Tina Fey: Need to jump into a conversation? Use improv skills, not apologies

The Eloquent Woman

You never just come in - I mean, people do because you always make mistakes in the practice of it - but come in just because that scene looks fun and I want to be in it, too, or I've got a great idea for a loud character that could enter this scene.

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A Public Speaking Alphabet

Manner of Speaking

“Jazz, of co urse, is about dialog and a kind of conversation with other musicians and a connection with the audience. Practice getting comfortable both with and without a lectern. P – Preparation and practice. Practice is essential to becoming a better public speaker. Practice using inflection. With preparation, practice and patience, anyone can become a more competent, more compelling public speaker. A - Audience.

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How to make your panel more fun

Speak Schmeak

Image courtesy of Sarah Dawn Nichols Last time I attended a panel discussion at a conference, I had a revelation: Panels lack humor. But overall, panels tend to be less cohesive and less relaxed than typical presentations, and the first thing to go is the humor.

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Power Presentations Tip 32: Smart Practice

Executive Speech Coach

Transform your business presentations into effective conversations. Monday, April 12, 2010 Power Presentations Tip 32: Smart Practice Power Presentations Tip 32: Smart Practice Rehearse your presentation Practice doesnt make you perfect. Smart practice makes you better but never perfect. Smart Practice Condense your presentation into keywords that help you remember your points. Practical tips to help you deliver more effective.

How to make your panel more fun

Speak Schmeak

Image courtesy of Sarah Dawn Nichols Last time I attended a panel discussion at a conference, I had a revelation: Panels lack humor. But overall, panels tend to be less cohesive and less relaxed than typical presentations, and the first thing to go is the humor.

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Practical tips to help you deliver more effective presentations.

Executive Speech Coach

Transform your business presentations into effective conversations. Sunday, February 13, 2011 Practical tips to help you deliver more effective presentations with less stress Power Presentations Tips Vol 1 - on Kindle Business presentations that inform, inspire and persuade Power Presentation Tips offer you practical insights to be a more effective presenter so you can prepare and deliver successful business presentations in less time and with less stress.

7 Tips to Ensure You’re Understood when Speaking to a Foreign Audience

Speaking about Presenting

Below I’ve outlined some practical and easy-to-implement tips for anyone addressing an audience of ‘foreigners’ Use these for minimizing inevitable cross-cultural misunderstandings and appealing to a larger crowd. Use humor wisely. This is a guest post by Leon Potgieter.

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Be the guy no one wants to speak after

Speak Schmeak

Believe in yourself Prepare, prepare, prepare Make your content relevant Use emotion: humor, shock, anger, surprise. I introduced Kip Fulbeck in my post on TEDxSB the other day by referring to all the other speakers who didn't want to go after him. Have you ever said this? "I

2010 214

How to make a good (or bad) presentation

Presentation Zen

Tdhe point is to share their ideas based on their real-life experience and to get a conversation started, a discussion that will last the entire semester. Each element is quite commonsensical, perhaps, but common sense is not common practice.

2014 114

10 Days to More Confident Public Speaking

Pivotal Public Speaking

Practice your new techniques daily in conversations with friends. Expertly blend humor and anecdotes into your talks. * by The Princeton Language Institute, Lenny Laskowski. Written by an expert in the field, this book has the tools you need to become a relaxed, effective, and commanding public speaker.

Lessons in engagement from Flight of the Conchords

Presentation Zen

Of course you prepare well and practice. A story about a simple conversation People are attracted to story. I just love the simplicity and subtlety of their off-beat and slightly awkward humor and I envy their ability to connect with a live audience

2013 96

your questions on flat, shaky speech starts

The Eloquent Woman

But we started that conversation on Facebook, and two of the questions concerned getting started in a speech--not surprising, as this is the moment when you'll have the highest audience attention, and you'll sense the pressure.

Are you giving the audience tools they can use?

Speak Schmeak

And when it wasn't infectious (sometimes you can't help that it's 5:00 on a Friday afternoon or that a joke falls flat), he didn't let that get in his way, but used it as a moment of humor. Occasionally, he had us turn to our neighbor and have a conversation.

2012 141

Be the guy no one wants to speak after

Speak Schmeak

Believe in yourself Prepare, prepare, prepare Make your content relevant Use emotion: humor, shock, anger, surprise. I introduced Kip Fulbeck in my post on TEDxSB the other day by referring to all the other speakers who didn't want to go after him. Have you ever said this? "I

2010 151

Inspired to speak: The King's Speech

Speak Schmeak

Through physical exercise, breathing, conversation and a variety of (sometimes questionable) techniques, Lionel guides Bertie through the process of facing his fear, his frustration, his setbacks, and his ultimate responsibility. Practice Ha!

