Media training: Words to avoid

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Audio Visual, PowerPoint & Podcasts Media training Speaker coachingAvoid repeating the host’s name. You can say, “Thank you Jake” once – but that’s about it. Jake is not your audience. Jake’s audience is your audience. Every time you interject the host’s name, you’re weakening your connection with the real audience. Make every second count. Sell your key messages and don’t waste a syllable. Focus […].

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Changing your presentation: When is it too late?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Audio Visual, PowerPoint & Podcasts Career info Presentation skills SpeechwritingIn theory, it’s never too late. You can make changes to your presentation anytime. But – and this is a big but – changes always present a cost. Sometimes changes pose a financial cost: * rush fees for a graphic designer to fix your PowerPoint * rush fees for a speechwriter to rewrite your notes […].

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How to decide if you need PowerPoint

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Would the visuals convey important […]. Audio Visual, PowerPoint & Podcasts Presentation skillsYou’ve been asked to give a presentation. Should you use PowerPoint – or not? I’ve seen more presentations ruined by PowerPoint than enhanced by it. I’ll bet you have, too. Ask yourself these 3 questions before you decide to use PPT in any presentation: Would PPT help the audience understand my message?

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From American Society of Journalists & Authors, Wed July 20: Learn about Hybrid Publishing

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Audio Visual, PowerPoint & Podcasts Freelance Writing News, events, and awardsJuly ShopTalk Hybrid Publishing: Your Book, Your Way The great news for authors is that they no longer have to choose between the restrictive arrangements of traditional publishing and the Wild West of self-publishing. Tanya Hall, publishing expert and Greenleaf Book Group CEO, will introduce you to the happy middle ground of hybrid publishing where […].

Publishing Tips for the Multimedia Age

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Audio Visual, PowerPoint & Podcasts Freelance Writing News, events, and awards Professional organizationsOn Wednesday, November 16, the National Association of Government Communicators hosts Greg Leatherman, managing editor of ECO magazine and former communicator for NASA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the FBI. Greg will present Publishing Tips for the Multimedia Age, a look at how you can turn the material you produce for your agency into […].

How to make money writing speeches: ASJA “Shop Talk” on June 15

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Audio Visual, PowerPoint & Podcasts Career info News, events, and awards Professional organizations SpeechwritingWhat questions should you ask to build your speechwriting career? I’ll address speechwriting topics during the June 15th “Shop Talk”, a monthly webcast sponsored by the American Society of Journalists and Authors – hosted by Sandra Beckwith.

How to make money writing speeches

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Audio Visual, PowerPoint & Podcasts Career info News, events, and awards SpeechwritingAmerican Society of Journalists & Authors: June ShopTalk “How To Make Money Writing Speeches” Wednesday, June 15, 1 pm Eastern Whether you’re an experienced speechwriter or just breaking into this specialty, you’ll learn how to make money by speechwriting.

Learn how to make money writing speeches

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Audio Visual, PowerPoint & Podcasts Freelance Writing News, events, and awards SpeechwritingAmerican Society of Journalists & Authors: June ShopTalk “How To Make Money Writing Speeches” Wednesday, June 15, 1 pm Eastern Whether you’re an experienced speechwriter or just breaking into this specialty, you’ll learn how to make money by speechwriting.

Are you making these rookie mistakes?

Speak Schmeak

Not checking your venue and equipment in advance This is an important preparation practice, and an experienced speaker knows to check the room as early as possible once engaged and to work with the audio-visual staff to make sure everything is planned to run smoothly.

Find a Presentation Designer Here

Speaking about Presenting

This finished slide, for the largest insurance provider in the United States, began as a typical slide, with far too many words, no white space, and no visual focus (text is greeked to respect company privacy). Are you looking for a presentation designer?

How do you treat the true friends of the speaker?

The Eloquent Woman

The convention center team working at our session had already seen some people fuming, fretting and ordering changes, so when I asked for the audio-visual guy, I got a hesitant reply. "Is

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The dynamic prop: 6 questions for speakers to ask

The Eloquent Woman

If your prop explodes, breaks into pieces on purpose, sheds a liquid, or requires elaborate preparations to get it onstage, take the time to talk to the conference or talk organizer, audio-visual crew or stagehands well in advance.

