Presentation Lessons from the Tonys

Professionally Speaking...

The 2010 Tony Awards were no exception. Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane clearly had chemistry [granted, they're working together in The Addams Family ] and humorously sparred back and forth to the delight of the audience, while still accomplishing the task at hand [reading the award nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical]. make eye contact with the audience.

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Maureen Anderson, Steve Farber, and the Public Words Speaker Forum 2010

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Note that he’s working a (nearly) 360-degree audience, and doing it with aplomb.    To make everyone in a theatre-in-the-round or thrust stage feel loved, a speaker has to put out more energy than usual, and keep moving to face each aspect of the audience.    Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Books Current Affairs Event Planning Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Speech Writing The Radio Interview

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4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

Speaking about Presenting

Here’s the difference between attention and engagement: If your audience is attentive you can pour information into them. If your audience is engaged they are sucking that information from you. There are other more appropriate ways of getting your audience engaged. An overly dramatic opening can be too jarring for the audience, as Rich Hopkins says it can put your audience “on guard”. So here are four ways to move your audience from attention to engagement.

4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

Speaking about Presenting

Here’s the difference between attention and engagement: If your audience is attentive you can pour information into them. If your audience is engaged they are sucking that information from you. There are other more appropriate ways of getting your audience engaged. An overly dramatic opening can be too jarring for the audience, as Rich Hopkins says it can put your audience “on guard”. So here are four ways to move your audience from attention to engagement.

Are you ready for the third era in presenting?

Speaking about Presenting

The third era – the era of the audience – is going to be challenging for most presenters and public speakers. In one of my first posts on this blog, I described how I had to unlearn this style of presenting so that I could connect better with the audience. Generally we’re still at the “radio with pictures” stage rather than the integrated “TV” stage. The era of the audience. The birth of the era of the audience has been brewing for a long time.

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The Career Clinic Podcast -- Part 3

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Why you should involve your audience 5.  The Career Clinic Sept 2010 -3. Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Books Current Affairs Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Speech Writing The Radio Interview In chapter 3 of the Career Clinic Podcast with Maureen Anderson , we cover: 1.    The secret of charisma 2. How to structure a speech to make it interesting 3.    How to connect with your passion in speaking 4. 

The Career Clinic Podcast -- Part 5

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  David Meerman Scott's new book , as well as what Pam Slim and Steve Farber spoke about at the Public Words Speaker Forum 2010.    The secret to always being interesting in front of an audience 3.    The Career Clinic Sept 2010 -5. Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Books Current Affairs Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Speech Writing The Radio Interview Web/Tech

Interview: Rory Vaden – Selling with Social Media

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

His insights on overcoming procrastination, creative avoidance and personal setbacks have been shared on shows such as Oprah radio with Dr. Oz and featured in print media such as SUCCESStrade; Magazine. He is the author of the book No Laughs Know Laughs How to Be Funny to Make More Money, and the audio series entitled, "The Audience is NOT in their Underwear: How to Craft Truly Compelling Presentations and Deliver them Like a Champ".

The Career Clinic Podcast - Part 1

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Books Current Affairs Public Speaking Speech Writing The Radio Interview

Are you a giver or a hoarder?

Speak Schmeak

These speakers don't fear judgment, they fear the audience itself. They fear that that audience will take their material for free and never come back. I've written before about intentionally holding back so you don't overwhelm the audience and yes, you can whet their appetite for more. It just means you try not to bombard the audience with so much information that they can't possibly retain it all.

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Road School: Lessons from the Road #3

Speak and Deliver

skip to main | skip to sidebar Road School: Lessons from the Road #3 Posted by Rich Hopkins, Speaker, Author, Coach on Friday, August 27, 2010 Labels: Avish Parashar , Fred Gleeck , John DiLemme , Road School , Tom Antion Spent 11 hours driving from North Platte, NE to Minneapolis, MN today. As opposed to straining for radio stations, or even taking advantage of the free XM, I chose Road School - listening to CDs and DVDs from Tom Antion , John DiLemme , and Avish Parashar.

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How do I Keep my Audience Awake? « TJWALKER INTERACTIVE

TJ Walker Interactive

» How do I Keep my Audience Awake? How you can make a financial presentation more interesting so that you can hold on to the audience’s attention and not put them to sleep. News analyzed from a communication perspective. Public speaking, media training, presentation training, crisis communications Home Live Video About TJ Products & Services FAQs « Using Visuals in Financial Presentations Why isn’t NPR Fighting Back?

