Annoying PowerPoint survey

Speak Schmeak

Following up on this post , I've just been reading the results of Dave Paradi's Annoying PowerPoint Survey. 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. Tags: Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies PowerPoint I'm not at all surprised by the results.

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Good things take time

Speak Schmeak

This might mean talking to the organizer or sending out a survey to the participants in advance. 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. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking

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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. If you don't have this luxury, for example, when you're speaking at a conference, you can get some basic demographics and data from the conference organizer about who's attending, and then make sure to chat up your audience members as they arrive.

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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."

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What's your audience's culture?

Speak Schmeak

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of speaking to the Santa Barbara Associates , an "old-boys' club for women" that was started almost 30 years ago as a place for women business owners and executives to network and socialize with like-minded members. Before the speaking engagement, I exchanged several e-mails with the organizer, to discern what their interests were in regard to public speaking and to make sure I was able to view the room setup in advance.

Seven ways to practice public speaking at work

Speak Schmeak

Think you don't need public speaking skills? Along with the results of its 21st annual Jobs Report Survey of 9,290 IT professionals, Computerworld published this article entitled " Nine Nontechie Skills that Hiring Managers Wish You Had." #3 3 is "an aptitude for public speaking." It's getting harder and harder to find a job that doesn't require competency in communication and public speaking skills.

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Who's the boss? You are!

Speak Schmeak

It's always satisfying to work with an organization that's on the ball, organized, well-prepared and cares enough about their own people to make sure everything is in place for them to get the most out of a training or conference. These two questionnaires form the bulk of information I receive about a speaking engagement. I also speak in person with the organizer, and some speakers will contact individuals by phone or e-mail to get more personalized information.

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