Can the audience read your scribble?

Speak Schmeak

You may have great content, smooth delivery, great audience connection, a sharp outfit, well-groomed eyebrows and a well-rounded sense of humor, but if you're going to write on a flip chart, white board or overhead, your handwriting better damn well be legible. Then he started writing on a flip chart and his content went out the window. And below, a video with additional flip chart tips. Quick Fixes Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

Can the audience read your scribble?

Speak Schmeak

You may have great content, smooth delivery, great audience connection, a sharp outfit, well-groomed eyebrows and a well-rounded sense of humor, but if you're going to write on a flip chart, white board or overhead, your handwriting better damn well be legible. Then he started writing on a flip chart and his content went out the window. And below, a video with additional flip chart tips. Quick Fixes Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

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Top ten torments to terrify your audience

Speak Schmeak

Frightful confessions I''m terrified of what''s to come when this speaker tells us she''s sorry, she''s not very good at public speaking, or she didn''t have time to prepare, or she only got two hours of sleep. The walking dead A speaker who follows every known speaking rule and memorizes ever facial expression, gesture and word, comes across like a zombie, making it difficult to create a human connection. People fear speaking more than they fear death."

2013 162

Five ways to avoid reading from your slides

Speak Schmeak

Use your own notes and your flip chart to write down any audience contributions. Let's use an example from a client of mine, who facilitates a review class for nurses on moderate sedation, a technique where medication is administered to a semi-conscious patient though an IV to provide relaxation and minimize discomfort during a medical procedure. Tags: Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies PowerPoint

2010 194

Be the one with the surprises

Speak Schmeak

During one of those "dreaded" compliance presentations, she could have her team discuss how these issues affect them, personally, and track responses on a flip chart (and candy would make a nice reward). Quick Fixes Preparation Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking RisksI've heard this from several of my clients: "My information isn't interesting." They're bored before I even start." They don't even want to be there."

2011 147

Are you too dependent on your co-presenter?

Speak Schmeak

I asked someone, who's new to speaking, how long her typical presentations are and she replied, "Eight slides." If your only presentation experience is speaking with a slide show behind you, I highly recommend finding ways to practice speaking without it. Write on a flip chart. It's like walking onto the stage holding your security blanket or your scruffy little teddy bear every time you speak.

2010 149

Ten ways to transition to your next idea

Speak Schmeak

Ask a question that previews the next segment and write the answers on a flip chart. Ask a question that gets the audience to respond to or summarize their learning from the last segment and write the answers on a flip chart. Tags: Quick Fixes Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies We talk a lot about organizing our content, main points, opening and closing, but we rarely talk about how to get from one segment to the next.

2008 100

Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

I like to ask my audiences what rules they've heard about public speaking. I flesh out this question by saying, "What have you been told that you should or shouldn't do when speaking?" This way, I'm sure to get some of the funnier or more ridiculous public speaking "rules." And then pause and stand ready with your flip chart and markers to write down the answers! Tags: Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

Direct 189

Don't forget to check your room

Speak Schmeak

and a flip chart either between me and the screen, or behind me. The flip chart was in the opposite corner from me, and I would write on it, then pull the pages off and stick them to the wall behind me. these are just a few of the hurdles you'll face when speaking. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Speaking Engagements

Room 109

Be the one with the surprises

Speak Schmeak

During one of those "dreaded" compliance presentations, she could have her team discuss how these issues affect them, personally, and track responses on a flip chart (and candy would make a nice reward). Quick Fixes Preparation Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking RisksI've heard this from several of my clients: "My information isn't interesting." They're bored before I even start." They don't even want to be there."

2011 109

Are you too dependent on your co-presenter?

Speak Schmeak

I asked someone, who's new to speaking, how long her typical presentations are and she replied, "Eight slides." If your only presentation experience is speaking with a slide show behind you, I highly recommend finding ways to practice speaking without it. Write on a flip chart. It's like walking onto the stage holding your security blanket or your scruffy little teddy bear every time you speak.

2010 109

Practice like you mean it

Speak Schmeak

Try out your humor; speak with the emotion and passion you will demonstrate "in real life." The coach would stop them to point out body position, angles, footwork or passing techniques. Practice using your props and flip charts. Tags: Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Athletes While I was working out at the track the other day, football practice was in session on the field.

