Fun Friday: When not to take the stage

Speak Schmeak

"I'm a political leper, and I'm an emotional time bomb. So here's an idea: let's put me on stage." ~ Julia Louis-Dreyfus, " Veep ". TV inspired Fun Stuff

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Robin Williams on the TED stage

Presentation Zen

At the 2008 TED Conference held in California, the BBC''s "The World Debate" set up a panel discussion to be broadcast worldwide from the TED stage. Williams continued his comical rant as he walked down toward the stage (nothing else was happening due to the tech glitch, so why not?)

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Fun Friday: When not to take the stage

Speak Schmeak

"I'm a political leper, and I'm an emotional time bomb. So here's an idea: let's put me on stage." ~ Julia Louis-Dreyfus, " Veep ". TV inspired Fun Stuff

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Delivering Unforgettable Presentations with Darren LaCroix

Speaker Launcher

Creating clarity on stage. Getting back up after you bomb. The Wealthy Speaker Podcast clarity on stage Darren LaCroix Epic Keynote keynote speaking presentationsDo you feel that your keynote is flawless as it is, or could it use a little work?

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Storytelling and Empathy take Center Stage at the Watermark Conference for Women

Duarte Blog

Actress Viola Davis blew the room away in her main stage keynote on the topic of “owning your story.” Albright was on fire with crushing one-liners about how frustrated she is by the Trump administration (it’s fun to hear the well-coifed, 80-year-old, ever-composed, Albright drop the f-bomb).

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Talking for a Living - Struggle to Find the Right "Stage" Persona

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Of course, that bombed. Corporate Executive. Motivational speaker. Salesperson. Politico. And, yes, Comic. All those roles involve talking for a living.    To succeed mandates finding the right "stage" persona.

2017 52

Green Room Speakers: Anne Hathaway and James Franco: What Not to Do

Green Room Speakers

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Anne Hathaway and James Franco: What Not to Do Clearly, Anne Hathaway and James Franco bombed as hosts of this years Academy Awards. From the moment they stepped on stage, Hathaway and Franco lowered their status.

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Storytelling and Empathy take Center Stage at the Watermark Conference for Women

Duarte Blog

Actress Viola Davis blew the room away in her main stage keynote on the topic of “owning your story.” Albright was on fire with crushing one-liners about how frustrated she is by the Trump administration (it’s fun to hear the well-coifed, 80-year-old, ever-composed, Albright drop the f-bomb). A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Watermark Conference for Women in San Jose.

2017 40

If I Were Clint Eastwood’s Speech Coach…

DeFinis Communications

Honor the person you are there to honor: His near drunken style, the chair, the implied F-bomb and his off-the-cuff comments about “all political parties are the same” and “none of it matters” must have sent chills down the spines of Romney and his team.

2012 203

April is Humor Month in Speak & Deliver

Speak and Deliver

So, humor doesn't always work , even when used by a speaker who uses it constantly on stage. Go Ahead and Laugh Rich Hopkins Speaks Failed Humor Humor Bombing Humorous Speaking Speak With Humor Humor

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Skills we can learn from comedians

The Speaker Point

They could just as easily “boo” you off the stage, or worse yet, not laugh. If the joke bombs, then he just continues the thought he’s already started, and no one has time to notice that the joke failed. Amateur speakers will stop to wait for laughter after their joke, and if it doesn’t come, they’re left embarrassed and everyone knows they bombed.

2011 109

Melting Speaker's Brain Freeze: The Show Must Go On.

Speak and Deliver

Toastmasters is the perfect place to 'bomb' without losing much in the way of reputation, clientele, or self-esteem, even in a contest setting. Unfortunately, this also trains us to stop when we're on stage. Brain Freeze The Show Must Go On Forgot My Speech Losing Your Place on Stage

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TED Talk falls flat, finds new life as animated presentation

Presentation Zen

This talk was different from the typical TED talk since it featured a conversation between two people—albeit a scripted one—standing on the center stage at TED. However on the day, they bombed." Why did they bomb?

2014 103

"The Attack" - All was fine, according to his point of view

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 She calls him on the cell phone just before he is due on stage.  A video of her last minutes before heading off to bomb a restaurant, killing 17, shows her asking how to deactivate the bomb - just in case. The setting of the film "The Attack" is Israel.

2013 61

When the right words create the wrong message

The Presenter's Blog

Addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition, Governor Chris Christie accidentally dropped a geographic f-bomb that left him apologizing to the gathering’s sponsor, leading GOP cash donor, Sheldon Adelson. by Peter Watts.

