Book Review: Confessions of a Public Speaker

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April 12, 2011 Posts Comments The Speaker Point Helping you master public speaking and communication skills Home Delivery Speech Analysis Making Money Preparation Reviews About Book Review: Confessions of a Public Speaker February 16, 2011 By Alex Cequea View Comments Scott Berkun’s Confessions of a Public Speaker is an enjoyable read with lots of nuggets and insightful information. What I liked After reading this book, it’s hard not to like Scott as a person.

Toastmasters Saturday: The New Year That Almost Wasn't

Speak and Deliver

Smart phones out, we started looking for alternate venues. Same for McDonalds, even though it had a private meeting room (the only one I''ve ever seen in a McDs, actually). What are YOUR venue horror stories, and how have you solved them - or not?

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Six straightforward speeches then facing up to a problematic presentation

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

April was fairly busy for talks, beginning with an evening booking speaking about The Power of Humour in Everyday Life for the Ringwood Tuesday Club at the town's Conservative Club. Whereas the room in the Con Club in Ringwood where I had spoken the previous week was brightly-lit, the bar-room this club uses is rather less so and I had to make sure that I was speaking from a position under a light where I could see my notes (as well as being a little more visible to the audience).

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Presentation tips involving locations and lighting, theatres and a theme.

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

The journey home wasn't great, what with long waits on a freezing platform at Clapham Junction only to find that trains were too crowded to squeeze into, then eventually boarding one where it was standing room-only all the way to Southampton - but I wouldn't have missed that talk for the world! My other booking in February was when I spoke about Patrick Campbell to Camberley and District U3A who meet at Camberley Theatre. My previous bookings were in April 2006 and September 2008.

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Public speaking from the Staines snowball to confidence-boosting in a cafe!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

My last booking for them had been in March 2006 and they were a very good audience on both occasions. My next booking was in Woking for a group of retired Surrey County Council staff following their AGM at the town's Trinity Methodist Church. I was met at the station by two members who acted as human sat-navs to walk me to the venue (something of a first!). This Woking booking soon led to two further talks.

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Take charge of your event

Speak Schmeak

In order for you to make your speaking engagement the best it can be, you're going to have to take charge of your room. I've mentioned checking your venue in advance, for one thing. But what happens if there's something wrong with the room that needs to be fixed?

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Are you worth $40K an hour?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  To get to that stage, a speaker at the $40K level has to have written one or more books.    And that speaker has to create the speech, rehearse it, and travel for days to hard-to-reach places in uncomfortable airplane seats to get to the venue, where she has to try to please a roomful of strangers so that the whole process can begin again.    Most of the money – a million or two – for that conference has gone to the venue, for room and board. 

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The Speaker’s Best Gift: Presence

Speaker Launcher

Being consciously present while interacting with your fans or customers, especially in a crowded room, takes some practice. How often do we mentally check out before we've actually left the venue?

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Your time's been cut -- what do you do?

Speak Schmeak

You arrive at your venue, get set up, and are ready to go on time, but the meeting starts ten minutes late. There's room for questions, for interruptions, for unanticipated circumstances. You can read all the public speaking books and blogs out there.

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PowerPoint Tip: Prepare for Problems so you Respond, not React

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

If you are going to do presentations, you will at some point face a problem with the equipment, room, technology, sound system, audience, or any number of possible things that could go wrong. Look at all aspects of the presentation, from preparation to travel, to room, equipment, food and any other area that you can think of. Other mitigation strategies include using checklists for equipment and arriving at the room early enough to make changes before the audience arrives.

My return to public speaking blogging: many more presentations skills tips to follow.!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Secondly, I had something of a 'poacher-turned-gamekeeper' experience and became involved for several years with committee work which involved me booking speakers. Ultimately I found this a time-consuming and somewhat frustrating experience but it did provide wonderful opportunities to meet and listen to some brilliant speakers and also to compile a much-appreciated list of recommendations which I can pass on to organisations which have booked me. Venue: Hayling Golf Club.

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Your time's been cut -- what do you do?

Speak Schmeak

You arrive at your venue, get set up, and are ready to go on time, but the meeting starts ten minutes late. There's room for questions, for interruptions, for unanticipated circumstances. You can read all the public speaking books and blogs out there.

