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My theory about "winging it"

Speak Schmeak

Check this out: People who "wing it" are far more afraid of failure and rejection than those who prepare, although it might seem to be the opposite. See, if you wing it and succeed - your audience applauds, your jokes land, you come across as articulate and compelling, and people want to connect with you afterward - then you can be relieved and pleasantly surprised. You can even tell yourself "I'm good at winging it." If I prepare, I still suck, so why bother?"

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7 Deadly Sins of Presentation Preparation

DeFinis Communications

How could they come to an event of such high caliber and not be prepared? The funny thing is, if you ask them, they might tell you they spent a lot of time preparing, perhaps even over-preparing. Because the truth is that you can prepare and still not do well if you prepare incorrectly. In other words, not all preparation is the same. Every audience is unique and deserves your time and preparation.

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How to prepare for your Q&A session

Speaking about Presenting

I spent a ton of time preparing for the “Meet the Candidate” meetings. I spent most of my time preparing for the Q&A. I knew this would be the most important part of my performance, and where I was most likely to get hammered if I wasn’t prepared. As introverts we’re great at planning what we want to say ahead of time, winging it – not so much. Prepare Answers. In 2001, I was a candidate for the Green Party in New Zealand.

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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. 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. I don't need to practice it." Remember this? It's not about you. What does your audience think about your thrown-together presentation?

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7 Deadly Sins of Presentation Preparation

DeFinis Communications

How could they come to an event of such high caliber and not be prepared? The funny thing is, if you ask them, they might tell you they spent a lot of time preparing, perhaps even over-preparing. Because the truth is that you can prepare and still not do well if you prepare incorrectly. In other words, not all preparation is the same. Every audience is unique and deserves your time and preparation.

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Doesn't an angel need to earn his/her wings

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Unlike with Bailey, though, no angel seemed to need his/her wings.  Tonight it's about popping a Lunesta [at about $5 a pill], dreaming out the angst [will it be the usual nightmare about the class at Harvard Law School that I haven't prepared for or the other side of darkness about getting mouthy again], and, like Augie March in Saul Bellow's novel, coming up with a scheme. 

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From the vault: When the last-minute speaker needs to wing it

The Eloquent Woman

What's worked for you when you've had to speak with little to no preparation time? (Editor's note: This post from 2009 recounts a speech that still has audience members coming up to me, years later, to say how much they enjoyed it. I haven't changed much, but fortunately, the procedure described here is no longer so widely recommended.) If you hang around long enough, someday, someone will come up to you and say, "The speaker just let us know she's sick and won't be coming.

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How much effort are you prepared to put into your passion?

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

When Darren la Croix won the 2001 World Championship of Public Speaking, he said that he did not want any of the other competitors to be more prepared than him – he wanted to out-prepare all of them, and he won. It was because I was putting in the time to prepare. How much effort are you prepared to put into your passion? Related posts: A lesson in being prepared Last night, I spoke at a function in Cape. Tiger Woods.

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speaker on ice: when you need to wing it

The Eloquent Woman

What's worked for you when you've had to speak with little to no preparation time? If you hang around long enough, someday, someone will come up to you and say, "The speaker just let us know she's sick and won't be coming. Can you fill in?" These aren't words you dread so much as simply fail to expect. If your plans were to be a happy audience member that day, those words bring an end to your vision for carefree luncheon, dinner or event.

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Yes! I Want You to Write Your Speech!

Speak and Deliver

To suggest better stories, better phrasings, allowing us to effectively write two or three versions of our speech as we go along, as opposed to ending up with just ONE version of the speech when we choose to wing it. Wing the speech, record it, and transcribe it. Transcription Write Your Speech Preparation On the Fly Writing Editing Audience Memorization Creativity Winging It

Public Speaking Advice: 7 Timely Tips for Pre-Presentation Preparation

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

  7 Public Speaking Timely Tips for Pre-Presentation Preparation. Will you walk on from the wings or up from the floor? Public Speaking Advice. By Patricia Fripp CSP, CPAE. The big day has come. You are ready to deliver your presentation. To guarantee your success there are still a few final steps to take before you face your audience and thrill your meeting planner. Check in early. Arrive early to check out the logistics of the room in which you will be speaking.

