Robin Williams on the TED stage

Presentation Zen

At the 2008 TED Conference held in California, the BBC''s "The World Debate" set up a panel discussion to be broadcast worldwide from the TED stage. Williams continued his comical rant as he walked down toward the stage (nothing else was happening due to the tech glitch, so why not?)

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Presentation Skills - Stage

Great Public Speaking

The stage background can be a distraction. Wall sconces directly behind the stage can be a distraction. If you do fall, use a pre-planned ad-lib like: "Give me an inch and I'll take a fall."

Wednesday for Women: Public Speaking Lessons from Meryl Streep

DeFinis Communications

The combination of these two women on stage gave us a powerful example of how different styles and backgrounds can yield equally successful presentations. She ad-libbed and took time to react to her message as well as to the responses of her audience.

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Melting Speaker's Brain Freeze: The Show Must Go On.

Speak and Deliver

Unfortunately, this also trains us to stop when we're on stage. Practice going through the speech without stopping - ad-lib your way through any missteps. Brain Freeze The Show Must Go On Forgot My Speech Losing Your Place on Stage

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Speaking of Distractions

Speak and Deliver

In a smaller room, when you aren't on stage, you're able to walk toward a person who's holding their own conversation, and bring more attention to them (and the people they are talking too, who are often more concerned than the primary transgressor), and provoke them to pay more attention to you.

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Clint Eastwood and the Empty Chair

Manner of Speaking

According to several reports , the entire conversation with the chair was an impromptu decision that Eastwood made only minutes before taking the stage. And so Eastwood asked one of the assistants to place the chair on stage next to where he would be speaking.

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Why memorizing your high-stakes speech frees you: Sen. Amy Klobuchar

The Eloquent Woman

I’m up there on the stage. I get up to the stage, I give my speech. Did you ad-lib? How important is it, really, to memorize your speech.especially if you will have access to a teleprompter? Just ask U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Public Speaking: Patter Matters

Great Public Speaking

"Patter" AKA "what the magician says" is frequently the way the fun is added to the magic trick. Patter when you aren't using magic could be things you say while someone is participating in a demonstration on stage or it could be while they are coming up to the stage or when an unexpected occurrence happens while you are speaking. Let's look at patter for speakers a little more closely.

Gestures - 7 Questions Before You Make a Move

Speak and Deliver

Marcel Marceau 1946-2007 Grab A Rope Inside an Imaginary Box Moonwalk The Lean Climbing a Ladder All famous Mime routines - and I've seen them all from speakers on stage.

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Trust Me. Give Your Speech, Change the World.

Duarte Blog

I mentally walk through this process now before I walk on any stage: Most of the non-verbal mistakes that speakers make stem from not being open to others. You say that “leaders who rely on ad-libbing and improvisation risk looking unprepared and stilted”.

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Public Speaking - No Backfires Please

Great Public Speaking

When staging a practical joke you must plan the many details carefully. Even if you plan the joke carefully, once the person or group is "on stage" they must be able to ad lib and adjust to whatever situation arises.

Public Speaking: Role Reversal

Great Public Speaking

Invite two people on stage that have opposite roles. In many cases you will find it hard to continue at this point because everyone will be laughing so hard just from the site on stage.) Either write funny answers for them like, "I was going out to the garden to use them to hold up the tomato plants" or just let them ad lib. This technique is always good for a laugh and sometimes brings down the house.

Public Speaking: Enthusiasm

Great Public Speaking

He virtually flew up on the stage. He made a perfect ad-lib when the electrically operated overhead screen started to go up by itself. I was doing some work for a government agency where I was hired to critique and improve the sales presentations of the program staff.

Make your talk better with practice and memorization

The Eloquent Woman

It’s that almost everyone on stage has memorized their lines. At most conferences, you get a mix of people reading from PowerPoint decks, using teleprompters, or simply ad-libbing around loose outlines.

