Winging it - not okay

Speak Schmeak

I hear people say about their presentations, "I just wing it," or "I never practice." They say, "When I wing it, I do okay. I don't need to practice it." Which means organizing, preparing, and practicing. Tags: Preparation Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Maybe they throw the presentation together the day before and go over it once, briefly. Remember this? It's not about you.

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Letters I wish I had written

Speak Schmeak

Every now and then, I come across a blog post by another speaking expert and say to myself, "Why didn't I think of that?" Yet once signed up to speak, they are often an afterthought, neglected behind the other critical tasks organizers have to manage." There is nothing inspiring about winging it. If you paid $50 to see a show, would you want to see the actors and musicians winging it? Why speak if you’re only going to do it half-assed?

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Why didn't I say that?

Speak Schmeak

When you have a limited amount of time to speak (and who doesn't?), Practice several times so you know how much time the presentation takes and so you are sure that you're covering all the points you want to make. Why waste any speaking opportunity by throwing something together at the last minute, or worse, not preparing at all? Don't throw away any speaking engagement. Quick Fixes Preparation Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

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Why be okay when you can be great?

Speak Schmeak

But as a regular speaker, he felt confident about his ability to wing it. And after the presentation, several people mentioned that they felt he was speaking directly to their lives. It was clear to me that he was winging it, but maybe not to anyone else! She didn't practice 3. We should never get complacent just because we speak a lot, have confidence and can whip out something in a few minutes.

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Letters I wish I had written

Speak Schmeak

Every now and then, I come across a blog post by another speaking expert and say to myself, "Why didn't I think of that?" Yet once signed up to speak, they are often an afterthought, neglected behind the other critical tasks organizers have to manage." There is nothing inspiring about winging it. If you paid $50 to see a show, would you want to see the actors and musicians winging it? Why speak if you’re only going to do it half-assed?

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How to make your panel more fun

Speak Schmeak

The presenters haven't practiced. The presenters haven't practiced together. The moderator is winging it. Ask the audience questions If you're unable to get advance information about your audience -- and even if you are -- don't be afraid to ask your audience a question or two when it's your turn to speak. Asking for audience participation is always good practice in a presentation, and it's good practice on a panel as well.

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Titles a bore? Not any more!

Speak Schmeak

In the documentary "I Am Comic," Ritch Shydner is waiting in the wings to start his set at a comedy club. It will change the way you think and give you practical tools to start capturing your audience's attention before you even walk in the door. (I Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Books Word Nerds Resources I'm currently reading POP!

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Why didn't I say that?

Speak Schmeak

When you have a limited amount of time to speak (and who doesn't?), Practice several times so you know how much time the presentation takes and so you are sure that you're covering all the points you want to make. Why waste any speaking opportunity by throwing something together at the last minute, or worse, not preparing at all? Don't throw away any speaking engagement. Quick Fixes Preparation Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

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Who deserves your best?

Speak Schmeak

Do you wing it on a regular basis, thinking your audience won't notice? Do you convince yourself that you don't need to put a lot of preparation or practice into your talk, because it's "just coworkers" or "just my church?" Otherwise, why are you bothering to speak at all? Give your best every time you speak, to every audience. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies I have a problem. I save things for "special occasions" that never happen.

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Titles a bore? Not any more!

Speak Schmeak

In the documentary "I Am Comic," Ritch Shydner is waiting in the wings to start his set at a comedy club. It will change the way you think and give you practical tools to start capturing your audience's attention before you even walk in the door. (I Preparation Products Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Word Nerds Resources About MeI'm currently reading POP!

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How to make your panel more fun

Speak Schmeak

The presenters haven't practiced. The presenters haven't practiced together. The moderator is winging it. Ask the audience questions If you're unable to get advance information about your audience -- and even if you are -- don't be afraid to ask your audience a question or two when it's your turn to speak. Asking for audience participation is always good practice in a presentation, and it's good practice on a panel as well.

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Get plenty of sleep before your presentation

Speak Schmeak

When I'm at the final stage of preparation, practicing my presentation, I like to take a day off in between practices to let the content and chronology settle into my brain and embed itself into my memory. I always felt intuitively that this rest period helped me retain the information better, and now I find that there's research to back up this practice! Tags: Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

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Can you be prepared and still be spontaneous?

Speak Schmeak

I've heard many speakers say that they create their presentation at the last minute, don't practice, and basically wing it , all because they don't want to lose spontaneity. They're afraid that if they practice, they will sound rehearsed or worse, memorized. Each of us has our own method for preparing and practicing, so I'm not saying you should do what I do. About two weeks before the event, I start practicing and editing. I also don't practice every day.

Do it with the lights on

Speak Schmeak

TED also asks for video or audio of the speaker and for the person nominating the speaker to describe their speaking style. Speakers seem to be chosen as much for their ideas as for their speaking skills. If you do end up speaking in a venue where the screen is portable, I recommend asking the organizers to move the screen into the corner to your left and put you in the center of the stage. I spent Saturday morning attending the first Santa Barbara area TEDx event.

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Do it with the lights on: TEDxSB Part 1

Speak Schmeak

TED also asks for video or audio of the speaker and for the person nominating the speaker to describe their speaking style. Speakers seem to be chosen as much for their ideas as for their speaking skills. If you do end up speaking in a venue where the screen is portable, I recommend asking the organizers to move the screen into the corner to your left and put you in the center of the stage. I spent Saturday morning attending the first Santa Barbara area TEDx event.

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How do you know when you've nailed it?

Speak Schmeak

Today I gave a short presentation on using stories in public speaking. I went on to talk about why stories are important in public speaking and how to use them, and then wrapped up with the remainder of the fire story (finally!), Practice your story! Yes, she was winging it, but the story fit her presentation and it was a great effort to add some pizzazz to her opening. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

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How to get the most from a Toastmasters Club

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April 12, 2011 Posts Comments The Speaker Point Helping you master public speaking and communication skills Home Delivery Speech Analysis Making Money Preparation Reviews About How to get the most from a Toastmasters Club March 9, 2011 By Alex Cequea View Comments Toastmasters International has been around since 1924, and over 4 million people have benefited from being members. If public speaking terrifies you, then your whole experience is an experiment anyways.

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Speak Schmeak is the blog of public speaking coach Lisa Braithwaite: Every presentation is an opportunity to improve

Speak Schmeak

It's exciting and stimulating to speak to a big group. However, this person also mentioned a couple of small presentations coming up to groups of about 25, and he felt he didn't have to work as hard or practice his presentation as much. In his mind, these groups are less important and less valuable to him than the large groups, so he tends to wing it more and spend less time preparing. Which is probably why you agreed to the speaking engagement in the first place.

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