Secrets of Power Presentations Book Review

Executive Speech Coach

It’s about the package that includes your words, delivery, body language, Audio Visual aids, and the environment. Secrets of Power Presentations by Peter Urs Bender This book first published in 1991 and I first read it around that time.

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Public Speaking - Characteristics of a Good Technical Program

Great Public Speaking

Changes in training technique like moving from lecture to exercise to audio-visual presentation to discussion sessions, etc., An effective technical program will meet the following criteria : * It will provide information that is generally useful. People resent being in a session that squanders their valuable time by presenting information which is superficial, unnecessary, or can be easily obtained elsewhere.

ON SPEAKING LIKE A PRO

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Visualize your success at the lectern. When you visualize your success, you will be successful.' Check the audio/visual equipment as needed. Here are some tips to reduce speech anxiety that I have gleaned from working with professional speakers over the last 24 years. Arrive early and become familiar with the room in which you will give your presentation. Greet your audience as they arrive in the room. Then the group will not feel like strangers to you.

5 things speakers should ask the meeting planner

The Eloquent Woman

Finding out the overall format of the presentation is critical as well as allowances for audio visual equipment, including internet access.

"Visual aids scare me!" How to embrace visual presentations

The Eloquent Woman

One response came from Gail Colborne Gustin , who said " Have the opportunity to work more with visual aids. There's a lot about speaking that scares people, and if you're not familiar with visual aids--from slides to props--you can certainly imagine what might go wrong.

Public Speaking: Don't Go To The Bathroom

Great Public Speaking

Before the event, I made the big mistake of going to the bathroom while other audio visual people were coming into the room. I just spoke at an association meeting where I had set up all my equipment and got everything working just right. When I returned, my entire setup was moved. They actually picked my table up with my laptop and moved it about 8 feet closer to the screen which made the picture so small no one would have been able to see it.

Public Speaking: Bilingual Help

Great Public Speaking

When going over room setup and audio / visual requirements with a foreign logistics person, make sure you do it in advance of the presentation (hopefully several times), and have a bilingual person there to ensure that both you and the logistics person are on the same wavelength.

Microphone manners

The Eloquent Woman

But you also might get caught when you're at the lectern before a talk, trying to figure out how the slides will work; in that situation, adjust the lectern mic so it's directed away from you, lest the crowd hear all the audio-visual arrangements before you begin.

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Public Speaking: Bilingual Help

Great Public Speaking

When going over room setup and audio / visual requirements with a foreign logistics person, make sure you do it in advance of the presentation (hopefully several times), and have a bilingual person there to ensure that both you and the logistics person are on the same wavelength.

Public Speaking : DON'T GO TO THE BATHROOM

Great Public Speaking

Before the event, I made the big mistake of going to the bathroom while other audio visual people were coming into the room. I just spoke at an association meeting where I had set up all my equipment and got everything working just right. When I returned, my entire setup was moved. They actually picked my table up with my laptop and moved it about 8 feet closer to the screen which made the picture so small no one would have been able to see it.

Reviewing those use-or-lose-the-lectern lessons

The Eloquent Woman

If you're going this route, be sure to work with the audio-visual technicians to be sure your microphone can move with you). (This week, my team and I are on retreat, discussing new ventures and the upcoming "Good on Your Feet" speaker training workshop coming up Nov.

Are you making these rookie mistakes?

Speak Schmeak

Not checking your venue and equipment in advance This is an important preparation practice, and an experienced speaker knows to check the room as early as possible once engaged and to work with the audio-visual staff to make sure everything is planned to run smoothly.

Obama Administration, Sotomayor Nomination, Progressive Movement - All Toast

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In this era of just-in-time media coverage, digital, print, audio, visual and on-your-feet, developments can have immediate and far-reaching impacts.    Today's 5-4 decision  by the United States Supreme Court in favor of the employee rights of the majority probably has made the Obama Administration, Sonia Soytomayor's nomination, and the progressiveness movement toast. 

Five things speakers can learn from event planners

Speak Schmeak

I have two clients who are event planners. They create amazing social and corporate events as well as weddings that would charm your socks off. If you've ever been to a conference, a wedding, a large fundraiser, a political rally, or a memorial service, chances are an event planner was involved.

