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Speakers: THREE is MAGIC!

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oTHREE gives Completeness!


Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

Speakers, there is something MAGIC about THREE!

One for Emphasis: Video is a great way to practice a presentation.
Two for Comparison: Black – white.
Three: Completeness. I’m going to give you some examples in a moment.
Four or more for a List: Shopping List or a To-Do.

Here’s the examples of Three for Completeness:
“I Speak, Coach, and Write, about Networking, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills.”

If we want the audience to GET IT! we need to “Educate, Entertain, and Explain.” Read More→


oThe Consummate Business Interviewers: Listen. . .

Jim Wright and Jeff Arthur, co-hosts of the syndicated Smart Biz Show ask the right questions and contribute their own experiences and expertise on the important topic of Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.

Jim Wright and Jeff Arthur, co-hosts of the nationally syndicated Smart Biz Show, ask the right questions and contribute their own experiences and expertise on the important business topic: Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.

Topics discussed include:
• The Fear of Public Speaking.
• Preparing and Practicing a Presentation.
• Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication.
• The Power of Storytelling. Read More→


Fear of Public Speaking0The Fear of Public Speaking is consistently listed as one of the most common fears people have. It holds many back from reaching their potential. Let’s look at WHY so many have this fear.

1. Why Not!
Think about it. Most of our conversations are one-on-one. Many are done on our phones where we don’t see the person we are speaking to.

Increasingly, we communicate by email and text. This interaction doesn’t let us see or hear the other person.

Standing and speaking in front of people, and having many eyeballs looking at us, takes us out of our comfort zone. That’s why we’re uncomfortable doing public speaking.

2. Not Knowing The Topic.
Do not speak to an audience unless you have a lot of knowledge about your subject. You’ll never know everything, but you should be confident enough to speak on it.

If you know little about your topic, you should be fearful!

3. Not Knowing The Structure of a Presentation
How many times have you sat thru a presentation where you could’t follow the speaker? They might have rambled, repeated themselves, and talked about stuff that wasn’t relevant to the subject. That’s not a great experience, is it? Read More→

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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→


The AFTER-Duction: Write. . .

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o Your Own!


The Emcee’s last words are often Underwhelming. ..
“Thanks for coming. Have a safe drive home.”

That can be improved!”

AFTER Your Closing Have an AFTER-Duction.

The AFTER-Duction Should be an Integral Part of Your Presentation

The AFTER-Duction Is delivered by the Emcee.

The AFTER-Duction Is the Speaker’s Responsibility to write.


o Great Back Story! – It’s All about the Back Story!

A Great Back Story!

Marc Dangerfield

My daughter got married this past summer. The groom made a decision to wear a bow tie, and have his groomsmen do the same. These were “real” bow ties; not clip-ons or the kind that clasp around the neck and under the shirt collar.

As the father of the bride, I considered it my duty to do the same, and purchased one that looked great with my stripped shirt and new suit. When I made that decision, I had no idea what lay ahead.

I can’t recall how many videos I watched, nor how many hours I practiced, to tie one correctly. On the day of the wedding, I tied, and re-tied my bow tie no less than a dozen times. Eventually I got it, and if I do say so, looked dapper!

The bow ties were a hit, and I’ve been more aware of guys wearing one than ever before.

Earlier this year I was at a networking event and noticed one on a gentleman. He looked sharp! Not only did his colorful bow tie set him apart from others, but the pork pie hat and fancy shoes he wore, made a statement.

I walked over to introduce myself and started by saying, “Man! I like that bow tie!” Read More→


It’s All About the. . .

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Please CLICK to Enlarge!

Please CLICK to Enlarge!

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→


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→

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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