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Public Speaking: Creating Memorable Moments

Great Public Speaking

When staging a practical joke you must plan the many details carefully. Even if you plan the joke carefully, once the person or group is "on stage" they must be able to ad lib and adjust to whatever situation arises.

Why speakers need introductions, Part 2

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  The rest of the ad-libbed introduction gets lost in the verbal shuffle, and the VP gets key facts wrong, stumbling over the sentence structure and some unfamiliar words.    You walk on stage to the sound of a lot of single hands clapping.  I’m going to post this (short) blog a little earlier in the day in case you’re heading off early for the 4th.  

Public Speaking : Role Reversal

Great Public Speaking

Invite two people on stage that have opposite roles. In many cases you will find it hard to continue at this point because everyone will be laughing so hard just from the site on stage.) Either write funny answers for them like, "I was going out to the garden to use them to hold up the tomato plants" or just let them ad lib. This technique is always good for a laugh and sometimes brings down the house.

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Public Speaking: Role Reversal

Great Public Speaking

Invite two people on stage that have opposite roles. In many cases you will find it hard to continue at this point because everyone will be laughing so hard just from the site on stage.) Either write funny answers for them like, "I was going out to the garden to use them to hold up the tomato plants" or just let them ad lib. This technique is always good for a laugh and sometimes brings down the house.

Public Speaking : PATTER MATTERS

Great Public Speaking

I talked about using magic in your presentations a while back in v2n9 [link] In that article I briefly mentioned that the "patter" or what the magician says is frequently the way the fun is added to the magic trick. Patter when you aren't using magic could be things you say while someone is participating in a demonstration on stage or it could be while they are coming up to the stage or when an unexpected occurrence happens while you are speaking.

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Public Speaking: Improvise Your Flipchart

Great Public Speaking

I hit the stage and begin the program. Ad-libs were flying. Oops! I broke my own rules and did not follow a checklist on my last presentation. It was two minutes until start time and I realized there was no flipchart in the room. Oh oh! Better think fast.

Presentation Skills: Tough Venues

Great Public Speaking

A lousy venue could have one or more of the following problems: => Bad lighting => Bad sound system => Noise coming from outside => Numerous sight blocking fixtures => Poor heating and air conditioning => Large distance between the stage and the seats This list is by no means comprehensive. For noise coming from the next room, have some pre-planned ad- libs ready to acknowledge the distraction and continue if possible.If Did you ever present in a barn?

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The best-laid public speaking plans can actually work very well!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Nick had been writing for BBC radio programmes such as 'Huddlines' and he explained that the cast would ad-lib and change the script as the show progressed. He advertised in 'The Stage' and was commissioned to write for a wide variety of artistes including a ventriloquist, a mind-reading goose and a teenage girl who bent iron bars and tore up telephone directories. Salisbury U3A.

Public Speaking : Tough Venues

Great Public Speaking

A lousy venue could have one or more of the following problems: => Bad lighting => Bad sound system => Noise coming from outside => Numerous sight blocking fixtures => Poor heating and air conditioning => Large distance between the stage and the seats This list is by no means comprehensive. For noise coming from the next room, have some pre-planned ad-libs ready to acknowledge the distraction and continue if possible. Did you ever present in a barn? How about a bowling alley?

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Web Ink Now: Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

Its fascinating to see an audience sit up and pay attention when you start to tell a story on the stage. There is nothing worse than a presenter fumbling with technology on a stage. You may need to arrive much earlier if there are sessions before yours because you will want to set up and test your equipment and stand on the stage to get a feel of the room. Worse, they may pull you off the stage, which looks awful. Also, a point about cursing on stage should be made.

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Rands In Repose: Keynote Kung-fu Two

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That seven-slide deck that turned into an hour of ad-libbed brilliance. Multiple inspectors: Keynote added an additional mini-toolbar, which includes many of the common inspector options, and I use it a ton, but I still need the inspector window. I love that multi-stage build-out you’ve got on slide 12 — it’s 32 seconds of transition goodness — but what happens when you accidentally hit Back after it’s done?