Telecommuting: Losing the power of presence (including tailored-made suits)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 The suit was not custom-tailored, as had most of my professional clothes before telecommuting. And they would return to their tailor. Men always knew what a tailor could do for them.  Not only did the tailor enhance the flow of their natural bodies, minimizing flaws.

How to give speeches with local details

Joan Detz Speaker Services

“How can I tailor a national message so it connects with local audiences?” A few days ago, I taught a speechwriting workshop in Washington DC. One question that came up? ” Here are a few ideas: 1. Praise the city for a recent achievement 2. Tie your theme into the motto of the city/state 3. Cite […]. Presentation skills Speechwriting

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I want to see the speaker, not the coaching

Speak Schmeak

Coaching has to be tailored to each person's needs based on individual strengths, individual personality and style, and desired result. I recently attended an event with a long lineup of speakers. I'm like a kid in a candy store at events with lots of speakers!

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My Public Speaking Year 2011: December - 5 festive talks and a Patrick in a society!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Christmas talks for groups Townswomen's Guild talks U3A lectures repeat bookings seasonal humour short notice speaking tailoring speeches topical humourSouth Wessex Archaeological Society, Bournemouth. I was originally booked to deliver my Patrick Campbell talk for the South Wesses Archaeological Society at Bournemouth's Kinson Community Centre on 16 April 2012 but they found themselves needing a short-notice speaker for 5 December 2011.

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

Global speakers need this article on how to tailor your presentation to fit different cultures. Fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog.

Would people tell you if you sucked?

Speak Schmeak

It's easy to dwell on the one or two low scores or negative comments out of 100, so don't take it too personally, but look at the evaluation as an opportunity to tailor your presentation even more to what the audience is looking for.

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Anatomy of a Speaker's Introduction: Part I

Speak and Deliver

Tailored Credibility - you're probably loaded with personal and professional credentials. In Part III , I'll discuss, for my Toastmaster friends, a more tailored approach for your TM speeches, and how they can improve your club and member experience.

10 Ways Public Speakers Should Be Like Santa Claus

Manner of Speaking

Speakers need to tailor their messages for their audiences. Prepare thoroughly. Santa spends most of the year getting ready for his one big night. When he takes off in his sleigh, there’s no turning back. Similarly, when you step on that stage, be sure that you know your material. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Sure, on Christmas Eve Santa is the main attraction, but the Big Man can’t do it all by himself.

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12for12 January Challenge: Make eye contact

Speak Schmeak

Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort. Greetings and Happy New Year! Today is the day we kick off 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 !

Coaching a cadre of scientists to give TED-quality talks

The Eloquent Woman

Denise did a fantastic job creating the excitement for the TED-style approach even with the potential for cultural differences, and the 1:1 coaching enabled conversations tailored to the appropriateness of a participant’s culture.

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When the right words create the wrong message

The Presenter's Blog

His speeches are tailored precisely to the audience. by Peter Watts. Addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition, Governor Chris Christie accidentally dropped a geographic f-bomb that left him apologizing to the gathering’s sponsor, leading GOP cash donor, Sheldon Adelson.

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Is your presentation like a flea market?

Speak Schmeak

But by tailoring the quote or statistic to the organization I'm speaking to, which takes very little extra time , I show the audience that I created this presentation with them in mind, and that this is not a canned or thrown-together presentation. Image by Pedro Moura Pinheiro Presentations can go wrong in a lot of different ways. Here's one way that you may have perpetrated, or perhaps experienced as an audience member.

Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment: What's In It For Public Speakers?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  But you enchant people by tailoring the beginning to them – showing that you know or are connected with them in some way.    You really need to tailor a speech to an audience throughout.  Guy Kawasaki enchants with Enchantment.    It’s a lovely word, but of course Guy wants it to mean more than just charming the socks off someone. 

