Public Speaking Techniques - Localized/Personalized Comments

Great Public Speaking

Get the best public speaking tips on the web. If you plan on making any comments to specific people in the audience or about the location of the presentation, now is the time to do it. Anything you say at this point should be personalized and/or localized and broadly understood. One of the things I enthusiastically and sincerely say somewhere in the beginning of a talk is, I am so happy to be here. However, that can mean uh-oh, it's pillow time to the audience because everyone says that.

Public Speaking Techniques - How to Close a Speech

Great Public Speaking

Even the most serious public speaking subjects can benefit from humor, but the humor should be sprinkled throughout the body of the presentation. This same technique can be very effective in ending a mostly humorous speaking engagement. Don't be afraid to use humor when you speak in public. Public speaking has never been easier than this One of the worst mistakes you can make as a public speaker is talking too long.


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Public Speaking Techniques for Staying in Control: Effective Recovery From Interruptions

Pivotal Public Speaking

For many presenters who haven’t had public speaking training, interruptions like these destroy their concentration, the mood they have set, and their overall impact. By learning these public speaking techniques to stay in control. Still, if you have exhausted all other approaches and they keep on talking, you may want to resort to this public speaking technique. The biggest question they are asked is: “How can I control my public speaking fears?”

Better Public Speaking Techniques - Presenting Like a Pro

Great Public Speaking

[link] If you want to get paid for your public speaking engagements then you need to know what professional speakers know. Over 450 public and professional speaking videos

Claim the Stage podcast interview with Angela Lussier

Speak Schmeak

Authenticity Interviews Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Quick FixesListen in on my conversation with Angela Lussier about ditching perfection and creating connection as a speaker!

2019 109

5 ways to improve your micro-presentations

Speak Schmeak

One of my clients told me about speaking at an event where there were ten speakers in a hour. This also takes practice, and experience, so this is another reason I recommend making and accepting as many speaking engagements as possible. Have you noticed presentations getting shorter?

2020 141

8 steps to ditching perfection and creating connection

Speak Schmeak

Presenting for Humans Products Programs Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Specials and SalesEven if we've mastered our perfectionist tendencies, these new challenges of presenting virtually seem to be bringing them all back up again. (At At least for me. ??) So I'm launching a new workshop on ditching perfection and creating connection, based on the concepts in my book. Ready to ??"let let it go?"??

2020 109

So you love public speaking.Now what?

Speak Schmeak

Love public speaking? Quick Fixes Engaging the Audience Video Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies General Comments This one''s for you!

2013 145

Get your free copy of Presenting for Humans before April 15

Speak Schmeak

Presenting for Humans Products Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Specials and SalesHey y'all! I'm giving away 100 digital copies of Presenting for Humans: Insights for Speakers on Ditching Perfection and Creating Connection ! I'm celebrating the second anniversary of publishing my first book on April 14 and I want you to have a copy!

2019 109

Four reasons to stop using PowerPoint

Speak Schmeak

Engaging the Audience PowerPoint Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies TechnologyMany of my speaker colleagues reject the use of slides. They say slides are boring, prevent engagement, and distract the audience away from the speaker's message. And yep, they do.

2018 159

Storytelling in 30 seconds - can you do it?

Speak Schmeak

Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Stories TV inspiredIt's been a while since I posted about a TV commercial (ah, the beauty of the DVR), but here's one I came across recently that perfectly demonstrates the concepts of concise, compelling and clear storytelling. The message is delivered in 30 seconds, through visuals, music and exactly two spoken sentences. Can you be this concise, compelling and clear in your messaging?

2015 188

Adjust your expectations of virtual presenting

Speak Schmeak

Sometimes they begin speaking without unmuting themselves, and you have to wait for them to figure it out. Engaging the Audience Humor Mindset Public Speaking Anxiety Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Quick Fixes TechnologyOne of the things that presenters love so much about being in front of a live audience is the instant gratification of your audience's responses. We're in direct contact with the emotional impact of our words and delivery.

