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Ten Fatal Flaws Frequently Found from the Podium
1. No clear purpose for the presentation. What is the point and focus of the speech?
2. Not starting and stopping on time. Be flexible and be able to cut the talk short if asked. Be in control.
3. Not dressing appropriately. Always be a step above the audience. If it's business casual, be a little dressier than casual.
4. Not knowing the audience. Make sure you know what the audience expects.
5. Not checking out your room. A/V equipment and seating for any potential problems. Give yourself enough time to make the room right for you.
6. Not having good platform skills. Knowing your subject is not enough. You must have the ability to excite the audience and keep their interest.
7. Not having rapport with the audience. Not doing your research to find out what really interests them. You will know that magic moment when the audience is nodding with approval.
8. Not knowing when to stop. Too much information can not be absorbed by the audience.
9. Not having enough information. The talk should have substance and knowledge of the client's business.
10. Not being sensitive to the audience. Do not use ethnic stories or off color remarks. Politics and religion should be avoided unless you are a member of the clergy.
POINT: The effectiveness of a talk is whether the audience enjoyed it and found it useful. Did the talk influence their behavior positively and productively once they returned to their jobs?
About The Author
Sandra Schrift - 13 year speaker bureau owner and now career coach to emerging and veteran public speakers who want to "grow" a profitable speaking business. I also work with business professionals and organizations who want to delivermasterful presentations.
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How to Use Public Speaking to Attract Clients
When Robert Middleton moved his marketing consulting practice, Action Plan Marketing, to Palo Alto, California several years ago, he started his business from scratch. He had left his well-established client base several miles away and now had to find strategies to generate new clients.
Using Your Natural Style On Stage
We were both speakers at the same convention presenting on the same day-but what a difference. I am tall, while she's short. I am a magnetic speaker-I draw people in with stories and examples. She's a dynamic speaker- humorous and vivacious. We both were hits-the audience loved us.
Public Speaking:10 Simple Steps to Confident Speaking
Timing - Why You Should Never Go Overtime with Your Presentation or Speech
In a conference setting, nothing annoys audiences more than talks that go overtime. It shows a lack of consideration for the audience, and to be frank, there is absolutely no excuse for it if the speaker has prepared well.
Presentation Skills Without PowerPoint
Can you identify what each of these actions or activities have in common: 1. Motivate people to accept change; 2. Launch a new program; 3. Give a briefing at work; 4. Solicit donations for a charity; 5. Train people to use your product or service; 6. Unveil a new policy; 7. Give a sales presentation; 8. Introduce a speaker; 9. Calm angry employees; 10. Instill confidence in customers; 11. Honor a community leader; 12. Deliver new employee orientations; 13. Articulate your vision as a leader; 14. Review an employee's performance; 15. Speak on behalf of your organization; 16. Call your dog by name.
Performance Feedback: Why Were Scared and How Not to Be
Effective communication is not a one-way street. It involves an interaction between the sender and the receiver. The responsibility for this interaction is assumed by both parties. The speaker can solicit feedback and adjust the message accordingly. The listener can summarize what was said for the speaker and continually practice the empathetic process.
The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Speakers
Successful speakers do not do all the right things all the time. They often take risks and risk bombing. But all top speakers take daily action, to move towards their goals with many adjustments. Here are ten ways to be a highly effective speaker.
Getting on the Speakers List
How do you get your name on a speakers list?
Talk May Be Cheap but Your Speech Should Be Priceless!
Take a moment and imagine if you will any one of the following scenarios:
Let Your Appearance Speak for You, Not Against You!
Every 7 seconds another baby boomer turns 50. What does an aging workforce mean? It means that the average age of your seminar attendee if getting older. Health is becoming the most precious asset and they are having less and less of it. It means that if you are talking about reaching your dreams, achieving successful career, or making a lot of money and you are not exhibiting glowing health, you are not believable. It also means that the underlying interest of your audience, no matter what you are speaking about, is the universal search for how to deal with aging. The relation of one's age to one's appearance is more important than ever before. To look and feel younger than one's age has increasingly become a yardstick of success.
What to Do When an Audience Member Disagrees With You
Some people enjoy drawing attention to themselves by trying to trip you up on a fact or statistic during your presentation. A few will find something you say threatening to their secure view of the universe and want you to know that " You are dead wrong!!" When this happens it is important to remember that you won't be able to please everyone in your audience and you shouldn't try. I personally feel that if I don't say something that afflicts the comfortable I'm not really doing my job effectively.
Take The Fear Out Of Public Speaking
You're a bright, dynamic executive. You've been scheduled to give a major company presentation. You're sitting in the audience waiting your turn to speak. You hear your name and start walking stiffly to the lectern.
Giving Your Audience Great Benefits
What benefit do you provide the audience?
Trust in Training: Societys Effect on an Audience
It is important to be continually aware that a person usually will not be consciously aware of how and why they are reacting, yet even if they knew, they wouldn't tell you. Society conditions people to hide their true inner drives and motives especially from those close to them (or even to themselves). Only when they are assured - both intellectually and emotionally - that it is safe to do so, will they reveal what they really need, want, feel, or think. A trainer's job is to make a person feel as safe as possible in accepting, believing or doing whatever you want them to do.
Five Tips for Overcoming Public Speaking Nerves
Your mouth is dry, heart palpitating, and knees knocking. You go into panic, facing a dreaded public speaking assignment.
A Quick Tip for Delivering a Great Speech
Does speaking in public leave you tongue-tied? Do you stumble over your words? Do you want to learn how to speak more eloquently in front of a crowed?
The Top Four Ways To Get Audience Involvement In A Presentation
In the thousands of speeches I've heard very few presenters truly engage and involve the audience.
7 Sure Fire Ways To Overcome Stage Fright When Speaking Or Performing
Prayer or Meditation: If you're a believer you can pray if you are not at least take time to clear your mind and meditate. (On clearing your mind) A short prayer for God to guide you and give you the right words can't ever hurt. God has promised to give believers words even when they are under a heavy persecution; Mt 10:19. Why wouldn't he also help when there isn't any persecution? He would. Obviously you must do this before you speak. If you don't pray before you speak you might find yourself praying in the middle of your presentation for God to get you out of it as quickly as possible. Do not overlook this little gem because although it seems unimportant, it can actually be what makes or breaks your performance or presentation.
Public Speaking Tips: Lessons From Former US President Ronald Reagan
If you want public speaking tips, what are the ten insights you can learn from former US President Ronald Reagan who was known as 'The Great Communicator'.
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