Five things speakers can learn from event planners

Speak Schmeak

I have two clients who are event planners. They create amazing social and corporate events as well as weddings that would charm your socks off. If you've ever been to a conference, a wedding, a large fundraiser, a political rally, or a memorial service, chances are an event planner was involved.

Who's the boss? You are!

Speak Schmeak

When I peeked in the morning of the workshop, the audio-visual crew happened to be there hooking up the equipment and the rest of the room was exactly as I had requested, so I was able to start setting up right away.

Presentation Skills: Body Language & TV

Executive Speech Coach

TV is an audio-visual medium with extra emphasis on the video. The audio was in Chinese with Greek subtitles - neither of which I understand. Presentation Skills : Body Language & TV You can improve your presentation skills by watching TV. To improve your presentation skills watch some of your favorite TV programs with the sound off. Of course you will miss the nuances of the words and details.

Check (out) your audience at the door: 8 reasons speakers should

The Eloquent Woman

It's easy enough to do: There's almost always a speaker table, the organizer to talk to, a green room or the audio-visual with which to occupy yourself. When you're giving a speech or presentation, do you stay away from the audience before you start?

Public Speaking: Caricature, Cartoons and Comic Strips

Great Public Speaking

Describing a cartoon is an easy method for using cartoons without having them physically available or needing audio/visual equipment to show them. This is especially true in international audiences where the visual aspect takes on a greater significance.

when you're a frequent speaker

The Eloquent Woman

I've got a full slate of speaking engagements , already in motion, between mid-April and late May--and all over the U.S., from Oregon and New York to South Carolina and Washington, DC.

Secrets To Sizzling Seminar Presentation

Pivotal Public Speaking

Find out the numbers expected, the seating arrangement, the type of microphone available; what type the audio visuals will be at your disposal; whether copies of your handout will be made ahead of time or if you have to bring those yourself. In an arena where there is a surfeit of presenters you need to hone your skills and develop techniques that will take you into the realm of presenter extraordinaire.

Public Speaking Advice: 7 Timely Tips for Pre-Presentation Preparation

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

Audio visual: If you are using a PowerPoint projector make sure the equipment is working well. Public Speaking Advice.   7 Public Speaking Timely Tips for Pre-Presentation Preparation. By Patricia Fripp CSP, CPAE. The big day has come. You are ready to deliver your presentation. To guarantee your success there are still a few final steps to take before you face your audience and thrill your meeting planner. Check in early.

The World of Communication

Executive Speech Coach

Communication takes place in many forms - audio, visual, sensual - through sounds, images, and physical impulses. The World of Communication If two otherwise equally qualified individuals compete for the same senior position in an organization, most of the time the one with better communications skills gets the job. Information and the ability to convey it is power. But it is not just speech.

10 Tips for Public Speaking from Executive Speech Coach Patricia Fripp

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

Check the microphone, lighting, audio/visual equipment, and any other factors that may affect your performance. Giving a Speech? 10 Tips for Public Speaking. An article on how you can be more effective when you deliver a speech and how to be better at public speaking. By public speaking coach and trainer for the Las Vegas Patricia Fripp Speaking and Presentation Skills School November 14-15, 2009. Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE. Write your own introduction.

Let a future speaker tag along and learn how to prep

The Eloquent Woman

The 15 minute prep in the room was our audio-visual prep, our chance to walk the room and see how it would work when we walked into the audience, and our last-minute chance to get comfortable in the setting. One of my former employees asked me out to lunch recently.

Get a better handle on your speaker self

The Eloquent Woman

Speakers face all sorts of variables that can and do go wrong, from broken audio-visual systems to less time than they prepared for. You may tell yourself you're no good at speaking--or succeed one time and do poorly another, for reasons that escape you.

Week 13: Following up after a speech

The Eloquent Woman

From the audio-visual team to the organizers or audience, be sure to take the time to let them know how much they helped you. Plenty of speakers focus on preparation and delivery.

Week 7: Use-or-lose lectern lessons

The Eloquent Woman

If you're going this route, be sure to work with the audio-visual technicians to be sure your microphone can move with you). Choosing whether you'll use or lose the lectern is a major factor in adding presence to your presentation.