Slides are not handouts

Speak Schmeak

No matter how many times we reiterate this, there's always someone who wants a copy or a conference who requires it as a handout. Tags: Speakers Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Resources PowerPoint I have to share this blog post by Laura Bergells at Maniactive because, while I've said something similar so many times, I could never say it as well as she does! Your PowerPoint is not your presentation.

PowerPoint slides as handouts

Speak Schmeak

Conference attendees frequently request PowerPoint slides as handouts. If your PowerPoint has so much text and data that it can be used as a handout, then you're doing something wrong. Instead, provide handouts that: 1. Give tools for your audience to use when they leave Keep handouts to a minimum; once your seminar attendees see how much paper they've brought home from the conference, much of it will go right into the recycling bin. What's your solution for handouts?

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Free networking tips handout now available!

Speak Schmeak

I've put together 20 of my favorite networking tips into a new free handout, " Helpful Hints for Networking Newbies !" The handout includes tips to use before, during and after a networking event, and a special list of networking "don'ts". Tags: My Favorite Tools News Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Networking Communication

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To read or not to read - handouts

Speak Schmeak

I watched a video yesterday of a speaker who gave a handout during his talk. As he pointed out content in the handout, he asked for the audience's attention and said, "I hate to have people reading while I'm speaking. Well, if you hate to have people reading while you're speaking, either: 1) give the handout and stop speaking while they read it or 2) don't give the handout until the end. You cannot give a handout and then say, "don't read this."

2007 100

5 ways to improve your micro-presentations

Speak Schmeak

One of my clients told me about speaking at an event where there were ten speakers in a hour. If you're going to use a poll, breakout rooms, a handout, a game or another kind of engagement activity, time it. Have you noticed presentations getting shorter? I have!

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10 reasons to join the Presenting for Humans Success Circle

Speak Schmeak

Making connections with your fellow program members: A shared love of reading is already a great connection point among you, but your shared interest in speaking adds another level of depth to your connections. Want to make a pic collage or Pinterest board with public speaking memes? We will be 100% laser-focused on speaking. Your questions about speaking will be answered, your knowledge will grow, your opportunities to improve will expand.

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New free downloads

Speak Schmeak

I've added two new downloads to my resource page , both based on blog posts that I decided to turn into handouts. One is on microphone handling , and the other is on practicing public speaking at work. Tags: News Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Resources Check 'em out here !

2008 100

12for12 February Challenge: Be present

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements! When you speak, listen to what you're saying and how you're saying it: Are you articulating your thoughts clearly? 12for12 Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

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12for12 January Challenge: Make eye contact

Speak Schmeak

Today is the day we kick off 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 ! If you are a Full member, you can participate in the Facebook group and will also have access to a separate membership-only site, a monthly call, supportive e-mails, downloadable handouts and more. I roll my eyes when I read a public speaking article that recommends looking at the back wall instead of your audience, to make it appear as though you are giving eye contact to the whole group.

Microphone faux pas

Speak Schmeak

I forget it's there and find myself smacking my chest, rustling papers right next to it as I'm getting ready to give handouts, and any other variety of microphone faux pas. Just like most things about public speaking, using a microphone requires a level of awareness beyond just what you're saying, but of everything your body is doing, so pay attention! Technology Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking

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. Bring props and handouts. It's like walking onto the stage holding your security blanket or your scruffy little teddy bear every time you speak.

2010 149

Be a tease

Speak Schmeak

Flesh out your material with some good handouts, but again, there's no need to overwhelm the audience. If they want more information, they know where to find you (that is, if you put your contact information on your handouts!). Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies In working with several clients on creating and structuring their presentations, there seems to be a common theme among their efforts. They all have too much content for the time they're allotted.

2009 132

Are you a giver or a hoarder?

Speak Schmeak

She gives away free audio, free handouts and a free teleseminar. They trust their audience to know when they need more than a handout or blog post, but don't try to hold back information that could be helpful while the prospect is still unsure of the need to hire someone. Tags: Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Taking Risks Some speakers hold themselves back out of fear and self-limiting beliefs.

2010 175

Did you bring batteries?

Speak Schmeak

Think about your activities, your handouts, your equipment, your venue, your props, your business cards, your hydration, your sleep the night before. Tags: Quick Fixes Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Speaking Engagements Here's a quick example of what I'm talking about when I harp on preparation over and over again. Yesterday, as I set up my equipment for a presentation, I noticed that my remote wasn't working.

