Another challenging venue

Speak Schmeak

I recently wrote about some oddly configured conference rooms I've presented in, and here's the latest interesting venue, from last night: This is the new event pavilion at the Ventura County Museum. The pavilion has a state-of-the-art new projection and sound system and will be a great venue for large engagements. And at the event last night, there were about 20 people present, seated at four tables placed in the front third of the room.

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Another challenging venue

Speak Schmeak

I recently wrote about some oddly configured conference rooms I've presented in, and here's the latest interesting venue, from last night: This is the new event pavilion at the Ventura County Museum. The pavilion has a state-of-the-art new projection and sound system and will be a great venue for large engagements. And at the event last night, there were about 20 people present, seated at four tables placed in the front third of the room.

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Presentation Skills: Tough Venues

Great Public Speaking

How about a community center where drum lessons are being given in the next room? I've been diagnosed with PTVD -- Post- Traumatic Venue Disorder. If you are really gung ho about speaking, you're going to jump at the chance to do just about any speaking engagement. As you get more experienced you'll learn to use your pre-program research to recognize potentially disastrous venues before you agree to speak. What is a lousy venue?

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Public Speaking : Tough Venues

Great Public Speaking

How about a community center where drum lessons are being given in the next room? I've been diagnosed with PTVD -- Post-Traumatic Venue Disorder. If you are really gung ho about speaking, you're going to jump at the chance to do just about any speaking engagement. As you get more experienced you'll learn to use your pre-program research to recognize potentially disastrous venues before you agree to speak. What is a lousy venue?

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Making a bad space better

Speak Schmeak

For the speakers, the room was way too loud and full of distractions. Ultimately, I don't think Earl Warren Showgrounds is the right venue for this event, because I don't think most of the suggestions mentioned above are even possible. If that's the case, the organizers should rethink entirely their location; for example, finding a space that allows for an expo, main stage and breakout rooms. Download audio here.

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Magic flip chart

Speak Schmeak

I took it with me to a workshop last week to test it out in a live audience setting with the computer provided by the venue. Again, another reason to visit your venue and test your technology in advance so you can prepare for possible snags. I was presenting in a conference room that was 30 or 40 feet long, and the computer was in a closet at the back of the room, while I was in front where the screen was located.

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. The next week I was back in one my favourite towns, Cosham, speaking to Club 55 who meet in Cosham Conservative Club , the topic: The Power of Humour in Everyday Life. Public Speaking Tip #471: Even if you are speaking in a small village, the venue may not always be as obvious as the village hall.

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Being There, Before You’re There

Manner of Speaking

Recently, João posted photos of the speaking venue at the upcoming conference on the District 59 Spring Conference Facebook Page. Those speaking at the conference, particularly those competing in the speech contests, should study them carefully. Seasoned public speakers understand the importance of being familiar with the speaking venue prior to the actual event. Seeing the room in advance is important. The room is wide and deep.

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Rate Your Public Speaking Comfort Level

DeFinis Communications

These individuals generally have little experience speaking to groups, but because of a recent promotion or increased job responsibilities, they are now expected to speak. They have little desire to speak in public, but are now required to do so. They are often the managers who comfortably lead staff or division meetings, but when asked to speak at an all-hands meeting or at a conference, they become anxious.

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engage your audience with new media

The Eloquent Woman

From the start, this speaking engagement posed a number of challenges. It was the dreaded after-dinner talk, meaning I needed to be super-engaging. The crowd was due to number close to 100, ensuring extra work to keep that size crowd engaged. The venue didn't allow for Internet access, eliminating the chance for live demonstrations of any of my examples.

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Take charge of your event

Speak Schmeak

In order for you to make your speaking engagement the best it can be, you're going to have to take charge of your room. I've mentioned checking your venue in advance, for one thing. But what happens if there's something wrong with the room that needs to be fixed? This is where you explain to the organizer why the room needs to be a certain way. These are just two examples of why it's important to make the room your own and take charge of your gig.

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June 12for12 Challenge: Prepare Your Mind

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! This month, I'd like to focus on the internal aspects of preparation -- what you can do to prepare yourself physically and mentally for your speaking engagement.

Rate Your Public Speaking Comfort Level

DeFinis Communications

These individuals generally have little experience speaking to groups, but because of a recent promotion or increased job responsibilities, they are now expected to speak. They have little desire to speak in public, but are now required to do so. They are often the managers who comfortably lead staff or division meetings, but when asked to speak at an all-hands meeting or at a conference, they become anxious.

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June 12for12 Challenge: Prepare Your Mind

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! This month, I'd like to focus on the internal aspects of preparation -- what you can do to prepare yourself physically and mentally for your speaking engagement.

Stand or sit, and why does it matter?

Speak Schmeak

When 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. However, there are a variety of formats for what can be considered public speaking, such as leading a meeting, making a sales call, participating in a panel or round table discussion, or speaking to individuals at a networking event. When you dress for your engagement, practice sitting, standing and bending in your outfit.

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Your time's been cut -- what do you do?

