Prepare Your Speaker’s Toolbox

DeFinis Communications

Just as you prepare for your job by making sure you have key supplies on hand, when you’re taking on the role of “presenter,” you must prepare by making sure your speaker’s toolbox is stocked. Know your venue. Have a sheet with all pertinent contact info for the venue where you are speaking. Include your contact’s name and cell phone number, the venue address, and room name.

Debate Preparation – Seven Rules for Success

Matt Eventoff

Almost all races (State Senate, Congress) have locally televised debates, and bigger races get the opportunity to debate on much bigger stages – venues such as Meet the Press. Yet, too many candidates spend more time preparing breakfast than preparing for a debate, and it shows. . Which brings us to Debate Prep 101, Rule #1 – If you don’t prepare, you know how you will fare!

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May 12for12 Challenge: Be Prepared

Speak Schmeak

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 fourth challenge: Be Prepared. I don't think I have to tell you what happens we when don't prepare properly for presentations. And yet, preparation is the hardest thing for (non-professional) speakers to make into a regular habit.

Trusting Yourself! Ted Talks, Comedy Clubs and Other Scary Venues with Thom Singer

Speaker Launcher

Ted Talks, Comedy Clubs and Other Scary Venues with Thom Singer appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Mental preparations to overcome fear. Today, The Wealthy Speaker Podcast is being brought to you by the Inner Circle Mastermind. Want to earn higher fees, book business at leading industry events and set your business up to scale?

Presentation Skills: Tough Venues

Great Public Speaking

I've been diagnosed with PTVD -- Post- Traumatic Venue Disorder. As you get more experienced you'll learn to use your pre-program research to recognize potentially disastrous venues before you agree to speak. But sometimes, even with the best of preparation, you get blindsided and have to present in a lousy venue. What is a lousy venue? I would call this a lousy venue, wouldn't you? What I want to get through to you is that bad venues will happen.

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June 12for12 Challenge: Prepare Your Mind

Speak Schmeak

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 sixth challenge: Prepare Your Mind. Last month, we talked about the external aspects of presentation preparation, the nuts and bolts of organizing your thoughts into congruent and cohesive content, preparing your materials and adjusting your venue.

May 12for12 Challenge: Be Prepared

Speak Schmeak

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. And yet, preparation is the hardest thing for (non-professional) speakers to make into a regular habit.

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. When we think of preparation for a presentation, we think of the usual stuff: have an objective, organize your thoughts, practice it, time it, check out the venue, check your equipment, anticipate Q&A, etc. A preparation ritual is just a routine that helps us prepare for an upcoming task.

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June 12for12 Challenge: Prepare Your Mind

Speak Schmeak

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 sixth challenge: Prepare Your Mind. Last month, we talked about the external aspects of presentation preparation, the nuts and bolts of organizing your thoughts into congruent and cohesive content, preparing your materials and adjusting your venue.

Are you prepared for anything?

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

The difference between a minor incident and a major catastrophe comes down to one simple thing: preparation. When traveling to conference venues, you pass through many environments were equipment can mysteriously disappear. Travel with as little equipment as possible (it also makes the traveling easier), and ensure in writing that the conference venue has the necessary equipment. A lesson in being prepared Last night, I spoke at a function in Cape.

What Questions Should You Ask to Prepare a Speech?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

What questions should you ask a host or meeting planner when you’re preparing a speech?  Basically, you need to know about 3 things besides your area of expertise:  the venue , the audienc e, and the speech itself – how it needs to be tailored.    The Venue When is the speech taking place? Rehearsal and Preparation  Good research means a good understanding of the audience – and that means that you can connect with that audience. 

10 tips for setting up on the day of your presentation

Manner of Speaking

——— You’ve prepared your presentation and you’ve arrived at the venue well in advance of your start time. Congratulations, but you’re not finished … … Continue reading → Preparation Presentation Guru Slide Presentation Jim Harvey Presentation public speakingI am one of the co-founders of Presentation Guru, a digital magazine for public speaking professionals.

