Don't forget to check your room

Speak Schmeak

I'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. But of course, you can't always get what you want, and I've ended up in some pretty weird training rooms. But many rooms not only have no option for a portable screen, they have no space for one, either.

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Don't forget to check your room

Speak Schmeak

I'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. But of course, you can't always get what you want, and I've ended up in some pretty weird training rooms. But many rooms not only have no option for a portable screen, they have no space for one, either.

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Extend your reach as a speaker or trainer with webinars

PowerPoint Tips

Sometimes, teams gather together to watch a webinar in a conference room, but most people are sitting at their own computer. Traditionally, webinar services work in 2 ways: You upload slides in advance. When you deliver the webinar, you use the webinar’s screen to advance slides and you speak as you go. You advance slides as you would if you were presenting with a live audience and speak as you go. Attendee reports. Are you a public speaker or trainer?

Sales presentation outline

The Presenter's Blog

As part of your preparation, ask yourself what would be the one thing that you want every audience member to be saying as they leave the room. Know in advance which specific features on the slide relate to the key points that you want the customer to appreciate, and address those points alone. Anticipate that objection and prepare an answer for it in advance. Ideally, obtain attendee contact details and then follow-up by phone or e-mail to invite additional questions.

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Outline for PowerPoint & presentation training workshops

PowerPoint Tips

I asked participants to send me presentations in advance and did makeovers on a couple of slides for each presentation, explaining why and how I made the changes. Finally, in all sessions, attendees had the opportunity to work on their own presentations and/or do hands-on exercises. I walked around the room and was very impressed with their work! I thought I would share with you a brief outline of the workshop/seminar I did in Trinidad.

2012 139

My favorite fixes for public speaking: Hide before and after your talk

The Eloquent Woman

The idea here is to avoid frittering away your energy on small talk with the organizers or other attendees or backstage crew, and to save it for when you need it, on stage. Just get yourself mentally prepared for going on stage or in front of the room. This is a good fix essential for speakers who are at all introverted, and those who are extremely introverted may need more time alone in advance and following a talk.

2016 61

Who's in the audience and why should I care?

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever gone to a training or workshop where the speaker makes the assumption that no one knows anything and that everyone in the room is a blank slate? Another problem with not learning about your audience in advance is in presenting material that is too advanced or too simplistic. When I give presentations on public speaking, I find (through my advance research) that some of my groups don't have much fear of speaking.

2008 100

Integrating Twitter in your public speaking: 14 ways

The Eloquent Woman

On occasion, a spectacular speaking failure led the audience to take most of its commentary to Twitter , rather than out loud in the room. Issue a hashtag for your specific presentation and share the meeting hashtag--in advance and in the presentation. Letting Twitter users get familiar with your Twitter account and your presentation in advance helps to set the stage and puts your talk into the context of Twitter. Elicit questions on Twitter well in advance of your talk.

5 reasons you haven't signed up for the Shake Up Your Speaking retreat

Speak Schmeak

In 2 1/2 days, you will experience a greater depth of learning and real collaboration with others who are seeking the same growth and advancement. This also means you have someone to share a hotel room with! You're the perfect attendee for this retreat. I've got room for three more. We're getting down to the wire. Shake Up Your Speaking: Get Real. Get Results" begins on March 21. My Bring-a-Friend rate expires on Friday.

2016 100

TEDxUCLA: Maybe next time

Speak Schmeak

And, along with this tight schedule, there was a policy of not letting attendees return to their seats if they came back into the auditorium after the speaker had begun. But I would argue that these were fun activities that the audience wanted to participate in, and therefore, another example of "missing out" if we left the room. PowerPoint should never be the deciding factor in lighting a room. These things need to be anticipated and prepared for in advance.

2011 141

The Future of Conferences, Part 4 – What Would the Ideal Conference Look Like?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  From the flight (or drive) there, to the check-in at the hotel, to your first impression of the room, to the registration desk for the event, to the first meal, to your MC or initial speaker, to the whole roster of speakers, to the breakouts, to the guy sitting next to you – it all has to go smoothly so that you have a good time and don’t write a cranky note on the evaluation form.   The ideal conference should begin before the attendees gather and end (long) afterward.

Practice Makes Perfect, or what Oscar Telecast producers could learn from watching Leonardo DiCaprio

Duarte Blog

Unless it was hidden somewhere off-camera, ceremony attendees at the Dolby Theater didn’t see the ticker tape at all, leaving this viewer wondering what the point of the exercise was to begin with. Even his closing line—“Let us not take this planet for granted, I do not take tonight for granted”—was a reminder that speakers benefit from choosing their words in advance and thinking how they want to leave the audience remembering them. No more boring speeches.

