventoff

The 2010 political debate season has started with some drama, however none of it the kind a candidate pines for. Still, too many candidates spend more time preparing breakfast than preparing for a debate, and it shows, especially through the first few engagements of 2010. Audiences will forgive a lot, but an audience will not forgive blanking on an opening statement when articulating on why you are running for office…especially in this climate.

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Get your audience’s attention by adding anticipation

PowerPoint Tips

A presentation that communicates well uses a slide to help the audience understand and remember your point. But, when your topic is a little boring, like a review of 3rd quarter sales, you may need a little help to keep the attention of your audience. Usually, interaction with the audience (asking them a question, for example) might not be appropriate. (It Instead, you can get your audience’s attention by adding a little anticipation.

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Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever asked your audience a question, only to be bombarded with personal stories and responses that shifted the direction of where you wanted to go? Audience involvement is a critical part of any presentation. Allowing the audience to share their knowledge and experience benefits both the audience and the speaker; the audience learns from each other, and the speaker learns from the audience. Share your tips for directing your audience's response!

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Do you make your audience feel stupid?

Speak Schmeak

Written by someone who's supposed to know that it's all about the audience. Do you know if your audience even understands what you're saying? And to be honest, your audience might not ask. Speak plain English to your audiences. Your audience may or may not be honest with you, may or may not want to display their ignorance for the whole crowd to witness. I'm sure you hear these presentations all the time, and they have absolutely no impact on your audience.

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Webinar “How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation”: Your Questions Answered

Speaking about Presenting

Last week I delivered a webinar “How to plan an Audience-friendly Presentation&# as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop. The message of my presentation was “To create an audience-friendly presentation, use a planner&# (pictured right). are just there as examples of the questions you think the audience might have. Put yourself in your audience’s shoes and think of their top three questions. Audience analysis.

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What's best for the audience?

Speak Schmeak

While discussing audience engagement strategies the other day, a client suggested that these strategies might not work for her kinds of audiences, especially at scientific conferences, where there are standard protocols. My question is this: Are audiences really all that different from each other? The audience at a scientific conference is going to be very different from the audience at a food trade show.

How to create a poster in PowerPoint 2007 & PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint Tips

Let’s create a couple of posters in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010. Follow these steps: In PowerPoint 2007 or PowerPoint 2010, click the Design tab. I have more detailed information on shadows in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 here and here. Remember that a poster needs large print so people can read it on a bulletin board, but not necessarily as large as you would use for a presentation that you display on a screen for a large audience.

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Commencement 2010: Another Great Opener

Green Room Speakers

Thursday, June 24, 2010 Commencement 2010: Another Great Opener I love the way Meryl Streep opens her speech at this years Barnard College graduation: (You have to first listen to a rather long intoduction, which is not bad either.) Streep does a brilliant job of lowering her status - and thus connecting to her audience. By evening the playing field, you will immediately forge a stronger connection with your audience.

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Webinar “How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation”: Your Questions Answered

Speaking about Presenting

Last week I delivered a webinar “How to plan an Audience-friendly Presentation&# as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop. The message of my presentation was “To create an audience-friendly presentation, use a planner&# (pictured right). are just there as examples of the questions you think the audience might have. Put yourself in your audience’s shoes and think of their top three questions. Audience analysis.

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Public Words Speaker Forum 2010

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

I’m very excited to announce our first annual Public Words Speaker Forum (2010) for June 11-12, 2010.    We’ll close the day with what we hope will become a Speaker Forum tradition:  an improv demonstration and contest that will encourage all speakers present to develop their ability to respond in the moment to whatever an audience sends their way! 

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How to make your book successful - a 5-step plan (PWSF 2010)

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

I'm delighted to welcome a guest blogger to this space:  Sarah Morgan, a writer for SmartMoney.com , attended the Public Words Speaker Forum 2010 and is writing up some of the speakers and sessions.  Bloomfield explained at the Public Words Speaker Forum 2010, Skloot’s story isn’t ?quite it’s still the most powerful tool for connecting with an audience.?    Once an author builds an audience, readers will?

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Do you make your audience feel stupid?

