Are you motivated or committed?

Speak Schmeak

I was reading the testimonial this weekend of a women who lost over 100 pounds and is now running marathons and getting certified to become a personal trainer. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and StrategiesOne of her secrets to success was expressed in this sentence: "I don't believe in motivation; I believe in commitment." This was a new concept for me, but I totally get it. Motivation is a feeling that many of us rely on to occur before we can get anything done.

2011 189

Is the elevator pitch dead?

Speak Schmeak

As a public speaking coach, I do believe in practicing what you want to say, exactly so it sounds natural and not mechanical -- and so you have nailed down the most important elements: who you serve and what problem you solve. Perhaps we can reframe it as getting to know someone in a conversational way and outlining a basic introduction that is flexible and easy to adapt to the person we're speaking to.

2012 160
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Are you motivated or committed?

Speak Schmeak

I was reading the testimonial this weekend of a women who lost over 100 pounds and is now running marathons and getting certified to become a personal trainer. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and StrategiesOne of her secrets to success was expressed in this sentence: "I don't believe in motivation; I believe in commitment." This was a new concept for me, but I totally get it. Motivation is a feeling that many of us rely on to occur before we can get anything done.

2011 125

The audience doesn't need to know

Speak Schmeak

One thing I've learned over my many years of speaking and before that, performing: The show must go on ! This post was inspired by my Twitter friend, paramedic, speaker and trainer Greg Friese , who asked if I told the audience, and how do I feel, in general, about such qualifying statements. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speaking Engagements Yesterday I gave a two-hour workshop after only two hours of sleep. I'm sure you know the feeling.

2010 136

Are you a giver or a hoarder?

Speak Schmeak

Mari Smith is another example of an extremely accommodating entrepreneur, a speaker and trainer who uses Facebook and Twitter not just to promote her paid programs, but to share bucketloads of free information on how to use social media to grow your business. Tags: Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Taking Risks Some speakers hold themselves back out of fear and self-limiting beliefs.

2010 175

Does your presentation taste as good as it looks?

Speak Schmeak

Thank you to fellow speaker and trainer Bert Decker for today's food and public speaking analogy. Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies General Comments Authenticity AnalogiesDownload audio here. Last night on Twitter, Bert mentioned making Coq au Vin for the first time and forgetting to ask the butcher to cut up the whole chicken required for the recipe. Last I heard, Bert said the cutting was sloppy but the smells of the meal cooking were great.

2010 109

Does your presentation taste as good as it looks?

Speak Schmeak

Thank you to fellow speaker and trainer Bert Decker for today's food and public speaking analogy. Tags: Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies General Comments Authenticity Analogies Last night on Twitter, Bert mentioned making Coq au Vin for the first time and forgetting to ask the butcher to cut up the whole chicken required for the recipe. Last I heard, Bert said the cutting was sloppy but the smells of the meal cooking were great.

2010 100

Words and actions in alignment

Speak Schmeak

In fact, I'm one of those coaches who will tell you to "be yourself," or " just be ," a concept that my pal and fellow trainer Laura Bergells thinks is poppycock. Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks Resources Authenticity Mehrabian CommunicationDownload audio here. I was reading an article on The Positivity Blog , when I was struck with #9 on the list of Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World : 9. Be congruent, be authentic, be your true self.

2009 131

Add some fun to your presentation with a skit

Speak Schmeak

Of course, it was all part of a skit arranged by a fellow group member who was going to be speaking on how to choose the right personal trainer. I went on, "Isn't it just like a trainer to always be late? As I pulled on the sweatbands, I invited the other plants to join me and we all began to stretch and talk about how unreliable trainers are. Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety Taking Risks

2008 100

Are you a giver or a hoarder?

Speak Schmeak

Mari Smith is another example of an extremely accommodating entrepreneur, a speaker and trainer who uses Facebook and Twitter not just to promote her paid programs, but to share bucketloads of free information on how to use social media to grow your business. Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Taking RisksSome speakers hold themselves back out of fear and self-limiting beliefs.

2010 131

The audience doesn't need to know

Speak Schmeak

One thing I've learned over my many years of speaking and before that, performing: The show must go on ! This post was inspired by my Twitter friend, paramedic, speaker and trainer Greg Friese , who asked if I told the audience, and how do I feel, in general, about such qualifying statements. Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speaking EngagementsYesterday I gave a two-hour workshop after only two hours of sleep. I'm sure you know the feeling.

2010 100

Are you on fire?

Speak Schmeak

Nicole Clancy , a personal trainer, created a game show-type poster with the top ten excuses people give for not exercising. Quick Fixes Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking RisksAt yesterday's referrals group meeting, everyone was on fire ! Introductions were funny and clever, 10-minutes speeches were entertaining, and everyone seemed to have extra energy and enthusiasm. The 30-second commercials were especially entertaining.

2009 100

Are you on fire?

Speak Schmeak

Nicole Clancy , a personal trainer, created a game show-type poster with the top ten excuses people give for not exercising. Tags: Quick Fixes Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks At yesterday's referrals group meeting, everyone was on fire ! Introductions were funny and clever, 10-minutes speeches were entertaining, and everyone seemed to have extra energy and enthusiasm. The 30-second commercials were especially entertaining.

2009 100

5 ways to stop repeating the same mistakes

Speak Schmeak

The other night I was having a conversation with a woman whose boss wants her whole department to get public speaking training. If you want to grow as a speaker, you have to keep practicing and you have to keep speaking to a variety of groups. Take a public speaking class Learning in an environment with other beginners or intermediate-level speakers is safe and supportive, and the only real pressure comes from your own desire to learn and improve.

2009 122

Conversation vs. confrontation

Speak Schmeak

Sometimes the topics we speak on are controversial or difficult to talk about. They are not in the same place you are, and it's your job as a speaker/educator/trainer to help them see your point in an open and understanding way. Tags: Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Communication I received a private message yesterday from a Twitter connection, disagreeing with a point of view I had expressed in one of my "tweets."

5 Ways to spiff up your act, BBC America-style

Speak Schmeak

This is what we, as speakers, should be doing before every speaking engagement: visiting the space and researching our audience. Mary is a consultant, a coach, an educator, a trainer and a support person. Stories The Business of Coaching Preparation Engaging the Audience TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Analogies EntertainersDownload audio here.

2009 100

5 Ways to spiff up your act, BBC America-style

Speak Schmeak

This is what we, as speakers, should be doing before every speaking engagement: visiting the space and researching our audience. Mary is a consultant, a coach, an educator, a trainer and a support person. Tags: Stories The Business of Coaching Preparation Engaging the Audience TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Analogies Entertainers Download audio here.

2009 100

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. Five Tired, Worn Out Speaking Clichés and Why It’s Time to Throw Them Out© ~ by Melissa Lewis 1.

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