Public Speaking Tip: Tighten and focus your presentations

Pivotal Public Speaking

When you are interacting with your audience in Q&A or an ad lib session, ask yourself that same question. public speaking speech writing speechesGreat speakers seem to stay on track effortlessly. Their presentations are tight and focused. Do you find yourself, on the other hand, sometimes, with too much information, or getting off the point of your story or presentation?

Public Speaking Tip: Tighten and focus your presentations

Pivotal Public Speaking

When you are interacting with your audience in Q&A or an ad lib session, ask yourself that same question. public speaking speech writing speechesGreat speakers seem to stay on track effortlessly. Their presentations are tight and focused. Do you find yourself, on the other hand, sometimes, with too much information, or getting off the point of your story or presentation?

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What you don’t know about King's "I Have a Dream" Speech

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Justly celebrated as one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century, Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech becomes even more remarkable when you know that the last 6 minutes of the 16-minute speech were ad-libbed.    Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Current Affairs Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Speech Writing

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The 135 Rule

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Heres a question that comes up nearly every week from someone: How much do I need to write for a speech of XX minutes? My general rule of thumb on the length of speeches is to write – as a first draft – 135 words per delivered minute. I used to write for an executive from Mississippi. But he also liked to ad-lib. Seems like an innocent question. Unfortunately, reality and experience suggest otherwise.

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What you don’t know about President Kennedy’s inaugural address

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  And it was ad-libbed.     Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Public Speaking Speech WritingIt was fifty years ago today that President John F. Kennedy delivered one of the shortest and most memorable inaugural addresses by a U.S. president.      As most people know, the speech was the product of a collaboration between Kennedy and Ted Sorensen, Special Counsel to the President, and his speechwriter.  

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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.  Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Event Planning Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Speech Writing Visual Aids 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: Sales Tips Part 1

Great Public Speaking

They can be delivered live by happy clients who are willing to help you or in writing or by video or audio tape. Develop ad-libs for equipment failure and other expected unexpected occurrences. Sales Tips Part 1 Don't forget to make your sales pitch. Some salespersons get so wrapped up in telling jokes they forget to go for the business. Use testimonials. You could make a funny video which includes bloopers. Keep your ego out of the sale.

Public Speaking: Role Reversal

Great Public Speaking

Write these out for both of them. 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. Invite two people on stage that have opposite roles.

A Governor Goes Wild

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  I got my start in the public speaking world writing speeches for the Governor of Virginia, and my first big test was the State of the Commonwealth address there.    He apparently ad libs most of the speech.  It’s the season for State of the State addresses.    They get less attention than the President’s State of the Union address, but they’re arguably more important to the legislators and citizens of the states in question. 

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Tom Antion - More Sales Tips

Great Public Speaking

They can be delivered live by happy clients who are willing to help you or in writing or by video or audio tape. Develop ad-libs for equipment failure and other expected unexpected occurrences. Don't forget to make your sales pitch. Some salespersons get so wrapped up in telling jokes they forget to go for the business. Use testimonials. You could make a funny video which includes bloopers. Keep your ego out of the sale.

How to be a passionate speaker, pt. 2

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  You may be astonished to find out that the second half of King’s speech, where these quotes come from, was ad-libbed. Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Current Affairs Event Planning Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking Religion Speech Writing Storytelling What other verbal techniques convey passion? Oddly enough, perhaps, rhetorical elegance on more formal or important occasions can convey emotion when it isn’t merely pompous.

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Public Speaking : Role Reversal

Great Public Speaking

Write these out for both of them. 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. Invite two people on stage that have opposite roles. It works particularly well with husband/wife , boyfriend/girlfriend, employee/boss.

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Public Speaking: Role Reversal

Great Public Speaking

Write these out for both of them. 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. Invite two people on stage that have opposite roles.

Make your talk better with practice and memorization

The Eloquent Woman

At most conferences, you get a mix of people reading from PowerPoint decks, using teleprompters, or simply ad-libbing around loose outlines. During the writing process, we work to omit hard-to-remember writing and put in easier-to-say phrases.

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To read or not to read? That is the question for speechwriters - or is it?

Max Atkinson

It was certainly curious (and vaguely challenging) for an audience of speechwriters to be told that it's not a good idea to write speeches at all. Nor was it particularly encouraging for people who make a living by writing speeches to be told that it's not a good idea to let your clients read scripts either - whether from pieces of paper or a teleprompter.

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Public Speaking: Malaprops, Parody and Funny Words

Great Public Speaking

In public speaking, adding malaprops to your presentation can make the members of your audience stop and question what they think you said and what you actually said. The way to acknowledge your mistake is to use an ad-lib or quotation to make fun of yourself. Parody Parody is a humorous imitation of a person, event, song or serious piece of writing. Public speakers say many words over their careers.

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

Speak and Deliver

No matter how seasoned a speaker you are, there is an ever-present risk of losing your place in a presentation, forgetting the well-crafted words you spent hours writing, or simply having a complete brain-freeze. Nobody really knows what you were going to say anyway, and even if they've heard it before, people re-write all the time. Practice going through the speech without stopping - ad-lib your way through any missteps.

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Observational Humor — Case Study #126

Humor Power

Marty ad libs from the audience , “You’re killing me!” Case Studies creative writing making a joke observtional humor Here is another VIDEO BLOG of Observational Humor presented at the end of a meeting. First we will look at the set-up for each joke. Then we’ll hear (read) the joke. And finally, we’ll make some comments about why the joke worked. To make sense of the video monologue, I highly suggest reading the set-up information first.

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Public Speaking: Improvise Your Flipchart

Great Public Speaking

I was not using an overhead projector either, so I could not simply write on a blank transparency.Now one & 1/2 minutes left. 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. I thought, "Never let em see you sweat." So, I went into the hall way to sweat.

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 3

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

It had been a very busy period - three talks plus a coaching session in three days, as well as daily topical gag-writing for radio - but it was no hardship to speak once again to this decent-sized, friendly and receptive audience in the Discovery Centre at Portsmouth Cathedral, this time on the subject of Groucho Marx. As a comedy writer, I have to say that these were very impressive, both in terms of writing and performance, and the audience certainly enjoyed them.

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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. Photos and a write-up about the dinner appeared in the Four Shires magazine. Salisbury U3A.

Do interviews ever deliver anything but bad news for politicians and boredom for audiences?

Max Atkinson

Unfortunately I'm having to rely on fading memory, as Heritage migrated to UCLA shortly afterwards, which meant that we never got round to writing it up for publication. An added bonus is that an audience of millions gets to see and hear the cheers, applause and enthusiasm coming from the local audience of a few hundreds or thousands. The ‘rallies’ involved members of the public reading out prepared questions to the leaders, who then ad-libbed their answers.

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

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Facebook and YouTube blocked by paranoid corporations at their own peril 8 tips to make your YouTube video go viral Top 5 corporate blogging mistakes and how to avoid them Thank you for helping me to write The New Rules of Marketing & PR! I love to laugh and would be wowed if a speaker got me to laugh during a presentation on writing SEO web copy. DO you write it out?

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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. home tech life management vegas glossary archives about Tech Life You’re the presentation Keynote Kung-fu Two You’ve taken some hits. Being taken apart by the execs because they could smell you weren’t prepared.