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Passing the Baton – The Speech Which Every Leader Has to Give But May Not Know How to Give It

Two speeches! That’s what everyone who is involves in passing the leadership baton needs at some stage in their lives. They need an up-beat thank you speech when they have successfully secured the baton and they need an eloquent farewell speech when, in the fullness of time, they are passing on the baton to their successor. Of the two speeches, the thank you speech on securing the baton is the most important, both for you and for the outgoing chairperson. Here’s what you should say in this very important speech.

Top 10 Communication Blunders Of 2011 – And The Lessons They Offer

Whenever we speak to an audience, we risk saying something we wish we hadn’t said. Fortunately, though, for most of us only a relatively few people hear our gaffes. Yet every day politicians and other public figures make national and even international headlines because of their verbal blunders. This article identifies the top 10 communication blunders of 2011, and notes the lessons we can learn from each of those glitches.

Public Speaking: Answering Questions Without Losing Control of Your Time

Have you ever seen a speaker run out of time because he or she spent too much time answering very basic or very advanced questions that were irrelevant to most of the audience? For example, a few years ago, I attended a presentation on using LinkedIn. The program description promised an overview plus a few specific steps to improve success using LinkedIn.

How to Introduce Yourself Quickly

Sometimes you have to introduce yourself in 60 seconds or less. This type of introduction is not your “elevator speech” – it’s a brief introduction only long enough to outline the basics. Despite how easy a quick introduction may be, people often stumble over it by forgetting to include something, not making eye contact with the audience, mumbling, speaking too softly or fidgeting while speaking. Here are guidelines to remember when doing a quick introduction:

8 Tips for Handling Radio Interviews Like a Pro

A coaching client recently landed a radio interview. After we got done celebrating, here are the 8 tips that I shared that will help her handle the interview like a pro: 1. Be clear about the parameters of the radio program – length, format (interview/call-in), demographics of audience, etc.

4 Ingredients to Include in a Workshop Introduction

Are you offering a workshop as part of your business? Here are 4 ingredients that should be included in a workshop introduction (which you can modify as needed for your specific workshop): 1. Set the audience’s expectations. One of the biggest obstacles that can prevent your workshop from being successful is if the audience’s expectations don’t match your goals. If you’ve been consistent in the invitation, description and marketing for the workshop, then what they’ve come for is what you are prepared to share with them.

7 Steps to Successful Storytelling

Relevant and engaging stories can be a compelling part of your presentation – whether you are presenting at a board meeting, an industry conference or an awards banquet. Here are 7 steps to follow to make your storytelling successful: 1. Pick a relevant story. Think about the story from the audience’s point of view and make sure it relates to your message and the point of your presentation. An irrelevant story, no matter how funny or unusual, will only distract from your message.

Public Speaking Lessons From Speaking Italian Over the Phone

I noticed that it was much easier for me to speak Italian in person than over the telephone. In person, I could convey meaning by using gestures, facial expressions and movement, almost drawing what I was speaking about with my hands or acting it out. The same is true even when you’re speaking in English or your native language. In front of a live audience, whether it’s one or one hundred, you have all the elements of non-verbal communications – eye contact, facial expressions, gestures, posture, movement and voice – to help you communicate, provided they tell the same story as your words. You can also gauge the reaction of the audience. Over the phone, you have to rely only on your words and your voice.

Learning How to Cope With Public Speaking Anxiety

Public speaking anxiety is one of the most common forms of anxiety and an immense number of people suffer from this problem. Many people do not feel comfortable when they have to get up in front of audiences and speak.

Take Your Speaking Career to New Heights

In spite of the difficult economic climate we currently find ourselves in, speakers are still in high demand. More and more people and businesses are seeking inspiration and motivation. You may be wondering how you can take your career to new levels. This article describes ways to help get you to the top of your field.

This Is How A Speaker Is Supposed To Make Good Eye Contact

As speakers we are always being urged to “connect with our audience”. Now this sounds all fine and good; however, as with everything else in life the devil is in the details. Just how is a speaker supposed to connect with a room full of people who are staring at him or her? It turns out that you already know the answer – you need to use your eyes. As simple as this seems, all too often we do it wrong…

The Basics of Public Speaking

There is nothing that can strike fear into the hearts of mankind as having to address an audience and give a speech. Certainly there are many who can grasp the proverbial microphone and regale their audience without a moment’s hesitation.

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