How to Assess Your Public Speaking Comfort Level

DeFinis Communications

They are usually familiar with their subject matter but rarely prepare or practice. They like to wing it. As a result of their lack of preparation, they “hurry” through their presentation, talking too fast, shifting their weight, avoiding eye contact, and showing other physical signs of nervousness. These speakers take the time to practice and are generally more prepared than most, but unusual situations cause them to revisit earlier bouts of nerves and agitation.

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This is how the pros do it: Kelly Clarkson

Speak Schmeak

Do you think Kelly Clarkson ever wings a performance? She was prepared! I can't imagine how difficult that must be, but again, this is about rehearsal, preparation and commitment. Look back at my recent post on " winging it." You can show up and give a committed and well-prepared presentation, like Kelly Clarkson did, and your audience will be talking about you for days, weeks and even years. American Idol Entertainers Preparation

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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. It was clear to me that he was winging it, but maybe not to anyone else! She didn't prepare 2. It was not clear that she hadn't prepared, except when she got to the end and was disappointed not to be able to say more. So just imagine if these two speakers HAD prepared. You can do prepare this in five minutes -- my group coaching clients do it all the time.

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Letters I wish I had written

Speak Schmeak

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? Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of SpeakingEvery now and then, I come across a blog post by another speaking expert and say to myself, "Why didn't I think of that?" Scott Berkun's open letter to conference organizers and open letter to speakers caused that reaction.

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How to use your fear of public speaking to be a better speaker

Speaking about Presenting

I gave a presentation on Monday, which I prepared over the weekend. Preparation and rehearsal take time and effort. People without fear tend to skimp on preparation and rehearsal, they wing it. Let your fear motivate you to prepare and rehearse and you’ll be a more effective speaker. Tags: Nervousness fear of public speaking nerves presentation preparation rehearsal It’s normal to get nervous about public speaking.

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Public Speaking : PREPARE BUT AVOID SCRIPTS by Terry Paulson, Ph.D.,CSP,CPAE

Great Public Speaking

But most speakers lose far more than they gain by preparing exact wording for an entire speech. Once you are soaring on the wings of words, don't be trapped by the words you have deposited on any page. Prepare, but make your presentation a party for all involved. Speak from you passion and preparation to serve in the moment. Keep an eye on the fuel gage and when the clock says you're nearly out of time, go back to that targeted and prepared close.

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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! ( The only way to ensure this happens is to prepare in advance! This is a drastically abbreviated version of what you should do to prepare for a presentation, but what I'm trying to say here is this: If you don't get your message across, you have only yourself to blame. Make the most of it: Prepare!

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Improve your presentations 80% in 20% of your time

PowerPoint Tips

Here’s my list of quick ways you can improve your presentations a lot: Start by scheduling the time you need to prepare, including filling out a planner, writing your script, and speaking it out. Delivery is where the rubber hits the road, so you should never wing it. Then sign up for more lessons–the next one is on preparation and will show you just what you need to do to avoid having to give a presentation unprepared.

2011 135

Why be okay when you can be great?

Speak Schmeak

But as a regular speaker, he felt confident about his ability to wing it. It was clear to me that he was winging it, but maybe not to anyone else! She didn't prepare 2. It was not clear that she hadn't prepared, except when she got to the end and was disappointed not to be able to say more. So just imagine if these two speakers HAD prepared. It's never okay to wing it just because you think you can get away with it.

2010 109

Letters I wish I had written

Speak Schmeak

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? Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of SpeakingEvery now and then, I come across a blog post by another speaking expert and say to myself, "Why didn't I think of that?" Scott Berkun's open letter to conference organizers and open letter to speakers caused that reaction.

