0“Speaking Opportunites are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities!”
Have you ever been expected to, or wanted to:
- Make a Speech.
- Deliver a Presentation.
- Present an Award.
- Accept a Prize.
- Introduce a Speaker.
- Toast a Bride and Groom.
- Hold a Press Conference.
- Conduct an Interview.
- Be a Master of Ceremonies.
- Deliver a Eulogy.
- Facilitate a Meeting.
- Attend a Networking Event.
- Give an Elevator Speech.
- Tell a group about a trip you recently took.
- Give a “How To” on a topic.
- Make a Sales Presentation.
- Be Interviewed.
- Ask a Question at a Public Forum.
- And More!
Speaking, in any of the above situations, can be Powerful! It can do amazing things for your career, business, and self-esteem. Individuals who present well are perceived as Experts. We like to work with Experts. Read More→
When people come to see and hear a speaker, they are investing:
- Money – Their own, or someone else’s.
- Opportunity Cost – They could be doing something else with their time rather than attending the event.
It is imperative the audience knows WHY:
This speaker was chosen to make a presentation on this topic.
The Speaker’s Bio, if there is one in a promotional piece or announcement, usually does a poor job informing the audience why the speaker was chosen.
Unfortunately, bios usually include information about the presenter’s family, education (some relevant to their expertise, some not), hobbies, and other information irrelevant to their talk. No one cares how many kids you have, the fact you collect rocks, and like to backpack in state parks.
Write your own Introduction for the emcee of the event to deliver.
Or, if you must introduce yourself:
Have a prepared Credibility Statement for yourself to present.
Let’s look at the Format for the Introduction. It should answer Three Questions: Read More→
oPassion + Knowledge + Technique
When delivering a presentation,
Passion trumps everything!
Your body language and facial expressions will show the audience how much you care about your topic. Those non-verbal communicators will, when passion runs high, be involuntary. You won’t be able to help yourself!
For many, it is natural to be animated when passionate. (You’ve heard the expression, “They talk with their hands,” in reference to some individuals, haven’t you!)
Your verbal communication: the cadence, loudness of your voice, natural inflections, and pauses will coincide with gestures, body movement, and facial expressions.
You’ve observed that behavior in people who are extremely excited about their charity, political party, products they are selling or something else. They get very expressive, verbally and non-verbally, when conveying that enthusiasm to others. If you were to view a video of their speech, without sound, you’d still know their passion by ‘seeing’ it.
Bottom Line: The higher the passion, the more exuberant the delivery. Read More→
That non-verbal communication means they are watching and listening to your presentation! That’s what you want!
The Goal of All Communication:
Verbal, Written, or Visual is the same. We want the recipients, as quickly as possible, to GET IT! They may not agree with everything you present. They may not agree with anything. Unless they GET IT! there cannot be a productive conversation going forward.
Always take the temperature of the audience.
You may be the only person in the room speaking, but those you are presenting to are communicating with you, also. It’s imperative to read their body language and facial expressions to ensure they are GETTING IT!
- Noticing someone has a confused look on their face or is scratching their chin indicates they most likely didn’t understand what you just said. Repeat it in a different manner and see if their expression changes.
- If someone’s arms are crossed, they probably disagree with you. That’s OK, but check that position later to see if it’s changed.
- Someone looking directly at you but with seeming unfocused on your message can mean they are bored.
- If the audience member is fiddling with something, they have lost, at least for the moment, interest in your talk.
- The same is true for someone tilting their head from one side to another.
- Drooling and snoring are not positive signals either!
0“I’ve Got Nothing to Talk About!”
“The audience probably knows way more than I do about the topic. If they don’t fall asleep during my presentation, they’ll be fidgeting, checking email, and looking at the clock, hoping I’ll soon conclude.”
That is a major fear many have when it comes to public speaking. They are concerned they’ll embarrass themselves. That anxiety goes hand-in-glove with the Fear of Failure.
Everyone has knowledge and experiences many would love to hear and would benefit from!
I got this from Mark Brown, the 1995 Toastmaster Champion of Public Speaking.
Take out your cell phone and open up the Camera Roll and Photo Apps.
Start scrolling! I’ll bet you could tell a story about many of those great pictures, right! Of course! You were somewhere with someone doing something and there is a story to tell.
Remember: It’s all about the Story! You have many! Read More→
Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”
Here’s this week’s post.
If you want to become a better speaker, these are my two best tips:
1. Practice – Practice – Practice.
2. Speak – Speak – Speak.
And here’s a wonderful practice tip. I got it from Mark Brown. Mark Brown won the 1995 Toastmasters World Championship Speech Contest. It’s a great tip!
Video! What I’m doing right here!
Get an iPad or your computer and video your presentation.
Now, here’s the best part of Mark’s tip. The First Time you use that video, turn off the sound. Just watch. Nonverbal communication trumps verbal. We believe what we see.
The Second Time you use it, either turn the iPad around or turn your back and just listen. You will hear things that you would’ve heard if you were watching. Maybe some ahs, errs (smack, smack, smack). Things like that. Filler words, distractions.
Third Time – watch and listen! You will see and hear what the audience sees and hears. Read More→
Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”
This video is about Slide Basics: Dos and Don’ts!
The bottom line with all communication; verbal, written, or visual, is all the same. We want the recipients, as quickly as possible, to GET IT! They may not agree with everything you say. They may not agree with anything. But unless they GET IT! you can’t have a conversation going forward.
Slides are a great way, if used correctly,
to help people GET IT!
Here’s why. We have three learning styles: Visual – that’s probably sixty-five percent of us. We learn by looking. Thirty-five percent of us are auditory. We learn by hearing things. The remainder are kinesthetic people, people who learn by doing.
Let’s talk about TEXT first for these slides. TEXT is not my favorite. You’ll see that.
Okay, we bring up PowerPoint and it says, TEXT. Then you type in something, and you hit ENTER and it says more, TEXT. Then you do it, again, and it says more, TEXT, and you wind up in the PowerPoint Hall of Shame. Read More→
The “Right Stuff” in this article refers to physical things you will need, or might need, for your presentation to be successful.
The Bottom Line – PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!
It is Your Presentation. Control everything you can and have as many backup plans and devices as makes sense. No one in your audience wants to hear you can’t use your Power Point Presentation because the AV guy didn’t have the correct connections or see you walk back and forth to the computer to click the forward button to advance your slides because there is no remote control available.
No one in your audience wants to hear you can’t use your Power Point Presentation because the AV guy didn’t have the correct connections or see you walk back and forth to the computer to click the forward button to advance your slides because there is no remote control available.
Projector /LED Screen / Audio
I don’t own a projector. I’ve always had one provided by venue or sponsor of my talks.
Often, especially in smaller venues, a large LED screen is provided. One advantage of an LED is the high resolution which makes viewing slides a better audience experience. (I’m sure you’ve been to presentations where all the lights had to be dimmed or turned off so the screen could be seen.)
Be certain to arrive early and check that all is working well with the projector and the computer you’re using. Read More→
0Read Them – Study Them – STOP Them!
If you’re a speaker there are certain things you should do, and should STOP doing.
Here are Eleven Definite STOPS!
- STOP “Winging it.”
- Your non-effort will show.
- You’ll embarrass yourself and waste the time of your audience. They came to learn something from your talk and you are bound to fall short of their expectations.
- It is your responsibility they leave the room knowing more about your subject than they did when they entered.
- Prepare and practice your presentation as if it were very important – because it is!
- STOP thinking the speech is about You. It’s not.
- STOP giving the same speech to all audiences. Read More→