Another challenging venue

Speak Schmeak

I recently wrote about some oddly configured conference rooms I've presented in, and here's the latest interesting venue, from last night: This is the new event pavilion at the Ventura County Museum.

Another challenging venue

Speak Schmeak

I recently wrote about some oddly configured conference rooms I've presented in, and here's the latest interesting venue, from last night: This is the new event pavilion at the Ventura County Museum.

Toastmasters Saturday: The New Year That Almost Wasn't

Speak and Deliver

Smart phones out, we started looking for alternate venues. What are YOUR venue horror stories, and how have you solved them - or not? Closed Venue Oficer Meetings Proactive Scheduling Sergeant At Arms Toastmasters

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Strange speaking venues, part 1

Speaker Confessions

I’ve given lectures in some strange places, but this venue is a new one. What’s the strangest venue you’ve spoken at? Tags: venues / rooms Scott Hanselman has this photo from a sports arena converted into a lecture hall.

Strange speaking venues part 2

Speaker Confessions

Tags: Uncategorized venues / rooms

7 Sure-Fire Pre-Game Tips for Speakers


No matter if you’re presenting to a group of three coworkers or a venue full of 3,000 strangers, public speaking can feel akin to going out on the field for the most important game of the season.

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Public Speaking : Tough Venues

Great Public Speaking

I've been diagnosed with PTVD -- Post-Traumatic Venue Disorder. As you get more experienced you'll learn to use your pre-program research to recognize potentially disastrous venues before you agree to speak. But sometimes, even with the best of preparation, you get blindsided and have to present in a lousy venue. What is a lousy venue? I would call this a lousy venue, wouldn't you? What I want to get through to you is that bad venues will happen.

Suicide Venues Like Aokigahara, NYC Tall Bldgs - Should They Be Part Of Tours?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For reasons scientists can't completely understand yet, there are suicide hubs. In Japan, it's the Aokigahara forest. There 500 suicides are known to have occurred. Probably there have been more. A favorite method is hanging oneself from a tree. In New York City, there are two.

Cameron's visit to Morrisons puts him neck and neck with Osborne in daft speech venue contest

Max Atkinson

Get to your speaking Venue an hour in advance | Public Speaking Training

TJ Walker Interactive

Uncategorized public speaking training

A Public Speaker’s Checklist – Free PDF File

Manner of Speaking

As well, there is space at the bottom to add the title of your presentation, your audience, the venue and date of the presentation. Last year I wrote a post about logistical items that speakers should remember for a speaking engagement. Reader response was so good that I created an addendum.

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One new audience, one new venue

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

The Most Actionable Presentation Delivery Tips


Before the Talk Before you ever arrive at the venue, practice your talk. […]. A speaker can have the most prepared, well thought out talk. But, if the presentation of the talk, falls flat, the message won’t get across.

Six straightforward speeches then facing up to a problematic presentation

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

Public Speaking Tip #467: If you are speaking in a bar at a venue such as a Conservative club, do bear in mind that the lighting may be quite dim so you will need to speak from the best spot you can find under a light. I was struck by the fact that, despite being such a small place, the Woodfalls area actually has at least three different venues where groups can meet. These have been pretty successful overall, really no different from speaking in other types of venues.

I don’t attend conferences where speakers don’t get paid

More than PowerPoint...

The conference venue makes money — but the speakers don’t? If they aren’t, I’ll ask if the venue or organizers are getting paid. If the venue is donating the space — I’ll consider going. But if the venue is getting paid and the speakers aren’t? I give up. Starting today, on #EqualPayDay — I won’t pay to go to business conferences where speakers don’t get paid.

Being There, Before You’re There

Manner of Speaking

Recently, João posted photos of the speaking venue at the upcoming conference on the District 59 Spring Conference Facebook Page. Seasoned public speakers understand the importance of being familiar with the speaking venue prior to the actual event.

A Public Speaker’s Checklist

Manner of Speaking

Location of, and directions to, the venue. Estimation of time to get to the venue (accounting for traffic at that time of day). Telephone numbers of contacts at the venue. Soundcheck of microphone and sound system at the venue. As public speakers, we should be focused on our audience and the material. The last thing we want is to be distracted because we’ve overlooked a logistical detail.

New venues, old friends - all in a speaker's month

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

When you have to submit slides early.

Speak Schmeak

Ideally I'm at the venue early enough where I can enact a quick switcheroo of my slides before I begin. And as I stated above, get to the venue early enough so that if you have any slide rearranging to do, you can at least do that.

Speakers: dress the part

Speak Schmeak

It all depends on the audience, the venue, the topic, your personal style, your message and the image you want to convey. I don''t typically subscribe to generic rules about how to dress as a speaker.

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21 tips to improve your presentations right now

Speak Schmeak

Check your venue in advance. Adding to one's public speaking "bag of tricks" is a constant effort.

