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Lessons From A Speech Writer – When Less Is More

Watching Spielberg’s film “Lincoln”, I was reminded of the Gettysburg Address. Why is such a short speech remembered 150 years later? I believe it is a great example of less is more in speech writing.

Face the Stage

Public speaking is often the number one fear that people have. It is also a very necessary skill in life. In all areas of life, at some point we will be expected to speak in front of a group. We must overcome the fear and face the stage head on.

Public Speaking Tips: Sharpen Your Public Speaking Skills

Who does not want to be successful in public speaking! The fact is, most cases we fail to deliver a minimum speech with a least quality in a formal discussion. Does it not make you feel shy? But you can easily be a successful public speaker. Here is my article for you to show you the way of success.

Voice Training: Hate Hearing Yourself on Your Voicemail?

There is no doubt about it. Most people not only dislike hearing themselves on recording equipment, but they also don’t want to believe what they hear. The unfortunate truth about what you hear on your voicemail, camcorder, or some other form of recording is that that sound is exactly how everyone else recognizes you.

Speak and Write in the Collective “We”

One of the most important principles of successful communication is to choose language that brings us closer to the person or people we’re addressing. That’s why it makes a great deal of sense to speak and write in the collective “we” voice, as in: “To write persuasively, we need to identify the characteristics of our intended audience.” Or, “This is why it’s important we use imagery in our PowerPoint presentations.” One more example: “The truth is networking can be made simple if we just keep one simple activity in mind: ask questions.” Given the right situation, the reason it makes sense to speak in the “we” is embodied in the different flavor between these two statements…

Connect With Audience Expectations – Persuasive Speaking

When is the last time you listened to a presentation and once the person was finished you wondered why you wasted part of your day? Perhaps last week?… Why is it that most speakers don’t get it? Why can’t a presenter create something special for everyone to enjoy, learn, buy from, etc. Learn how to connect with your next audience.

How to Achieve Success in Public Speaking: Keep Their Attention!

Public speaking is more feared than death for a reason. The mere thought of standing up in front of a group of people and exposing yourself only to be met with indifference, annoyance, and looks of boredom is enough to send some people into fits of panic. By knowing a few simple tricks, you can achieve success and capture the interest of your audience.

Exaggerate to Practice Your Body Language – Inspired by Daniel Coyle’s The Little Book of Talent

Daniel Coyle, the New York Times best-selling author of The Talent Code, has written a fascinating and informative new book, The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills, which includes simple, practical tips based on examples and research from the world’s greatest talent hotbeds. In his Tip #31 – To Learn a New Move, Exaggerate It, Coyle suggests that “going too far [exaggeration] helps us understand where the boundaries are.” The goal is to “go too far so you can feel the outer edges of the move, and then work on building the skill with precision.” Here are 2 ways to “exaggerate it” when practicing your presentation skills:

Applying “Genchi Genbutsu” to Presentations

One of the key principle of the Toyota Production System and Lean manufacturing is “genchi-genbutsu,” or “go, see, and confirm.” How does the concept of “genchi genbutsu” apply to presentations? Essentially, it means you should understand your topic from the audience’s point of view. How do they view it? What do they need to know about it?

3 Ways to Use Images in Presentations, Inspired by Daniel Coyle, Marjory Abrams and Garr Reynolds

Images can be a powerful means of communication – hence the old adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” According to Daniel Coyle, the New York Times best-selling author of The Talent Codeand of the informative new book, The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills, research shows that “your brain is evolved to register images more vividly and memorably than abstract ideas.” In his Tip #21- Think in Images, he gives an example of a musician being asked to “touch the strings as if they were burning hot” rather than “touch…

Does Aikido’s Shu Ha Ri Help With Presentations?

Recently, a presentation skills coaching client asked about Shu Ha Ri, the cycle of training used in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and sometimes applied to software development and used as a model for other learning. As I understand it, here are the 3 stages of Shu Ha Ri: Shu: This stage is for building the technical foundation by learning the kata or essential forms and drills – “the student should be working to copy the techniques as taught without modification and without yet attempting to make any effort to understand the rationale of the…

Olympian Jeff Galloway: Set Mini Goals

Running and public speaking have a lot in common, including the fact that both become easier over time when you practice them regularly using the correct techniques. And ideas that work for improving your running can also apply to improving your presentation skills. Olympian, running coach and speaker Jeff Galloway writes a regular feature in Runner’s World magazine, “The Starting Line: Tips for Beginners From an Easygoing Coach.”

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