Public speaking: acrimony, royalty, charity, Spinetti, simplicity

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

As far as the musical acts were concerned, as a speaker who is constantly blogging about tailoring content, it was interesting for me to see who chose to perform material that was actually appropriate. Public Speaking Tip #486: Just as tailored material makes a big impact, totally inappropriate content can stand out like a sore thumb! U3A lectures Women's Institute speakers quotations tailoring speechesSpeaking after an acrimonious meeting!

Public speaking from the Staines snowball to confidence-boosting in a cafe!

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Public Speaking Tip #482: Tailored local references in presentations can also include somewhere nearby that you passed through on the way, not just the location of the venue itself. U3A lectures mayor-making presentation skills training press quotations tailoring speeches timing a speech venuesThe Civil Service Pensioners Alliance, Bournemouth and District Group.

Guest Speakers – Respect Your Audience Or Else…

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Take time to understand your audience and then tailor your messages and examples to suit your listeners. A lesson on how not to respect your audience. I attend a lot of presentations and am always on the lookout for what speakers do that turns me on or turns me off. Last week I attended a digital marketing show and was dismayed to witness one of the invited guest presenters committing one of the cardinal sins of public speaking. He failed to demonstrate respect for his audience.

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Speaking and sport

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

You have to be careful with this - I don't always feel entirely comfortable with the way that some comedians pick on audience members to make fun of them - but gentle references to personalities at a speaking engagement can help to tailor your content. Humour perfectly tailored for London. U3A lectures Women's Institute speakers audience involvement eulogies humour interviews quotations repeat bookings speechwriting tailoring speeches television

Famous Speech Friday: Simone Campbell and the Nuns on the Bus Tour

The Eloquent Woman

What''s more, she is savvy about tailoring her speech to show how these numbers affect her Iowa audience. Sister Simone Campbell is a nun, an attorney and a poet, and you''ll hear a little bit of all three roles in this week''s famous speech.

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Throw Out Your Sales Pitch and Win More Business

Beyond Bullet Points

As you merge minds with the real and specific people who will be in the room, it will become easier to distill and tailor your content specifically to their needs.

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Query letter: how to sell your article ideas to editors

Six-Figure Freelancer Blog

It is better to send a few queries tailored to publications you know publish articles like the ones you are proposing, than to send a generic ‘are you looking for writers?’ Excerpt from Everything You Wanted to Know About Freelance Writing – Find, Price, Manage Corporate Writing Assignments & Develop Article Ideas and Sell Them to Newspapers and Magazines. Note : See link to Query Letter Video at end of blog post.

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12for12 February Challenge: Be present

Speak Schmeak

Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort. Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet?

Before you recycle that presentation: 5 questions

The Eloquent Woman

Not concerned with tailoring your remarks to the group at hand? There's nothing wrong with using a presentation more than once, and often you must do so in business situations. But a recycled presentation also comes with risks for the speaker.

What Questions Should You Ask to Prepare a Speech?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Basically, you need to know about 3 things besides your area of expertise:  the venue , the audienc e, and the speech itself – how it needs to be tailored.  What questions should you ask a host or meeting planner when you’re preparing a speech?    Good research means a good understanding of the audience – and that means that you can connect with that audience.    A good connection is the basis of a great speech. 

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Public Speaking success comes from knowing your audience

Pivotal Public Speaking

You will choose language that they understand, and that is not irritating or offensive to them, and subject matter to suit that audience – themes, supports, anecdotes all will be tailored to them. Your audience knows whether you are speaking to them, of just presenting information. They will either feel the connection or tune out very quickly.

UK Speechwriters’ Guild awards: Geoff Burch, Business Communicator of the Year 2011

Max Atkinson

Only he tailors his message to a British audience by claiming to be a ‘miserable bastard’.” The UK Speechwriters’ Guild has awarded the Business Communicator of the Year Award 2011 to the speaker and author Geoff Burch. Geoff Burch writes business books, gives speeches at corporate and sales conferences, and has appeared on the BBC TV series All Over The Shop. Chairman of the judges, Brian Jenner, said: “Geoff Burch is an unusual thing, a British motivational speaker.

