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!

Prepare. And then let go.

Speak Schmeak

Acknowledge that, no matter how prepared you are, there still might be mistakes and glitches, and allow yourself to find the humor in the situation. Prepare. Speakers TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety

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?" Also, here's a post I wrote about how I prepare for a presentation.

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Speech preparation series

Speak Schmeak

Andrew Dlugan, at the Six Minutes blog, has been writing a detailed series on speech preparation using examples from one of his competition speeches. How to Prepare Your Presentation 2. Self-Critique: Preparation for Next Time 10.

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Preparation rituals, part 2

Speak Schmeak

Following up on part 1 of my preparation rituals series, today let's talk about another two kinds of rituals. There are rituals for mental preparation and there are rituals for physical preparation. The mental preparation ritual includes both focus and distraction.

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Preparation rituals, part 1

Speak Schmeak

So I'm going to post a three-part series about preparation rituals over the next week and let's see if we can add some layers to your level of preparation. A preparation ritual is just a routine that helps us prepare for an upcoming task.

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Prepare. And then let go.

Speak Schmeak

Acknowledge that, no matter how prepared you are, there still might be mistakes and glitches, and allow yourself to find the humor in the situation. Prepare. Speakers TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety

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! Now, for our fifth challenge: Be Prepared. I don't think I have to tell you what happens we when don't prepare properly for presentations.

Always be prepared to speak

Speak Schmeak

I have a client who's preparing two speeches for her son's wedding and reception. I told her that it was a good idea always to prepare to be called on to speak in situations like this. I mentioned that I'm almost always prepared to speak when I go to events.

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Public Speaking Techniques for Staying in Control: Effective Recovery From Interruptions

Pivotal Public Speaking

For many presenters who haven’t had public speaking training, interruptions like these destroy their concentration, the mood they have set, and their overall impact. By learning these public speaking techniques to stay in control. Still, if you have exhausted all other approaches and they keep on talking, you may want to resort to this public speaking technique. The biggest question they are asked is: “How can I control my public speaking fears?”

What's your excuse for not being prepared?

Speak Schmeak

I've experienced several short (15 minutes or less) presentations lately where the speakers had plenty of time to prepare (months), but gave the appearance of flying by the seat of their pants. Some problems with lack of preparation: 1.

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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?

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Are you prepared to be wrong?

Speak Schmeak

I especially want you to pay attention to this message: " If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original. " Tags: Speakers Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Taking Risks

Can you be prepared and still be spontaneous?

Speak Schmeak

Is it possible to be prepared and still be spontaneous? I'll share my method of preparation just as an example. Each of us has our own method for preparing and practicing, so I'm not saying you should do what I do.

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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Do your audience's filters override your message?

Speak Schmeak

I thought the fig would speak for itself. But I didn't know it was going to be such a great experiment - and a perfect analogy for public speaking. Communication Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and StrategiesIt's a story about a fig. It's a very simple story.

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I'm on BlogHer today!

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Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Authenticity CommunicationBlogHer is featuring one of my recent blog posts in their Career section today as a BlogHer Spotlight ! Neato burrito! Thanks a million, BlogHer and Paula G. !

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Drowning your audience? Try these 3 livesavers.

Speak Schmeak

We speak over our audiences'' heads, we give far too much detail, and we pack our presentations so full of information that our audiences leave numb and slack-jawed from the mental barrage. Which is why you''ve been invited to speak.

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Excuse #923: "I'm not a presenter."

Speak Schmeak

Preparation Engaging the Audience TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Okay, I haven''t actually numbered the excuses people give for bad presentations, but maybe I should start.

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Thinking of doing a Hangout? Read this first!

Speak Schmeak

Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speakers The Business of Speaking Video Wearing a virtual cat face on a Google Hangout This is not going to be a technology article, so if that''s what you were hoping for. sorry!

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9 ways to use props for maximum impact in your presentations

Speak Schmeak

I watched a speaker prepare for his presentation a few years ago by putting on layers and layers of clothing. Engaging the Audience Humor Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Science and Scientists

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Friday Fun: Comedians

Speak Schmeak

They are masters of surprise, timing, storytelling, audience engagement, discipline, preparation, handling pressure, handling failure, taking risks, and many other techniques that speakers need to understand. I am constantly fascinated by how much speakers can learn from comedians.

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Be a better moderator: Stay out of your head

Speak Schmeak

Photo Credit: net_efekt via Compfight cc The topic of "being present" during presentations or while waiting to be introduced to speak has come up a lot lately in my conversations with clients and on this blog. Prepared speakers are mixed with unprepared.

