Public Speaking Best Practices from My Clients

DeFinis Communications

I had several interesting calls this week which revealed tips to fit nicely into a “Best Practice” list. I’ve gotten really good at telling stories and the audience seems to like it.”. “I’m I’m recognizing the audience consciously.”. “I

No Time for Presentation Practice

Professionally Speaking...

Over and over again I hear participants in my presentation skills training classes or colleagues in different organizations and companies complain that they don't have enough time to practice a presentation. Buy into the benefits of practice. If you're alone, practice out loud.

Practical Audience Engagement Ideas For Public Speakers

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

I didn’t think so, so why is it that so many public speakers fall into the trap of conducting a monologue with their audience? Do they lack audience engagement ideas ? Common excuses that poor presenters use for not interacting with their audiences. Scared of the audience.

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The Audience in Online Speaking

The Communication Blog

The following post was sent to the basic course list (Basiccc@lists.udayton.edu) in response to a number of instructors explaining how they incorporated the live audience in an online public speaking course. Many (perhaps most), it seems, require the student to deliver the speech in front of a live audience which must be video scanned. However, I think there’s a downside to this practice and I’d like to argue that it isn’t necessary and in many ways is counterproductive.

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Practice like you mean it, revisited

Speak Schmeak

I wrote a post two years ago about watching some young football players giving their all on the practice field. The other day, at the track again, I witnessed the opposite approach to practice. Two young women stood to the side of the track, practicing a dance routine. Practice.

13 Best Practice Tips for Effective Presentation Handouts

Speaking about Presenting

It’s an important part of the total experience for the audience: But most of us focus on preparing what happens during the presentation, not what happens afterwards. Audience members will have a concrete reminder making your presentation more memorable. Benefits for audience members.

PRACTICING WHAT I PREACH

Professionally Speaking...

The presentation went extremely well, the audience was very engaged and I have a hot lead as a result!]. Tags: Commentary Alltop business presentations effective presentations Guy Kawasaki practice rehearsal I am pleased to have been listed in Alltop 's Best Speaking Blogs. Alltop, the brainchild of Guy Kawasaki , has been described as an "online magazine rack" of popular topics. Check it out! .

Practice like you mean it

Speak Schmeak

While I was working out at the track the other day, football practice was in session on the field. Here are some tips for you on practicing your presentation, based on the effort I witnessed on the field. Practice making eye contact. Practice using your props and flip charts.

Does your audience feel welcome?

Speak Schmeak

When your audience members arrive, do they feel welcome? Do you rush around, trying to get your equipment set up or practicing your speech, ignoring or avoiding the people filing into their seats? Quick Fixes Engaging the Audience The Business of Speaking

How to Use an Empathy Map to Understand Your Audience

SlideModel

Many presenters can face the dilemma of not truly understanding their audience, ending up with a presentation which no one is interested in and some might even get offended by. You can’t understand your audience just by assumptions. Understanding the Behavior of Your Audience.

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The practice paradox in public speaking

The Eloquent Woman

But the author missed my all-time-favorite paradox of public speaking: It's the speakers who have practiced the most who look the most unrehearsed. The practiced speaker has a secure base, and a sense of where she is and where she's going by the end of the presentation.

Sponsored Content - 4 Best Practices

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Whether you collaborate with editorial or approach this as a DIY, here are 4 best practices.   Audiences crave the familiar.

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What to do when you’re losing your audience

Speaking about Presenting

Your audience’s attention will fade over time unless you take specific steps to keep them engaged. Here’s what happened – the lecturer stumbled upon the audience’s Attention Reset Button. So that’s what you need to do when you’re losing your audience. Audience

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Public Speaking Best Practices from My Clients

DeFinis Communications

I had several interesting calls this week which revealed tips to fit nicely into a “Best Practice” list. All of the people I spoke with give presentations to a range of audiences and venues, including all hands meetings, staff meetings, department meetings, executive briefings, board presentations, customer presentations and large national and international conferences. I’ve gotten really good at telling stories and the audience seems to like it.”. “I’m

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Practicing Law Is Very Raw Game - "For the People"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" Instead, what "For the People" brought the audience was a combination of a topical issue (yes, much like Dick Wolf's approach in his "Law & Order" franchise), play out of raw office politics, and the poignant consequences of winning or losing a case.