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TEDxUCLA: Maybe next time

Speak Schmeak

And, along with this tight schedule, there was a policy of not letting attendees return to their seats if they came back into the auditorium after the speaker had begun. But I would argue that these were fun activities that the audience wanted to participate in, and therefore, another example of "missing out" if we left the room. PowerPoint should never be the deciding factor in lighting a room. These things need to be anticipated and prepared for in advance.

2011 100

Comfort zones for the nervous speaker: 5 places to go

The Eloquent Woman

Here are five comfort zones that any speaker should be able to access to help you regroup, calm your nerves and face that audience: The stall or the stairwell: Long favored by speakers as a private place where they can stretch, do some deep breathing, and generally escape the other meeting attendees, those nearby restroom stalls and stairwells offer inelegant but practical places to gather your courage. Just be sure you haven't been wired for sound in advance.

The Art of Butts in Chairs | chrisbrogan.com

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

Logistically, they require the same things most conferences run on: great speakers, relevant exhibitors and sponsors, and eager attendees. The goal is to get the right speakers to draw the right attendees who might also be of interest to the exhibitors and sponsors. Be empowering - My goal with building events is to put the right people together in a room. For the advanced, Thesis has incredible customization possibilities via Thesis hooks.

Talk About the Talk: Resa Lewiss, MD, at TEDMED

The Eloquent Woman

But after coaching nearly 100 speakers for TEDMED and TEDx talks, some well in advance and others backstage, I know much can be done in a short amount of time, if we''re focused. That evening, I practiced more with a few TEDMED attendee friends. The executive director of the organization and meeting director walked in to the room of 8 attendants.

2015 79

Observational Humor from John Kinde: Fripp is Recycled!

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

  True Observational Humor lines are not jokes that you prepare in advance and bring to the event with the intention of using them. Here’s an abbreviated segment from a Fripp story which provided me a seed for Observational Humor:   She told about being in a Ladies Room and being approached by a woman who asked, “Are you British.”  I was in the Men’s Room during the lunch hour combing my hair. 

2010 50

Keeping it real with Mozilla Tech Speakers: Case study

The Eloquent Woman

Some of them dream of living from airport to airport, and conference to conference, while others are building skills and recognition to advance their professional lives while also serving their local communities. It was a first trip to Europe for some of the attendees, a first trip to Berlin for others, our first face-to-face meetup of Tech Speakers to work on public speaking. Denise ran the room with calm and benevolent authority.

2016 63

Organizing a speech with new tech tools? A no-suprises manifesto

The Eloquent Woman

I turned to the organizer, who said, "Yes, our new event registration allows us to take questions for the speaker in advance. No advance discussion had mentioned specific topics. The Y made a public announcement that all attendees would get a refund and that the session "did not meet the standard of excellence you have come to expect." Don't neglect the audience in the room for the audience outside the room , and vice versa.

2010 64

20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

Your primary responsibility is to entertain a room full of people. Bear in mind that sitting in a chair for a full day of presentations isn’t the most enjoyable activity as an conference attendee. Ask yourself: When attendees return to work and speak about you and your presentation, what do you hope they will say? Think ahead to what the discussion may be like among attendees as they return to work, and allow that to help inform your preparation.

2009 52

PowerPoint Tip - What The Audience Really Needs

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

When they asked me to speak, I suggested that we do an online survey of the attendees so that I could focus the presentation. Too many specialists and analysts deliver "data dump" presentations that don't take into account the perspective of the executives in the room. It also hurts the presenters chances at advancement. Too many times presenters assume they know what their audience needs. And too many times they are wrong.

2007 40

Observational Humor from John Kinde: Fripp is Recycled!

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

  True Observational Humor lines are not jokes that you prepare in advance and bring to the event with the intention of using them. Here’s an abbreviated segment from a Fripp story which provided me a seed for Observational Humor:   She told about being in a Ladies Room and being approached by a woman who asked, “Are you British.”  I was in the Men’s Room during the lunch hour combing my hair. 

Recycling Humor

Humor Power

True Observational Humor lines are not jokes that you prepare in advance and bring to the event with the intention of using them. . Here’s an abbreviated segment from a Fripp story which provided me a seed for Observational Humor: She told about being in a Ladies Room and being approached by a woman who asked, “Are you British.&# And then added, “Aren’t you Patricia Fripp?&# The stranger had been in one of Fripp’s audiences in the past.

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Speaking At Remote Events: How To Be Present When Your Body Isn't

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

Lack of feedback and focus Like many performers, speakers respond to the energy of the attendees. When a speaker knows the attendees are responding well, they relax and “play&# with the participants. They are gathered in a room, away from their normal environment, not surrounded by the distractions of their office. If you start with that information, many attendees tune out. Question and answer sessions serve the bigger need: the attendee’s agenda.

