If George Lucas designed your presentation

Speak Schmeak

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Get your hair out of your face. and other advice

Speak Schmeak

Much of it translates to public speaking and performing in general. Quick Fixes Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies General Comments EntertainersHere's a short and sweet little video from the ComedySportz blog with some advice on improv. Thanks to Evan for passing it along. 3am Improv Thoughts from Jill Bernard from Jill Bernard on Vimeo.

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Can you laugh at yourself?

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Speakers Eddie Izzard Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Resources Entertainers Humor

2010 145

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. Tags: Engaging the Audience TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Authenticity Entertainers A few weeks ago, I learned a new phrase from the TV show So You Think You Can Dance.

2010 140

Get your hair out of your face. and other advice

Speak Schmeak

Much of it translates to public speaking and performing in general. Tags: Quick Fixes Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies General Comments Entertainers Here's a short and sweet little video from the ComedySportz blog with some advice on improv. Thanks to Evan for passing it along. 3am Improv Thoughts from Jill Bernard from Jill Bernard on Vimeo.

2010 100

10 posts on sticking to your time

Speak Schmeak

The most valuable tool in my speaker kit Time vs. information How to break down your presentation for the time allotted The rewards of ending on time Great story from someone who did the right thing when there was no time for her to speak Is there enough white space in your presentation? And a few favorites from my fellow public speaking bloggers: How to keep time during your presentation by Olivia Mitchell What do I do if my presentation is running short or long?

2010 140

Where to put your hands -- Harry Connick, Jr. style

Speak Schmeak

Tags: American Idol TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Entertainers

2010 122

Lessons from Seinfeld

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety The Business of Speaking Taking Risks Entertainers

2010 142

Four lessons for speakers -- from Broadway

Speak Schmeak

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 be entertaining Okay, Avenue Q is a Broadway musical. It's supposed to be entertaining. But if you notice, many of the movies, TV shows and plays we watch have a greater message, yet we are still entertained by them. In fact, it's the entertaining quality that allows us to more easily absorb the message.

2010 127

Can you laugh at yourself?

Speak Schmeak

Speakers Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Comedians Resources Entertainers Humor"Humor is a powerful weapon," says Jeff Nussbaum, a speechwriter who has worked for Al Gore and Joe Biden. But to earn the right to wield it against others, you need to turn it against yourself first." Why do we love a speaker who uses self-deprecating humor? It humanizes him. It makes him less threatening or intimidating. It defuses tension.

2010 117

If George Lucas designed your presentation

Speak Schmeak

Technology Preparation TV inspired Products Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies PowerPoint Entertainers About MeIn the documentary, "Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible," the birth of the modern special effects industry is celebrated. George Lucas founded ILM when he began work on Star Wars , because he had ideas for visual effects in his head that hadn't yet been invented.

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Where to put your hands -- Harry Connick, Jr. style

Speak Schmeak

American Idol TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies EntertainersWondering what to do with your arms and hands? Do you think it feels weird to just rest them at your sides when not gesturing? Take a lesson from veteran performer Harry Connick, Jr. Notice how comfortable he is with a minimum of movement throughout the performance.

2010 100

More lessons from Lady Gaga

Speak Schmeak

I couldn't help but notice how applicable these tips were to public speaking (as I am wont to do). In the language of Speak Schmeak, I believe we would translate that to " suck it up." #6 As I've said many times here, if you don't keep finding opportunities to speak, you will never improve. Get over to Pushing Social and read Lady Gaga's 8-Point Guide to Larger Than Life Blogging and see if you can't apply those lessons to your speaking practice.

2010 100

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

10 posts on sticking to your time

Speak Schmeak

The most valuable tool in my speaker kit Time vs. information How to break down your presentation for the time allotted The rewards of ending on time Great story from someone who did the right thing when there was no time for her to speak Is there enough white space in your presentation? And a few favorites from my fellow public speaking bloggers: How to keep time during your presentation by Olivia Mitchell What do I do if my presentation is running short or long?

2010 100

Lessons from Seinfeld

Speak Schmeak

Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety The Business of Speaking Comedians Taking Risks EntertainersDownload audio here. In the documentary, "Comedian," Jerry Seinfeld has decided to scrap all his previous material from decades of success as a standup comedian and TV star, and start over with a new standup act.

2010 109

What can you say in 45 seconds?

Speak Schmeak

It's even worse when there are multiple winners who all want to speak. One person speaking is unpredictable enough; two people or more, it's a crapshoot. Tags: Speakers Preparation TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Entertainers Academy Awards Have you noticed how many award show winners run out of time? Okay, of course you have. It seems as though they all want to be spontaneous and in the moment - and not rehearsed in any way.

2010 100

What can you say in 45 seconds?

Speak Schmeak

It's even worse when there are multiple winners who all want to speak. One person speaking is unpredictable enough; two people or more, it's a crapshoot. Speakers Preparation TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Awards shows EntertainersDownload audio here. Have you noticed how many award show winners run out of time? Okay, of course you have. It seems as though they all want to be spontaneous and in the moment - and not rehearsed in any way.

