Annoying PowerPoint survey

Speak Schmeak

Following up on this post , I've just been reading the results of Dave Paradi's Annoying PowerPoint Survey. Tags: Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies PowerPoint I'm not at all surprised by the results. The top three things that annoy people about PowerPoint presentations are: * The speaker read the slides to us - 67.4% * Full sentences instead of bullet points - 45.4% * Text so small I couldn't read it - 45.0%

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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.

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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.

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Top ten torments to terrify your audience

Speak Schmeak

Frightful confessions I''m terrified of what''s to come when this speaker tells us she''s sorry, she''s not very good at public speaking, or she didn''t have time to prepare, or she only got two hours of sleep. The walking dead A speaker who follows every known speaking rule and memorizes ever facial expression, gesture and word, comes across like a zombie, making it difficult to create a human connection. People fear speaking more than they fear death."

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Good things take time

Speak Schmeak

This might mean talking to the organizer or sending out a survey to the participants in advance. Or many times, depending on how well you already know your material, how confident you are in your delivery and how regularly you speak in front of an audience. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of SpeakingOkay, maybe not all good things take time.

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Do you have a parental attitude toward your audience?

Speak Schmeak

If you're speaking to an organization, create an online survey asking questions about what your audience already knows and would like to know more about, and have your organizer share it via e-mail. If you don't have this luxury, for example, when you're speaking at a conference, you can get some basic demographics and data from the conference organizer about who's attending, and then make sure to chat up your audience members as they arrive.

2013 170

How to give directions

Speak Schmeak

We each have different preferences for how we like to give and receive directions, but a combination of both "route perspective" and "survey perspective" can be helpful. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies General Comments This post on giving directions stirred up a little controversy, so I'm happy to share a new study that clears up the question of east/west vs. left/right a little.

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Seven ways to practice public speaking at work

Speak Schmeak

Think you don't need public speaking skills? Along with the results of its 21st annual Jobs Report Survey of 9,290 IT professionals, Computerworld published this article entitled " Nine Nontechie Skills that Hiring Managers Wish You Had." #3 3 is "an aptitude for public speaking." It's getting harder and harder to find a job that doesn't require competency in communication and public speaking skills.

2007 109

What's your audience's culture?

Speak Schmeak

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of speaking to the Santa Barbara Associates , an "old-boys' club for women" that was started almost 30 years ago as a place for women business owners and executives to network and socialize with like-minded members. Before the speaking engagement, I exchanged several e-mails with the organizer, to discern what their interests were in regard to public speaking and to make sure I was able to view the room setup in advance.

Trust your gut

Speak Schmeak

I recently took a speaking engagement that, from the moment I accepted it, did not feel right. After surveying the participants, I decided on a different course of action than usual. Instead of customizing my traditional public speaking presentation for the group, I created an almost entirely new presentation. There have been plenty of speaking engagements over the years that were not ideal , but I knew I could and should make the best of the situation.

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Who's the boss? You are!

Speak Schmeak

Survey the organization I have two questionnaires: one is about the company in general and how my presentation fits into the overall theme of the conference or training, and the other is a questionnaire for individuals who will be attending my workshop, to find out what their public speaking needs are. These two questionnaires form the bulk of information I receive about a speaking engagement. Arrangements for your speaking engagement will not always go this smoothly.

2008 109

Who's the boss? You are!

Speak Schmeak

Survey the organization I have two questionnaires: one is about the company in general and how my presentation fits into the overall theme of the conference or training, and the other is a questionnaire for individuals who will be attending my workshop, to find out what their public speaking needs are. These two questionnaires form the bulk of information I receive about a speaking engagement. Arrangements for your speaking engagement will not always go this smoothly.

2008 100

Public speaking vs. death

Speak Schmeak

I've written before about most of these mistaken beliefs about public speaking, as they are major pet peeves of mine, but please make a special note of the first one in the article. Here's what she told me in an e-mail: "I have a standing offer to all my participants: Bring me a current, scientifically credible study showing that public speaking is the #1 fear and I'll give you $100. But he never responded, so I guess those countless other surveys and studies will remain a mystery.

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