August, 2006

Blogs from George Torok

Executive Speech Coach

If you are enjoying the speaking tips and insights on this blog you might also enjoy looking at my other blogs: Business in Motion Features business insights and interviews from CEOs, entrepreneurs and business innovators. An extension of my weekly radio show, Business in Motion. George Torok Marketing Building on the lessons of my bestselling book, Secrets of Power Marketing. This blog is clearly Power Marketing extended.

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Don't end your presentation with a whimper

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I can't count the number of presentations that end with a slide that says "Thank You! Questions?" or some variation on that theme. What a wimpy way to end a presentation. And worst of all, many of these presentations are sales presentations. Where is the call to action? One of the most important parts of your presentation is how you end it.

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Passion

Executive Speech Coach

What is the most important quality that a speaker should have? Hands down – the answer is passion. A speaker must have passion to be successful – with the speech and with everything else that counts. A passionate speaker might become a powerful leader. A person without passion will never be a leader; of themselves or others. A passionate speaker will be listened to more eagerly than a logical speaker. A passionate speaker will be forgiven a lot of tactical errors by his audience.

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Presentations Success

Executive Speech Coach

You and Your Needs To guarantee the success of your presentations do you need and want help to. Design your presentation What parts of your presentation should you rehearse more than any other part?How How do you guarantee that your speech connects with your audience?How How can you build in smooth transitions as you move from point to point? Choose the wright words What are the three most important words you should use in your speech?What What deadly words and phrases should you avoid?What

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Extraverts make bad Public Speakers

Executive Speech Coach

Have you heard a colleague say, “Oh don’t worry about Bob’s presentation. He loves to talk. He’ll do just fine.”? And then Bob speaks – and bombs. Everyone knows that except Bob. Bob - who believed that he was a natural presenter because he loves to talk. Bob - who craves the audience’s attention but pays no attention to the audience. Bob - who did not rehearse because he thought he was a natural.

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PowerPoint Tip - Graduated Backgrounds

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

One of the most popular ideas I shared on my webinar last month about creating your own custom PowerPoint template was to use a graduated background instead of a solid color. I find graphics in the background, such as pictures or logos, too distracting - and so do audience members based on the surveys I have done. If the background is too busy, people focus on the interesting details in the background instead of on your content. So a clean background is better.

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Introduce your Guest Speaker

Executive Speech Coach

Introducing your guest speaker is an important job. Don’t wing it or you might mess up the purpose of the speaker. That wastes time and money. The purpose of your introduction is twofold – to set the guest speaker for the audience and the audience for the speaker. This applies whether you are introducing the speaker to an auditorium of 2,000 conference attendees or to your sales team of 6.

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Speech Anxiety: Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

Executive Speech Coach

By John Robert Colombo This article addresses these questions about speech anxiety and the fear of public speaking: Why do we fear public speaking? Is speech anxiety normal? What can we do to face our public speaking fear and speech anxiety? Fear of Public Speaking Speech anxiety is a general term for the sense of fear or panic that overtakes a person when he or she is called upon to speak or otherwise perform in public.

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Effective Executive Speaking

Executive Speech Coach

Effective Executive Speaking is a three-day workshop that I have been instructing for the Canadian Management Centre for more than a decade. In that time I have witnessed hundreds of executives and executive-hopefuls transform their business presentations from weak, confusing and boring, into confident, clear and captivating. They become Effective Executive Speakers.

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How should Your Business Catch the Video Wave?

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Videos are the hottest trend today on the Internet. From YouTube.com who reports that over 100 million videos are watched every month to Internet giants like Google and Yahoo who have been heavily investing in their video search applications, everyone wants to get on the video bandwagon. So how should your business catch this latest popular wave?

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Toastmasters for Public Speaking

Executive Speech Coach

I am often asked about Toastmasters. Toastmasters is an international non-profit organization that teaches public speaking skills. Toastmasters has been around since 1924. The Toastmasters system works well. They operate as clubs that vary in size from 10 to 30 members. Most clubs meet once a week. The learning is a combination of practice, observation, manual guided and peer coaching. It works fabulously well.

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PowerPoint Tip: Making Your Point Stand Out with a Photo

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

As I have written many times before, using pictures can illustrate your point much better than words in some cases. Just be sure that when you use a picture, the point is clear. A recent slide reminded me of this. The presenter was using a picture that covered almost all of the screen. It showed 3 objects, two incorrect examples and one correct example.

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When You have Something Important to Say

Executive Speech Coach

When you are presenting a report to your management, a proposal to the committee or changes to your staff they are not hanging on your every word. When you get to the key points - you want them to listen, believe and remember. Use these techniques to give your words impact. Announce, "This is important." Then give the important stuff. Teachers do this by saying, "This will be on the exam." You could state, "This is a million dollar tip."

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Richard Schmalensee on Running a Business

Executive Speech Coach

"The most frustrating part of running a technical organization isn't necessarily the technology; Often it's the people." Richard L. Schmalensee Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management George Torok The Speech Coach for Executives Executive Speech Coach & Business Presentation Skills Expert George Torok www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com

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