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Dealing with a creaky stage

Manner of Speaking

I have written in the past about the benefits of arriving early at the speaking venue. Delivery Preparation audience presentation tips presentations skills public speaking stage walking on stageHave you ever listened to a speaker who is standing on a creaky stage?

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PowerPoint Tip: Prepare for Problems so you Respond, not React

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

The other group had been prepared for challenges and, when confronted with the same potential danger, was able to stand and respond. In this article I want to talk about how presenters should be prepared for problems so when they happen, we respond, not react. To be prepared to respond, the first step is to think through what could go wrong. Look at all aspects of the presentation, from preparation to travel, to room, equipment, food and any other area that you can think of.

Toastmasters Saturday: The New Year That Almost Wasn't

Speak and Deliver

Smart phones out, we started looking for alternate venues. Is your club prepared for your next ''location crisis''? What are YOUR venue horror stories, and how have you solved them - or not? Closed Venue Oficer Meetings Proactive Scheduling Sergeant At Arms Toastmasters As I drove up to the auto dealership our club meets at last night, it was eerily quiet. and locked.

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A Public Speaker’s Checklist – Free PDF File

Manner of Speaking

As well, there is space at the bottom to add the title of your presentation, your audience, the venue and date of the presentation. Preparation A Public Speaker's Checklist Business Checklist Keynote Logistics PowerPoint Presentation public speakingLast year I wrote a post about logistical items that speakers should remember for a speaking engagement. Reader response was so good that I created an addendum.

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A Public Speaker’s Checklist

Manner of Speaking

Location of, and directions to, the venue. Estimation of time to get to the venue (accounting for traffic at that time of day). Telephone numbers of contacts at the venue. Soundcheck of microphone and sound system at the venue. Tags: Preparation PowerPoint public speaking Keynote Business Business Services Microsoft PowerPoint Education and Training Public Speaker Communications Banana Checklist Universal Serial Bus Notebooks and Laptops Contact lens

When Things Go Wrong: Ten Presentation Lessons from Apollo 13

Manner of Speaking

You’ve prepared, you know your material and you’ve arrived at the venue early to get set up. Now, if you’ve prepared thoroughly and gone through your public speaker’s checklist carefully, you’l probably have a back-up of your slide presentation on a USB stick and there’s probably a decent chance that you will be able to use another computer. The day of the big presentation has arrived.

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Getting in the Green Room - The Zen of Surfing and Speaking

Green Room Speakers

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 Getting in the Green Room - The Zen of Surfing and Speaking I originally decided to call my company Green Room Speakers because of its theater definition: From Wikipedia: A green room is a room in a theater , studio , or other public venue for the accommodation of performers or speakers when not required on the stage. In other words, the green room is a place for performers to prepare before they get on stage.

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Lost in Translation – Ten Tips for Working with Interpreters

Manner of Speaking

Make sure that the technician remains at the venue in case problems arise. A good interpreter will want to be prepared and familiar with the material. NB – In the case of consecutive interpretation, you basically have to cut your material in half; i.e., if you have one hour of presentation time, you cannot prepare more than 30 minutes of material because everything has to be said twice: the source language followed by the target language.).

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What’s Your Sentence?

Manner of Speaking

Where is the venue? However, once we have answered these questions and are sitting down to prepare the presentation itself, we need to ask ourselves what I consider to be the two fundamental questions for every public speaker: What is my key message? A speaker who answers these questions before preparing the presentation will almost certainly do a better job than the speaker who doesn’t.

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Public speaking from the Staines snowball to confidence-boosting in a cafe!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

I was met at the station by two members who acted as human sat-navs to walk me to the venue (something of a first!). Public Speaking Tip #482: Tailored local references in presentations can also include somewhere nearby that you passed through on the way, not just the location of the venue itself. Now I have found cafes to be fantastic places to write in over the years but they are perhaps not the most suitable venues for presentation skills training!

