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.

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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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Strange speaking venues, part 1

Speaker Confessions

I’ve given lectures in some strange places, but this venue is a new one. Hanselman explains what you’re seeing here: They’ve used curtains to build up a “room&# on the bleachers of this part of the stadium. What’s the strangest venue you’ve spoken at?

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Strange speaking venues part 2

Speaker Confessions

Tags: Uncategorized venues / rooms

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

Green Room Speakers

In other words, the green room is a place for performers to prepare before they get on stage. Yet I recently learned that green room has a second definition. In surfing , the green room is the inside of a barrel that is produced by a wave.

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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. 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? Did you ever present in a barn?

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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. 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?

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Six straightforward speeches then facing up to a problematic presentation

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Whereas the room in the Con Club in Ringwood where I had spoken the previous week was brightly-lit, the bar-room this club uses is rather less so and I had to make sure that I was speaking from a position under a light where I could see my notes (as well as being a little more visible to the audience). I was struck by the fact that, despite being such a small place, the Woodfalls area actually has at least three different venues where groups can meet. Ringwood Tuesday Club.

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Presentation tips involving locations and lighting, theatres and a theme.

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

The journey home wasn't great, what with long waits on a freezing platform at Clapham Junction only to find that trains were too crowded to squeeze into, then eventually boarding one where it was standing room-only all the way to Southampton - but I wouldn't have missed that talk for the world! Public Speaking Tip #462: If you are uncertain about whereabouts in a room you should speak from, ask the organisers what has worked well with others. Redhill and Reigate U3A.

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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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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. Seasoned public speakers understand the importance of being familiar with the speaking venue prior to the actual event. The room is wide and deep.

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I don’t attend conferences where speakers don’t get paid

More than PowerPoint...

The conference organizers will pay for the room and the food. The conference venue makes money — but the speakers don’t? If they aren’t, I’ll ask if the venue or organizers are getting paid. If the venue is donating the space — I’ll consider going. But if the venue is getting paid and the speakers aren’t? I give up.

Be a host, not a guest

Speak Schmeak

I always suggest getting to know the audience and the venue in advance as part of our research and preparation. Checking out the venue in advance is frequently overlooked by beginning speakers, and here's why it shouldn't be.

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Make a big space more intimate

Speak Schmeak

"In the boom, in the 80s, of comedy clubs, all these entrepreneurs were putting together these rooms with these high ceilings and 'Hey, look at this great comedy room!' Not one thread of soft furnishing in the entire room, a high ceiling and a glass-topped table in a large boardroom.

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A Public Speaker’s Checklist (Addendum)

Manner of Speaking

Directions to the rest rooms. A basic floor plan of the speaking room that includes the location/orientation (North, South, East, West) of any windows and whether or not those windows have blackout shades or some other ability for reducing or eliminating sunlight. Confirmation as to how the temperature in the room can be adjusted, if possible. Confirmation as to whether there will be other events going on in adjacent rooms and, if so, details of the events.

Put yourself center stage

Speak Schmeak

In rooms where there's a fixed or permanent screen, it's almost always in the center of the front wall. This means that the speaker has to stand off to the side or, in small rooms, in the corner (I've spoken from the corner of the room many times!).

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Visited by Captain Chaos? Resistance is futile

The Presenter's Blog

The venue could have a sub-optimal or non-negotiable room layout. At the same time though, when the circumstances around you unexpectedly change and Captain Chaos flies across the room, be ready to embrace your own inner Captain Chaos and improvise like a pro. S**t happens. Two little words that while vaguely profane, sum up most of the misfortunes that befall and befuddle presenters.

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Prepare Your Speaker’s Toolbox

DeFinis Communications

Have the right remote for the right room. When you purchase your remote make sure to get one that works for the size room you will be speaking in. When you’re presenting up front you may not have the need for distance, but if you are a facilitator and like to work the room, you may be standing too far away for your remote to work. Know your venue. Have a sheet with all pertinent contact info for the venue where you are speaking.