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What Is Charisma? - and Other Mysteries of Communications

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

For my blog today, I'm posting an interview I did for a superlative marketer (and Internet radio show host), Mary van de Weil.  Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Books Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Speech Writing

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This week -- Two free calls and a thank you

Speak Schmeak

why not? ** Thursday, November 18, 12:00 noon PST: I'm going to be interviewed by the Web Marketing Therapy expert, Lorrie Thomas, on the Wild Web Women BlogTalk Radio show. Call in to to hear our discussion about my favorite public speaking success tips: Make it about the audience Rethink the rules Get them involved Be true to yourself Here's the link with call-in info. ** Friday, November 19, 10:00 a.m.

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This week -- Two free calls and a thank you

Speak Schmeak

why not? ** Thursday, November 18, 12:00 noon PST: I'm going to be interviewed by the Web Marketing Therapy expert, Lorrie Thomas, on the Wild Web Women BlogTalk Radio show. Call in to to hear our discussion about my favorite public speaking success tips: Make it about the audience Rethink the rules Get them involved Be true to yourself Here's the link with call-in info. ** Friday, November 19, 10:00 a.m.

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Are you a giver or a hoarder?

Speak Schmeak

These speakers don't fear judgment, they fear the audience itself. They fear that that audience will take their material for free and never come back. I've written before about intentionally holding back so you don't overwhelm the audience and yes, you can whet their appetite for more. It just means you try not to bombard the audience with so much information that they can't possibly retain it all.

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How You Can Profit from the Massachusetts Gubernatorial Race

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Today, we have radio, TV, and amplification, and the era prefers the more resonant.    Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Current Affairs Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Here in Massachusetts, we have a gubernatorial race that is an object lesson for students of public speaking everywhere. 

Current Speakers and their Books – X: Bishop T. D. Jakes

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Counter-intuitive because Jakes is a preacher – but not such an unusual choice when you consider that Jakes is the CEO of a modest-sized not-for-profit corporation, with 300 employees, at least $50 million in physical plant, television and radio production companies, roughly 30 books and a Grammy award to his credit.    Second, as much as Jakes is a preacher, he’s not just shouting at his audience

0% of viewers remember all the points made in a BBC PowerPoint-style news presentation

Max Atkinson

of an audience of highly educated professionals - with far more experience of watching PowerPoint presentations than most ordinary viewers of BBC Television News programmes - were only able to remember three (or fewer than three) of the main points in Peston's report/presentation. Objects as visual aids: UK Speechwriters; Guild Conference 2010Last night, I discovered that after dinner speeches don't always take place after dinner.

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How to write, sell, and market a business book – VII: Marketing Your Book

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  What they do is get you all the free media they can – TV, radio, reviews in magazines, newspapers, blogs to an extent – to get your book to sell.  When I published Give Your Speech, Change the World in 2005, I did tons of radio and other forms of PR.    Social media works, if you’ve connected sincerely with a real audience of like-minded people. 

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BIGBOARD: Are BBC PowerPoint-style news reports going from bad to worse?

Max Atkinson

We've known for years that there's much about the modern slide-dependent presentation that audiences detest ( Lend Me Your Ears , 2004, Chapters 4-5). A major problem associated with bullet points (and other slides with nothing but writing on them) is that the audience's attention is split between (1) trying to read what's on the screen at the same time as (2) listening to and following what the speaker is saying and (3) looking repetitively from speaker to screen and back again.

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Inspirational Speeches Are About Being Better

Pivotal Public Speaking

Inspirational speeches inspire an audience to be something different. You have to grab the attention of your audience in a way that they won’t become distracted. An inspirational speech convinces the audience that they have something special to offer. You might give the example of the person who wins lots of radio quizzes. A motivational one on the other hand motivates them to do. The two can sometimes become one.

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Fact & fiction about body language 1: Folded arms, defensiveness and the Mehrabian myth

Max Atkinson

I was interviewed recently for a BBC Radio 4 'Word of Mouth' programme on body language that's scheduled to be broadcast tomorrow. A number of topics that are often grouped together under headings like ‘body language’ and ‘non-verbal communication’ have already been discussed in earlier chapters: the role of eye contact in holding the attention of audiences (Chapter 1), and the importance of intonation, stress and pausing (Chapter 2).