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Stop that Stutter: 6 Steps to Overcome Presentation Performance Anxiety

Duarte Blog

To this day, I visit a venue a few days before a show. So I try to familiarize myself with my surroundings, and if possible, rehearse in the venue so that it becomes second nature. Recently we received a tweet from a follower of @Duarte requesting any advice for a stuttering presenter.

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Are you making these rookie mistakes?

Speak Schmeak

However, if you have purchased a presentation remote ( this one is my favorite) or are using one offered by the venue, then you need to practice with it before your presentation. There's nothing wrong with being an inexperienced speaker.

2011 59

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

The Eloquent Woman

I also shared a new venue and special tour for my October workshop on adding meaning with metaphor to your speeches , taking place in Edinburgh.

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Need a Remote for Your Next PowerPoint Presentation? There’s an App for That

DeFinis Communications

So if the venue you’re presenting in doesn’t have WiFi, the remote won’t work (meaning you can’t rely on this app as your only remote option). I work with many people who give PowerPoint presentations.

Are you worth $40K an hour?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  And that speaker has to create the speech, rehearse it, and travel for days to hard-to-reach places in uncomfortable airplane seats to get to the venue, where she has to try to please a roomful of strangers so that the whole process can begin again.    Most of the money – a million or two – for that conference has gone to the venue, for room and board.  Are you worth $40,000 an hour?    How can you be worth $40K per hour?

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Famous Speech Friday: Melissa Rivers's Tribute to Joan Rivers

The Eloquent Woman

In a room full of success--the venue was The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment breakfast--Melissa Rivers reminded the audience that her mother was known most for baring her life of imperfection and striving.

2015 37

Coaching a cadre of scientists to give TED-quality talks

The Eloquent Woman

KDC: We wanted the SIP scientists to develop not only versatile talks, but also skills and tools to use the TED-style approach in a variety of venues.

2016 37

New location, tour for my October Edinburgh workshop on metaphor

The Eloquent Woman

I'm excited that there's been a venue change for the Speechwriters & Business Communicators Conference , happening in Edinburgh, Scotland, in October: We will be meeting at the Scottish Parliament for the conference and workshops.

Every presentation is an opportunity to start fresh

Speak Schmeak

It's a new day, a new audience, a new venue, a new take on your topic. How many of you avoid speaking? And how many of you avoid speaking because of something that happened in the past that you perceive as negative?

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Lost in Translation – Ten Tips for Working with Interpreters

Manner of Speaking

Make sure that the technician remains at the venue in case problems arise. Lost in Translation is a terrific film that received critical acclaim when it was released in 2003.

2012 142

Visited by Captain Chaos? Resistance is futile

The Presenter's Blog

The venue could have a sub-optimal or non-negotiable room layout. S**t happens. Two little words that while vaguely profane, sum up most of the misfortunes that befall and befuddle presenters.

2013 31

When Things Go Wrong: Ten Presentation Lessons from Apollo 13

Manner of Speaking

You’ve prepared, you know your material and you’ve arrived at the venue early to get set up. The day of the big presentation has arrived. You check the room and everything looks fine. The stage is ready, the sound system works and the lighting is perfect.

2012 72

Getting in the Green Room - The Zen of Surfing and Speaking

Green Room Speakers

Enchanting Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

Get to the presentation venue early so you can mingle with attendees before you start to speak. I have just finished reading Guy Kawasaki's new book, Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions.

Famous Speech Friday: Megan Red Shirt-Shaw's convocation speech

The Eloquent Woman

Perhaps not surprisingly, given the venue, the speech garnered much attention for its passionate defense of education for all.

2018 15

Presentation tips involving locations and lighting, theatres and a theme.

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

One of the great advantages of working in venues like this is that you will have the assistance of the theatre's technical crew and I must thank Elgan Howells for sorting out the lighting for where I would be on stage at various points during the talk and ensuring excellent sound. Public Speaking Tip #463: If you are speaking in a theatre, let the technicians know your requirements - this isn't a luxury that will be available in most other venues! Redhill and Reigate U3A.

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

Nick R Thomas - A Public Speaker's Blog

I was met at the station by two members who acted as human sat-navs to walk me to the venue (something of a first!). 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. Now I have found cafes to be fantastic places to write in over the years but they are perhaps not the most suitable venues for presentation skills training!

Ask yourself: what does your audience really want?

More than PowerPoint...

If your content at each venue is mostly the same — why should I follow you everywhere? You apologize, explaining that your audience is significantly different at each venue, so you need to be redundant to reach as many people as you can.

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Don't forget your pre-flight check

Speak Schmeak

But here's the problem, and I see it all the time with speakers: You get used to a particular venue or audience and become lulled by the familiarity of the situation. You don't update your presentation, you don't look at the venue through fresh eyes. Download audio here.

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