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How to Prepare and Present Powerful Presentations, with Patricia Fripp

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Expect to bomb — if you’ve not failed somewhere on stage, you’re probably not challenging yourself enough. Hall of Fame keynote speaker and executive speech coach Patricia Fripp spoke to the members of the NSA Northern California Chapter Speakers Academy on Saturday. Fripp is the founder of our Chapter and a leading authority in the world of professional speaking.

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Analysis of a Speech by Alberto Cairo

Manner of Speaking

In a succinct, 45-second opening, Alberto introduces himself and sets the stage for his talk. For example, watch the very expressive gestures that he uses from 3:00 to 3:45 when recounting the incident of the bomb exploding as he returned from the mosque.

A Pro Taking a Risk

Humor Power

Of course, if the segment is totally off-the-cuff, there is the risk of bombing. On the other hand, there is always the option of planned spontaneity, in this case by having the audience members pre-audition before they are invited on stage. Here are two examples of Josh Groban taking a chance by singing with an audience member. It demonstrates that with risk comes reward.

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Lessons from Charlie & The King

Speaker Launcher

No matter what you think about Charlie Sheen, after bombing in Detroit, he got back on the stage in Chicago and that took some serious guts. Ask any professional speaker and they will tell you about the time they bombed.

2011 56

Analysis of a Speech by Alberto Cairo

Manner of Speaking

In a succinct, 45-second opening, Alberto introduces himself and sets the stage for his talk. For example, watch the very expressive gestures that he uses from 3:00 to 3:45 when recounting the incident of the bomb exploding as he returned from the mosque.

Starting up again in public speaking: Advice from the experts

The Eloquent Woman

She reminds us to remember that “There are three types of speakers: those who have bombed; those who will bomb; and those who will bomb again.” "I used to speak a lot, but I'm not feeling so sure of myself --I haven't done any speaking in a long time."

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Observational Humor — Case Study #120

Humor Power

Thirty years ago my comedy coach pushed me out on the stage and said, ”You’re on your own!” It was up to me to be funny without bombing. I bombed and I cried for two days. Here is another Observational Humor Monologue presented at the end of a meeting. We will look at what was said and what happened during the meeting before the monologue was delivered. Then we’ll examine what made the joke work. THE SET - UP.

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Famous Speech Friday: Sally Field at the 2012 Human Rights Campaign dinner

The Eloquent Woman

Actress Sally Field set off sparks in public-speaking circles when she spoke this fall at the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner--for dropping an f-bomb in her speech about her son's coming out as a gay man.

2012 93

Conference notes from #uksgcam2015: Diving into speechwriting

The Eloquent Woman

in all ebook formats, it''s like having a coach with whom you can prepare and bring on stage with you Last week, I had a deep dive into talking, speaking, and language.and it was all about writing speeches.

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Political Humor

Humor Power

Bombing will get you nowhere. That’s a rule of the improv stage. Trump in the spotlight. His statement about McCain: “He was a hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” ” Trump’s problems were.

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Preparing for the wrong audience

Speak Schmeak

She speaks to the producer of the show, who assures her that the kids will not be in the theater when Kathy takes the stage. On this week's episode of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List , Kathy is preparing for a set at the Apollo Theater.

Preparing for the wrong audience

Speak Schmeak

She speaks to the producer of the show, who assures her that the kids will not be in the theater when Kathy takes the stage. On this week's episode of Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List , Kathy is preparing for a set at the Apollo Theater.

Public Speaking - Types of Props

Great Public Speaking

I recommended that a sales manager get one of those expressway revenge devices that makes machine gun, ray gun, and bomb noises when you press a button. I've worn gorilla costumes , brought full-size mannequins on stage and kicked them around. There are many different kinds of props that can be used to your advantage in a presentation. Extra large or extra small props are funny. Noisemakers are funny.

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Green Room Speakers: Eat, Pray, Love, Present

Green Room Speakers

As soon as I sat down the mosquitoes started dive-bombing me. The key to having stage presence is the ability to be fully present with the audience. From the Green Room: Want to have stage presence?

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Reader Q&A: Over-preparing & last-minute speech changes

The Eloquent Woman

A useful and rare description of how that happened appeared in The Guardian: On 23 September 2014, Ed Miliband prepared to take the stage at the Labour party conference in Manchester to deliver the most important speech of his career.