Public Speaking Tips from my Dog Balou -- Guest post by Joey Asher

Speak Schmeak

Enjoy this post about what a dog can teach you about public speaking! And if he could only talk and write on a flip chart, I’m sure he’d be a great public speaker. Speakers Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Fun StuffStill out of town! My dog Balou is a 60-pound, black-lab mix that we adopted at a PetSmart rescue day last year in Sandy Springs, Georgia. That’s because he understands how to connect with people better than most humans.

2010 143

Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

I like to ask my audiences what rules they've heard about public speaking. I flesh out this question by saying, "What have you been told that you should or shouldn't do when speaking?" This way, I'm sure to get some of the funnier or more ridiculous public speaking "rules." And then pause and stand ready with your flip chart and markers to write down the answers! Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

Direct 139

Is PowerPoint the new black?

Speak Schmeak

This may be the case in the professional speaking/PowerPoint design world, but in the real world, I have yet to see a speaker use an image-based PowerPoint in a presentation. Show data on your slides only if the charts or graphs are simple, clean, and data points large enough to be seen in the back of the room. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies PowerPoint

Public Speaking Tips from my Dog Balou -- Guest post by Joey Asher

Speak Schmeak

Enjoy this post about what a dog can teach you about public speaking! And if he could only talk and write on a flip chart, I’m sure he’d be a great public speaker. Tags: Speakers Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Fun Stuff Still out of town! My dog Balou is a 60-pound, black-lab mix that we adopted at a PetSmart rescue day last year in Sandy Springs, Georgia. That’s because he understands how to connect with people better than most humans.

2010 136

Making a bad space better

Speak Schmeak

Left with a strained voice, but I did my best to interact with my booth visitors through both my flip chart and my Flip video camera! Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Speaking EngagementsDownload audio here. Over this past weekend I shared a booth at the Women's Festival at Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara.

2010 100

Annoying PowerPoint survey

Speak Schmeak

Then, you spend so much time preparing the data and charts for the slideshow, you don't have time to practice the presentation, so you end up reading it off the screen. Make a commitment to learning the principles of effective visuals, whether they're flip charts or computer-generated. Tags: Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies PowerPoint Following up on this post , I've just been reading the results of Dave Paradi's Annoying PowerPoint Survey.

2007 109

Prepared vs. over-prepared

Speak Schmeak

Cam Beck asked me this question the other day in response to my post about your worst public speaking fear coming true : "So how do you know the difference between preparing and over-preparing?" You've got a plan B for possible mishaps with your computer, props, handouts, flip chart, etc. Your PowerPoint is dense with thick paragraphs, tiny text, bullets, charts, and graphs to make sure you haven't left anything out 6.

2007 100

Reading your audience

Speak Schmeak

Ask a question and have them discuss with their neighbor, or have them break into groups with a piece of flip chart paper and ask them to make a list or solve a problem. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety When I was in third grade, I took third place in the school spelling bee, behind a fifth grader and a sixth grader. I was wearing my favorite pink dress with buttons down the front, and my groovy white go-go boots.

What if your worst public speaking fear comes true?

Speak Schmeak

Let's talk about those things that hold many people back from enjoying public speaking. Or you are so paralyzed by these fears that you find ways to avoid public speaking day after day, year after year. Have a backup laptop, a backup disk of your presentation, a flip chart, or be prepared to present without technology (this is how we all did it back in the day). You're afraid of some unforeseen mishap Are you speaking at an event where food is being served?

2007 143

Six ways to improve the training environment

Speak Schmeak

I learned this the hard way in my first day on the job as training coordinator, when my supervisor decided I didn't need a desk or office, gave me an org chart to memorize, then went on vacation for two weeks. Vary the visuals If you've got several speakers in an 8-hour day of training, break up the visual monotony by interspersing video, image-based slides, props, flip charts and other visual interest.

2008 116

Can you be prepared and still be spontaneous?

Speak Schmeak

I look for the best places to ask questions, to record audience reactions on my flip chart, to break into pairs or groups, and to add any games or fun activities. Tags: Preparation My Favorite Tools Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Resources PowerPoint Openings and Closings

Public Speaking: Juxtaposition, Oxymorons and Pleonasms

Great Public Speaking

Where can you find public speaking humor for your next event? With some advanced planning, you can set up some humorous scenes to enliven your public speaking presentation and add some fun for your audience. A public speaking technique I have used in the past is juxtaposition, which is placing two ideas or items side by side, usually to compare or contrast the ideas. Place a large copy of your company name or logo on a slide or flip chart page.