Important tips to remember for 2012

As the year is drawing to a close, I’d like to greet everyone a happy and prosperous new year! May you have more speaking and presentation engagements and may you all reach your dreams.

Let me leave you with the a few of the important tips I have gathered which you can bring with you this coming 2012.

  1. Practice your mantra for public speaking.
  2. Always remember that non-verbal communication always plays an important role in communication.
  3. Know how to establsh your credibility.
  4. Don’t be lazy. Customize your presentations.
  5. Nothing beats telling a great story.
  6. Make it your goal to change the world.

 

 

See you all next year!

How to Present a Complex Topic

I got the following tips from Ellen Finkelstein. According to her, most often than not, presentations are used to teach things that are quite difficult to comprehend. Perhaps, the subject is too technical or it involves complex mathematical equations that we need to be able to convey in layman’s terms so our audience would grasp it better. Here are four things you can do to help you convey your message better to the public:

  1. Simplify – It is basically breaking down a huge idea into smaller parts.
  2. Repeat – Repetition makes ideas stick but you have to do it the right way.
  3. Connect – Being able to relate new ideas to things we already know will make the new idea easier to learn and remember.
  4. Apply – Give exercises and homework where the audience can apply what they have learned.

For a through explanation of each of these tips, head to Ellen’s blog post:

Keys to successfully teaching a complex subject

Presentation Lessons from Sherlock Holmes

Robert Downey, Jr. is one of my favorite actors. I loved him in Iron Man and I loved him here in Sherlock Holmes. Whether you’ve watched this film yet or not, there are a few things we can all learn from this movie in terms of presentations and public speaking:

Be aware of your surroundings – As Sherlock is super aware of everything happening around him, so should you be aware of how your audience is reacting to your speech or presentation. Are they bored? Captivated? Interested? Tune in to what’s happening around you so you can immediately adapt to the needs of the moment.

Actions speak louder than words  – Remember when I shared with you before how non-verbal language is very important in communication?  Holmes almost seems like a psychic because of his deductive reasoning powers. Be wary of your and your audience’s body language. What you don’t say most of the time can mean more than the words you speak.

Take chances – Holmes is a big fan of his instincts and hunches. He takes chances and you should too! You’ll never know what’s really out there for you unless you take that first step.

For further thoughts on Sherlock Holmes and presentations, head to

Sherlock Holmes and the Perfect Presentation

Great Mantra for Public Speaking

Speaking Opportunities are Business Opportunities!
Speaking Opportunities are Career Opportunities!
Speaking Opportunities are Leadership Opportunities!

What a beautiful mantra! I read this on No Sweat Public Speaking blog and it was quite inspiring. If you have proclivity for public speaking but you’re still not too sure about finally making a living out of it, those three phrases should be your mantra too. And while you recite those three lines to yourself every single day, you should also take time in  learning the skill. Here are some things you can do:

  • Take Public Speaking Courses.
  • Join Toastmasters
  • Read blogs and books on Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.
  • Observe professional speakers.
  • Listen to great speeches.
  • Watch videos on Presentation Skills.
  • Hire a personal coach.
  • PRACTICE delivering presentations.
  • SPEAK!

It all sounds so simple doesn’t it? Just do them one at a time and before you knpw it, you’re on your way to a great public speaking career.

Read more here.

Perfect Gifts for Speakers

Ho ho ho! It’s only 4 more days before Christmas. Have you already completed your gift list this year? If you’re thinking of getting something special for your favorite speaker, or perhaps, as a speaker, you want to treat yourself to a gift, here are 5 things worth considering:

  1. Leather portfolio – to basically look cool
  2. iPad 2 loaded with speaking apps – because you want to travel light
  3. