Curling with kisses: How a teacher engages the audience

Speak Schmeak

She named the lesson 'Curling With Kisses.'" ~ Daily Sound Remember your junior high school science teacher, toiling away to come up with activities and experiments every day to make science fun and engaging? Couturier) who, when our class was scheduled before lunchtime, would go with us to the dining hall and have us all sit together speaking Spanish for the duration of the period. Was it a powerful and engaging activity?

Curling with kisses: How a teacher engages the audience

Speak Schmeak

She named the lesson 'Curling With Kisses.'" ~ Daily Sound Remember your junior high school science teacher, toiling away to come up with activities and experiments every day to make science fun and engaging? Couturier) who, when our class was scheduled before lunchtime, would go with us to the dining hall and have us all sit together speaking Spanish for the duration of the period. Was it a powerful and engaging activity?

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Create a new world with each presentation

Speak Schmeak

Why isn't everyone engaged? Sometimes (a lot of the time), you are not engaging enough. Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Taking RisksI wrote a post asking " Who's in the audience and why should I care? " a while back, about doing research on your audience beforehand, so you can give the best value and tailor your talk to that group.

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Do you make your audience feel stupid?

Speak Schmeak

The author was describing how he had reinvigorated his business as the speaking market had changed along with the economy. Otherwise, it's one buzzword after another, one generic, jargony sentence after another, saying nothing that actually intrigues or engages me or makes them stand out in a crowd of training companies. Written by someone who's supposed to know that the most important thing is to engage, connect, relate. Speak plain English to your audiences.

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Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

I like to ask my audiences what rules they've heard about public speaking. I flesh out this question by saying, "What have you been told that you should or shouldn't do when speaking?" This way, I'm sure to get some of the funnier or more ridiculous public speaking "rules." Practice these audience interaction strategies and you will find your audiences more involved and engaged, and your presentations more successful.

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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. We were speaking specifically about opening a presentation with something other than the obligatory five minutes of thank yous and credentials, instead using perhaps a question or a story to kick things off.

The best comedy comes from real life

Speak Schmeak

The easiest way to make less-than-engaging topics more palatable for the audience is to insert some humor from real life. Tags: Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks Authenticity Humor "What we do is take the worst things in our life and turn it into something palatable for everybody else, because the best comedy comes from real life.

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Stop making excuses for your data dump

Speak Schmeak

For those of you who insist that data cannot (or worse -- shouldn't) be presented in an interesting and engaging way, I will once again point you to Hans Rosling. Rosling does it all: He delivers meaningful content, making it engaging and easy to understand for everyone in the audience. Tags: Technology Stories Speakers Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Graphics Authenticity Analogies

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Be the guy no one wants to speak after

Speak Schmeak

We've all been in that position, feeling intimidated because we don't think we can possibly live up to the audience's standards of great presenting after THAT GUY speaks. Be the one that no one wants to speak after. Stop whining that you don't want to speak after THAT GUY. Tags: Speakers Engaging the Audience Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks TEDxSB Authenticity

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The audience doesn't need to know

Speak Schmeak

One thing I've learned over my many years of speaking and before that, performing: The show must go on ! Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speaking Engagements Yesterday I gave a two-hour workshop after only two hours of sleep. I'm sure you know the feeling. lying in bed hour after hour, getting more and more frustrated and panicked as the time you have to get up approaches.

2010 136

Do you make your audience feel stupid?

Speak Schmeak

The author was describing how he had reinvigorated his business as the speaking market had changed along with the economy. Otherwise, it's one buzzword after another, one generic, jargony sentence after another, saying nothing that actually intrigues or engages me or makes them stand out in a crowd of training companies. Written by someone who's supposed to know that the most important thing is to engage, connect, relate. Speak plain English to your audiences.

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Guest Post by Irene Brennick

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Speakers Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Analogies

2010 130

Presenting in the dark. Literally.

Speak Schmeak

Every time I give a presentation or attend one, I secretly hope there's some sort of incident or issue that arises for me to write about here on Speak Schmeak. They were engaged, they asked questions, they contributed Twitter tips, and all the while sitting and standing in the dark. Tags: Technology Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety The Business of Speaking Taking Risks Speaking Engagements

2010 138

Get out of the cage and own the stage!

Speak Schmeak

Half of the speakers seemed to have better projection, better stage presence and an overall more engaging presentation, while the other half of the presentations seemed less effective. Engaging the Audience American Idol TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety

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Dan likes to teach

Speak Schmeak

Technology Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Fun StuffHere's a short and sweet video by Dan Meyer , sharing his process of evolving from a lecture-based educator to an interactive facilitator. His use of images and graphics is creative and fun. Don't you wish you had had Dan for your high school math teacher? I know I could have benefited from his teaching philosophy!