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Public speaking practice for the self-employed

Speak Schmeak

You might have seen this post or this handout on seven ways to practice public speaking at work. Here are some of the opportunities my entrepreneurial clients have shared for practicing their public speaking.

More ways to practice public speaking

Speak Schmeak

You might have seen this post or this handout on seven ways to practice public speaking at work. Here are some of the opportunities my entrepreneurial clients have shared for practicing their public speaking.

Does your audience feel welcome?

Speak Schmeak

When your audience members arrive, do they feel welcome? Do you rush around, trying to get your equipment set up or practicing your speech, ignoring or avoiding the people filing into their seats? Quick Fixes Engaging the Audience The Business of Speaking

October 12for12 Challenge: Increase audience engagement

Speak Schmeak

You have a whole month to practice! Now, for our tenth challenge: Increase your audience engagement. If there's one thing you've read on my blog over and over, it's "engage the audience." And it's not what your audience wants or needs. 12for12 Engaging the Audience

Presentation Tip: Actively Listen to Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

The savvy presenter knows that practicing active listening skills is a powerful way to engage an audience. you might have prepared a lot of information which you feel compelled to deliver to the audience, leaving little time for others' opinions.

Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever asked your audience a question, only to be bombarded with personal stories and responses that shifted the direction of where you wanted to go? Audience involvement is a critical part of any presentation. You also improve the collective experience of the audience.

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The mic and the woman speaker: Practical tips

The Eloquent Woman

Here are the practical considerations that will save you time and angst backstage: Know which mic you'll be using, or state a preference: This should be high on your list of logistics questions for the organizers, so you can plan accordingly.

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Make your talk better with practice and memorization

The Eloquent Woman

With notes in front of them, we saw the tops of a lot of heads as speakers checked or read the script, or eyes darting down and away from the audience. Their talks had more immediacy, more risk taken.and to me, that's a big part of what makes TED work for audiences.

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Personal story practice: What's your dining-out story?

The Eloquent Woman

If you're struggling with how to incorporate a personal story into your speeches, talks, or presentations, there's an easy way to practice: Use a story on which you've been dining out for years to practice shaping and delivering a personal story.

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Using Humour When Speaking to a Foreign Audience

Manner of Speaking

One of the tips that I mentioned in that post was the importance of using humour carefully when addressing an audience of non-native speakers. A few people have asked whether I had an example of a situation when humour worked well when speaking to a predominantly foreign audience.

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Top Tech Tools to Build Audience Engagement

DeFinis Communications

Imagine knowing your audience members’ questions while you’re speaking and being able to address them on the spot, before the Q&A. Audience Response Systems. At the other end of the technology spectrum are Audience Response Systems (ARS). Need more audience engagement?

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Does your audience want to fast-forward you?

Speaking about Presenting

So when you’re presenting, how do you make sure that your audience doesn’t think about pressing your fast-forward button? Just deliver the briefest of explanations and observe your audience to tell whether they’ve got it or not. Audiences want value.

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Are you giving the audience tools they can use?

Speak Schmeak

He was constantly asking the audience questions , inviting our participation. That was a little disappointing, and it reminded me how much audience members like to share ! His examples were practical and relevant. Now, to some of the practical and useful ideas I brought home.

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7 secret advantages of the speaker who practices

The Eloquent Woman

As a speaker coach and trainer, I can tell you that the one thing I always recommend is the same thing my trainees rarely do: Practice, and lots of it. I don't just recommend practice for your speech or presentation because it sounds good. You'll get better at it with practice.