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A Public Speaker’s Checklist (Addendum)

Manner of Speaking

If there is a problem with the equipment at the venue, it might be possible to run the presentation from the email attachment. Tags: Preparation Communication LinkedIn Public Speaker publicspeaking Speech Toastmasters International Twitter The response to my recent post, A Public Speaker’s Checklist , has been great. Comments have been pouring in on Twitter , LinkedIn , email and this blog.

The First Seven Seconds

Manner of Speaking

Set up the venue. Prepare your introduction. Tags: Delivery Preparation Communication Confidence First Impressions Fox News Fox News Channel Nonverbal communication public speaking Roger Ailes smile You Are the Message Roger Ailes is the President of Fox News, a former media consultant for three American Presidents and author of the best-selling You Are the Message.

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The Most Actionable Presentation Delivery Tips

SketchBubble

A speaker can have the most prepared, well thought out talk. Before the Talk Before you ever arrive at the venue, practice your talk. […]. But, if the presentation of the talk, falls flat, the message won’t get across. Here are some tips to make sure that your material is presented as well as it’s written. The post The Most Actionable Presentation Delivery Tips appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog. Presentation Tips

Every presentation is an opportunity to start fresh

Speak Schmeak

It's a new day, a new audience, a new venue, a new take on your topic. And if you know that there's a possibility that the same thing could happen again, wouldn't you then be able to prepare for it? And even if you prepared for it and it did happen again, couldn't you handle it better this time, because you've anticipated it and know how to conquer it? Quick Fixes Preparation Public Speaking Anxiety Taking RisksHow many of you avoid speaking?

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Why you need to take every speaking opportunity

Speak Schmeak

I got to the venue and immediately started setting up. I flashed back to my preparation and remembered that I had initially created a completely different presentation days earlier, then had changed my mind and replaced it with the current presentation. Just think how fantastic it'll be, three or 10 or 20 years from now when, because you chose to take these speaking engagements, you are now prepared for ANYTHING. I forgot my stuff.

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Five things speakers can learn from event planners

Speak Schmeak

As a speaker, understanding your client's desired result will help you create a presentation that truly meets the needs of your audience and guarantees that you are focusing on the proper objectives when preparing. Make the best use of the venue. Granted, event planners frequently get to choose their own venue, while speakers are mostly expected to go where the client tells us to go. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare. I have two clients who are event planners.

Is your mental game up to par?

Speak Schmeak

Most of us aren''t facing this level of physical pain when preparing for a presentation. Planning and preparation for things that might go wrong What happens if your computer crashes in the middle of your PowerPoint? Are you prepared? Visualizing a successful presentation Have you visited the venue in advance so you know the layout of the room and any challenges? Preparation TV inspired Public Speaking Anxiety The Business of Speaking Athletes

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Five things speakers can learn from event planners

Speak Schmeak

As a speaker, understanding your client's desired result will help you create a presentation that truly meets the needs of your audience and guarantees that you are focusing on the proper objectives when preparing. Make the best use of the venue. Granted, event planners frequently get to choose their own venue, while speakers are mostly expected to go where the client tells us to go. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare. I have two clients who are event planners.

Being There

Manner of Speaking

Prepare. I have written about the importance of preparing before, but it cannot be stressed enough. Preparing thoroughly is the single most important thing that a speaker can do for his audience. Preparation will help ensure that you know your material, how it is relevant for your audience, and how to make an impact when you deliver it. Tags: Delivery Preparation bananas eye contact David Bader Social Contract rest arrive early Being There cotton mouth

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Two unconventional (okay, downright weird) anxiety techniques

Speak Schmeak

I tell students that they can do this technique anywhere: In the car, and even at the speaking venue (I say, “Hold up your notes and whisper and people will think you’re practicing.”). Preparation Rituals Preparation Public Speaking Anxiety ResourcesWhile I'm moving this week, I've invited some of my favorite public speaking and communications bloggers to guest post here on Speak Schmeak. Please enjoy this post by Ellen Bremen, M.A.,

When you have to submit slides early.