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“The Secret” to Effective Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

Practice and preparation are the “big secrets” of effective public speaking. The President does not “wing” the State of the Union address. Every day, executives wing presentations, and it matters. Effective public speaking is no different than professional athletics – practice and preparation make all of the difference. Practice and preparation will improve any presentation dramatically. Forget about effective public speaking for a minute.

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Get Energized! 5 Tips to Create Energy in Your Virtual Presentations

DeFinis Communications

And even though he admits that he should have plenty of time to prepare for a presentation, they are often dull and lifeless. If you don’t plan and instead wing it, your message will fall flat. This morning I was speaking to a client who has worked remotely for many years.

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I did everything wrong

Speak Schmeak

I usually ask for a month lead time before presentations, because it's important for me to prepare properly - and I do have other work to complete during that time. It's not like I take a whole entire month to prepare, but snippets of time in between clients and my own programs and admin work. Overconfident, complacent, all those things that happen to us when we have a lot of experience and think we can get away with winging it. I'm a veteran speaker and trainer.

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5 Ways to Deliver Someone Else’s Deck Successfully

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  The first rule of success is don’t wing it.    That’s so important that I’ll repeat it:  never, ever wing it.   It’s bad enough when you wing your own presentation, but don’t even think about taking someone else’s content and trusting to luck.  Rehearsal and Preparation

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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! ( The only way to ensure this happens is to prepare in advance! This is a drastically abbreviated version of what you should do to prepare for a presentation, but what I'm trying to say here is this: If you don't get your message across, you have only yourself to blame. Make the most of it: Prepare!

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When Is Rehearsing a Presentation a Bad Idea?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  People who ‘wing it’ usually betray their lack of preparation in their body language.    Not by winging it.  Rehearsal and PreparationWhen is rehearsing a presentation a bad idea?    Clients often try to talk themselves out of rehearsal, because they’re pressed for time, because they don’t like the feeling of rehearsal (you’re not in control yet), or because they argue that rehearsal will make them stale. 

How to make your panel more fun

Speak Schmeak

The moderator is winging it. When people sit on a panel who don't know each other, have never spoken, and are being guided by someone who also didn't prepare well, it's hard to have a good time. A panel requires a prepared yet more flexible and spontaneous approach than most presentations, and this can throw off a speaker. If your moderator isn't that prepared, well, you might help spur that process along by asking the questions.

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The one habit you have to change to be a better speaker

Speak Schmeak

improvement (video) Winging it -- not okay What's your excuse for not being prepared? Quick Fixes Preparation Pet PeevesIf you want to be a better speaker, today's post is meant for you. First of all, here are a few of the reasons I've heard for why someone would want to be better at public speaking: 1. To open up more opportunities at work by taking on greater responsibilities 2. To build reputation and visibility in their field 3.

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Malala Yousafzai and Public Speaking: 12 Lessons from the Best Speech of 2013

Matt Eventoff

She was not “winging it.” Preparation – There are too many powerful lines to mention. That is because the preparation that went into this address was extensive, and there was no extraneous information. Malala knew this was her opportunity to deliver a powerful message, and prepared with that in mind. Chunking” – Malala was delivering from a written document (I am unsure if it was a prepared text, or notes), but only spoke while looking down once.

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The one habit you have to change to be a better speaker

Speak Schmeak

improvement (video) Winging it -- not okay What's your excuse for not being prepared? Quick Fixes Preparation Pet PeevesIf you want to be a better speaker, today's post is meant for you. First of all, here are a few of the reasons I've heard for why someone would want to be better at public speaking: 1. To open up more opportunities at work by taking on greater responsibilities 2. To build reputation and visibility in their field 3.

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6 Freebees

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Use these when preparing your speeches, and you will give a great and engaging presentation. Be prepared. 10 Myths of Public Speaking 1) I can wing my presentation. Be concise. Be engaging. be authentic. Be aware. Be involved. What other bee’s should I add to the list? Related posts: When you are the Emcee at a Wedding I mentored a new client recently on being an emcee. The 10 Truths of Public Speaking In a recent post, I spoke about the 10 myths.