Presentation on Resilience: Friday, Oct 4, 6:00pm (Hyatt Regency Osaka)

Presentation Zen

360 degree visuals Yesterday I checked out the venue down by the bay at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Osaka Hotel. The hotel is fantastic and the presentation room is quite special.The room will have a view of the gardens during dinner which are illuminated at night. Next Friday (October 4) I will be presenting for the ACCJ (American Chamber of Commerce Japan) at the Hyatt Regency Osaka. This event is exclusively for members and for their invited guests.

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Voice care #3: acoustics

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever thought about the acoustics in a room where you're speaking? We mostly look at the size of the room and the configuration of seating when determining how much we'll need to project or whether we'll need amplification. More from the Voice Academy !

Five things speakers can learn from event planners

Speak Schmeak

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. How big is the room? Your room will be next to a loud construction site.

Five things speakers can learn from event planners

Speak Schmeak

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. However, once you know the venue, there are still a lot of things to consider, and event planners are masters at making any venue workable. How big is the room? There is one venue at UC Santa Barbara that I've spoken at many times, where I have to walk from one end of campus to the other.

Put yourself center stage

Speak Schmeak

In rooms where there's a fixed or permanent screen, it's almost always in the center of the front wall. This means that the speaker has to stand off to the side or, in small rooms, in the corner (I've spoken from the corner of the room many times!). If you are speaking in a venue where the screen is not fixed, ask for it to be placed in the corner or to the left of the speaker (who will take center stage) at an angle to the audience.

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Are you making these rookie mistakes?

Speak Schmeak

Most experienced speakers use a microphone when there are more than 30 or 40 people in the room. 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. You may be traveling from afar and don't get to see the room you're speaking in until a half hour before your presentation. There's nothing wrong with being an inexperienced speaker.

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Make a big space more intimate

Speak Schmeak

"In the boom, in the 80s, of comedy clubs, all these entrepreneurs were putting together these rooms with these high ceilings and 'Hey, look at this great comedy room!' It's supposed to be a low, low ceiling.'" ~ Actor/Comedian/Producer/Writer Carol Leifer "Comedy rooms are very hard to figure out. A couple of commenters on that post talked about bad conference rooms they had spoken in, including this comment from Rowan Manahan: ".Not

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Don't crash and burn

Speak Schmeak

Why should you check your venue in advance? Whether the room is the right size for the number of people attending? Don't crash and burn because you didn't bother to check a new venue thoroughly.

2009 130

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?

2008 130

Beyond storytelling: Create an experience

PowerPoint Tips

Embrace the technology in the room to get them involved. Everyone in the room has a contribution to make – this is a powerful concept. If your topic (and venue!) The conversation should not end when you leave the room. Each presentation is an opportunity to build lasting relationships and although this starts in the room, it shouldn’t end there.

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Are you worth $40K an hour?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  And that speaker has to create the speech, rehearse it, and travel for days to hard-to-reach places in uncomfortable airplane seats to get to the venue, where she has to try to please a roomful of strangers so that the whole process can begin again.    Most of the money – a million or two – for that conference has gone to the venue, for room and board.  Are you worth $40,000 an hour?    How can you be worth $40K per hour?

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Rate Your Public Speaking Comfort Level

DeFinis Communications

The good news for these speakers is that they already know how to be comfortable in front of one type of audience, so it’s just a matter of learning how to apply their skills to a new venue to be comfortable in every new situation they encounter. They have already built a substantial capacity for comfort— and there is still room to grow.

2013 172

Build the audience into your presentation

Speak Schmeak

Last week at my networking group meeting, one of the speakers managed to mention five or six people in the room as he went through his ten-minute presentation. Here's a quick tip to make your audience more receptive to your presentation: use their names in your talk!

2008 130

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. You check the room and everything looks fine. The day of the big presentation has arrived. The stage is ready, the sound system works and the lighting is perfect. The only thing you have to do is test run your slide presentation which you have on your computer. You set it up, connect it to the beamer and click on the button to open your slideshow.

