May, 2008

Which waiter are you?

Speak Schmeak

Waiter #1 approaches the table with a memorized patter of the specials, a pasted-on smile and a robotic shtick, always by the book. There's a distance between him and the diners as he's always mentally leaving for the next table before he's physically left.

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ON SPEAKING LIKE A PRO

Sandra Schrift - Executive Speech Coach

Here are some tips to reduce speech anxiety that I have gleaned from working with professional speakers over the last 24 years. Visualize your success at the lectern. When you visualize your success, you will be successful.' Arrive early and become familiar with the room in which you will give your presentation. Check the audio/visual equipment as needed. Greet your audience as they arrive in the room. Then the group will not feel like strangers to you.

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Boardroom Presentations

Executive Speech Coach

Boardroom Presentations For tips on how to better present in the boardroom read my article titled "Battling in the Boardroom" that ran in this recent issue of Executive Travel magazine. This is the magazine for American Express members.

2008 52

opinionated women wanted

The Eloquent Woman

Part of being an eloquent woman lies in your ability to persuade an audience to see something your way. Op-ed pages--so called because they lie opposite newspapers' editorial pages, which carry the editors' opinions--offer one opportunity for women to express their views.

2008 52

The Stage and Your Body

Speaking Of...

The Improv Geniuses from World Class Indifference [link] When you're onstage, a real stage, in front of large groups, your body can speak louder than you ever imagined it could. The larger the audience, the more masterfully your body should speak.

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Imagine a Bershon PowerPoint Presentation.

More than PowerPoint...

What's Bershon? Oh, you know that look. It's the look you have on your eighth-grade picture. Sullen. Bored. Ennui. It's a look that says, "I'm a little too cool to have my picture taken, but I must suffer the indignity for the sake of my parents."

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Yay life!

Speak Schmeak

License plate I saw the other day.

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More Trending

Successful presentation

Executive Speech Coach

How do you measure the success of your presentation? First you need to know the only three reasons for presenting. Then measuring success of your presentation is easy. Discover the three reasons for presenting from George Torok, Toronto presentations skills coach. Listen up.

2008 52

take charge of your introduction

The Eloquent Woman

Lots of my trainees say that "getting started" is the toughest part of any speech or presentation , and I agree: It's a time when audience attention is highest, and therefore a time when mistakes are magnified. If you're anxious about the session to boot, you'll feel even more under the microscope.

2008 52

Remember Them.Cherish Freedom of Speech

Speaking Of...

Memorial Day 2008

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Public Speaking : USE ALL THE SENSES

Great Public Speaking

Audience members assimilate information in three different ways. Some people hear the information, some see the information, and some feel the information. Although most individuals switch their emphasis frequently, one style usually predominates for a given individual. The styles of information transfer are called respectively auditory, visual, and kinesthetic.

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Lost your place? Take a cue from Eddie Izzard.

Speak Schmeak

Eddie Izzard is a great role model for how to deal with the audience when your material isn't working. I posted earlier about his comments when his jokes were bombing.

2008 130

Power Failure - How Not to Use Your Body on Stage

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

It has often been said that sound and words - the verbal and vocal aspects of communication, aren't the only way to transmit and communicate ideas. And that's true as far as the Vocal, Verbal and Visual trinity are concerned

2008 40

Toronto Speech Coach

Executive Speech Coach

Toronto Speech Coach George Torok is The Speech Coach for Executives. He works in Toronto. He is based in the Toronto area. He works with corporations in and around Toronto. He worked in downtown Toronto on Bay Street (the financial centre of Toronto) for over a decade.

2008 52

factor in your speaking personality type

The Eloquent Woman

Because I've taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment of my personality preferences, I know I'm an ENTJ--an extroverted, intuitive, thinking, judger. That tells me a lot about who I am as a public speaker. As someone who tilts strongly into the extrovert camp, I get energized by audiences.

2008 52

Physical Fitness and Speaking

Speaking Of...

Tony Robbins, World Renowned Motivational Speaker, displaying his trademark energy. I know, you've seen this guy on the many infomercials he's hosted on TV, at all hours of the day and night. He made one point to me on an old tape of his that has always stuck with me. That is the quality of your life is related to the quality of the energy your body has. Low energy, unexciting life, high energy, the sky's the limit. How does a speaker stay at the high energy level that audiences expect?

2008 40

Public Speaking : SPEAKER HUMOR

Great Public Speaking

=> "All my wives were my favorites." -- Cary Grant born January 18, 1904 => "You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap." -- Dolly Parton, born January 19, 1946 => "Happiness is having a large, loving, close-knit family.

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Fill this.

Speak Schmeak

It's time I wrote a little something about fillers again, because this issue comes up so frequently.

2008 130

The single most misspelled word

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I see it all the time in presentations. I saw it twice this morning alone in newsletters. Your spell checker won't catch it. And obviously proofreaders rarely catch this error either. I'm talking about "you" and "your". So often I see one of these words used when the other should be. It's not that the writer doesn't know the correct word, it's just that as they are typing, they miss a letter or add a letter and they rely on spell checkers to catch the error. Which they won't.

2008 40

Presentation Skills: Zip it, Zip it good

Executive Speech Coach

Presentation Skills: Zip it, Zip it good. Most presenters need to say less. They need to appreciate the power of silence in effective communication. Negotiation experts will tell you that the most powerful negotiation technique is to state your position then shut up.

2008 52

listen up: a young mentor gets poetic

The Eloquent Woman

We rarely recommend memorization of a fixed text for speakers, but almost every speaker will, at some point, need to quote another writer, pundit or historic figure.