2009 126

Microphone reminder

Speak Schmeak

So I want to reiterate, because without this tip, nothing else you remember about microphone handling matters: You still have to speak up and project your voice, even though you are using a microphone. Download my free handout "What To Do With That Pesky Microphone.". Tags: Quick Fixes Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Voice

9 ways to act like a pro, even if you're not

Speak Schmeak

If you want to get speaking engagements to promote your business, for example, you are more likely to be invited if you have a professional presence. Post your photo on your website People who will ask you to speak want to get to know you a little. In order to make your presentation as effective as it can be for you and for the audience, you must speak up and let the organizer know what you need. Are you giving handouts with misspellings or poor grammar?

2010 180

Slideuments

Speak Schmeak

Since there was such a great response to the post on PowerPoint slides as handouts (and lots of great suggestions -- check out the comments), I thought you'd enjoy this post by Garr Reynolds from Presentation Zen on " slideuments." Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

2008 100

The curse is back!

Speak Schmeak

Tracy TV shares with Eleanor Entrepreneur a handout describing "What it takes to produce a television show" in hopes that Eleanor will see the value of contributing her advertising dollars. (Do The TV people clearly think this handout is going to help them gain advertising. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Curse of Knowledge Resources Made to Stick Communication Download audio here.

2009 130

Microphone faux pas

Speak Schmeak

I forget it's there and find myself smacking my chest, rustling papers right next to it as I'm getting ready to give handouts, and any other variety of microphone faux pas. Just like most things about public speaking, using a microphone requires a level of awareness beyond just what you're saying, but of everything your body is doing, so pay attention! Technology Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking

Presentation strategies for women

Speak Schmeak

This bothers me, and not just in regard to public speaking. This allows you to adjust your presentation to the space and to the audience's needs , and to bring appropriate equipment and handouts. Keep practicing and taking (and making) as many speaking opportunities as you can; it's the best way to improve your skills. Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

2011 154

Don't be macho -- use a mic

Speak Schmeak

And here's a handout with more info on using a microphone. Tags: Quick Fixes Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Voice Download audio here. I'll be the first to admit that I take an almost macho pride in my ability to project my voice. I was born this way. Even when I wasn't trying, I could be heard talking a mile away. And yes, I got in trouble a lot in school for being too loud.

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Five things speakers can learn from event planners

Speak Schmeak

Have you checked to make sure you have extra batteries , an extension cord, enough handouts, a backup copy of your PowerPoint, and a timer? Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Resources Openings and ClosingsI have two clients who are event planners. They create amazing social and corporate events as well as weddings that would charm your socks off.

9 ways to act like a pro, even if you're not

Speak Schmeak

If you want to get speaking engagements to promote your business, for example, you are more likely to be invited if you have a professional presence. Post your photo on your website People who will ask you to speak want to get to know you a little. In order to make your presentation as effective as it can be for you and for the audience, you must speak up and let the organizer know what you need. Are you giving handouts with misspellings or poor grammar?

2010 160

Public speaking practice for the self-employed

Speak Schmeak

You might have seen this post or this handout on seven ways to practice public speaking at work. We don't all have regular office meetings and reports to give when we work for ourselves, so how can we take those baby steps to get started in public speaking? Here are some of the opportunities my entrepreneurial clients have shared for practicing their public speaking. Church -- Offer to do readings, speak up more at Bible study, help teach a class.

More ways to practice public speaking

Speak Schmeak

You might have seen this post or this handout on seven ways to practice public speaking at work. We don't all have regular office meetings and reports to give when we work for ourselves, so how can we take those baby steps to get started in public speaking? Here are some of the opportunities my entrepreneurial clients have shared for practicing their public speaking. Church -- Offer to do readings, speak up more at Bible study, help teach a class.

Five things speakers can learn from event planners

Speak Schmeak

Have you checked to make sure you have extra batteries , an extension cord, enough handouts, a backup copy of your PowerPoint, and a timer? Tags: Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Resources Openings and Closings I have two clients who are event planners. They create amazing social and corporate events as well as weddings that would charm your socks off.

Timing your presentation when incorporating activities

Speak Schmeak

Another is a handout quiz on features vs. benefits. Previous Speak Schmeak posts on timing are here , here , here and here. Tags: Preparation Training Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Resources I recently wrote a blog post on timing your presentation taking into account that almost all presentations start late. This week, Olivia Mitchell wrote a great, thorough piece on timing in general, and so did TJ Walker.

2010 130

Did you bring batteries?

Speak Schmeak

Think about your activities, your handouts, your equipment, your venue, your props, your business cards, your hydration, your sleep the night before. Quick Fixes Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Speaking EngagementsHere's a quick example of what I'm talking about when I harp on preparation over and over again. Yesterday, as I set up my equipment for a presentation, I noticed that my remote wasn't working.