Speak Schmeak

Written by someone who's supposed to know that it's all about the audience. Do you know if your audience even understands what you're saying? And to be honest, your audience might not ask. Speak plain English to your audiences. Your audience may or may not be honest with you, may or may not want to display their ignorance for the whole crowd to witness. I'm sure you hear these presentations all the time, and they have absolutely no impact on your audience.

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The Eloquent Woman's top 10 public speaking posts in 2010

The Eloquent Woman

2010 was a big year for The Eloquent Woman, a year in which the blog was: Liked by more Facebook fans than any other public-speaking Facebook page ; Publishing more frequent blog posts , and more unique content on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook; Tripling readership over this time last year; and Doubling our email subscribers , who receive a free monthly newsletter focused on a single public-speaking issue in depth. non-technical for a mixed audience?

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Know Your Audience - IBM marketing should read this article

Dahle Communication

An important feature when speaking is knowing who your audience is. With any form of advertising or marketing, you need to know your audience. They probably did some research - maybe they looked at some old data and looked at a couple of key things - but they clearly did not know their audience. Make sure you have prepared yourself for your audience. Fine-tuning your speech based upon your audience is so important it cannot be ignored.

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Are you fueling your audience's distraction?

Speak Schmeak

When you put all your ideas on the slide, you are asking for audience distraction. Instead of giving your audience a reason to be reading ahead and not paying attention to what you're talking about at that moment, divide up your slide into its separate ideas. Don't be afraid to spread out your ideas, giving each one the focus and attention it deserves, and keeping audience distractions to a minimum. A couple of weeks ago, I took a class on healthy sleep habits.

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Quick Speaker Insights from the PWSF 2010

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Who’s the audience 3. Pam Slim, consultant, speaker, author, and generous soul, spoke on building your audience, through social media and other means. She invited us to rethink how we approached the question of audience. Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Books Current Affairs Event Planning Public Speaking Speech Writing We were thrilled to have a great group of speakers at our recent Public Words Speaker Forum.

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Get them Standing: Commencement Speeches 2010

Green Room Speakers

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Get them Standing: Commencement Speeches 2010 As I looked through this years commencement speeches, I came across this delightful opener. At the end of his speech, Mir gets the audience on their feet again - this time for a standing ovation. While clearly the audience appreciates the speech itself, I believe that his opening stretch made it more likely for the audience to stand up at the end. June 25, 2010 5:56 PM Sarah Gershman said.

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Don't lose yourself in the adoration of the audience

Speak Schmeak

The judges' criticisms stemmed from their belief that Kent was too busy playing to the audience and not demonstrating authenticity in his performance. Nigel Lythgoe said, "You are starting to become a little fake in your performance.you have a magical quality and you love playing to the audience, but if you start faking your performance, that will get you into trouble with the viewers. Please be careful, and don't lose yourself in the adoration of the audience."

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How to keep your audience’s attention

PowerPoint Tips

Chris Atherton (and more about her here ) has a great blog post on how to give a presentation that keeps your audience’s attention. Even for business presentations, you want your audience to understand and remember what you say! It’s from the angle of student presentations (she’s a college lecturer), but the points apply to any presenter. Dr. Atherton’s research.

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Cool Speakers for 2010: Tom Peters

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Books Current Affairs Public Speaking Why is Tom Peters cool now?    He’s just come out with a new book, The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE , which is a compendium of over a hundred bright ideas for making your business better, from clean rest rooms to sending flowers to nudging people to (of course) excellence to green businesses to connecting and making it personal – you get the idea. 

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Cool Speakers for 2010: Glenn Llopis

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  He’s a confident, energetic speaker who connects well with his audiences: [link]. Audiences want to engage with him, and that’s a very good sign.    A speaker truly starts to grow in stature as soon as he or she realizes that a speech isn’t about the speaker, but rather the audience.    Whether it’s developing Hispanic leadership, innovation in the workplace, or entrepreneurial passion, Glenn Llopis is a speaker to watch in 2010 and beyond.   

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Webinar "How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation": Your Questions Answered

Speaking about Presenting

Last week I delivered a webinar “How to plan an Audience-friendly Presentation&# as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop. The message of my presentation was “To create an audience-friendly presentation, use a planner&# (pictured right). are just there as examples of the questions you think the audience might have. Put yourself in your audience’s shoes and think of their top three questions. Audience analysis.