When Applause Just Isn't Enough: How To Get More Clients From Giving Speeches

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

Theres a difference between an attendee thinking "Oh, what a nice speech" and "We have to GOT to bring them into our organization!" Again, potential clients are looking for the "fit" Speaking allows attendees to not only check out your point of view, it also helps potential clients make decisions about the experience of working with you. Cut the details down to only whats relevant; this will make room for your natural humor to shine through.

engage your audience with new media

The Eloquent Woman

The second reason was far more practical: In a crowd of professional communicators, with some participants just starting to use social networking and blogs and others well advanced, it's nearly impossible to gauge the level of detail needed. The organization elicited questions from registrants in advance, and I noted those, but opened it to any other inputs before I began.

2008 40

Consumer Centric " Blog Archive " Conference Tweeting A Distraction and Waste of Time, or Not?

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

For the attendee? But–even this is debatable as one of the tweets coded in this bucket does contribute to the “feel” of the room in a funny way: Lots of trust issues in this crowd, come see me for a hug. sxsw @amyrsward meeting up with @carribugbee after session in front of room, audience-left. Let’s meet in ctr of room b/w 1st & 2nd sections after panel #sxswfsn #gov20 So, What? There was very little discussion among the attendees themselves.

2009 37

How to Present While People are Twittering | Pistachio

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

WEBINARS Advanced Webinars 23 Feb How to Present While People are Twittering Posted by Tamar Weinberg > This is a guest post from esteemed presentations and speaking expert Olivia Mitchell. Now these notes are going digital on Twitter or via conference-provided chat rooms. But the conversation was roaring through the room via twitter. I asked questions the audience was asking, and I immediately felt the tenor of the room shift towards my favor. Pistachio Micro sharing.

Make Better Presentations - The Anatomy of a Good Speech | chrisbrogan.com

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If you do something physical in the room, it makes a buzz. For the advanced, Thesis has incredible customization possibilities via Thesis hooks. He held the room in awe. about Chris Brogan I had my first opportunity to attend a CB session at Podcamp Toronto ,, Walking into a standing room only classroom. was already giving the room a buzz ,,, Before beginning his session he actively encouraged people to leave and attend another presenters session ,, not many left.

2009 52

Five Tips to Make Speaking Engagements Pay Off

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Second, keep in mind that attendees dont have your speech in front of them. Once youve accepted, your host has a vested interest in filling the room. Experts who deal with their public speaking fear factors in advance will benefit. Sullivan, President of Sullivan Speaker Services, has generated millions of dollars in speaking fees, book advances and ancilliary income for her clients.

Top 20 Seminar Scams and How to Avoid Them

Great Public Speaking

Knowing in advance that I was not going to be there was misrepresentation. What are the guidelines and advance notice for rescheduling? It’s better that you do your research in advance and locate people that have been in the person’s program for a while and see what they think. In an effort to maximize their money while minimizing the depth they would have to go into for any individual business problem, scammer mastermind leaders pile everyone in a room.

2013 57

How to Change the World: The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

Read More] Tracked on January 16, 2006 at 12:30 AM » Preparing for the SharePoint Community Advancement Initiative from Lawrence Lius Report from the Inside Note to self: Remember to read Guy Kawasaki’s 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint before preparing. I was always told to only use LIGHT colored backgrounds so that meeting attendees could take notes on the printed presentation. This industry is starting just now, they have a lot of room to grow.

2008 52

Donald Trump University is Accused of Many of These Scams

Great Public Speaking

For years in hotel seminar rooms and arenas all over the country millions of dollars are being lost to unscrupulous and sociopathic seminar promoters and speakers every single day. The same techniques are used over and over to misrepresent, overhype and out and out lie about the benefits of advanced coaching. Accusations by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that Trump University was a scam all along is no surprise to me.

2013 63

How to Start Speaking at Events | chrisbrogan.com

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There are very deserving and interesting shows out there that do pay a speaker’s fee, and that do want a paid professional speaker who will deliver quite a lot of value back to their attendees for that money. For the advanced, Thesis has incredible customization possibilities via Thesis hooks. It is sometimes difficult to get good quality of a speech in front of an audience, and what's good for a room might not make for good web presence.

2009 50

How Rush Limbaugh is helping me celebrate Women's History Month

The Eloquent Woman

At a skeptics conference, one of the bloggers behind the Skepchick blog was called a "media whore" for posting a video explaining why she was uncomfortable with an advance in an elevator from an inebriated attendee. Writing takes access to education, time and space to learn a skill--the "room of one's own" that Virginia Woolf described, or today, a blogging conference. I have to confess: I struggle with Women's History Month.

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