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Good things take time

Speak Schmeak

Or many times, depending on how well you already know your material, how confident you are in your delivery and how regularly you speak in front of an audience. This nutshell version of preparing a presentation takes, conservatively estimated, five to six weeks.

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Mindset mastery is an ongoing process

Speak Schmeak

Two years ago, I started working with a client who does a lot of speaking, but hates mingling with the audience before presentations. He just plain gets out of practice, and not just with speaking, but with his mindset. Preparation Programs Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

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Dealing with a distressed audience

Speak Schmeak

Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking CommunicationSometimes we have to give a presentation under less than optimal circumstances.

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Why didn't I say that?

Speak Schmeak

There are a lot of reasons this might happen, but guess what the number one reason is: Lack of preparation! ( When you have a limited amount of time to speak (and who doesn't?), The only way to ensure this happens is to prepare in advance! Make the most of it: Prepare!

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An inspired off-the-cuff moment onstage: Go with it!

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Authenticity Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speakers Taking Risks Last week, hubby and I were in New York attending the Summer Fancy Food Show.

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Do you have a parental attitude toward your audience?

Speak Schmeak

If you're speaking to an organization, create an online survey asking questions about what your audience already knows and would like to know more about, and have your organizer share it via e-mail. Quick Fixes Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

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Workable idea + bad execution = puppymonkeybaby

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Fun Stuff Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies TV inspiredIf you didn't see the Super Bowl ad with the puppymonkeybaby, you may or may not want to watch this. It's pretty creepy and disturbing. So let's just get it out of the way, shall we? First of all, I had no recollection of what company this ad represented, nor could I even remember anything about the product it was advertising.

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Are you motivated or committed?

Speak Schmeak

Prepare for that presentation I have to give Tuesday? Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and StrategiesI was reading the testimonial this weekend of a women who lost over 100 pounds and is now running marathons and getting certified to become a personal trainer.

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Turning the negative into positive

Speak Schmeak

It may come to your mind, but don't give your words life by speaking them out. Positive : "I'm well-prepared and I'm not going to mess up. Speakers Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety

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Practice like you mean it, revisited

Speak Schmeak

It was impressive, and I'm pretty sure that when game day came, they were completely prepared. 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?

The plate test

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Pet Peeves Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking My husband and I have a favorite Chinese restaurant here in Santa Barbara, that we''ve been going to for about 24 years.

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Five ways to say "I don't know"

Speak Schmeak

Even when a speaker understands, logically, that it's not possible to know everything and it's not even possible to prepare for every question, he often still freaks out at the thought of not being able to answer a question, especially when there are experts or superiors in the room.

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Does experience = complacency for speakers?

Speak Schmeak

One group member talked about how much confidence she had speaking to a room full of students, but wasn't sure she'd have the same confidence in a room full of colleagues or superiors. A veteran speaker can get "rusty" if she doesn't speak on a regular basis. A little too comfortable?

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Is the elevator pitch dead?

Speak Schmeak

Opportunities can present themselves at any time and one should always be prepared." Perhaps we can reframe it as getting to know someone in a conversational way and outlining a basic introduction that is flexible and easy to adapt to the person we're speaking to.

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The biology of courage: Make stress your friend

Speak Schmeak

She talkes about how stress prepares your body to rise to a challenge. Besides giving stress the respect it deserves in preparing us for an intense or scary situation, she also has great interaction with the audience -- a rare occurrence in TED talks.

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Are you making these rookie mistakes?

Speak Schmeak

I hear speakers blurt out all kinds of things at the beginning of their talks: "I didn't have time to prepare," or "I've never spoken in front of this many people," or "I don't have time to tell you everything I want to say." Lack of preparation (sadly) is normal.

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Can the audience read your scribble?

Speak Schmeak

Quick Fixes Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and StrategiesHere's another topic speakers don't talk about enough: Your handwriting.

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Surviving the mini-presentation: Your self-introduction

Speak Schmeak

He didn't start to comprehend what he had said until I started speaking next. It can also be poorly prepared, uninteresting, and forgettable. I suggest always being prepared to give a basic self-introduction. Don't start speaking until you're fully standing.

Winning Emmy speeches

Speak Schmeak

Humor is best in a situation like this when prepared and practiced in advance, except for observational humor which, by definition, is taken from what's happening in the moment. Speakers Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Awards shows Humor

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A message to those who create presentations for others

Speak Schmeak

Your employee will do her best to present your material, but if you only give her five days to prepare an 8-hour meeting (true story), there is only so much she can do to make your content shine. Preparation Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies PowerPoint

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