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?”

Public Speaking Techniques - Localized/Personalized Comments

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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.

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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."

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Public speaking role models -- all under 20

Speak Schmeak

Speakers Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks TEDxSB Ellen Degeneres AuthenticityI've been meaning to show you these three young speakers for some time, and finally realized I should put them all into one post!

How speaking is like a dinner party

Speak Schmeak

Just remember to be yourself." ~ Mireille Guiliano, French Women for All Seasons Substitute "speaking" for "hosting" and "entertaining" and Mireille has just described the fears and insecurities of every speaker, but also the possibilities.

High-ticket speakers have some of the worst habits

Speak Schmeak

Sometimes they paid big money to sponsor an event, and speaking is part of their sponsorship package. Authenticity Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speakers The Business of Speaking You''ve seen them.

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

Speak Schmeak

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.

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Public speaking for financial advisors

Speak Schmeak

I was interviewed this week for a two-part series on public speaking for financial advisors in the Canadian magazine Investment Executive. Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking InterviewsHere's part 1: Seven steps to more compelling presentations And part 2: How to structure a winning presentation Thanks to Fiona Collie for an article full of great tips, and for some of the most accurate quotations I've ever read from a journalist!

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.

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5 public speaking lessons from a Vitamix demo

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I was obviously impressed enough with the demo to finally buy my Vitamix; however, from a public speaking perspective, I was also impressed. Next time you have the opportunity to watch a product demo, take a few minutes to see what you can learn from a speaking (and marketing) pro!

Your stats are paralyzing your audience

Speak Schmeak

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.

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Inspired to speak: The King's Speech

Speak Schmeak

An inspiring and moving film, The King's Speech tells the story of the reluctant king, George VI, in the years leading up to his coronation and first major speech of World War II, and the man who helps him overcome his fearful approach to speaking (and life).

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Stay weird.

Speak Schmeak

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

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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."

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Holly Jolly holiday speaking tips!

Speak Schmeak

To celebrate this final week of the year, I''ve decided to share some of my favorite holiday-themed posts from my fellow speaking experts and coaches. Fun Stuff General Comments Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speakers Photo by Zsuzsanna Kilian Happy Almost-New-Year!

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How have you pushed the boundaries of your presentations?

Speak Schmeak

I want my readers and clients to see examples of successfully challenging the status quo (stick to the realm of public speaking, please), and the positive results that can be achieved by standing out instead of blending in.

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!

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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.

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5 public speaking tips from Nemo

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While I'm moving over the next week, I've invited some of my favorite public speaking and communications bloggers to guest post here on Speak Schmeak. But it's also a lesson in public speaking, thanks to hilarious Dory. Once you start speaking, it's much easier to keep speaking.

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Public speaking gestures: Too many "don'ts"

Speak Schmeak

I can see why newcomers to speaking often feel so terrified: The "rules" of speaking often seem overwhelming, and never so much so as when one rule appears to contradict another: don't restrict your gestures, but don't gesture too much?

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.

9 ways to use props for maximum impact in your presentations

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Engaging the Audience Humor Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Science and Scientists I discovered this fun challenge posted by Téa Silvestre Godfrey on Facebook, to use one of these 50 bizarre stock photos to inspire a blog post title. I couldn''t resist.

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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

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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.

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Your first mistake is comparing yourself to someone else

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Not just about our speaking skills, but about everything? Say you want to be like Tony Robbins -- and I say this because I and other speaking coaches I know have had clients literally say this to us. What actions steps will get you what you want?

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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

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You don't hate public speaking. You're doing it right now.

Speak Schmeak

Let's talk about all the ways you "speak in public" every day. Technically, the definition of public speaking involves presenting to a group of people in a structured setting with an outcome in mind. But all of the above examples involve you speaking out loud in front of people.

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Want to improve as a speaker? Change your attitude!

Speak Schmeak

I spoke to a client yesterday who told me he sits in company meetings thinking to himself, "Don't ask me to speak. Don't ask me to speak." I suggested to him that, instead of sitting in meetings hoping not to get called on, instead he attend meetings with the intention to speak.

Thinking of doing a Hangout? Read this first!

Speak Schmeak

Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speakers The Business of Speaking Video Wearing a virtual cat face on a Google Hangout This is not going to be a technology article, so if that''s what you were hoping for. sorry!

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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.

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?”

Is Your Speaking Art or Appliance?

Speak and Deliver

Artwork by Karen Sloan When we first learn Public Speaking, it can be a lot like art class. We get some feedback and a grade, then start all over again, as we strive to perfect our style and learn new techniques. Message + Skills = Speak and Deliver.

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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.

Public speaking gestures: Too many "don'ts"

Speak Schmeak

I can see why newcomers to speaking often feel so terrified: The "rules" of speaking often seem overwhelming, and never so much so as when one rule appears to contradict another: don't restrict your gestures, but don't gesture too much?

Transitions: Making the connection between ideas

Speak Schmeak

In public speaking, transitions are like the links in a chain, connectors between our ideas. Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Quick Fixes TV inspired

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Why your audience isn't participating

Speak Schmeak

In a recent presentation, I asked my audience if they've ever regretting not speaking up when they had something to say. Maybe someone puts her foot in her mouth all the time and is trying to speak up less.

Top ten torments to terrify your audience

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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. People fear speaking more than they fear death."

How to make your panel more fun

Speak Schmeak

Ask the audience questions If you're unable to get advance information about your audience -- and even if you are -- don't be afraid to ask your audience a question or two when it's your turn to speak.

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Are you leaving out the most critical piece of your presentation?

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Quick Fixes Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Openings and Closings I watch a lot of presentations. A lot of them are good and some of them are great. I walk out of many of them feeling excited and motivated to do. something. But what?

Address your audience's fears up front

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Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Taking RisksI came across this sentence on an online subscription page: " And of course we’ll also send you 30 emails a day asking you to buy various unrelated things – just kidding! " I had to laugh.