Let go instead of holding on (to your content)

Speak Schmeak

"Perfection is finally attained, not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, aircraft designer and author of The Little Prince I'm fortunate that, in most of my speaking, I'm not required to be particularly concise.

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Practice like you mean it, revisited

Speak Schmeak

Hands hung limply, legs flopped lazily, and there was no energy or effort behind the steps. Are you uncomfortable putting the full effort into your practice, because it feels awkward to speak out loud, move your body and gesture as though you're in front of an audience, when you're not?

Surviving the mini-presentation: Your self-introduction

Speak Schmeak

First, his stomach did a flip-flop. He didn't start to comprehend what he had said until I started speaking next. Don't start speaking until you're fully standing. Then start speaking. Finish speaking before you sit down.

Practice like you mean it, revisited

Speak Schmeak

Hands hung limply, legs flopped lazily, and there was no energy or effort behind the steps. Are you uncomfortable putting the full effort into your practice, because it feels awkward to speak out loud, move your body and gesture as though you're in front of an audience, when you're not?

POM Wonderful Presents. Good lessons for speakers

Speak Schmeak

He didn't use PowerPoint, but simple storyboards (which I gather are more common in the advertising world than in the public speaking world). All three are flops. When you show up for a speaking engagement and deliver canned material, without first learning what your audience wants from the session, you are doing both yourself and your audience a disservice. Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Entertainers

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Surviving the mini-presentation: Your self-introduction

Speak Schmeak

First, his stomach did a flip-flop. He didn't start to comprehend what he had said until I started speaking next. Don't start speaking until you're fully standing. Then start speaking. Finish speaking before you sit down.

See, hear and taste your audience

Speak Schmeak

As I mentioned in this post , there are usually about a million things going on in our heads as we stand up to speak. And along with all the logistical chatter, we're also obsessed with every physical aspect of nervousness: the flip-flopping stomach, the quivering voice, the gelatinous knees.

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