2020 133

I dare you to be expressive

Speak Schmeak

My client is passionate about her cause, and when she speaks about it, her passion comes out. When I hear her speak, I get excited too! Authenticity Confidence Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking RisksOne of my clients has been working her way through the upper levels of her organization with a culture-changing idea for her company.

2019 158

I can't believe I've never taught this.

Speak Schmeak

I just realized something yesterday when going through the surveys I've sent to my peeps about what kind of help they need with their public speaking. A lot of entrepreneurs, business professionals and nonprofit leaders WANT to be out there speaking, but they just don't know WHAT to say or HOW to say it. ??????So Products Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Resources Specials and Salesthis is weird.

2019 109

Why can't every talk be a TED talk?

Speak Schmeak

TEDxUCLA TED talks are the "it-girl" of speaking. I've written about many of them here on Speak Schmeak, in fact. I teach a range of public speaking concepts, provide activities and exercises to help the group internalize and remember the concepts, and then provide practical feedback as they practice the skills related to the concepts. I can be persuasive and inspiring and even teach some public speaking skills in that amount of time.

2019 141

Do you need massive action or fine-tuning?

Speak Schmeak

One of my clients just emailed out his speaking schedule, inviting colleagues to attend. Here's what I saw: 29 speaking engagements. The owner of the company, the president, and several of their team members fan out across the midwest to speak to current and potential clients about their company and offerings, and to discuss agricultural issues, trends, and data. Business leaders who speak to grow their businesses also need to create an advantage over their competitors.

2019 122

Guest post on Live a Life Without Limits

Speak Schmeak

Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of SpeakingThis week I submitted a post to the Live a Life Without Limits blog. It's on being honest and proactive with your audience. I hope you enjoy it!

2012 130

10 reasons to join the Presenting for Humans Success Circle

Speak Schmeak

Making connections with your fellow program members: A shared love of reading is already a great connection point among you, but your shared interest in speaking adds another level of depth to your connections. Want to make a pic collage or Pinterest board with public speaking memes? We will be 100% laser-focused on speaking. Your questions about speaking will be answered, your knowledge will grow, your opportunities to improve will expand.

2018 158

Public Speaking Tip – 3 Techniques to Handle Hostile Audiences

Speaking Freely

(Graphic by Vector Graphics) Public speaking and presentation clients sometimes ask me how to handle hostile audiences. The post Public Speaking Tip – 3 Techniques to Handle Hostile Audiences appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills. Authenticity Communication Confrontation Skills Connection Presence Presentation Presentation Skills public speaking Techniques to Clear Fear

Stop playing it safe and start owning the stage!

Speak Schmeak

Just a quick message to tell you about my upcoming teleseminar series "Speak to Engage: 7-Step Shortcut to Public Speaking Success." Engaging the Audience Specials and Sales Programs Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies I''m offering an early bird special of $100 off for the first 7 people who register by Friday, April 12. Check it out!

2013 136

Getting and keeping the audience's attention - interview

Speak Schmeak

Engaging the Audience Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Interviews Mehrabian Speaking EngagementsIf you missed my interview by Sharyn Abbott on August 31, you can listen here. We talked about how to get and keep the audience's attention. among other things. It's about an hour long. Listen to internet radio with VoARadio on Blog Talk Radio.

2012 142

How many goofs are in your presentation?

Speak Schmeak

I met with a client recently who will be speaking at a prestigious conference in his industry. Engaging the Audience Fun Stuff Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speakers When we started working together, I discovered that we have a similar approach to audience engagement. He likes to make sure he has incorporated a couple of moments of humor into his presentations to shake up the audience and get them re-focused. He calls them "wake up" moments, or "goofs."

2014 181

Fear isn't the reason you avoid speaking.