How to Engage Your Audience In Three Sentences or Less

Matt Eventoff

The audience is seated. Lackluster openings bore audiences, but there is a way to begin your presentation that will make audiences take notice: skip the formalities and say something that immediately engages them. Drawing your audience into your presentation is important.

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5 Easy-to-Use Solutions to Boost Your Audience Engagement

Presentation Guru

Practice, and cracking a few jokes will help, but that’s not all of it either.… … Performance Software Technology Audience Connection featured Hook your Audience Interaction presentation technology QuestionsThe key to a good presentation isn’t knowing all the facts.

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Six Secrets from a Professional Speaker on Audience Participation

Speaking about Presenting

Last week I wrote about the challenge of the third era of presenting: the era of the audience. Kristin Arnold has written a provocative and intensely practical book Boring to Bravo on how to meet that challenge by encouraging audience participation. Tags: Audience

7 Tips to Ensure You’re Understood when Speaking to a Foreign Audience

Speaking about Presenting

The phrase “tough crowd” takes on an entirely new meaning, with deeper shades of terror-inducing nuances, when public speakers face an audience made up of individuals who do not share the cultural background and world-view of the person behind the microphone. Audience

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Causes and Cures for Lack of Audience Focus

Professionally Speaking...

Consult any expert resource on public speaking or presentations and the prescription for success will be focus on the audience. When a meaningful dialogue developed among audience members, did she allow it to continue or did she press on with her prepared remarks?

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Kawasaki Practices What He Preaches: Enchantment

Duarte Blog

After watching the hosts and audiences FAWN over him, I realized that Guy is qualified to write Enchantment because he lives it. He can charm and woo an audience like no one I’ve ever seen. Guy practices what he preaches.

5 tips from speakers on getting past practice to great delivery

The Eloquent Woman

If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I always recommend practice, and lots of it. But for many speakers, moving from practice to a seemingly effortless delivery is the biggest leap of all. That evening, I practiced more with a few TEDMED attendee friends.

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Are you making excuses to avoid your audience?

Speak Schmeak

The conversation yesterday started with my client telling me that he would like to be more personable, and that he has trouble making eye contact with the audience. 1) Interacting with the audience before and after you speak is part of your job.

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What Can Your Audience Absorb?

Professionally Speaking...

When we prepare a presentation, in our enthusiasm for and expertise in our topic, we often disregard our audience's capacity to absorb information. Instead of dazzling our audiences with our knowledge and depth of understanding, and motivating them to buy into our message, too frequently we create audience confusion and overload. WHAT AFFECTS AUDIENCE ABSORPTION? Other variables that affect audience absorption are: Rate of Speech.

Your audience has simple requests: Can you fulfill them?

Speak Schmeak

We're all selling -- persuading and motivating audiences to do what we want. However, the audience only does what we want when we give them what they want. He didn't listen to his audience. Your audiences are not even close to being this easy to please.

Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever asked your audience a question, only to be bombarded with personal stories and responses that shifted the direction of where you wanted to go? Audience involvement is a critical part of any presentation. You also improve the collective experience of the audience.

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Don't Wait for Your Perfect Audience: Speak Anyway!

Speak and Deliver

Who is your perfect audience? Oh, they aren't my audience", they say. You will rarely, if ever, have the perfect audience. You have something of value to say to any audience, and any audience has something of value to give to you.

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Glue your audience to their seats without Krazy Glue, hot glue or Mod Podge

Speak Schmeak

I hear this time and time again from clients, from audiences, from strangers who find out I'm a public speaking coach. How do I get the audience's attention and keep it?" But when you have the skills and know the tricks to keeping your audience's attention.

2013 186

Relating to the audience, TEDxWomen-style

Speak Schmeak

But the only way you will connect with your audience is through emotion. But if the audience doesn't CARE about what you're saying, you've failed. I don't know if it's because most of the speakers were women, and personal stories are a shortcut to building connection and helping the audience relate to the similarities in our lives. Stories help audiences relate to a speaker. Stories paint mental pictures of things your audience can't see in person.

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