0Three-Legged EXPERT Stool!
You’ve sent out a resume, or, if you’re self-employed, a proposal. You get a call from the recipient and they say, “Bob, I’ve got your resume/proposal here, and it looks excellent. I’ve visited your web site and that looks good, also. We’re interested, but I want to know more about you. How do I do that?”
If you follow the steps this article suggests, you’ll pause, then with a bit of ‘Attitude,’ (Good Attitude!) respond, “GOOGLE Me!”
That two word phrase,“GOOGLE Me!” when spoken with that ‘Good Attitude,’ says, “There’s a lot of great stuff out there about me. Don’t just take my word for it. Check me out!”
A large amount of hits, showing up with that ‘great stuff’ about you, gives the perception you’re an EXPERT! You’re the person they want to hire!
It’s a process, not an event, before you can tell folks,“GOOGLE Me!”However, if you go through this exercise, and make it an ongoing activity, the result will raise your EXPERTNESS in the eyes of others.
Naturally, we want others to perceive us as an EXPERT! EXPERTS get hired quicker and paid more.
Before asking someone to,“GOOGLE Me!”You’ve got to have Googleable “Stuff.” Building a Three-Legged EXPERT Stool will do that!
The Three Legs are:
- Internet/Technology to promote the other two.
Let’s look closer at each of those legs. Read More→
0Increase the Odds Your Audience GETS IT!
Let’s start with two facts relevant to presentations:
1. The Goal of all Communication: Verbal, Written, or Visual is the same. We want the recipient(s), as quickly as possible to – GET IT!
They may not agree with everything we say.
- They may not agree with anything.
- However, unless they GET IT! there cannot be a meaningful conversation going forward.
2. We cannot Multitask well!
The research shows multitasking is not as efficient as focusing and working on a single task.
When your audience is distracted from concentrating on your message, the interruption takes their focus away from you, the presenter, and increases the probability they will not GET IT!
DELETING Distractions increases the odds your presentation will be understood.
Let’s look at some possible distractions to a presentation and what can be done to DELETE them: Read More→
o Better Audience = Better Speaker
Audience Instructions: Better Audience = Better Speaker!
Be at the venue well ahead of time.
Find your seat and sit down.
Arriving late is disruptive to the speaker and audience.
For a Successful Presentation.
There are specific things the Speaker must do.
There are specific things the Audience should do.
Meeting the Speaker before the Event.
Makes a connection that helps them perform better and increase your take-away.
Sit so your Whole Body faces the Speaker. Read More→
oYour Introduction: Write Your Own!
The Introduction is an Integral Part of Your Presentation.
The Introduction Sets the Stage for the Presenter.
The Introduction is the Speaker’s Responsibility to write.
The Introduction should be delivered by the Emcee as if They wrote it!
The Introduction is NOT Your Bio! Read More→
oThe WHAT IFS?
Then there are the “WHAT IFS?” that give many
the Fear of Public Speaking.
WHAT IF?. . .
I’m not perfect.
I’ve must be perfect, right?
The audience doesn’t like me?
The last speaker was really, really good and compared to them I Stink!
The Biggest WHAT IF? many people have is:
What topic could I talk about that would interest anyone?
Everyone has something of value to talk about!
You’re too close to yourself. Read More→
0 WHY Not?
Up to seventy-five percent of the population, to one degree, or another, has this dread.
There’s even a word for it – Glossophobia. Glosso from the Greek, meaning tongue, and Phobus, fear. Important to note here, is glossophobia is a w-o-r-d, not a disease, and it can be lessened!
It is a fear worth confronting and overcoming.
You might be the world’s leading authority on a subject, but if you can’t present that expertise to others in a manner that educates, entertains, and explains it well, you won’t achieve the goals that should be yours!
WHY do we have this Fear?
o These Work!
7 Ways to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking
#1. NEVER tell the Audience!
Telling the Audience you have a Fear of Public Speaking is Negative Self-Talk.
It could become a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy!
#2. Arrive Early Meet& Greet!
It is Amazing how much easier it is to speak to an audience where
you have introduced yourself to attendees before the event!
#3. Find a Friendly Face!
Look for a person listening and learning from your presentation.
You will get energy from those folks! Read More→
OCraft Your Elevator Speech, Floor by Floor with – NO SWEAT!
A Great Elevator Speech Clearly Tells the Audience:
Who You Are!
What You Do!
A Great Elevator Speech Clearly Articulates this Information, Succinctly,
and with an Impact.
- Know what you do and want to have a conversation now!
- Know what you do, don’t want to have a conversation now but perhaps at a later date.
- Know what you do, might refer you!
Clarity is Not an Option!
The Elevator Speech starts simple. As Interest and time permit, it is expanded.
First Floor. Describe who you are.
“I’m Fred Miller.”
Let’s get in the Elevator and start going up!
0 PowerPoint Design 24/7 Produced Fantastic Slides for these 7 Presentation Tips!
1. Use Personal Stories to reinforce the points you make in the body of
Make three to five points per presentation. Because they are your stories,
they’re easier to remember and tell.
2. Write your own Introduction.
It is not your bio.
It should answer three questions.
1. WHY this subject?
2. WHY this speaker?
3. WHY now?
3. Remember the Law of Primacy and Recency.
The audience best remembers the first and last things they see and hear.
This is why you want a Strong Opening and a Strong Closing.
4. If you use Props, put them out of site when finished with them else they
become a distraction to the audience.
This includes PowerPoint, where you can hit the “B” Button on your keyboard
to make the screen go blank!
5. Don’t use Buzz Words, Acronyms, or Techno-Speak.
Everyone doesn’t know their meaning and you’ll lose your audience.
6. Don’t use Handouts.
Unless it is a workshop, handouts will be a distraction to the audience.
7. When using Slides, stand to the left (as the audience faces) of the screen.
We read left to right.
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About the Author
Fred E. Miller is a speaker, a coach, and the author of the book,
“No Sweat Public Speaking!”
Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their
Networking, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills.
They do this because they know:
Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.
They also know:
We perceive really great speakers to be Experts.
Perception is reality, and we like to work with Experts.
He shows them how to:
Develop, Practice, and Deliver ‘Knock Your Socks Off Presentations!’ with –
- Keynote Speaker
- Workshop Facilitator
- Breakout Sessions
- Public Speaking and Presentation Coaching
- Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking with – NO SWEAT!
- Crafting Your Elevator Speech, Floor by Floor with – NO SWEAT!
- Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.
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All Rights Reserved.
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o ALL Floors of the Elevator Speech!
Now it’s time to go up ALL the Floors. These are the floors I would deliver to an audience, a large audience, or more than one. Then we’re going to do the Eighth Floor. That’s the one we use if it’s a One-On-One situation.
Follow me on each of these floors!
We’re going to start on Floor One, go all the way up to Seven.
I’m Fred Miller.
I’m a Speaker, a Coach, and an Author.
The title of my first book is “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”
Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire me because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills.
They do that because they know:
“Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities!”
That’s my mantra. No one ever challenges that statement. Why would they? Read More→