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Speaking and sport

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Because my talks often involve anecdotes about amusing incidents that have happened at other speaking engagements, audiences usually assume that at my next booking I will be telling a story about them! In July, following my talk on My Life as a Freelance Comedy Writer for Durrington WI I sat at the front of the room in the village hall while they had their business meeting. I had a double booking the next day, the morning engagement being for Odiham District U3A in Hampshire.

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 6

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Sadly, the Grange Hotel in Southbourne, where I had spoken to this club and various others on numerous occasions has been demolished but Boscombe and Southbourne Probus has found a good repacement meeting place, the Liston Hotel in Boscombe, another venue where I have spoken in the past. Their venue is Shaftesbury Town Hall in a room which overlooks the iconic Gold Hill , famous for its use in various movies plus, of course, the long-running Hovis commercials.

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Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 1

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Many give up their blogs altogether; others just restart and carry on from that point without including any retrospective material and I could do this - just write about my forthcoming engagements - but then readers would miss out on useful public speaking tips f rom many of my bookings since the end of 2009 (plus other speaker-related news and activities from this period). So I have decided to devote the next postings to all my bookings over the past 16 months.

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Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 8

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Kidlington and District Probus President's Night, Oxford There are some bookings I really look forward to, for example, when it's a favourite type of event in an area where I know from previous experience that the audiences are very responsive and when I find myself being booked by an organiser who knows exactly what their own expectations are - and what the speaker's requirements will be - for the event.

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Chairing a conference: How did I do? Lessons for chairs from #esnbxl

The Eloquent Woman

Get a feel for the space: I have the preparedness gene, so I checked out photos of the room online and made sure I dropped by the venue the day before when the organizer would be there. That means not just watching the clock, but reading the room.

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Who's in the audience and why should I care?

Speak Schmeak

I imagine that those of you who read a lot of speaking blogs, books and newsletters tune out when you see this phrase, "know your audience." The way to do that is to find out who they are and what they want and need before you ever set foot into the venue.

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6 Ways to Achieve Your Resolutions Through Public Speaking

Speak Schmeak

Start talking to your contacts and looking for events, trade shows, conferences, adult education programs and other venues that use paid speakers. 40 to 45% of American adults make one or more resolutions each year. Are you one of them?

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Web Ink Now: Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking

You are in the book) The Gobbledygook Manifesto -- Cutting Edge! An analysis of gobbledygook in over 388,000 press releases sent in 2006 About David Meerman Scott Have me speak at your next event My books Free ebooks My blog -- buzz contact me Business TV Channel Recent Comments Marissa Yennie on Are you a craft marketer? If 200 people are in a room and you speak for a half hour, you are taking up 100 hours of people’s time.

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The Office Christmas Party Speech: roads to failure and success

Max Atkinson

I also pointed out that, by the time he got up to speak, everyone else would be at different stages of intoxicaion and he would have the advantage of being one of the few people in the room with a clear head. Thank everyone involved in organising the event, preparing food, booking venue, etc. One of the advantages of being self-employed is that I’m normally spared from the annual rigours of the office Christmas party.

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learn storytelling online: 3 ways

The Eloquent Woman

Even more important, the organizers of many speaking opportunities and conferences are looking for great storytellers when they book speakers. Last year, Bill Gates talked about malaria with a big jar of mosquitoes in his lap.and opened it, releasing them in the room.)

Speakers and fees: an insiders view

Speaker Confessions

Shawn: The one thing live events have that YouTube and Twitter cannot duplicate is the energy in the room. It’s the same material, but you’re missing the energy from everyone else in the room. Seeing a speaker in a room full of other people is more stimulating at the least, and at best, you connect with other people at the event which can lead to further discussion and maybe even accountability to help you apply the lessons taught by the speaker.

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The best-laid public speaking plans can actually work very well!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

The following Monday I delivered the same talk at an afternoon engagement for Haslemere U3A at a lovely old venue, Haslemere Hall. A week later I had a short-notice booking to speak on My Life as a Freelance Comedy Writer to the monthly lunch club in the Clubhouse at Bramshott Place Village near Liphook in Hampshire. If it had been a Burns Supper in Scotland it would have been a different matter - but then a Scottish speaker would probably have been booked! Salisbury U3A.

How to Start Speaking at Events |

Are you hoping to share the learnings found in your awesome book (available for 24.95 It is sometimes difficult to get good quality of a speech in front of an audience, and what's good for a room might not make for good web presence.

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The Art of Butts in Chairs |

Be empowering - My goal with building events is to put the right people together in a room. Great speakers, great content, great venue, great networking - all may still be in place. The venue has to be in a good location, easy to get to and comfortable.