2010 100

Four lessons for speakers -- from Broadway

Speak Schmeak

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 be entertaining Okay, Avenue Q is a Broadway musical. It's supposed to be entertaining. But if you notice, many of the movies, TV shows and plays we watch have a greater message, yet we are still entertained by them. In fact, it's the entertaining quality that allows us to more easily absorb the message.

2010 100

The best comedy comes from real life

Speak Schmeak

Another client of mine talks about his time in prison for securities fraud and intersperses entertaining stories (including a poignant one about inviting his parents to lunch to tell them he was going to prison), to keep the audience from getting caught up in the darkness. Tags: Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks Authenticity Humor

2010 146

Stop making excuses for your data dump

Speak Schmeak

Poverty and child mortality are hardly entertaining topics, yet Rosling always finds a way to get his message across, to report the numbers but also show the bigger picture, and to be accessible, authentic and memorable in the process. Tags: Technology Stories Speakers Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Graphics Authenticity Analogies

2010 136

Lessons from Pacino

Speak Schmeak

This speech is given by Al Pacino, playing New York City Mayor John Pappas in the movie "City Hall," speaking at the funeral of a six-year-old African-American boy who was caught in the crossfire in a shootout between police officer and drug dealer. His handlers believed it would be a mistake, politically, to attend the funeral and especially, to speak. He speaks directly to the dead child: "I am with you, little James. Download audio here.

2010 100

Lessons from Pacino

Speak Schmeak

This speech is given by Al Pacino, playing New York City Mayor John Pappas in the movie "City Hall," speaking at the funeral of a six-year-old African-American boy who was caught in the crossfire in a shootout between police officer and drug dealer. His handlers believed it would be a mistake, politically, to attend the funeral and especially, to speak. He speaks directly to the dead child: "I am with you, little James. Download audio here.

2010 100

Stop making excuses for your data dump

Speak Schmeak

Poverty and child mortality are hardly entertaining topics, yet Rosling always finds a way to get his message across, to report the numbers but also show the bigger picture, and to be accessible, authentic and memorable in the process. Technology Stories Speakers Preparation Engaging the Audience Products Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Authenticity Analogies About Me

2010 122

More fun with 30-second commercials

Speak Schmeak

I've mentioned my monthly referrals group before and some of their more entertaining presentations and 30-second commercials. 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

2010 122

How to go from boring to bravo

Speak Schmeak

They are expecting you to bring specific knowledge they can’t get anywhere else – and deliver it in an entertaining way. Tags: Quick Fixes Preparation Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Resources Openings and Closings As I seem to be slightly under the weather this week (perhaps I'm having a mental block due to being at 997 blog posts.), I'm going to introduce you to Kristin Arnold, president of the National Speakers Association.

2010 126

Brands. Door. Money.

Speak Schmeak

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. Yes, I actually choose to watch an occasional commercial. TV commercials are mini-presentations.

Brand 109

The best comedy comes from real life

Speak Schmeak

Another client of mine talks about his time in prison for securities fraud and intersperses entertaining stories (including a poignant one about inviting his parents to lunch to tell them he was going to prison), to keep the audience from getting caught up in the darkness. Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks Authenticity Humor

2010 116

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. This is a perfect example of a presentation that takes a complex and technical topic and makes it accessible and entertaining to an audience of laypeople.

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. This is a perfect example of a presentation that takes a complex and technical topic and makes it accessible and entertaining to an audience of laypeople.

More fun with 30-second commercials

Speak Schmeak

I've mentioned my monthly referrals group before and some of their more entertaining presentations and 30-second commercials. 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. Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Networking

2010 100

How to go from boring to bravo

Speak Schmeak

They are expecting you to bring specific knowledge they can’t get anywhere else – and deliver it in an entertaining way. Quick Fixes Preparation Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Resources Openings and ClosingsAs I seem to be slightly under the weather this week (perhaps I'm having a mental block due to being at 997 blog posts.), I'm going to introduce you to Kristin Arnold, president of the National Speakers Association.

2010 100

Making a bad space better

Speak Schmeak

Timing The expo could have been scheduled during times when there were no speakers or entertainment, not throughout the entire event. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Speaking EngagementsDownload audio here. Over this past weekend I shared a booth at the Women's Festival at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara.

2010 100

Do it with the lights on

Speak Schmeak

If you don't know what TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design) is, check it out (and some amazing speakers) here. TED also asks for video or audio of the speaker and for the person nominating the speaker to describe their speaking style. Speakers seem to be chosen as much for their ideas as for their speaking skills. A dark room creates a barrier and encourages passivity in the audience; it's like watching a movie, but less entertaining.

2010 100

Do it with the lights on: TEDxSB Part 1

Speak Schmeak

If you don't know what TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design) is, check it out (and some amazing speakers) here. TED also asks for video or audio of the speaker and for the person nominating the speaker to describe their speaking style. Speakers seem to be chosen as much for their ideas as for their speaking skills. A dark room creates a barrier and encourages passivity in the audience; it's like watching a movie, but less entertaining.

2010 100

Brands. Door. Money.

Speak Schmeak

Both must engage, inform, influence, and entertain. Tags: Engaging the Audience TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies PowerPoint I, 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. Yes, I actually choose to watch an occasional commercial. TV commercials are mini-presentations.

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