2011 259

Asked to Give an Impromptu Speech? It’s as Easy as One, Two, Three

DeFinis Communications

What can you do to you maintain your confidence, add value to the conversation, and sound convincing and eloquent when you have no time to prepare? When it comes to putting this formula into practice before an impromptu speaking opportunity, I recommend using a simple beginning, middle, end (or one, two, three) structure and specific language to help you remember the flow.

2012 142

11 things you can do with a pause in your speech

The Eloquent Woman

If you've landed a successful bit of humor and you get laughs, a pause lets them finish before you launch into the next bit. Try pauses at different intervals and plan them during your practice, not on the fly.

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You've got to MEAN it!

Speak and Deliver

Last month, I was working with my wife as she practiced her keynote speech for BCNF - a Neurofibromatosis Awareness group in British Columbia. It has humor, pathos, irony, anger, and triumph - all drawn directly from her real life.

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12for12 March Challenge: Speak up

Speak Schmeak

You have a whole month to practice! Or you were having a conversation with friends and one of them said something offensive, but you didn't want to rock the boat or look like you don't have a sense of humor. The more practice you get speaking up, the easier it will become. Just remember: It's never too late to enter the conversation. Conversations flow, shift, jump around, go in a circle, stop, start and are not necessarily linear.

2012 162

From Creative Process to Global Politics: Insights from SXSW Interactive

Duarte Blog

Over the course of five days, we attended as many sessions, keynotes, and conversations as we possibly could. Practice everyday. He began by talking about his family’s political history and his own relationship with politics and humor. SXSW is an event like no other.

2012 79

#publicspeaking save: 8 ways to say "I don't know" gracefully

The Eloquent Woman

It feels like a conversation-stopper. It's better to be honest, and have a few practiced ways to say "I don't know" with grace and style, and a little bit of humor where appropriate. Right behind early-career worries about what if the audience already knows what I want to say?

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Improvisation

The Arrowood Curve

That harsh immediacy of being in the present moment, able to fail, where only your cleverness and humor can save you. Readdressing a theme in this blog, practicing communication happens all the time - not just when you are up in front doing a presentation.

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PyCon Conference Mess: Groping for new rules of communications

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  "In the legal sector," observes Chief Executive Officer of Laws.com Boris Kreiman, "at one time what was acceptable as well as effective in marketing or 'commercial speech' was practically codified.    Public conversations are just that: public. 

2013 75

12for12 March Challenge: Speak up

Speak Schmeak

You have a whole month to practice! Or you were having a conversation with friends and one of them said something offensive, but you didn't want to rock the boat or look like you don't have a sense of humor. The more practice you get speaking up, the easier it will become.

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June's top 10 public speaking tips and issues

The Eloquent Woman

Wardrobe lessons from a woman who packed only underwear for TED will wow you with its color and humor--but a serious message is underlying those layers of clothing.

2011 91

Quintessential Public Speaking: The Commencement Address

DeFinis Communications

Like any address, the styles of commencement speeches vary from humorous to heartbreaking. . This is also a group of idealists longing for direction and wisdom. . · Your delivery must be bigger physically and vocally than a simple conversation.

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10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

Presentation Zen

There are many different ways to connect and share your message with an audience, but the storytelling principles noted by Crowe of simplicity, clarity, soulfulness, and humor—backed by authenticity and a respect for your audience—will take you far.

2014 114

11 Deadly Presentation Sins - Rob Biesenbach: Book 30 of 52 in 52

Speak and Deliver

Conversational, relatable, and occasionally irreverent. He also gives some good advice on creating an introduction, though he doesn''t mention my favorite device in an intro: HUMOR. He offers some practice tips - nothing outlandish - but all sound ideas.

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Power Presentations Tip 37: Start with the Right Picture

Executive Speech Coach

Transform your business presentations into effective conversations. You probably smile and have an enjoyable conversation. Practical tips to help you deliver more effective. Power Presentations Tip 32: Smart Practice Presentation Success: How You Can Own the Room Power Presentations Tip 31: Build Better Rapport Power Presentations Tip 30: Handle Questions with.