2016 60

Speakers worth catching – 5: Malcolm Gladwell

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Instead of telling us the story retrospectively, he puts us in the time period, in the search for an accurate way to aim bombs, and he tells us why that’s important. In his earlier talks, Malcolm’s nervous energy showed up in relentless pacing up and down the stage. I’ve blogged about Malcolm Gladwell before, and given him mixed reviews as a good storyteller, but a speaker with some quirks that got in the way of maximum effectiveness. Well, it’s time to give Gladwell a second look.

2011 57

Speaking of Chris Brogan Speaking.

Speak and Deliver

Still, his stage presence would have improved if he'd either worn a lighter shirt or darker slacks. Language - normally this isn't even an issue with speakers, but Brogan drops a couple bombs here.

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Who deserves a standing ovation?

Speaker Confessions

Rock bands are notorious for milking the equivalent of standing ovations by leaving the stage without saying they’ll be back for an encore. It’s the atomic bomb for an audience - you can’t do any more. Standing ovation at Cannes (from wikipedia).

What should earn a standing ovation?

Speaker Confessions

Rock bands are notorious for milking the equivalent of standing ovations by leaving the stage without saying they’ll be back for an encore. It’s the atomic bomb for an audience - you can’t do any more. Standing ovation at Cannes (from wikipedia).

Joke Contest Results — Being a Comedian

Humor Power

He’s always on the stage. – An aerobics instructor could be a comedian…she’d have the audience rolling in the aisles. – An astronomer could be a comedian…doing impressions of all the big stars. – A postman could be a comedian. It’s time to look at the top entries for the December Joke Contest: Being a Comedian. It’s a Pun Fest. New Joke Contests are announced on the first of the month (alternating months).

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Toastmaster Friday: 9 Ways to Pump Up Your Evaluations

Speak and Deliver

I was a slow learner, but eventually made it to the Big Stage. Since Toastmasters is made up of people from all walks of life, all at different stages of their speaking and self-confidence, it can be tough to get, or give, a strong evaluation.

2009 70

Pubic Speaking - Watch Your Clock So They Don't Watch Theirs

Great Public Speaking

One of the quickest ways to bomb is to go overtime or try to stuff too much information in too little time. Keep a clock on stage with you that you can glance at to keep yourself on track. There are two schools of thought about looking at your watch while on stage. The first school of thought is that you should never look at your watch while on stage because it will cause the audience members to start looking at their watches.

Energy Zappers

Humor Power

If your first line or two of humor bombs, a speaker may start to interpret the inner motivations of the audience. Before a show he would always walk around back stage waving his arms, stretching, humming, singing, massaging his face. Often, before I take the stage for a keynote speech, I use some group warm-up exercises borrowed from improv theater.

Avoid Energy Zappers

Humor Power

If your first funny line bombs, a speaker may start interpret the inner motivations of the audience. “They don’t like me.&# Negative thoughts attract negative results. Before a show he would always walk around back stage waving his arms, stretching, humming, singing, massaging his face. Often, before I take the stage for a keynote speech, I use some group warm up exercises borrowed from improv theater.

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Guest post: Silencing my "you suck" self-talk

The Eloquent Woman

Anyway, I played Empire State of Mind prior to my presentation and just wanted to get up on that stage and grind it out. The words don’t mean much to me (the JayZ part anyway is rap w/ ‘n’ bombs and stuff) but it did the trick.

2010 60

Public Speaking : THIS WILL SURPRISE YOU Part II

Great Public Speaking

Last issue I told you that it was OK to stink up the stage by being a lousy presenter. As long as you are good on the platform, meeting planners love it when you come early and stay late.NOTE: If you bomb get out quick hahahaha => Offer free follow up for the audience members via email or fax. Again, I must remind you that I am not encouraging this. I want you to get better technically, so that your message has a better chance of getting through.

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20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

20 tips for better conference speaking ~ 16 February 2009 ~ View from on stage as I’m preparing to speak at An Event Apart New Orleans 2008. How will they describe your presence on stage? Ultimately I run through my entire presentation a couple times the same as I’ll give it on stage, but knowing roughly how much content I’ll need before practicing is helpful. On Stage: The Presentation 12. On Stage: Q&A 15.

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Ego Food: Want to be a better speaker?

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

3) Practice, alone, on the stage with the music, slides and gear that youll be using later. If you end early, take a question or two, or let them leave, if you have nothing else to say or have bombed. 19) You -will- bomb, and hard. 3) For non-coding slide,s every 2 minutes on stage can = 1 slide. 4) 2 private and one public practice before going on stage might be enough. Have fun on stage! Also reminds me of what its like to play on stage.

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