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 134

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.

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

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?”

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 Risks

2019 205

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 206

Why can't every talk be a TED talk?

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TEDxUCLA TED talks are the "it-girl" of speaking. I've written about many of them here on Speak Schmeak, in fact. I can be persuasive and inspiring and even teach some public speaking skills in that amount of time.

2019 165

Get your free copy of Presenting for Humans before April 15

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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 103

Storytelling in 30 seconds - can you do it?

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Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Stories TV inspired

2015 226

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 Fixes

2019 134

Guest post on Live a Life Without Limits

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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 169

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?

2018 189

Stop playing it safe and start owning the stage!

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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

2013 176

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! Public Speaking Anxiety Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

2018 147

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."

2016 207

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.

2018 162

Video: Get the response you want from your audience

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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.

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.

2014 234

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.

2014 218

I'm on BlogHer today!

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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. !

2012 169

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.

2015 232

The biology of courage: Make stress your friend

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Public Speaking Anxiety Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Research Speakers Taking Risks Kelly McGonigal says, "How you think about stress matters."

2014 237

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.

2017 176

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.

2014 234

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.

2017 142

Leave your audience wanting more, not less

Speak Schmeak

Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Quick Fixes TV inspired While scrolling through channels looking for movies to record one weekend, I found the following one-line movie descriptions: 1. French policeman hounds bread thief for life 2.

2014 227

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

2013 179

Bring LOVE into your presentation

Speak Schmeak

Engaging the Audience Fun Stuff Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Image by Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee/FreeDigitalPhotos.net 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.

2014 184

"Memorable" doesn't necessarily mean "good"

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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.

2012 181

Do your audience's filters override your message?

Speak Schmeak

I thought the fig would speak for itself. But I didn't know it was going to be such a great experiment - and a perfect analogy for public speaking. Communication Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and StrategiesIt's a story about a fig. It's a very simple story.

2016 181

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?”

2015 228

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!

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. Shake Up Your Speaking: Get Real.

2017 161

Are you the couch potato of speakers?

Speak Schmeak

Shake off the cobwebs, warm up those stiff muscles, get off the proverbial couch, and let''s reinvigorate your speaking! Programs Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies We all get a little too laid-back at times. We lose our energy and motivation. We go through the motions.

2013 163

Your stats are paralyzing your audience

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Analogies Made to Stick Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Quick Fixes When you''re using statistics in a presentation, it''s really easy to get caught up in the numbers.

2014 246

Stay weird.

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The best speeches are those the move the audience in some way, that speak to our humanity and our deepest needs and desires. Or you can be the one who speaks up and stands out! Awards shows Engaging the Audience Entertainers Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speakers

2015 236

Drowning your audience? Try these 3 livesavers.

Speak Schmeak

We speak over our audiences'' heads, we give far too much detail, and we pack our presentations so full of information that our audiences leave numb and slack-jawed from the mental barrage. Which is why you''ve been invited to speak.

2014 248

Do people want to call you back?

Speak Schmeak

Now, I don''t expect you to be jumping for joy when we speak on the phone, but I also really don''t want to talk to you when your voice is monotone or dreary. Speak slowly and clearly. It''s okay if you speak slower than normal! Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Voice

2015 217

Create a safe space for group interaction

Speak Schmeak

Afterward, she discovered that quite a few people in the room had wanted to speak up, but were not comfortable doing so. Communication Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

2015 207

Excuse #923: "I'm not a presenter."

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Preparation Engaging the Audience TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Okay, I haven''t actually numbered the excuses people give for bad presentations, but maybe I should start.

2013 213

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 136

Want your presentation to knock 'em dead? Use tips from comedy! Guest post by David Nihill

Speak Schmeak

Use Comedy Writing Techniques Use words like "weird," "amazing," "scary," "hard," "stupid," and "crazy" in the joke/story/topic setup and introduction to grab people’s attention. This can be done at open mics, meetup groups or through public speaking organizations like Toastmasters.

2014 243