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Famous Speech Friday: Penny Mordaunt's Loyal Address in Parliament

The Eloquent Woman

Use humor to get audiences on your side: Referring to the issue of military training, the navy reservist said, "I have benefited from some excellent training by the Royal Navy, but.I

2014 92

J. K. Rowling, Harvard, and the memorable commencement speech

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  It has touches of humor and irony, some humility from the famous person invited to hold forth for the benefit of the new grads, and the requisite dollop of good advice.     Nonetheless, audiences today expect a conversation and a connection with the speaker.      Keep your sentences short and conversational in style.      That takes some practice, but it is possible with effort.

Executive Speech Coach - Business Presentations: BS is BS and it.

Executive Speech Coach

Transform your business presentations into effective conversations. Practical tips to help you deliver more effective. 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. George Torok is a Toronto based presentation coach and presentation skills trainer.

Inspired to speak: The King's Speech

Speak Schmeak

Through physical exercise, breathing, conversation and a variety of (sometimes questionable) techniques, Lionel guides Bertie through the process of facing his fear, his frustration, his setbacks, and his ultimate responsibility. Practice Ha!

2011 130

How to Mix and Mingle Your Way Through the Dreaded Holiday Party

Speak Schmeak

Make an effort to bring up non-work topics of conversation. If you say it with some self-deprecating humor, even better: “I’m sorry – I’m blanking on your name right now. Just be careful not to interrogate your neighbor or monopolize the conversation. Download audio here.

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How to Mix and Mingle Your Way Through the Dreaded Holiday Party

Speak Schmeak

Make an effort to bring up non-work topics of conversation. If you say it with some self-deprecating humor, even better: “I’m sorry – I’m blanking on your name right now. Just be careful not to interrogate your neighbor or monopolize the conversation. Download audio here.

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Psychology experts analyze their public speaking fears, lessons

The Eloquent Woman

I learned to hang on to the life raft that is my sense of humor. Helen Davey, a psychoanalyst and marriage and family therapist in private practice in West Los Angeles, writes Confessions of a Psychoanalyst: Performance Anxiety and the Dread of Shame on The Huffington Post.

September's top 10 #publicspeaking tips and issues

The Eloquent Woman

I offer you some practice tips for getting rid of this habit, and information on intonation to help you think it through. In September, readers zoomed in and focused on these public speaking and presenting tips--as well as several inspiring examples of great women speakers.

2011 89

14 Tips Before You Go (to China) - A Book Review, and More

Speak and Deliver

He offers up advice from his own experiences, sharing his victories and challenges in a conversational, sometimes humorous tone. For all practical purposes, Mike is a publisher. Last week I received Mike Meier's book "A Focused Pursuit in China: 14 Business Tips to Know Before You Go" , (non-affiliate link) which my fellow Toastmaster, Speaker & Author sent specifically for me to review.

2012 62

Basic Principles of Nonverbal Communication – 9

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Principle IX:   To be perceived as an authentic public person, you must align your nonverbal and verbal ‘conversations’.   It takes practice to pull off that alignment and heightened awareness.   So instead, to be successful, authentic, and charismatic, you need to practice that emotional alignment and presence daily.   This means aligning your emotional intent with your conscious thought.

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It's not the mistake. It's how you deal with it.

The Eloquent Woman

If you can use humor carefully to acknowledge the mistake and move on, that's a popular tactic--just be cautious about using humor, and don't direct it at yourself or the audience. Chances are high that we won't notice the mistake (after all, we didn't practice with you, did we?)

2011 86

Public Speaking - I Can't Heeeeere You!

Great Public Speaking

Hand held microphones must stay with you when you turn your head from side to side and must be directed toward the mouth of anyone you are conversing with during the presentation. Larry Wilde, the author of more than 50 humor books, tells the story of the time he was auditioning to take over the television show Let's Make a Deal when Monte Hall retired. It takes practice to do it smoothly.

Public Speaking - I Can't Heeeeere You!

Great Public Speaking

Hand held microphones must stay with you when you turn your head from side to side and must be directed toward the mouth of anyone you are conversing with during the presentation. Larry Wilde, the author of more than 50 humor books , tells the story of the time he was auditioning to take over the television show Let's Make a Deal when Monte Hall retired. It takes practice to do it smoothly.

Um, Er, Like, Uh

The Arrowood Curve

Practice avoiding filler when you are in everyday conversation with your friends or in inconsequential circumstances. Whether you like a comic's humor or not, these people engage in arguably the most difficult and elusive communication objective on the planet: get a room full of total strangers to laugh using nothing but your live communication to drive the outcome. In those moments I feel my way through the conversation more, so fillers pop up more often.

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