Closing A Speech or Presentation, Part I

Matt Eventoff

Everyone quietly claps, or just nods, and leaves the auditorium or conference room. The moment of truth has arrived. You had them entranced at the open. The audience was clearly focused, nodding as you delivered your message; eyes locked as you wove through a carefully crafted medley of stories, anecdotes and analogies, all supporting your message. There is no question that the majority of your audience probably agrees with what you are saying.

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10 Ways Public Speakers Should Be Like Santa Claus

Manner of Speaking

And remember, an auditorium full of people will absorb and dampen sound more than an empty auditorium. Prepare thoroughly. Santa spends most of the year getting ready for his one big night. When he takes off in his sleigh, there’s no turning back. Similarly, when you step on that stage, be sure that you know your material. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Sure, on Christmas Eve Santa is the main attraction, but the Big Man can’t do it all by himself.

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When the male moderator won't let the lone woman panelist speak

The Eloquent Woman

The auditorium drops into silence. It's what women speakers dread about panels with just one woman on them: What happens if the guys overtalk you and the moderator ignores you? Or worse, starts mansplaining your answers so you can't get a word in edgewise.

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TEDxUCLA: The good and the great

Speak Schmeak

However, when I arrived and discovered that the auditorium was actually rather intimate, I realized that the last three rows were not so far from civilization. Here's a (not-great) photo I took of one of his creations (hint: they're tables and benches in the quad outside the Broad Auditorium).

Famous Speech Friday: Linda Cliatt-Wayman on fixing broken schools

The Eloquent Woman

After things were quickly under control, I immediately called a meeting in the school's auditorium to introduce myself as the school's new principal. When, all of a sudden, a girl way in the back of the auditorium, she stood up and she said, "Miss!

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“The Secret” to Effective Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

In boardrooms, conference rooms, auditoriums and court rooms throughout the world. Forget about effective public speaking for a minute. Close your eyes….It’s It’s game time; you just paid $500 for tickets for your family to see your favorite team, and even more for food and souvenirs. . The players take the field (or court, or ice)….straight straight from their living rooms.

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Speak and Deliver

Public Speaking - Your Best Guide Is St. Francis

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Their audiences may be sitting in a large auditorium or a corporate conference room, standing on the platform at the Metro North RR, attending an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, or waiting for a performance review. For some public speakers, human beings are all ears.

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.

5 ways speakers can steer clear of overstatements

The Eloquent Woman

If the conference is especially exciting, the speakers notable and widely recognized and even the auditorium seats are the most comfortable you can imagine, I'll be looking for unicorns in the lobby of your next meeting. Are all your programs major? All your research extensive? All your senior officials probing and sought-after? Does "everyone know" about your issue? Those are overstatements.

Ten Tips for Using Props in a Presentation

Manner of Speaking

Example: I thought that Bill Gates’ releasing a bunch of mosquitoes in the TED auditorium while delivering his talk about malaria was brilliant (5:10 – 5:35). In my previous post , I looked at some of the ways in which a prop can add some real value to a presentation.

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Talk About the Talk: Ann Davison's remembrance of Rod Durham

The Eloquent Woman

There would be 800+ in attendance at the memorial service held in our high school auditorium and another 1000+ watching via livestream, along with local news crews. As the memorial service began, with pictures of our smiling friend all over the auditorium, I couldn’t wait to get on the stage.

Interview: Paul M. Wood – Transmedia Storyteller

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

It’s an auditorium filled will people listening to your CEO deliver a keynote. Transmedia storytelling is a hot topic. It’s a form of storytelling where multiple platforms tie together to tell a common story. It has been heralded as “a new storytelling form that is native to networked digital content and communication channels.” ” UCS professor Henry Jenkins coined the term transmedia storytelling, and defines it as representing: “…a [.]

So You Want to be Mayor of Burlington

Executive Speech Coach

The sound was bad in the auditorium and none of the candidates impressed me. Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations Business presentations tips for executives, sales presenters, managers, technical experts and professionals from the "Speech Coach for Executives" George Torok. Transform your business presentations into effective conversations. George Torok is a Toronto based presentation coach and presentation skills trainer.