Speak Schmeak

And yes, this is a metaphor for public speaking. And here's what I say to that: You don't HAVE to do public speaking. You GET to do public speaking! And then I might argue: What if you learned to like public speaking, or even love it? My friends, colleagues and clients do a lot of avoiding of public speaking. And by "avoiding," I mean either not pursuing speaking opportunities or saying no when opportunities are presented. Not Alex Honnold.

2019 109

Your lizard brain doesn't want you to speak

Speak Schmeak

There's nothing wrong with you if you're nervous about speaking in front of an audience. Those of us who speak all the time and have been doing it for decades still get nervous! It very likely will not go away completely, and you will have some speaking engagements that dredge up more anxiety than others. Public Speaking Anxiety Public Speaking Techniques and StrategiesMy clients will frequently say to me, "I don't understand why I'm so nervous.

2018 126

Visuals are the emotional heart of your story

Speak Schmeak

Engaging the Audience PowerPoint Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies TV inspired Even though television is a visual medium, I don''t find most commercials as visually compelling as they could be. There''s also very little originality in how most advertisers are telling and selling their stories. This one caught my eye, however, and I bet you can guess why.

2014 190

Video: Get the response you want from your audience

Speak Schmeak

Engaging the Audience Video Public Speaking Techniques and StrategiesRemember this blog post about asking questions in a way that you get the response you want from the audience? Well, now it's a video! And updated , to boot. Check it out.

Speaking tips from "Serial"

Speak Schmeak

I work with a lot of clients who speak and train on complex topics. Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Quick FixesI finally got around to finishing the original season of the podcast "Serial," in which the case of convicted murder Adnan Syed is re-evaluated in detail by investigative journalist Sarah Koenig. I had listened to the first four episodes on a road trip last year, but never picked it up again.

2019 109

Lessons from driving: Don't be a mechanical speaker

Speak Schmeak

How do you develop this speaking approach that's conscious but not too self-conscious, and autopilot but not in the clouds? Speaking to lots of audiences helps you get over the self-conscious over-awareness of everything your body and mind are doing. Speaking to lots of audiences also allows you to get used to being in the moment and getting used to going with the flow of unexpected conversations and relationships that arise with each new group.

2015 193

The biology of courage: Make stress your friend

Speak Schmeak

Public Speaking Anxiety Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Research Speakers Taking Risks Kelly McGonigal says, "How you think about stress matters." It''s a not-very-well-kept secret that a person''s attitude toward stress makes a big difference in how they respond in stressful situations. For example, I''ve written here before that elite athletes rely on that adrenaline rush to propel them to run faster, jump higher and throw farther.

2014 194

Let go instead of holding on (to your content)

Speak Schmeak

"Perfection is finally attained, not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, aircraft designer and author of The Little Prince I'm fortunate that, in most of my speaking, I'm not required to be particularly concise. My speaking engagements are mostly trainings that range from three hours to three days, and there's a lot of room for spontaneous stories and discussion built into my workshops.

2018 139

Information doesn't excite your audience

Speak Schmeak

And he recognizes that this is a problem when he speaks. Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Research Photo Credit: Dan Harrelson via Compfight cc A client told me the other day that his wife says he never knows when to shut up. He told me he''s afraid that if he doesn''t give enough information, the audience won''t be as excited as he is.

2014 192

What speakers can learn from comedians about language and rhythm

Speak Schmeak

Comedians Engaging the Audience Entertainers Humor Public Speaking Techniques and StrategiesComedians are some of the best teachers of language and rhythm. I've written more than 20 posts about comedians and what speakers can learn from them, and I'm constantly inspired by how creative they are with their words and delivery. I recently came across this fantastic video that breaks down a Louis CK joke into its components and describes exactly how it's set up and what makes it funny.

2017 122

I want to see the speaker, not the coaching

Speak Schmeak

As a speaking coach, I always learn something from watching others present, and of course, I analyze everything about their approach to see what I can pass along to my community. Their vocal inflections lacked authenticity and sounded over-rehearsed, not how people speak in "real life." I see an over-reliance on technique and an under-reliance on the speaker's ability to connect in a human, genuine way. I recently attended an event with a long lineup of speakers.