2012 203

Book Review: Confessions of a Public Speaker

The Speaker Point

He does a great job identifying what every public speaker faces on the road and at ever-changing venues and events (different technology, changes of schedule, bad room layouts, empty crowds, and more). The take-away People are lazy, most rooms suck for speaking, imagining people naked is awkward, and professional speaking is a hard business that you can master with lots of practice.

Don't crash and burn

Speak Schmeak

Here are two tweets from Levi Leipheimer: "Rode the course this morning, had lunch, now I'm in my room getting ready 2 go 2 the bus/start & ride the course again, I start at 4:37 CET" "Rode 4 laps of the TT today, getting to know it is important, deciding on gears to use isn't so easy" Not only are George, Levi and their teams checking the course once, but they're reviewing it multiple times. Why should you check your venue in advance?

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An Executive’s Guide to Pricing Strategy Models

SlideModel

It’s a somewhat static pricing approach that does not leave much wiggle room for experimentation. Also, some venues offer ‘prix fixe’ menus where you get a starter, main course and dessert for $40, instead of paying $25 for a single dish a la carte. Ever wondered why the two seemingly same products come with a rather different price tag? Well, that’s the pricing strategy in action — something every business works hard to get right.

Give Live Speeches Around the World from Your Computer

Pivotal Public Speaking

Or, there’s been a major event that makes traveling to the meeting venue impossible. You set up a webcast and the client shows you speaking to their group on the meeting room large screen. the ins and outs of the technology needed on your end and at the venue. • Your client really wants you to present at their managers’ meeting of 500 but they have no funds for your travel.

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Presentation Nerves and Our Lizard Brain

Professionally Speaking...

Fear of the unknown can add to presentation anxiety so find out all you can about your audience and your venue: what are the audience's concerns; what experience do they have with your topic; how many people will attend; how will the room be set up; how much time will you have; will there be technical support; will there be a break during your presentation; will you be sitting or standing.

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Stop that Stutter: 6 Steps to Overcome Presentation Performance Anxiety

Duarte Blog

Imagine something that you love is in the room with you, or even keep a picture of something you love on the podium, or in your pocket. To this day, I visit a venue a few days before a show. So I try to familiarize myself with my surroundings, and if possible, rehearse in the venue so that it becomes second nature. My professor used to tell us to rehearse our lines in a dark, quiet room, laying on our backs.

2012 87

Rate Your Public Speaking Comfort Level

DeFinis Communications

The good news for these speakers is that they already know how to be comfortable in front of one type of audience, so it’s just a matter of learning how to apply their skills to a new venue to be comfortable in every new situation they encounter. They have already built a substantial capacity for comfort— and there is still room to grow.

2013 130

Are you making these rookie mistakes?

Speak Schmeak

Most experienced speakers use a microphone when there are more than 30 or 40 people in the room. 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. You may be traveling from afar and don't get to see the room you're speaking in until a half hour before your presentation. There's nothing wrong with being an inexperienced speaker.

2011 125

Build public speaking confidence – “Scout the territory”

Pivotal Public Speaking

If at all possible, arrive at the venue early and make it your own. Walk around the room and make yourself comfortable with your surroundings. If the room could be set up better to suit your presentation, then organize to have that done, if possible. One of the most valuable antidotes to the fear of public speaking and public speaking nerves is to be prepared. Preparedness and its relation to confidence covers many aspects.

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The Number One Rule for Speech Contests

Manner of Speaking

You cannot control the venue; you cannot control the other contestants (short of booing or throwing things at them while they are on stage!); At the District Conference in The Hague , there were seven judges in a room of approximately 300 people. In less than two weeks, the 2010 Toastmasters International Convention will begin in Palm Desert, California. As always, the highlight will be the International Speech Contest.

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Is your mental game up to par?

Speak Schmeak

Visualizing a successful presentation Have you visited the venue in advance so you know the layout of the room and any challenges? I recently watched a documentary about a group of cyclists who race 2,700+ miles from the Canadian border to the Mexican border along the Continental Divide. The race is called the Tour Divide , an "ultra-cycling challenge to pedal solo and self-supported the length of Great Divide Mountain Bike Route.as fast as possible."

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