Being There, Before You’re There

Manner of Speaking

The room is in the style of a university auditorium. In a little more than a month’s time, I will fly to Lisbon, Portugal for the Toastmasters District 59 Spring Conference. It promises to be a fabulous time and I am looking forward to seeing many friends from across Europe.

8 Powerful Public Speaking Tips

Executive Speech Coach

Saturday, July 24, 2010 8 Powerful Public Speaking Tips When it’s your turn to stand up and speak to an audience, whether it is a room of five or an auditorium of hundreds, you can speak confidently and effectively when you use these eight powerful public speaking tips. Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations Business presentations tips for executives, sales presenters, managers, technical experts and professionals from the "Speech Coach for Executives" George Torok.

"Trust Gut," Shark Tank's Lori Grenier Tells Youngstown U

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Geiner spoke at Youngstown University last night to a packed auditorium. This is the era of trusting algorithms. So, it was a just-in-time gift for Shark Tank's Lori Greiner to parachute in and remind us: Trust the gut.

When Reinventing Your Environment, Color Can Make All the Difference

Duarte Blog

Our Auditorium is a combination of charcoal on both the front wall and the ceiling, and soft gold on the side walls. When Duarte asked me to help pick colors for our new office in Sunnyvale, I was thrilled to lend my expertise.

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Controlling flashy graphics

The Presenter's Blog

This approach held an auditorium of 200 people in rapt attention for just under two hours. I recently observed an exciting approach to presenting a boring subject. The type of subject that is entirely fact driven, very technical, and needs a lot of slides! The entire presentation had been professionally animated! The basic animation scheme was simple.

Looking for a job in the greater Philadelphia area?

Joan Detz Speaker Services

Eastern University, McInnis Auditorium, St. October 16, 2010. 9:00 - 11:30 AM. Davids, PA. Cost: Free . Speaker: Phil Hopkins of Select Greater Philadelphia. Information: www.mycareertransitions.com

The dynamic prop: 6 questions for speakers to ask

The Eloquent Woman

We’ll let those roam around the auditorium a little bit. Blame it on Bill Gates: In 2009, during a TED talk about his foundation's work to eradicate malaria, he opened a gigantic jar while delivering this part of this talk.

Question: How useful is social media for public speakers?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The title my talk is Beyond the Auditorium: Magnifying the Impact of a Speech with Social Media. I need your help. On Friday February 12th I’m presenting at the Ragan Speechwriters Conference in Washington, DC. While I hope some readers of Professionally Speaking will be at the event, I’d like to hear from anyone who has [.].

Question: How useful is social media for public speakers?

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The title my talk is Beyond the Auditorium: Magnifying the Impact of a Speech with Social Media. I need your help. On Friday February 12th I’m presenting at the Ragan Speechwriters Conference in Washington, DC. While I hope some readers of Professionally Speaking will be at the event, I’d like to hear from anyone who has [.].

Will the 50th anniversary of March on Washington remember the women?

The Eloquent Woman

Most of us give formal speeches, talks and presentations in conference rooms, hotel ballrooms, auditoriums. I keep threatening to put together a public-speaking tour of Washington, DC, where I live--and if I did, this spot would be a highlight of the tour.

Twitter at Conferences: Beyond Q&A

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Comments and questions from the auditorium as well as people following along [.]. Twitter is increasingly used as a way of engaging the audience beyond the usual moderated Q&A session. Comments and questions are projected onscreen during a panel discussion. Here’s an example from the Silicon Valley Brand Forum where the event ended with a panel discussion.

Twitter at Conferences: Beyond Q&A

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Comments and questions from the auditorium as well as people following along [.]. Twitter is increasingly used as a way of engaging the audience beyond the usual moderated Q&A session. Comments and questions are projected onscreen during a panel discussion. Here’s an example from the Silicon Valley Brand Forum where the event ended with a panel discussion.