"You've said enough:" The missing speaker's voice of Mrs. Rosa Parks

The Eloquent Woman

In the retelling of her story, she was made out to be a "seamstress" when she was an assistant tailor, a higher position; meek when she was an activist; "just tired" and needing to sit, when, as she put it, "I was tired of giving in."

Famous Speech Friday: Rose Schneiderman on the Triangle Factory Fire

The Eloquent Woman

Use your authority: Speaking as a former garment worker and daughter of a tailor, as well as someone who'd seen the inside of more factories than her audiences had, Schneiderman had the authority to speak on her subject firsthand.

12for12 March Challenge: Speak up

Speak Schmeak

Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort. Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet? Build your "confidence muscles" with monthly challenges designed to help you get out of your comfort zone and build confidence in a variety of settings that will prepare you for your upcoming speaking engagements!

Facebook @25.83: Return of decorum

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The best college graduation gift might be sending the son or daughter to a tailor or professional shopper. The ferocity with which not only investors but so many other constituencies turned on Facebook tells us a lot of things. 

'Seasoning' your presentation

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

But remember: this seasonal tailoring, like a dog, isn't just for Christmas! Public Speaking Tip #363: A seasonal link to part of the content of your speech or talk is another way to make it seem topical and tailored to the audience. A further form of 'timing' for speakers Regular readers will know that I am always suggesting ways to make at least part of your presentation or speech seem unique - even if it is one that you frequently deliver.

Webinar “How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation”: Your Questions Answered

Speaking about Presenting

If you find don’t have enough information about the audience to tailor your presentation in the way I’ve suggested above, then find out more about your audience.

Cultural Email Differences – Do they exist? 4 Considerations….

SpeakerSue Says...

The more you tailor how you present yourself to their standards, the more successful you’ll be. Two weeks ago I was working in the CZech Republic, in the beautiful city of Prague. We had 8 (plus me) different nationalities represented. One thing that did not come up was cultural email differences. The reason is simple: Every sales professional in the room, whether Czech, French, British, German, Ukraine, Russian, Brazilian or Latina, understood the value of courtesy. Courtesy.

June 12for12 Challenge: Prepare Your Mind

Speak Schmeak

Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort. Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet?

Inside Voice: Gillian Davis, author of First-Time Leader

The Eloquent Woman

So I adjusted my style (with help from a detail-oriented teammate) and tailored my presentations to include more details, facts and figures. (Editor''s note: Inside Voice is an interview series in which we ask speakers, speechwriters, and storytellers to share their insights.

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How to give directions

Speak Schmeak

Another example of tailoring your communication so your audience is able to receive it! 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.

Walking the Talk - My Turn to Speak & Deliver

Speak and Deliver

The Introduction - I tailor my intro for each group. Monday, I wrote about 'Staying Ready'. It's a great concept. One of those rules of speaking its easy to talk about, but hard to follow.

Arrogance vs. Confidence - What Are You Showing From the Stage?

Speak and Deliver

While you can''t control what each audience member thinks, or understand and tailor yourself to the experiences and, perhaps, their insecurities coloring the reception of your message and delivery, you CAN control your intention, your content, and your delivery style.

Famous Speech Friday: Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard at ANZAC Day

The Eloquent Woman

If you are d ressing to look good from a distance, keep the outline tailored and uncomplicated. (Editor's note: S ydney-based speech and communications coach Claire Duffy , who has a special interest in women and young speakers, is back with a recent speech from Australia's prime minister. I'm happy to have this contribution as another international entry for Famous Speech Friday.)

Toastmasters Friday: Toasty Resolutions for New Years'

Speak and Deliver

Please, please, please tailor them to your style. It'd be easy to write a blog today suggesting you get your DTM, run for District Office, or even just finally finish that CL manual (or, for some of you, open it up!).

12for12 April Challenge: Review Your Image

Speak Schmeak

Each month, there will be several levels to the challenge, so you can tailor the challenge to your own level of comfort. Have you joined my 12 Speaking Challenges for 2012 program yet?