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oBetter Writing and Better Speaking!

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Would you like to be better speaker?

Here’s one of the best tips I could ever give.
Write!  That’s correct, write!

Blog regularly. And after you written a blog post, record the audio of it. I put mine into an iTunes Podcast Channel.

Now, I got to tell you, it was a very humbling experience! The first time I listened to my podcast, I found grammatical errors. I found spelling errors. I had to rewrite some things. Well, that helped my writing.

But as I was listening, that was humbling, also! Sometimes I mumble. Sometimes my voice faded. But, I got to tell you, that was one of best things I’ve ever done, and I try to do it every time I write a blog post.

Written Post + Audio Post =
better writing and better speaking.

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Aug
24

Watch the Candidates!

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Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

Do you want to improve your public speaking? Well, now’s the time to observe the good and the bad.

Watch those debates! Watch the interviews with the candidates!

Oh my gosh! The reason Trump is “trumping” everyone – the guy is natural, He is not scripted. He is just saying it the way it is.

People feel they could sit down with the guy, and have a beer. He’s one of them. Read More→

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0Time to Observe Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.

The political season is a great time to observe public speaking and presentation skills.

Although the election date isn’t until November 8, 2016, campaigning has already begun!

The debates have started. Candidate interviews, formal and informal, are taking place multiple times daily.

Both parties, special interest groups, and individuals are looking for positive soundbites from their candidate and negative ones from the competition and opposition.

Stump speeches are being delivered at state fairs, town hall meetings, and smaller gatherings. Q&A is usually part of each event, and candidates should be well prepared to provide answers. If the media isn’t attending, you can bet someone is recording the happening with their camera or cell phone and, often, posting it online. Read More→

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0Signature Presentation!

Signature PresentationSpeaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities!”

That is my mantra and no one ever challenges it. Why would they!

  • People perceive really good speakers as Experts.
    • We like to work with Experts.
    • Experts can command more money for their products and services.
    • Delivering a great presentation is an excellent way to let others know you are the Expert they might want to hire and would be comfortable referring.

If you want to build your business, advance your career, or seek leadership opportunities, now is the time to develop a great Signature Presentation to help capture those opportunities!

Your Signature Presentation, ideally, should:

  • Be about something you are passionate about.
  • Be a topic you have a great deal of expertise on.
  • Appeal to a wide range of audiences.
  • Not be a sales pitch.
  • One you have practiced ad nauseam

Choosing your topic.

Think about, then answer these questions: Read More→

Jul
12

Practice Makes. . .

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Practice Makes. . .

o Perfect! Really?

If only that were true!

What if the material, and delivery you are practicing, isn’t correct? Practicing that over and over won’t result in you presenting a great talk.

How about: “Perfect Practice will lead to a perfect presentation.”
Good luck with that, also!

The quote on the topic of practicing I prefer, and I can’t recall who said it first, is:
“The road to perfection never ends.”

Let’s start this discussion about Practice with the fact that a presentation has two components: Content and Delivery.

Let’s continue with the premise your Content is in place. It has been written, re-written, critiqued by others, and tweaked more than several times. You, and others who have reviewed your Content, agree it is excellent! That alone will not result in your talk rocking your audience because Delivery trumps Content. You may have the best content ever on your topic, but if it’s not delivered in a manner that educates, entertains, and explains it well, your audience will never GET IT! GETTING IT is the goal of all communication; visual, written, or spoken.

Now it’s time to Practice. Here are Five Ways: Read More→

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0Listen or Read How!

Seventeen Ways To Keep Your Audience Engaged!

Those seated in your audience have a rather short attention span. Keeping them listening and absorbing your presentation is a worthy goal. They’ll never GET IT! if you don’t keep them engaged.

There is a reason TED Talks are eighteen minutes. TED curator Chris Anderson explains the organization’s thinking this way: It (eighteen minutes) is long enough to be serious, and short enough to hold people’s attention.

Your talk is probably longer than eighteen minutes, and keeping the audience mentally involved in your presentation can be challenging.

Here are Seventeen Ways to Accomplish This:

  1. Start with the Venue
    • Temperature.
      • If the room is too warm, some people might nod off. (Snoring and falling off chairs is not a good thing!)
      • A bit cooler is better than too warm.
    • Lighting.
      • Since non-verbal communication trumps verbal, people must be able to see you.
      • I once attended a large “Economic Summit” sponsored by a bank where speakers stood in one of the darkest areas of the room. Read More→
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0WHY the Fear of Public Speaking and Nuggets to Lessen It!

This presentation was recently delivered at an e4e (Experts for Entrepreneurs) event.

The short answer to WHY? the Fear of Public Speaking is – Why Not! 

Think about it. Most of our conversations are one-on-one. Standing and speaking in front of many eyeballs takes us out of our comfort zone. That’s why we’re uncomfortable doing public speaking.

There are, however, three reasons to definitely have a Fear of Public Speaking: Read More→

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The Ultimate Presentation Tip is. . .

0There is no ‘Magic Pill’

for lessening the fear of public speaking and becoming a better speaker. My best tips for accomplishing these goals have always been:

  • Practice! – Practice! – Practice!
  • Speak! – Speak! – Speak!

Many years ago, Ben Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” That statement remains true today. The learning is in the doing.

You can do all the intellectualizing you want about becoming a great presenter: Watch videos, read books and articles, listen to audios of presenters and go see professionals in action. That stuff is all good, but until you Speak! nothing really moves forward and you won’t get better without Speaking!

However, there is a step beyond “doing” that can take your skill to a higher level. There’s a three part formula in medicine for attaining mastery:
“See one, do one, teach one.”

In this article, I’ll cover each element, and how it can be applied to improving presentation skills.

1. See One.
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GET IT!The Same as ALL Communication:
Verbal, Written, or Visual.

0You want the audience, as quickly as possible to – GET IT!
(GET IT!: Completely understand the meaning of your message.)

They may not agree with everything you say. They may not agree with anything.
Unless they GET IT!, there can not be a discussion, or action, going forward.

To accomplish this Goal, you, the speaker, must do three things.

  1. Educate
    • The attendees should leave your venue knowing more than they did when arriving about your topic, lots more.
  2. Entertain
    • We like to be entertained, don’t we!
    • If you are entertaining your guests, you’ll have their attention. If you have their attention the odds of GETTING IT! are increased.
  3. Explain
    • You should explain your message simply enough they GET IT! the first time. If they are thinking, “What is he talking about? I don’t have a clue what that means.” they will tune you out and never GET IT!

Content is the first component of your presentation and it needs Structure so the audience can follow, understand, and contemplate your message. Read More→

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o Here’s How!

We’re familiar with the expression, “Practice makes perfect.” It doesn’t!

Perfect practice makes perfect.” That rarely occurs.

The best attitude on the topic of Practice is: “The road to perfection is a journey, not a destination.”

Steve Jobs, who many consider one of the best presenters ever, would practice for weeks before giving a presentation introducing a new product or service at an Apple event.

Bands that have been together for over thirty years still rehearse (practice) before performing.

Why in the world would someone take a “Speaking Opportunity” and just wing it?

Practicing is not optional. Before looking at ways to practice, it’s important to remember a presentation has two components.

  1. Content
  2. Delivery

Delivery trumps content. You may have the greatest content in the world, but if it’s not delivered to your audience in a manner that educates, entertains, and explains it simply to them, they’ll never GET IT! Read More→



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