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BACK STORY!

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David Zamudio, Zamudio’s Studio, is a gifted illustrator. I’m proud he did the illustrations in my first book, NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

One of his most famous black charcoal on white stock drawings is The Lion of Judah. Not only is it a beautiful illustration, but it has a wonderful Back Story.

The Formula for the Body of a Speech is:
Make a Point – Tell a Story!
(Make it a personal story that
reinforces your point.)

This post features David’s magnificent illustration because it has such a great Back Story! The Lion of Judah is an amazing work of art. The Back Story of how that drawing came to be adds immensely to its value.

With David’s permission, and in his own words, here is that story. Enjoy! Read More→

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0WHEN to Take Them?

Questions about Questions – WHEN? from NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

Q&A can be an important part of your presentation.

But, WHEN is best?

In your OPENING, tell the audience WHEN You’ll Handle Questions.

Four Choices

  •  #1 THROUGHOUT your presentation.
    • OK if doing a workshop.
      • Otherwise
        • Hope you have unlimited time.
        • What if they ask about something on your last slide?
  • #2 AFTER presenting specific components.
    • Have a time limit.
      • Stick to it!
  • #3 AFTER Closing your presentation.
    • That’s when it’s usually done.
    • NOT GOOD!
      • Why?
    • The Law of Primacy and Recency
      • Audiences best remember the first and last things they see and hear.
        • That’s why your presentation needs a Strong Opening and Strong Closing.
      • WHAT IF? Read More→
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0Three-Legged EXPERT Stool!

(This post is a continuation of the previous post. The Audio is the combination of both posts.)

"NO SWEAT Public Speaking! EXPERT StoolLeg #2 – Writing

The perception of someone who writes articles and books is they are an EXPERT! Just as a good Speaker’s Talk must be Heard, and preferably seen, to be perceived as an EXPERT!, a Writer’s Words must be Read to be identified as an EXPERT! Writing can be done On and Off Line. Here is a look at each of those venues.

“Writing Opportunities” On Line

  • Have a website and regularly, at least several times a month, publish blog posts on your area of expertise.
    • These article should offer great information (content) and not be a sales pitch.
  • Write Guest Posts on other people’s blogs and have links to your site.
  • Commenting on the Posts of others will often bring people to your site.

“Writing Opportunities” Off Line

  • Trade Journals, Newspaper, and Magazine articles.
    • There are many publications that will publish your articles. You may not receive payment for them, but having your “Stuff” in well known media will give you credibility. They will usually print your contact information below your article and perhaps give your a free classified or display ad.
    • Most likely, they have an On-Line edition that you can link to and promote thru your site and social media. My regular, “Talking Points” article is an example of how this works.
      • Letters to the Editor and Commentary Articles are “Writing Opportunities,” also.
  • Some are:
    • Trade Magazines for your area of expertise.
    • General interest magazines if your subject is a fit.
    • National and local Newspapers.

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0Three-Legged EXPERT Stool!

"NO SWEAT Public Speaking! EXPERT StoolPicture This:

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:

  1. Speaking
  2. Writing
  3. Internet/Technology to promote the other two.

Let’s look closer at each of those legs. Read More→

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0Increase the Odds Your Audience GETS IT!

DELETE Distractions

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→

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o Better Audience = Better Speaker 

Audience Instructions: Better Audience = Better Speaker!

Arrival
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→

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 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→

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0 WHY Not?

Survey after survey lists The Fear of Public Speaking at the top of the ‘Fear List’ most people have. Some say they would rather die than stand in front of an audience and deliver a speech. This is unfortunate because it holds many back from reaching their potential.

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?

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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!
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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
your presentation.
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.

7 Presentation Tips to take your Presentation from BLAH to AH!
from No Sweat Public Speaking!

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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 –
NO SWEAT!

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