Top ten torments to terrify your audience

Speak Schmeak

Frightful confessions I''m terrified of what''s to come when this speaker tells us she''s sorry, she''s not very good at public speaking, or she didn''t have time to prepare, or she only got two hours of sleep. The walking dead A speaker who follows every known speaking rule and memorizes ever facial expression, gesture and word, comes across like a zombie, making it difficult to create a human connection. People fear speaking more than they fear death."

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Do you have a parental attitude toward your audience?

Speak Schmeak

However, your audience does know what they want, and this is something you can find out in advance. If you're speaking to an organization, create an online survey asking questions about what your audience already knows and would like to know more about, and have your organizer share it via e-mail. Quick Fixes Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and StrategiesAs speakers, we often approach our audiences like children. We know what's best for them.

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Good things take time

Speak Schmeak

This might mean talking to the organizer or sending out a survey to the participants in advance. Or many times, depending on how well you already know your material, how confident you are in your delivery and how regularly you speak in front of an audience. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of SpeakingOkay, maybe not all good things take time.

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What's your audience's culture?

Speak Schmeak

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of speaking to the Santa Barbara Associates , an "old-boys' club for women" that was started almost 30 years ago as a place for women business owners and executives to network and socialize with like-minded members. Before the speaking engagement, I exchanged several e-mails with the organizer, to discern what their interests were in regard to public speaking and to make sure I was able to view the room setup in advance.

Who's the boss? You are!

Speak Schmeak

Survey the organization I have two questionnaires: one is about the company in general and how my presentation fits into the overall theme of the conference or training, and the other is a questionnaire for individuals who will be attending my workshop, to find out what their public speaking needs are. These two questionnaires form the bulk of information I receive about a speaking engagement. Arrangements for your speaking engagement will not always go this smoothly.

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Who's the boss? You are!

Speak Schmeak

Survey the organization I have two questionnaires: one is about the company in general and how my presentation fits into the overall theme of the conference or training, and the other is a questionnaire for individuals who will be attending my workshop, to find out what their public speaking needs are. These two questionnaires form the bulk of information I receive about a speaking engagement. Arrangements for your speaking engagement will not always go this smoothly.

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