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Article: Grow Your Business by Speaking

101 Ways to Grow Your Business By Stephanie Chandler * * * * * * * * Want to Publish Your Book? Other potential venues include retirement centers, community centers, churches and charitable organizations. For additional value, have a product available for sale at the back of the room such as a book, workbook or audio recording.

How to Present While People are Twittering | Pistachio

Now these notes are going digital on Twitter or via conference-provided chat rooms. But the conversation was roaring through the room via twitter. I asked questions the audience was asking, and I immediately felt the tenor of the room shift towards my favor.

The Art of Observational Humor

Humor Power

As I was being introduced to present my evaluation, someone opened a door in the back of the meeting room. We couldn’t see what was causing the beeping because a temporary room-divider curtain blocked our view of the door. This happened exactly as the Toastmaster said, “And our next evaluator contestant is John Kinde.&# By the time I reached the speaking platform, someone had closed the door in the back of the room. Ask for a non-smoking room.&#.

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How not to start your speech: 10 Roads to Disaster

Executive Speech Coach

Tell a joke If you have an ancient book on public speaking that tells you to start with a joke – burn it and purge anything you read from your memory. You might think about leaving the room, checking your email or tuning out at the least. Maybe the venue screwed up the registration and the meal.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 16, 2013: Since 1991-92 there has been no set formula for providing funds for PA schools. 65% of all funds now distributed in this school year are based on statistics from the 1989-90 school year.

Speaking Of...

As the Inquirer reported today, principals at Central High and Masterman are scrambling to figure out how exactly they''re supposed to give students an education without being able to give them books to read. The Delaware River Port Authority lost $56 million and was stuck with another $248 million of red ink on its books. Ravitch''s previous book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System , was a breakthrough.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 9, 2013: Yinzercation: How to Read the PSSA Report

Speaking Of...

Rose is a professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and author of several books. His latest book is “ Public Education Under Siege ,” which he co-edited with Michael B.

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When Applause Just Isn't Enough: How To Get More Clients From Giving Speeches

They provide a large laundry list of ideas that dont question current thinking, that dont give the audience a fresh perspective…complete with quotes from other authors of best-selling books. How you illustrate your points is the best venue to show your style. Cut the details down to only whats relevant; this will make room for your natural humor to shine through.

Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 8, 2013: Where’s the accountability for state and local elected officials responsible for providing a constitutionally mandated “thorough and efficient” education for 134,000 Philly students?

Speaking Of...

Amid an agonizing financial and leadership crisis, the appointed School Reform Commission, which has run the district since the state took it over a dozen years ago, passed a “doomsday” budget this past summer that included cuts so drastic there was no money for schools to open this fall with funding for things such as paper, new books, athletics, arts, music, counselors, assistant principals and more.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 12, 2013: State Board of Education set to vote on revised set of Common Core standards

Speaking Of...

Don’t miss this rare – and free – opportunity to hear widely acclaimed education historian and best-selling author Dr. Ravitch speak on her new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. No venue announced yet To consider charter and cyber special education funding Diane Ravitch will be speaking in Philly at the Main Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library on September 17 at 7:30 pm.

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Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup for September 11, 2013: Teaching? Piece of cake. Everybody knows you can pick that up in just five weeks….

Speaking Of...

She writes about their observations in her book The Smartest Kids in the World – and How They Got That Way. Crystal Tea Room, Wanamaker Building 100 Penn Square East , Philadelphia Details and registration: [link] PA Special Education Funding Formula Commission Upcoming Meeting Has Been Rescheduled to Sept 26 th in Reading Was originally scheduled for September 19.

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Effective Emcee-ing! « The Shy Speaker's Guide to Success on Stage

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

B e Early – Reach the event venue before the first guest arrive so that logistical and technical (ie: microphone tests and the sound system) matters can be ironed out. but i know there are still a lot of rooms for improvement. our first client booked our team to coordinate her wedding and chose our package with me as the emcee this may 24,2009. Home About Gary Testimonials FREE MATERIALS!

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Dear Speakers - James Duncan Davidson - James Duncan Davidson

A couple of the speakers that day spent all of their time talking to either the left or right side of the room and never addressed the audience. This just says to everyone in the room that you feel trapped up there. But speakers at other venues often make the mistake of writing a speech & then reading it - which is a great way to put an audience to sleep. Im dyslexic, I found learning from books hard, but did well from most lectures.

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