Imagine your audience fully clothed

Speak Schmeak

Here are more resources for preparation before a presentation: Relaxation and vocal preparation handout Cool as a cucumber or sweaty like a racehorse? Preparation rituals series I'm not afraid Prepared vs. over-prepared. Tags: Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Some experts still give the advice to picture the audience in their underwear.

Preparation rituals, part 2

Speak Schmeak

Following up on part 1 of my preparation rituals series, today let's talk about another two kinds of rituals. There are rituals for mental preparation and there are rituals for physical preparation. The mental preparation ritual includes both focus and distraction. Think about the mental preparation you like to do before your activity, competition or performance. The key to mental preparation is in believing it.

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9 ways to use props for maximum impact in your presentations

Speak Schmeak

When she lifts that bag into the air, you can imagine the few items of clothing, maybe a small doll or teddy bear, and the sadness of a child without a permanent home. I watched a speaker prepare for his presentation a few years ago by putting on layers and layers of clothing. Or you could actually wear the clothing and bring the shapes, textures and colors from another time right into the room where your audience can see it up close and personal.

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Are you motivated or committed?

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Prepare for that presentation I have to give Tuesday? I frequently don't feel like exercising, but I get up out of my desk chair, put on those workout clothes and I go. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and StrategiesI was reading the testimonial this weekend of a women who lost over 100 pounds and is now running marathons and getting certified to become a personal trainer.

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Are you motivated or committed?

Speak Schmeak

Prepare for that presentation I have to give Tuesday? I frequently don't feel like exercising, but I get up out of my desk chair, put on those workout clothes and I go. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and StrategiesI was reading the testimonial this weekend of a women who lost over 100 pounds and is now running marathons and getting certified to become a personal trainer.

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Does your presentation taste as good as it looks?

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Thank you to fellow speaker and trainer Bert Decker for today's food and public speaking analogy. How much energy do you put into the external appearance, glitter and gloss of your presentation vs. the preparation, heart and soul of your presentation? If all you focus on is the external, that is, your movement, gestures, voice, clothing and slides, your presentation will be nothing but an empty shell. Download audio here.

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Does your presentation taste as good as it looks?

Speak Schmeak

Thank you to fellow speaker and trainer Bert Decker for today's food and public speaking analogy. How much energy do you put into the external appearance, glitter and gloss of your presentation vs. the preparation, heart and soul of your presentation? If all you focus on is the external, that is, your movement, gestures, voice, clothing and slides, your presentation will be nothing but an empty shell.

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Thinking through the details

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And for the design of the jacket, I would sit with the people who made the clothes and tell them where I wanted a button or a buckle or a design. Preparation is not just writing your presentation, practicing it a few times, then showing up on the day to deliver it. Tags: Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Entertainers TV Guide: The glove, the white socks, the red leather jacket - who came up with those things?

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5 Ways to spiff up your act, BBC America-style

Speak Schmeak

This is what we, as speakers, should be doing before every speaking engagement: visiting the space and researching our audience. She gives the shop a makeover , removing outdated clothing and art, painting, refurnishing and giving the space a rebirth. Stories The Business of Coaching Preparation Engaging the Audience TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Analogies EntertainersDownload audio here.

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5 Ways to spiff up your act, BBC America-style

Speak Schmeak

This is what we, as speakers, should be doing before every speaking engagement: visiting the space and researching our audience. She gives the shop a makeover , removing outdated clothing and art, painting, refurnishing and giving the space a rebirth. Tags: Stories The Business of Coaching Preparation Engaging the Audience TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Analogies Entertainers Download audio here.

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Audience participation ideas

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It's easy for people who are shy to sit back and wait for the more outgoing members to speak up. I've started meetings with icebreaker-type questions like, "What's the oldest item of clothing you're wearing?" What did you eat for breakfast, and who prepared it," and "If you found a dollar on the street, what would you buy with it?" Tags: Training Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Adult Learning Principles Resources