2008 52

Stage Time--On Stage

Speaking Of...

Last Saturday I had a real dose of Stage Time. I presided over a Tall Tales speech contest, in front of more than 100 in the audience. On a stage. As the emcee, it was my job not only to follow contest protocol, but also to conduct contestant interviews. The experience was exhilarating and I learned much.

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Public Speaking : OPENING TIPS

Great Public Speaking

=> Make points that folks agree on first. Never create controversy early, unless you are doing it for dramatic effect. => Never tell a long involved story unless it is HIGHLY TESTED. If it bombs, you will have a tough fight to win back the audience. => Never tell any story or joke that has a remote chance of offending someone. After you warm up the audience, you may be bolder. => Somewhere in your opening you must tell the audience why you are there.

2008 40

Pop-ups during presentations

Speak Schmeak

Ellen Finkelstein has a great post on disabling the pop-ups on your computer before you give a PowerPoint presentation, as some of these little reminders might appear right in the middle of your talk. I suggest going a step further and setting up a separate profile just for your speaking engagements.

2008 130

Slide Makeover Video Podcast launched

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

Have you wanted to see "before" and "after" versions of slides so you can get ideas of how to improve your slides? We all love seeing makeovers and dreaming of how we can apply the ideas in our own situation. Now you can see a brand new makeover every two weeks on my new Slide Makeover Video Podcast, available through iTunes. The first episode is available and the next will be released next Tuesday.

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Professional Speaker

Executive Speech Coach

Professional Speaker - George Torok George Torok is a professional business speaker that specializes in personal marketing and presentation skills. He delivers practical content in a style that is often labeled as motivational. The tips are practical.

Guess Who's Back?

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

The Woodcutter's Story A woodcutter got a job to fell eight trees per day. He purchased a sharp axe, and set off into the woods. With his axe, he started chopping the first large tree, and it fell quickly. By early afternoon, he had cut

2008 40

Improve YouTube Video Quality

More than PowerPoint...

I wrote about improving YouTube video quality with an easy hack over two months ago. I can't believe this easy trick still works, but it does! Want a better video experience at YouTube? Here's what you can do, in one easy step: Type &fmt=18 after the video's URL. That's it! That's all there is to it! You can visit the above link to see all the particulars and videos.it's s been a popular post!

2008 40

Public Speaking : HOW TO DELIVER A PUNCHLINE PART II

Great Public Speaking

In Part I we discussed the actual delivery method used for the punch line. Now let's see how to pick the correct person in the audience. Remember to deliver to one person and one person only. The person to whom you deliver the punch line is NOT randomly chosen. I deliver punch lines to a person I know is going to laugh. How do I know? I pay attention. That's how I know. It all starts with my pre-program research.

2008 40

Just be

Speak Schmeak

One of the things that bothers me about some motivational speakers is the desperation.

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PowerPoint Tip: Distributing your presentation in PDF format

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

More and more presentations or handouts are being distributed in PDF format so that they can be viewed on any system and look the same. I always provide my clients with a PDF handout so that when they print it, I know it will look the same as when I created it. Those who receive the PDF file can then easily e-mail it to others who did not attend the presentation. Today's tip gives you four ideas on how you can make a PDF copy of your presentation be more than a simple printout of your slides.

Don't Assume - Confirm

Executive Speech Coach

Don't Assume - confirm I was the MC at an industry convention this week. I introduced and thanked the speakers. Most of the speakers were industry experts. They were not professional speakers. They were speaking because they represented their company. They were there because either their company designated them as the expert best able to convey the product information or they were the sales person who drew the short straw. As expected some were better speakers than others.

2008 40

re-kindle: a new device for speeches?

The Eloquent Woman

We blogged early on to suggest that the new Amazon Kindle e-book reader might work as an electronic speech text, for two reasons: It comes equipped with free wi-fi connections and you can receive documents sent to a special email address, and it eliminates the need to shuffle pages. But even before this blog caught on, the Kindle was sold out. The good news: The Amazon Kindle is back in stock and you can order one by clicking on the ad in the column at right or the links in this post.

2008 40

Connecting From The Heart

Speaking Of...

My recent contest speech on April 30 was a golden opportunity for me. In that speech I used the time tested method of storytelling to connect to the audiences I spoke with. This time it was different, though. After ten years of speaking as a Toastmaster, and studying public speaking, and coaching others, on some level I still had not 'broken through.' By that I mean that there was an invisible yet detectable barrier between me and the audience. Here is how I broke it down.

2008 40

Public Speaking : DELIVERING THE PUNCH LINE Part I

Great Public Speaking

Most jokes are designed to end with a humorous climactic word or phrase. Here's an example from Larry Wilde's book "Library of Laughter:" I can't understand why you failed in business. Too much advertising. You never spent a cent in your life on advertising. That's true, but my competitor did. Everything in the joke up to the comma after "That's true" is the setup of the joke. But my competitor did" is the punch line. The punch line gets its name from the delivery technique used.

2008 40

A simple formula

Speak Schmeak

One of my clients has distilled down a lot of public speaking advice into a simple formula that works for him, especially when making television appearances. He calls it "The 4 S's." Still: Stay still and calm, don't shuffle or fidget. Smile: Keep a pleasant expression on your face.

2008 130

Virtual presentations can offset skyrocketing gas and airline costs for businesses

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Businesses all over North America are cutting back on both auto and air travel due to soaring prices at the pump and surcharges being levied by airlines. But the need to meet with customers has never been greater in a slowing economy. Increasingly, virtual meetings conducted over the Internet are being used to substitute for face-to-face meetings.

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