Speak Schmeak

Here's an example of a typical speaking situation: You prepare an hour-long presentation. You arrive at your venue, get set up, and are ready to go on time, but the meeting starts ten minutes late. There's room for questions, for interruptions, for unanticipated circumstances. But you can't get experience if you don't speak. You can read all the public speaking books and blogs out there. But it's likely that you won't be able to avoid speaking forever.

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Your time's been cut -- what do you do?

Speak Schmeak

Here's an example of a typical speaking situation: You prepare an hour-long presentation. You arrive at your venue, get set up, and are ready to go on time, but the meeting starts ten minutes late. There's room for questions, for interruptions, for unanticipated circumstances. But you can't get experience if you don't speak. You can read all the public speaking books and blogs out there. But it's likely that you won't be able to avoid speaking forever.

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Stand or sit, and why does it matter?

Speak Schmeak

When 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. However, there are a variety of formats for what can be considered public speaking, such as leading a meeting, making a sales call, participating in a panel or round table discussion, or speaking to individuals at a networking event. When you dress for your engagement, practice sitting, standing and bending in your outfit.

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Smart self-promotion: 6 must-haves on your speaker page

The Eloquent Woman

Showing organizers and committees that you are an available, experienced, and interested speaker will make all the difference in your ability to get more and better speaking gigs. Here are my priorities for your speaker page: Video of yourself speaking before a live audience: I don't care whether this is video from your friend's iPhone, or professionally shot video, but such a video (or several) should be prominently featured. Forget "shameless self-promotion."

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Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 1

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Speaking engagements December 2009 - March 2010 Sharp-eyed readers may just have noticed something missing from this blog of late: namely accounts of 16 months' worth of speaking engagements! And I think that some followers of this blog like to read about all the various different types of audiences I speak to. Public Speaking Tip #364: It is up to a speaker to make their content come alive.

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Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog: The Great Catch-Up Part 8

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

It was a Friday meeting and I travelled to Oxford by train and then took a taxi to the venue, the Oxford Centre. Speaking of which. I had spent much of the day preparing for this engagement with a rolling TV news channel on in the background and the unavoidable story, one which had been building all week but which came to its conclusion that day, was whether Wayne Rooney would stay with Manchester United. This was my second speaking engagement that week.

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

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Sadly, the Grange Hotel in Southbourne, where I had spoken to this club and various others on numerous occasions has been demolished but Boscombe and Southbourne Probus has found a good repacement meeting place, the Liston Hotel in Boscombe, another venue where I have spoken in the past. As I chatted to members before lunch in the hotel's very good Gilbey's restaurant, there were a number of complimentary remarks about my public speaking, one of which was: "You obviously enjoy it".

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6 Ways to Achieve Your Resolutions Through Public Speaking

Speak Schmeak

However, "people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't explicitly make resolutions."** You may not explicitly make resolutions about public speaking, but here's how public speaking might enhance your 2008 resolutions. Resolution: Get a better job/advance your career Building public speaking skills can help build your career. Resolution: Make more money/get out of debt Get paid for speaking!

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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! In July, following my talk on My Life as a Freelance Comedy Writer for Durrington WI I sat at the front of the room in the village hall while they had their business meeting. I had a double booking the next day, the morning engagement being for Odiham District U3A in Hampshire.

Web Ink Now: Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking

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Web Ink Now Follow me on Twitter Your email address: Powered by FeedBlitz Search this blog WWW www.webinknow.com THE BEST OF WEB INK NOW Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking The one question to ask your prospective social media agency No blog? Most of us have an opportunity to speak, perhaps at your industry event, or your companys sales conference, or to a local club. Get as comfortable as possible with the venue before people arrive (or when they are on a break).

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when you're a frequent speaker

The Eloquent Woman

I've got a full slate of speaking engagements , already in motion, between mid-April and late May--and all over the U.S., Ask ahead: Even if the city isn't strange to you, ask your hosts to fork over details on the venue, the crowd, the registration numbers and even a good restaurant recommendation for dinner afterward. You may need (as I have done in the past) everything from a laptop brought to your room to someone to sprint across town with new handouts.

How to Start Speaking at Events | chrisbrogan.com

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chrisbrogan.com Home About Speaking Rockstars Newsletters Contact Best Of How to Start Speaking at Events December 8, 2008 · Comments One day, I wasn’t a speaker at conferences, and then I was. If you’re interested in speaking at events, I have some ideas on how you might get that going. Are you speaking to further establish yourself and your company as thought leaders? It’s a great way to find new places to speak.

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20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom

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20 tips for better conference speaking ~ 16 February 2009 ~ View from on stage as I’m preparing to speak at An Event Apart New Orleans 2008. But if anything, I’ve done quite a bit of speaking over the past four years (see the summary on my LinkedIn public profile ), and therefore I’ve learned a few things about speaking along the way. The art of speaking is roughly 51% entertainment, 49% meaty content. Speaking is hard.

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Article: Grow Your Business by Speaking

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BusinessInfoGuide.com ARTICLE ~ PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING ~ GROW YOUR BUSINESS BY SPEAKING Grow Your Business by Speaking By Stephanie Chandler If you want to grow your business and reach a lot of people quickly, consider developing your skills as a professional speaker. Other potential venues include retirement centers, community centers, churches and charitable organizations. 5) Engage the audience by asking questions and soliciting their participation.