2010 127

What's best for the audience?

Speak Schmeak

While discussing audience engagement strategies the other day, a client suggested that these strategies might not work for her kinds of audiences, especially at scientific conferences, where there are standard protocols. My question is this: Are audiences really all that different from each other? The audience at a scientific conference is going to be very different from the audience at a food trade show.

Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever asked your audience a question, only to be bombarded with personal stories and responses that shifted the direction of where you wanted to go? Audience involvement is a critical part of any presentation. Allowing the audience to share their knowledge and experience benefits both the audience and the speaker; the audience learns from each other, and the speaker learns from the audience. Share your tips for directing your audience's response!

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World Cup 2010: Putting Mistakes Behind You

Green Room Speakers

Sunday, June 27, 2010 World Cup 2010: Putting Mistakes Behind You Here is a speaking challenge I hear over and over again from my clients: Once I mess up, I just cant get back on track. What is the one thing you want your audience to know? And being able to be fully present with your audience is critical the success of your speech. July 7, 2010 7:45 AM Sarah Gershman said.

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The audience doesn't need to know

Speak Schmeak

You suck it up and give the audience your all. This post was inspired by my Twitter friend, paramedic, speaker and trainer Greg Friese , who asked if I told the audience, and how do I feel, in general, about such qualifying statements. In conversation with the organizer, I mentioned my lack of sleep, but did I tell the audience? I'm not saying the audience is heartless, but they're there for information, for inspiration, for instruction.

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Eight Speakers Look Ahead to 2010

Pivotal Public Speaking

Kate Mytty writes: Like many industries, the speaking and publishing businesses have just breathed a sigh of relief that 2009 is over, and are looking forward to a better 2010. Here’s a sneak peek what they’ll be telling audiences around the world this year. All the experts are saying that the recovery will be slow; that’s the conventional wisdom.

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Pam Slim Live at the Public Words Speaker Forum 2010

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

See her speaking here , get inspired, and don’t miss Pam live at the Public Words Speaker Forum 2010. Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Books Current Affairs Event Planning Public Speaking

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Cool Speakers for 2010: Bjarke Ingels

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Current Affairs Public Speaking Speech Writing Storytelling Visual Aids Web/Tech Bjarke Ingels is a Danish architect on a quest to prove to the world that sustainable building doesn’t need to be boring or self-denying.    With cool irony and sly humor, Ingels grounds a discussion of three extraordinary building complexes in a bigger argument for thinking way, way, way out of the box architecturally speaking. 

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Are you a good audience member?

Speak Schmeak

Most of my tips are for speakers, but from time to time I also like to encourage the audience to step up their "audience-member" skills. Here's a perfect example of how you, as an audience member, can help the speaker do a better job: Learn your Q&A etiquette! These tips are from Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project website, and if you follow them, you will not only help the speaker, but will avoid annoying the rest of the audience.

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Missed your audience's boat?

Speak Schmeak

Sometimes it's hard to read the audience. But the truth is, sometimes we get a puzzling response from the audience, and it has nothing to do with our content or delivery. It's the worst feeling not to know if you've met your audience's expectations. I've written before about not taking it personally when someone is sitting stonefaced (maybe that's just his face) or playing on their Blackberry (this is the 2000s version of doodling ).

Missed your audience's boat?

Speak Schmeak

Sometimes it's hard to read the audience. But the truth is, sometimes we get a puzzling response from the audience, and it has nothing to do with our content or delivery. It's the worst feeling not to know if you've met your audience's expectations. I've written before about not taking it personally when someone is sitting stonefaced (maybe that's just his face) or playing on their Blackberry (this is the 2000s version of doodling ).

Are you fueling your audience's distraction?

Speak Schmeak

When you put all your ideas on the slide, you are asking for audience distraction. Instead of giving your audience a reason to be reading ahead and not paying attention to what you're talking about at that moment, divide up your slide into its separate ideas. Don't be afraid to spread out your ideas, giving each one the focus and attention it deserves, and keeping audience distractions to a minimum. Download audio here.

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