Speak Schmeak

Ideally I'm at the venue early enough where I can enact a quick switcheroo of my slides before I begin. And as I stated above, get to the venue early enough so that if you have any slide rearranging to do, you can at least do that. Preparation Pet Peeves The Business of Speaking PowerPointMany of us speak for events where we are required to turn in our PowerPoint slides ridiculously early. What do I mean by ridiculously early?

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Are you making these rookie mistakes?

Speak Schmeak

However, if you have purchased a presentation remote ( this one is my favorite) or are using one offered by the venue, then you need to practice with it before your presentation. 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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Speakers: dress the part

Speak Schmeak

It all depends on the audience, the venue, the topic, your personal style, your message and the image you want to convey. Authenticity Entertainers Preparation Speakers Taking Risks The Business of Speaking I don''t typically subscribe to generic rules about how to dress as a speaker. However, within these parameters, dressing appropriately for different audiences and events is not unimportant.

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Don't forget your pre-flight check

Speak Schmeak

But here's the problem, and I see it all the time with speakers: You get used to a particular venue or audience and become lulled by the familiarity of the situation. You don't update your presentation, you don't look at the venue through fresh eyes. You may not have safety concerns about your presentation, but if your venue is not in the best condition, it's going to affect the audience -- and you could still crash and burn. Download audio here.

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Did you bring batteries?

Speak Schmeak

Here's a quick example of what I'm talking about when I harp on preparation over and over again. Think about your activities, your handouts, your equipment, your venue, your props, your business cards, your hydration, your sleep the night before. But the more you prepare, the calmer and more relaxed you'll be and the better you'll be able to handle those unexpected events. Yesterday, as I set up my equipment for a presentation, I noticed that my remote wasn't working.

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Make a big space more intimate

Speak Schmeak

Anywhere that has the audience in tight, low ceiling and dirty.most Edinburgh venues." ~ Comedy Magician Pete Firman I recently wrote about speaking in a venue that was way too big for the audience. Tighten up the group Don't let the audience disperse themselves around a large venue. Use a microphone if necessary Don't shy away from using a microphone if it will improve the sound in a large venue. Tags: Speakers Preparation The Business of Speaking

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Customers don't always enter through the front door

Speak Schmeak

However, you are onstage from the minute you arrive at the venue. Every time I drive up to my venue in a dirty car, I feel like I'm representing myself poorly. Tags: Preparation I've been enjoying the recent upgrades to La Cumbre Plaza , Santa Barbara's oldest shopping mall (or "outdoor lifestyle center," if you like), which opened in 1967. And I don't necessarily mean adding upscale stores like Tiffany and Louis Vuitton to balance Sears and Claire's.

Don't forget your pre-flight check

Speak Schmeak

But here's the problem, and I see it all the time with speakers: You get used to a particular venue or audience and become lulled by the familiarity of the situation. You don't update your presentation, you don't look at the venue through fresh eyes. You may not have safety concerns about your presentation, but if your venue is not in the best condition, it's going to affect the audience -- and you could still crash and burn. Download audio here.

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Did you bring batteries?

Speak Schmeak

Here's a quick example of what I'm talking about when I harp on preparation over and over again. Think about your activities, your handouts, your equipment, your venue, your props, your business cards, your hydration, your sleep the night before. But the more you prepare, the calmer and more relaxed you'll be and the better you'll be able to handle those unexpected events. Yesterday, as I set up my equipment for a presentation, I noticed that my remote wasn't working.

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Stand or sit, and why does it matter?

Speak Schmeak

At conference tables, on panels, and in other small venues, it can be considered awkward to stand when speaking. Quick Fixes Preparation The Business of SpeakingWhen we think of public speaking, the traditional image that comes to mind is a person standing in the front of a room full of people.

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Training vs. experience

Speak Schmeak

They were not prepared. These students are still young, and still learning, and they have plenty of opportunities ahead of them to learn how to connect authentically with an audience and speak freely from the heart, no matter the topic or venue. Only through many varied experiences (both good and bad), will you fully develop as a speaker, as someone confident enough to stand up and talk freely, articulately and comfortably about yourself for two minutes with no preparation.

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