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How to go from boring to bravo

Speak Schmeak

While it will always be easier to recite information (one way) than it is to make an engaging speech (two way) presentation that connects with your audience, today’s audiences are demanding more engagement and interaction. Get out of your comfort zone and choose to make your presentations more engaging and interactive. Obviously, this coach had given this speech once or twice before, and yet his ending Q&A was the first time he engaged the audience one-on-one.

2010 126

Stop making excuses for your data dump

Speak Schmeak

For those of you who insist that data cannot (or worse -- shouldn't) be presented in an interesting and engaging way, I will once again point you to Hans Rosling. Rosling does it all: He delivers meaningful content, making it engaging and easy to understand for everyone in the audience. Technology Stories Speakers Preparation Engaging the Audience Products Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Authenticity Analogies About Me

2010 122

An aha moment

Speak Schmeak

Stories Engaging the Audience TV inspired Panic attack series Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies AuthenticityI love this series of commercials for Mutual of Omaha. They're about people's "moment of clarity. a defining moment where you gain real wisdom -- wisdom you can use to change your life." I like this concept both as a speaker and as an audience member. As a speaker, I look for aha moments to help me improve as a speaker and coach and to grow in my career.

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An aha moment

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Stories Engaging the Audience TV inspired Panic attack series Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Authenticity

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More fun with 30-second commercials

Speak Schmeak

If we notice a solitaire, rather than a plain band, we might ask the person if they've recently gotten engaged. And Ginny Milhoan, chiropractor, used a little topical humor when she suggested that our necks might be hurting because we're worried about whether we can pay our taxes -- and that she could take away that stress with her non-force adjustment technique. Tags: Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

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Brands. Door. Money.

Speak Schmeak

Just like presentations, some commercials are engaging, some are boring, some are just idiotic. Both must engage, inform, influence, and entertain. Engaging the Audience TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies PowerPointI, like many people these days, DVR as much of my TV watching as possible, in order to avoid commercials. But from time to time, I catch a glimpse of something as I'm fast-forwarding through them that makes me stop and watch.

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Dan likes to teach

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Technology Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Fun Stuff

2010 100

Where was this commercial during the Super Bowl?

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Engaging the Audience TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Fun Stuff

2010 116

How are your observational skills?

Speak Schmeak

Observational humor is a well-known public speaking tool, where the speaker takes something that has happened or is happening in the room and spontaneously brings it into his presentation for a laugh. In my opening to the presentation, I asked two of my typical questions, one about how many people love or dread speaking, and the second about how they rank their skills as a speaker.

2010 122

Be the guy no one wants to speak after

Speak Schmeak

We've all been in that position, feeling intimidated because we don't think we can possibly live up to the audience's standards of great presenting after THAT GUY speaks. Be the one that no one wants to speak after. Stop whining that you don't want to speak after THAT GUY. Speakers Engaging the Audience Pet Peeves Products Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks Authenticity

2010 116

The best comedy comes from real life

Speak Schmeak

The easiest way to make less-than-engaging topics more palatable for the audience is to insert some humor from real life. Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks Authenticity Humor"What we do is take the worst things in our life and turn it into something palatable for everybody else, because the best comedy comes from real life.

2010 116

Four lessons for speakers -- from Broadway

Speak Schmeak

What lessons have you learned in surprising places about speaking? Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Fun Stuff Taking Risks EntertainersDownload audio here. I saw the musical Avenue Q last night, and while I found it entertaining, original and funny, I also found some lessons for speakers! It's okay to have help In Avenue Q , the puppets are handheld on stage by the actors who play them.

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The Gettysburg Address: An Analysis

Manner of Speaking

Today, 19 November 2010, marks the 147th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in 1863. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. Moving back and forth between the contradictory poles encourages full engagement from the audience.&#. Triples are a powerful public speaking technique that can power to your words and make them memorable.

Five ways to avoid reading from your slides

Speak Schmeak

Let's use an example from a client of mine, who facilitates a review class for nurses on moderate sedation, a technique where medication is administered to a semi-conscious patient though an IV to provide relaxation and minimize discomfort during a medical procedure. Then she can engage her audience, asking, "What are some of the goals of moderate sedation?" Tags: Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies PowerPoint

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Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

I like to ask my audiences what rules they've heard about public speaking. I flesh out this question by saying, "What have you been told that you should or shouldn't do when speaking?" This way, I'm sure to get some of the funnier or more ridiculous public speaking "rules." Practice these audience interaction strategies and you will find your audiences more involved and engaged, and your presentations more successful.