Twitter at Conferences: Beyond Q&A

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Comments and questions from the auditorium as well as people following along [.]. Twitter is increasingly used as a way of engaging the audience beyond the usual moderated Q&A session. Comments and questions are projected onscreen during a panel discussion. Here’s an example from the Silicon Valley Brand Forum where the event ended with a panel discussion.

If Bill Gates doesn't read bullet points from PowerPoint slides.

Max Atkinson

I’ve just been watching a talk by Bill Gates on How I'm trying to change the world now - the full version of which can be seen HERE.

What does it mean to practice your speech? 8 good options for speakers

The Eloquent Woman

In an auditorium? I have read my slides, therefore I have practiced. -- René Descartes Descartes didn''t quite say that, but you say it all the time. Absolutely. I practiced," you''ll tell me. And I''ll look at you, skeptical.

Stanford Keynote Open to the Public

Duarte Blog

Tomorrow at noon Nancy will deliver a keynote at Stanford’s Bishop Auditorium , the South Building of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. If you’re in the South Bay around lunchtime tomorrow, grab a bite to eat and head over to Stanford!

Women's Festivals

Speak Schmeak

People from throughout the world will attend the California Women's Festival on March 7th - 9th at the Santa Barbara City College and Earl Warren Showground, and Arizona Women's Festival on March 14th - 16th at Red Rock Auditorium and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

Should you display the live twitter stream on a large screen?

Speaking about Presenting

Twitter is now a reality at many conferences. Now the question is: should you display a live twitter stream on a large screen so that everyone (not just the tweeters) in the audience can see it? Sir Ken Robinson speaking at "Hacking Education" organised by Union Square Ventures.

What if no one shows up? Part 2

Speak Schmeak

He said he had just inadvertently walked into the adjacent auditorium and was mortified to see that all the seats were empty. As a follow-up to this post , here's another example of how to handle it when no one shows up, from one of the pros.

The road to perfection never ends

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Talk to the last person in the auditorium. Guest Post: Fred Miller , No Sweat Public Speaking. “None of us is as smart as all of us, that’s why it’s always great to hear what fellow professionals have to say.

Hockey Night on Ossington Avenue

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

The Nutcracker is held at the O’Keefe Centre, a huge auditorium named after the beer Pa drinks. To celebrate the Toronto Maple Leafs (finally) making the playoffs, I present my short story Hockey Night on Ossington Avenue from Rebel in the Back Seat … and other short stories. Hockey Night on Ossington Avenue. by Paul Lima. Johnny Bower was my hero. He led the Leafs to victory.

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Take care of your voice

Speak Schmeak

Go the the main office for orientation, then use your hall pass to work your way around to the auditorium , science center , teachers lounge , gymnasium and classrooms.

TEDxUCLA: The good and the great

Speak Schmeak

However, when I arrived and discovered that the auditorium was actually rather intimate, I realized that the last three rows were not so far from civilization. Here's a (not-great) photo I took of one of his creations (hint: they're tables and benches in the quad outside the Broad Auditorium).

Week 7: A new speaker mulls the lectern

The Eloquent Woman

And the next time you have access to an empty meeting room or auditorium, practice moving around as you might during a speech--it's a great way to anticipate how it will feel, and find what you need to avoid or embrace when you use this tactic next time!

Commonwealth Club of California: New Service Offered

DeFinis Communications

Members can watch live video of events taking place in The Club’s main San Francisco auditorium; submit questions for the speakers and even text chat with other viewers. One of our greatest Bay Area resources for learning about current events and watching an array of talented, educational and inspiring speakers is the Commonwealth Club of California. And to add to their already hefty local presence is the launch of The Club’s online video channel. This channel is a members-only benefit.

It’s fun to share with Cops That Care

Duarte Blog

Children who have an affiliation to the Mountain View community will be able to visit the North Pole (also known as the Police/Fire Auditorium at 1000 Villa St.) Throughout the year, Duarte host several events to raise money for one goal: purchasing a veritable mountain of toys!