Five ways to say "I don't know"

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Tags: Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety

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Be humble

Speak Schmeak

Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking AuthenticityYou may have a lifetime of experience as a speaker. You may be THE expert in your field. You may know more about your topic than just about anyone. But still. be humble. It might be hard to be humble when you're really good at something. You might want everyone to know how good you are. You might feel the need to be recognized for your vast talents and knowledge.

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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. Use the black screen technique to take a moment to insert your story or example and then move on to the slide the story illustrates. Tags: Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies PowerPoint

2010 159

If George Lucas designed your presentation

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Tags: Technology TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Graphics PowerPoint Entertainers

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Create a new world with each presentation

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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. But there's a lot about your audience that you could never find out from an organizer. And yet, it still matters.

2010 148

Speaking from a script doesn't have to sound scripted

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Write like you speak, don't speak like you write. Writing and speaking are two different languages. If you speak like you write, you will most likely come across as though you are reading from a tome, and not in a good way. Even small changes that are more natural to your normal way of speaking will make a big impact on how you sound when reading the script. As such, it must be written as though you are speaking, not spoken as though it were writing.

2010 150

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.

2010 109

Do you make your audience feel stupid?

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The author was describing how he had reinvigorated his business as the speaking market had changed along with the economy. Speak plain English to your audiences. To speak a language they understand, and can relate to. Tags: Quick Fixes Engaging the Audience Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Communication I was reading an article the other day, one geared toward speakers.

2010 153

Are you too dependent on your co-presenter?

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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. It's like walking onto the stage holding your security blanket or your scruffy little teddy bear every time you speak. Imagine you have a presentation you've been working on with a partner.

2010 149

The power of presence

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Speakers Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Research Resources Authenticity CommunicationThere's a fascinating guest post on Tim Ferriss' blog by Michael Ellsberg, about Bill Clinton's "Reality Distortion Field" (RDF) —- "an aura of charisma, confidence, and persuasion."

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If nothing else, be original

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I was browsing a public speaking coach's Facebook page today (no, you don't know her). Now, to be fair, I haven't heard her speak, so I don't know what kind of material she delivers to an audience. If you don't want to stand out, then you should quit public speaking right now , because there's no room for speakers who blend in with the crowd and repeat someone else's material.

2010 138

Can you laugh at yourself?

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

2010 145

Three tips for directing your audience's response

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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." Tags: Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

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Three steps for adding analogies to your presentations

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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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Do you confuse your abilities with your worth as a person?

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Tags: Thought Traps Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

2010 133

Titles a bore? Not any more!

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Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Books Word Nerds Resources

2010 136

How do you know when to stop talking?

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Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Openings and Closings

2010 141

3 reasons your wedding speech is a piece of cake

Speak Schmeak

And if you've been asked to speak, you certainly have many stories to choose from. Speak from the heart and have a great time. Tags: Quick Fixes Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Fun Stuff Many people consider the "wedding speech" to be their worst nightmare.

2010 138

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

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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. 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.

2010 150

17 locks

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Science and Scientists Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies AnalogiesA friend of mine is one of the top computer security experts in the country. He's part of a team of professional hackers and researchers at UC Santa Barbara that was recently interviewed in the Santa Barbara Independent. While the article was fascinating and gave a rare inside glimpse into the world of cyber crime, I have to confess that my favorite part was Giovanni's "17 locks" analogy.

2010 126

10 posts on sticking to your time

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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

Going sideways

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I heard someone speak recently whose "schtick" is to make comments under her breath, or toss in little side comments (kind of like a run-on sentence with lots of parenthetical statements) as she's talking. Tags: Speakers Quick Fixes Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies If I had added up all the time she spent going sideways (but I didn't, because I'm not obsessive that way), I'm guessing she wasted a good 3 minutes of a ten-minute presentation going off track.

2010 130

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

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

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

2010 122

The best comedy comes from real life

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Tags: Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks Authenticity Humor

2010 146

What's best for the audience?

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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. Tags: Quick Fixes Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks Openings and Closings

Interviewed by Susan Hyatt of Ideal Life Design

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I had a great conversation about public speaking the other day with Susan Hyatt of Ideal Life Design. I shared some tips on reducing anxiety, opening and closing presentations, and other public speaking goodies. Speakers Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety InterviewsHey all y'all! The audio is about 44 minutes. Listen at your leisure!

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Interviewed by Susan Hyatt of Ideal Life Design

Speak Schmeak

I had a great conversation about public speaking the other day with Susan Hyatt of Ideal Life Design. I shared some tips on reducing anxiety, opening and closing presentations, and other public speaking goodies. Tags: Speakers Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Interviews Hey all y'all! The audio is about 44 minutes. Listen at your leisure!

Design 100

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

2010 138

Don't lose yourself in the adoration of the audience

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When we speak, the audience is indeed our partner. 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. One of the judges called Kent Boyd's expression while performing, "hungry jazz face." The judges' criticisms stemmed from their belief that Kent was too busy playing to the audience and not demonstrating authenticity in his performance.

2010 140

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. I finally got up at 6:15 for my 8:15 workshop, feeling crummy, but off I went.

2010 136

More lessons from Lady Gaga

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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 130

Are you a giver or a hoarder?

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Tags: Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Taking Risks

2010 142

Concrete cereal

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Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Made to Stick

2010 126

Stop making excuses for your data dump

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Tags: Technology Stories Speakers Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Graphics Authenticity Analogies

2010 136

Reproduction is like Website - more analogies for your reading pleasure

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Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Analogies

Five things speakers can learn from event planners

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Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Resources Openings and ClosingsI have two clients who are event planners. They create amazing social and corporate events as well as weddings that would charm your socks off. If you've ever been to a conference, a wedding, a large fundraiser, a political rally, or a memorial service, chances are an event planner was involved.

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. Use the black screen technique to take a moment to insert your story or example and then move on to the slide the story illustrates. Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies PowerPoint

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Five things speakers can learn from event planners

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Tags: Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Resources Openings and Closings

Dan likes to teach

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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!

2010 100

Public Speaking Tips from my Dog Balou -- Guest post by Joey Asher

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Enjoy this post about what a dog can teach you about public speaking! Tags: Speakers Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Fun Stuff Still out of town! My dog Balou is a 60-pound, black-lab mix that we adopted at a PetSmart rescue day last year in Sandy Springs, Georgia. And if he could only talk and write on a flip chart, I’m sure he’d be a great public speaker. That’s because he understands how to connect with people better than most humans.

2010 136

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

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

2010 130

What are you hiding when you cover your mouth?

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I see face- and mouth-covering behavior in public speaking situations more often when people are sitting than standing, during interviews or discussions where the setting may feel more casual than a presentation. When you put your hand anywhere on your face while speaking, one of four things is likely to happen: 1. When you are speaking, the audience needs to see AND hear you. Quick Fixes Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety

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