2016 159

Leave your audience wanting more, not less

Speak Schmeak

Here are some examples of when speakers might need to think concisely in both speaking and writing: * When writing your bio * When creating the title of your presentation * When creating the description of your presentation for a printed or online conference program * When writing a press release * When communicating with busy event planners by e-mail * When tweeting! Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Quick Fixes TV inspired

2014 188

I'm on BlogHer today!

Speak Schmeak

Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Authenticity CommunicationBlogHer is featuring one of my recent blog posts in their Career section today as a BlogHer Spotlight ! Neato burrito! Thanks a million, BlogHer and Paula G. ! Check it out here: Do You Tell Little White Lies?

2012 130

Presenting for Humans: Insights for Speakers on Ditching Perfection and Creating Connection

Speak Schmeak

When you look inside this book, you might be surprised to discover that it's not a public speaking “how-to” book. My philosophy is that public speaking is fun, it's an awesome way to express yourself creatively, and that connection and engagement are worth more than a thousand techniques. Through short essays based on everyday encounters and experiences, and reflection questions at the end of each section, the book asks you to question what you already know about speaking.

2017 146

How to be taken seriously. and more!

Speak Schmeak

Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies InterviewsCheck out my interview on the Gatekeepers Post , a site for authors, editors, publishers and others in the publishing business. I share tips on how to grab the audience's attention and how to be taken seriously as a speaker, among other things!

2011 142

What does your audience really expect of you? Guest post by Barry Potyondi

Speak Schmeak

Regardless of the speaking opportunity, every audience wants the same three things from a speaker: Clarity How many times have you listened to a speech and come away thinking, “What on earth was he trying to say?” SPEAK EASY: A Short Guide to a Great Speech , his sixth non-fiction book, is available at Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Quick Fixes The Business of Speaking

2015 189

"Memorable" doesn't necessarily mean "good"

Speak Schmeak

Speakers Science and Scientists Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking RisksOne of my clients, a medical doctor, sent me this amusing (and slightly disturbing) story of a memorable presentation at a urology conference, which took demonstration to a whole new level. If you question whether this really happened, there are references at the bottom of the blog post. Read it here: How To Give An Unforgettable Talk.

2012 145

Bring LOVE into your presentation

Speak Schmeak

Engaging the Audience Fun Stuff Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Image by Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee/ This Valentine''s Day, I want to bring back a couple of previous posts with the theme of love -- loving your audience as well as yourself. Take some time to read about how bringing love and gratitude to your audience creates a deeper and more meaningful connection with them and increases your "know, like and trust" factor.

2014 147

Is your audience suffering an engagement drought?

Speak Schmeak

And yes, you can combine audience engagement techniques - in fact, it''s better if you do. Authenticity Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies One solution to the drought: Succulents! On my walk today through one of Santa Barbara''s more affluent neighborhoods, I made mental notes of all the ways the residents are dealing with California''s historic drought.

How do you get rid of the "ummm" word?

Speak Schmeak

Gavin asked me and three other speaking experts this question: "How do you get rid of the ummm word?" Speakers Quick Fixes Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Communication I enjoyed sharing my perspective on "ums" and "uhs" in this article by Gavin McMahon on his blog Make a Powerful Point. You might be surprised by the answers! Click to go to the article: The "Ummm" Word. Here are previous blog posts I''ve written on the topic of fillers: Barack Obama says "uh".

2013 138

Want to sound smarter when speaking?

Speak Schmeak

I received the following email the other day, and I thought it would be worth sharing my response with you, because it goes to the heart of my philosophy of public speaking. "I I am writing an article on ways to sound smarter when speaking. Dear reader, if you read this post hoping to find out how to sound smarter when you speak, I apologize. The audience appreciates a speaker who exhibits confidence and speaks articulately. Shake Up Your Speaking: Get Real.

2017 138