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Become a “Consumer” of Virtual Presenting

DeFinis Communications

Because I am “consuming” speaking on a daily basis, just as you are, I’m able to distinguish between those who are comfortable, prepared, and experienced versus those who are winging it or hoping to get it over with.

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Always be Prepared for Your Worst Question: Reagan Video

Executive Speech Coach

Thursday, September 09, 2010 Always be Prepared for Your Worst Question: Reagan Video While preparing to give your presentation - consider the questions you might be asked. He was prepared. Don’t wing it or you might mess up the purpose of the speaker. How to Write, Structure & Prepare a More Effective. ▼ 2010 (76) ► December (7) How to Write, Structure & Prepare a More Effective.

Fear of Public Speaking? Here's how to conquer it

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Rehearsal has the added benefit of most likely making you better at the presentation – certainly better than if you wing it.  Rehearsal and PreparationI’ve recently been reminded that one of the universal constants in the public speaking world is fear.    Most speakers have it, a few manage to avoid it, and some are crushed by it.    A recent article about a survey of UK CEOs found that they, too, experience fear. 

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Rate Your Public Speaking Comfort Level

DeFinis Communications

They like to wing it. As a result of their lack of preparation, they “hurry” through their presentation, talking too fast, shifting their weight, avoiding eye contact, and showing other physical signs of discomfort. These speakers take the time to practice and are generally more prepared than most, but unusual situations cause them to revisit earlier bouts of nerves and agitation. Level 4 speakers know that preparation and practice are the keys to high performance.

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How to make your panel more fun

Speak Schmeak

The moderator is winging it. When people sit on a panel who don't know each other, have never spoken, and are being guided by someone who also didn't prepare well, it's hard to have a good time. A panel requires a prepared yet more flexible and spontaneous approach than most presentations, and this can throw off a speaker. If your moderator isn't that prepared, well, you might help spur that process along by asking the questions.

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Impromptu Speaking

Executive Speech Coach

Don't wing it. Always be prepared to deliver an impromptu presentation. Instead always be prepared to speak on very short notice. Prepare some of your best stories for different time frames, eg a 45-second version and a three minute version. executive speaking career tips prepare business presentations communication presentation tipsSometimes you might be asked to deliver comments or a presentation without advance notice.

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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. Preparation Products Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Word Nerds Resources About MeI'm currently reading POP! Create the Perfect Pitch, Title, and Tagline For Anything by Sam Horn, a book about crafting memorable titles, taglines and slogans.

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How to use the Magic of Live to be a Compelling Speaker

Speaking about Presenting

Winging it Live. Under the misguided impression that rehearsal will make them stale, some presenters believe that they’re at their best when they’re winging it. Winging it generally comes across to the audience as disorganized rambling chaos. He experimented with “winging it&# : I’ve worked strictly in the moment, like an improv actor or an artist or a cook. Photo credit: AndiH. Live performances are magic.

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How to use the Magic of Live to be a Compelling Speaker

Speaking about Presenting

Winging it Live. Under the misguided impression that rehearsal will make them stale, some presenters believe that they’re at their best when they’re winging it. Winging it generally comes across to the audience as disorganized rambling chaos. He experimented with “winging it&# : I’ve worked strictly in the moment, like an improv actor or an artist or a cook. Photo credit: AndiH. Live performances are magic.

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How to Write, Structure & Prepare a More Effective Presentation.

Executive Speech Coach

Wednesday, January 05, 2011 How to Write, Structure & Prepare a More Effective Presentation - audio class Questions, Comments and Feedback from the Jan 6 Audio Class If you listened to the live broadcast or downloaded the recording - you can post your questions here. Don’t wing it or you might mess up the purpose of the speaker. How to Write, Structure & Prepare a More Effective. Always be Prepared for Your Worst Question: Reagan.

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