Six straightforward speeches then facing up to a problematic presentation

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

April was fairly busy for talks, beginning with an evening booking speaking about The Power of Humour in Everyday Life for the Ringwood Tuesday Club at the town's Conservative Club. Public Speaking Tip #468: Groups that book speakers sometimes arrange to meet on a different day of the week if their usual meeting turns out to be on a Bank Holiday. In the end I decided to concentrate on the existing gig rather than any potential future booking and give them the best talk I could.

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Speaking and sport

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Because my talks often involve anecdotes about amusing incidents that have happened at other speaking engagements, audiences usually assume that at my next booking I will be telling a story about them! Afterwards we chatted and she didn't mind, in fact she booked me for the Oxfordshire WI Markets Annual Lunch the next year, another great gig, but I look back on it as unprofessional behaviour by a fairly novice speaker. Durrington Women's Institute, Wiltshire.


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Here is my 500th Public Speaking Tip: Don't be a 'one-speech-wonder!'

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

hour session with a speaker who had booked me for my service offering coaching for Women's Institute speaker auditions and club speakers. Two days later, I spoke about My Life as a Freelance Comedy Writer to the Orpington and Chislehurst National Trust Centre who meet at the town's Methodist Church , a booking I got on a recommendation following my talk last year to the Orpington Video and Film Makers. My own talks had also gone well - and he had booked me 3 times in 15 months!

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My Public Speaking Year 2011: December - 5 festive talks and a Patrick in a society!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

I was originally booked to deliver my Patrick Campbell talk for the South Wesses Archaeological Society at Bournemouth's Kinson Community Centre on 16 April 2012 but they found themselves needing a short-notice speaker for 5 December 2011. But although this Society books some non-archaeological topics (although something historical is preferred, which is why we settled on this talk), I wanted at least some part of it to be relevant to them.

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Prepare for public speaking success

Pivotal Public Speaking

Being prepared to give an excellent speech, being prepared so that it flows smoothly and being prepared for the majority of eventualities will lead you to a successful presentation – achieving the outcomes you intended and getting you repeat bookings. Preparation is one of the most powerful drivers of success in public speaking. Some people will tell you they don’t prepare. They may be lying.

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 6

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Decent weather, an excellent lunch, a well-received talk in a very pleasant venue - and an immediate recommendation to another club which has since led to a number of further bookings in an area where I had never spoken before - very nice! Romsey Women's Institute had also booked the talk about My Life as a Freelance Comedy Writer.

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Using video in a presentation: 7 steps to success

Max Atkinson

What's more, I'm fairly sure that it hasn't been 'a Big Mistake' - unless feedback, course evaluations and repeat bookings are a completely misleading guide to audience reactions. In fact, I found myself agreeing with pretty much everything Lily Latridis had to say about the types of videos she was talking about - and suspect that she might well agree with something I wrote about the use of videos in the section on different types of visual aids in my book Lend Me Your Ears (pp.

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