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12for12 February Challenge: Be present

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements! When you speak, listen to what you're saying and how you're saying it: Are you articulating your thoughts clearly? 12for12 Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

2012 118

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. Bring props and handouts. It's like walking onto the stage holding your security blanket or your scruffy little teddy bear every time you speak.

2010 109

Are you a giver or a hoarder?

Speak Schmeak

She gives away free audio, free handouts and a free teleseminar. They trust their audience to know when they need more than a handout or blog post, but don't try to hold back information that could be helpful while the prospect is still unsure of the need to hire someone. Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Taking RisksSome speakers hold themselves back out of fear and self-limiting beliefs.

2010 131

May 12for12 Challenge: Be Prepared

Speak Schmeak

Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements! What exercises, activities, handouts, videos and discussions will help your audience understand your concepts? Add those in and gather your props, visuals, handouts and anything else you'll need.

Timing your presentation when incorporating activities

Speak Schmeak

Another is a handout quiz on features vs. benefits. Previous Speak Schmeak posts on timing are here , here , here and here. Preparation Training Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies ResourcesI recently wrote a blog post on timing your presentation taking into account that almost all presentations start late. This week, Olivia Mitchell wrote a great, thorough piece on timing in general, and so did TJ Walker.

2010 122

The curse is back!

Speak Schmeak

Tracy TV shares with Eleanor Entrepreneur a handout describing "What it takes to produce a television show" in hopes that Eleanor will see the value of contributing her advertising dollars. (Do The TV people clearly think this handout is going to help them gain advertising. Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Curse of Knowledge Resources Made to Stick CommunicationDownload audio here.

2009 100

Presentation visual that's a sweet treat

Speak Schmeak

As a PowerPoint slide, this would have too much going on, but as a model for how to create an interesting visual or handout, take note. This handout about the Auto Lobby Bill on Fuel Economy was delivered, along with candy, to members of Congress to coincide with Halloween. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Check out this fact sheet from the Pew Campaign for Fuel Efficiency. Thanks to No Impact Man for the original post.)

2007 100

I can't hear you.

Speak Schmeak

When speaking at a fixed microphone, adjust the mic so it's close enough to your mouth. Adjust as you begin speaking, so you can hear it when it's right. When speaking at a fixed microphone, you have to face it. For more microphone tips, download my free handout, " What to Do With That Pesky Microphone.". Tags: Quick Fixes Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Networking Voice

2008 100

Imagine your audience fully clothed

Speak Schmeak

Here are more resources for preparation before a presentation: Relaxation and vocal preparation handout Cool as a cucumber or sweaty like a racehorse? Tags: Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Some experts still give the advice to picture the audience in their underwear. I even read an article the other day that suggested imagining them dressed as clowns. What?

12for12 January Challenge: Make eye contact

Speak Schmeak

Today is the day we kick off 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 ! If you are a Full member, you can participate in the Facebook group and will also have access to a separate membership-only site, a monthly call, supportive e-mails, downloadable handouts and more. I roll my eyes when I read a public speaking article that recommends looking at the back wall instead of your audience, to make it appear as though you are giving eye contact to the whole group.

Don't be macho -- use a mic

Speak Schmeak

And here's a handout with more info on using a microphone. Quick Fixes Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies VoiceDownload audio here. I'll be the first to admit that I take an almost macho pride in my ability to project my voice. I was born this way. Even when I wasn't trying, I could be heard talking a mile away. And yes, I got in trouble a lot in school for being too loud.

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Two minutes of thank yous?

Speak Schmeak

I'd like to thank Jane Doe for her excellent decision to invite me to speak to you, the most fabulous audience ever, today, on this lovely sunny September day in Southern California. Better yet, have your info in a handout, one-sheet, or whatever you like to call it, so the audience can take it home with them. Tags: Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Openings and Closings

2008 109

Stating your credentials - yay or nay?

Speak Schmeak

You have obviously established your credentials with whoever organized the speaking engagement. Put your bio into a handout and use your opening to engage your audience, to grab their attention and let them know you're there to serve them. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Openings and Closings

2007 100

Presentation strategies for women -- but not men?

Speak Schmeak

This bothers me, and not just in regard to public speaking. This allows you to adjust your presentation to the space and to the audience's needs , and to bring appropriate equipment and handouts. Keep practicing and taking (and making) as many speaking opportunities as you can; it's the best way to improve your skills. Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

2011 100

Give extra value by using demonstrations

Speak Schmeak

Then she called up a group member who is one of her patients, and she demonstrated her non-force technique for adjustments. It was a visual and easy-to-understand demonstration that answered questions I had and demonstrated the vast difference between this technique and other chiropractic techniques. Today, a speaker at another meeting had the audience do an exercise using a handout to develop their "elevator speech."

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