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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. We were speaking specifically about opening a presentation with something other than the obligatory five minutes of thank yous and credentials, instead using perhaps a question or a story to kick things off.

Are you too dependent on your co-presenter?

Speak Schmeak

I asked someone, who's new to speaking, how long her typical presentations are and she replied, "Eight slides." If your only presentation experience is speaking with a slide show behind you, I highly recommend finding ways to practice speaking without it. Learn how to use your voice, your body and your face to emotionally engage them. It's like walking onto the stage holding your security blanket or your scruffy little teddy bear every time you speak.

2010 149

Create a new world with each presentation

Speak Schmeak

Why isn't everyone engaged? Sometimes (a lot of the time), you are not engaging enough. Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Taking RisksI wrote a post asking " Who's in the audience and why should I care? " a while back, about doing research on your audience beforehand, so you can give the best value and tailor your talk to that group.

2010 100

Don't forget to check your room

Speak Schmeak

these are just a few of the hurdles you'll face when speaking. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Speaking EngagementsI've experienced two odd conference room configurations in the last month, and I thought I would share them with you. When I'm booked for a training, I send the organizer a diagram with my preferred room setup.

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9 ways to act like a pro, even if you're not

Speak Schmeak

If you want to get speaking engagements to promote your business, for example, you are more likely to be invited if you have a professional presence. Before the engagement 1. Post your photo on your website People who will ask you to speak want to get to know you a little. In order to make your presentation as effective as it can be for you and for the audience, you must speak up and let the organizer know what you need. At the engagement 5.

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Technology made accessible - Simon Wardley explains cloud computing

Speak Schmeak

Last year, during a coaching session with a client who was going to be speaking about cloud computing, I suggested he ask random people what they thought it meant, and then use their definitions for humor. Tags: Technology Speakers Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Graphics Resources Analogies PowerPoint

Technology made accessible - Simon Wardley explains cloud computing

Speak Schmeak

Last year, during a coaching session with a client who was going to be speaking about cloud computing, I suggested he ask random people what they thought it meant, and then use their definitions for humor. Technology Speakers Preparation Engaging the Audience Products Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Resources Analogies PowerPoint About Me

Where was this commercial during the Super Bowl?

Speak Schmeak

Engaging the Audience TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Fun StuffDownload audio here. The Man Your Man Could Smell Like." This commercial has it all, but mostly what it has is humor. Most commercials for men's fragrances and body care products are geared toward men and have pretty much the same message: "Women will throw themselves at you if you wear this."

2010 100

Lessons from a trade show

Speak Schmeak

My favorite exhibitors by far (even if I didn't love the product), were the ones who had stories to tell and engaged with the attendees. I asked her what was new, and she pointed to the two products, but wasn't particularly interested in engaging. I tasted the chocolates and they were good, but without any engagement from the vendor, I wasn't interested in asking any questions and I moved on. Tell stories that engage your audience and make them want to stick around for more.

Three steps for adding analogies to your presentations

Speak Schmeak

Everything reminds me of some public speaking concept. If you've been reading Speak Schmeak for a while, you might remember how the Tour de France , a cheese plate , American Idol , the Olympics and David Lee Roth have all inspired public speaking blog posts. When you've been speaking about a topic for a long time, it's easier to come up with analogies than when you're new to your topic. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Analogies

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Don't lose yourself in the adoration of the audience

Speak Schmeak

When we speak, the audience is indeed our partner. You smile, you interact, you engage them, you keep their attention, you entertain. What concerns the judges in Kent's first performance is that it's all entertainment and not enough engagement. Engaging the Audience TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Authenticity EntertainersA few weeks ago, I learned a new phrase from the TV show So You Think You Can Dance.

2010 100

How to go from boring to bravo

Speak Schmeak

While it will always be easier to recite information (one way) than it is to make an engaging speech (two way) presentation that connects with your audience, today’s audiences are demanding more engagement and interaction. Get out of your comfort zone and choose to make your presentations more engaging and interactive. Obviously, this coach had given this speech once or twice before, and yet his ending Q&A was the first time he engaged the audience one-on-one.

2010 100

The audience doesn't need to know

Speak Schmeak

One thing I've learned over my many years of speaking and before that, performing: The show must go on ! Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speaking EngagementsYesterday I gave a two-hour workshop after only two hours of sleep. I'm sure you know the feeling. lying in bed hour after hour, getting more and more frustrated and panicked as the time you have to get up approaches. I finally got up at 6:15 for my 8:15 workshop, feeling crummy, but off I went.

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