So, do you start sentences with so? If so.

The Eloquent Woman

A public radio host who interviews scientists, when asked what they should do differently, sees it as a repetitive distraction. But repeating one time-buying phrase like "so" over and over causes your audience to start counting (and it's too short to buy much time to think). The word "so" brings out strong feelings, it turns out. He says, "Stop starting every discussion with the word ‘so.’ You ask a scientist, 'Why is the sky blue?' and they say 'So.'."

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When "um" became a dirty word

The Eloquent Woman

And with the explosion of radio, speakers discarded the loud, bombastic voices they had used to reach live audiences and replaced them with smooth, uninterrupted patter. Erard spoke about the unsanitary um in a recent interview with the Eloquent Woman: Eloquent Woman: Do we know if "um" speech became less acceptable in other countries when radio and other recorded speech became more accessible?

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The Value of Politeness | Communication Steroids

Communication Steroids

Skip to content Follow: RSS Twitter Home About Contact Us Current Programs Inner Circle Newsletter Products 20 Presentation Skills That Kill: Audio CDSeminar Social Media and Public Relations: Audio Task Oriented Teams: Audio CDSeminar What We Do The Value of Politeness by Tim 'Gonzo' Gordon on January 6, 2010 As a kid I used to read the adventures of “Politenessman&# in the National Lampoon.

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How many corporate birds can you kill with one PowerPoint presentation?

Max Atkinson

It didn't include some of the points made in my book Speech-making and Presentation Made Easy about why the slide-dependent presentation has become so firmly established as the 'industry-standard model' in so many companies and organisations - even though there's so much about it that turns audiences off. So: Never mind all the problems for speakers and audience of endless lists of bullet points.

3 ways your language shapes your speaking

The Eloquent Woman

Interviewed on The Splendid Table radio program about food-realted idioms, the author is another rich source of background and explanations for idioms from many cultures. You'll want this special reference for at least two reasons: To keep yourself from making international faux pas with inadvertent or inaccurate idiomatic phrases, or to target a specific audience with its own idioms.

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The day when Mrs Thatcher apologised (twice) for what she said in an interview

Max Atkinson

HERE and HERE ) that radio and television interviews seldom generate anything but bad news for politicians - but only hit the headlines if the interviewee slips up and says something that the rest of the media thinks worth reporting. RELATED POSTS: · Do interviews ever deliver anything but bad news for politicians and boredom for audiences? Will the 2010 UK general election be the first one to leave us speechless? · I've made the point in an number of recent posts (e.g.

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Speech Content #1 – The Title

Pivotal Public Speaking

Until someone quotes you on national television or radio program, a great title that draws people to your presentation wanting to know more, is your best chance at filling the auditorium. Then the Title will fill the seats in the audience! Think of your Speech Title as if it were the Title of a Book Display on a shelf at Barnes & Noble. When someone is eyeing the selections on the shelf where they have an interest, yours should jump out at them!

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Ed's weekend Miliramblngs

Max Atkinson

Yesterday, I was struck by a line in an interview with Ed Miliband by Nicky Campbell on Radio 5 live (partly transcribed HERE ), in which he said something that seemed a bit short in the precise and decisive departments: " I think I can fairly sort of certainly say to you now , Nicky, that's unlikely to be the biggest priority for the country." Thought the audience might have dropped off.

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Speaking Season - 10 of 107

Speak and Deliver

skip to main | skip to sidebar Speaking Season - 10 of 107 Posted by Rich Hopkins, Speaker, Author, Coach on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 Labels: Art of Speaking , Assumptions , Preparation , Rich Hopkins , Sioux City Dont Assume. Kristis been invited to be interviewed on the radio for an NF Walk in Denver, and Riley, my 9 year old daughter, is trying out for Willy Wonka at the local community theatre. Get your audience Laughing - and Learning! Are You Friends With Your Audience?

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Fact & fiction about body language 3: Do movement & gestures distract?

Max Atkinson

An hour or two ago, I was one of those interviewed on a BBC Radio 4 'Word of Mouth' programme on body language - which can now be heard (for the next 7 days) HERE. However, I needn't have bothered, because within the constraints of a half-hour radio show, I thought that Chris Ledgard and his producer, Beatrice Fenton, gave me as full and fair a hearing as I could have hoped for. If one accepts that the audience is always right, the safest bet is to listen to what they have to say.

Positioning Yourself For More Speaking Engagements

Pivotal Public Speaking

It should be no more than two paragraphs plus bulleted deliverables; in other words, the bullets are the audience takeaways. You can interview industry leaders, top producers, successful managers, community activists, radio personalities and association executives and turn your passion for speaking into an exciting educational opportunity for yourself. 12 essential Steps to Attract Your Ideal Customers.

Fact & fiction about body language 2: Does it matter what you wear or where you stand?

Max Atkinson

This afternoon, I'll be appearing on a BBC Radio 4 'Word of Mouth' programme on body language. At a briefing meeting some weeks beforehand, it seemed a wise precaution to check on whether the clothes I was wearing would contradict any of the advice she was planning to present to the audience. The claim that folded arms are ‘defensive’ (see previous post) is partly based on the idea that putting your forearms in front of your chest places a barrier between you and your audience.

Publicity: The Dos and Don’ts of Dealing with the Media

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

DO make sure your subject matter appeals to the media’s target audience. DON’T say, “The answer is in my book/the products on my Web site/the report we sell, etc” rather than giving out the information during radio, TV or print media interviews. The Dos and Don’ts of Dealing with the Media By Patricia Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach's PR agent Pam Lontos   As a speaker, you probably know how important publicity is to the success of your business.

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Public Speaking: Joan Stewart's Top Ten Ways to Get Free Publicity

Great Public Speaking

Turn on the radio and there they are again, chatting away on a local talk show. A free electronic newsletter helps you sell your products and services to an international audience and costs almost nothing compared to expensive direct mail campaigns. They're referred to as Publicity Hounds and I'll bet you know at least one. They're the people smiling back at you from color photos that accompany their profile story in the morning paper.

Great Public Speaking Media Training

Great Public Speaking

One of my main sources of bookings comes from stories placed by me or about me in the media and from radio and TV appearances. The client was considering buying a book for each of the 3200 people in the audience. My performances on radio networks all over the world gives me bragging rights forever. Buy a radio database and start doing radio talk shows. I make no outbound cold calls whatsoever. I can not even stand the thought of it.

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Dealing with a Hostile Audience

Executive Speech Coach

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Dealing with a Hostile Audience The best example of taming a hostile audience is Marc Anthony’s eulogy for Julius Caesar after the murder of the emperor. The audience is now listening more intently to Marc Anthony and they are rethinking their original position about the validity of killing Caesar. Mark Anthony has turned the audience. That’s what the audience wants.

It was Brown's last minute speeches wot might have won it - if only he'd done it sooner

Max Atkinson

Related posts on the election Will the 2010 UK general election be the first one to leave us speechless? Silent speeches by party leaders: the wallpaper of television news coverage Brown speaks and the BBC doesn't tell you what he said At last: the first sign of passion and audience excitement in an election speech Earlier posts on UK media coverage (or lack of it) of speeches Mediated speeches: whom do we really want to hear?

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Sales, showbiz and speaking

Max Atkinson

SALES BY SHOWBIZ They had hired one of the country's best-known radio and television presenter (daily rate: £15,000.00) to chair a discussion with their directors from the stage of one of London's West End theatres (daily rate: £ quite a lot) - from where 'the show' was transmitted live to several more theatres around the UK for others to see on cinema screens (daily rate: £ quite a lot more). AUDIENCE ENTERTAINMENT?

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“The Adversary”: A powerful presentation technique

The Presenter's Blog

In a key section of his book “The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs” , Carmine Gallo invokes the plot-line of every childhood story we grew up with, in order to reveal a powerful device for mobilizing an audience: the Adversary. There is firstly the Hero, who appeals to all the best qualities of the audience, and in order for that character to stand out clearly, there must also be the Adversary, representing the opposing force that the audience are being asked to stand against.

Piers Morgan interviews Gordon Brown: shades of Michael Aspel & Margaret Thatcher?

Max Atkinson

I've been intrigued by the way the media has been getting so wound up during the build up to Gordon Brown's appearance in a TV interview with Piers Morgan on Sunday night (and wondering what, if anything, I'll have to say in an interview about it on BBC Radio Bristol on Monday morning). Soon Mrs T was in and out of Jimmy Young's Radio Two studio as often as the Today Programme.' The audience's reaction to "I'm always on the job."

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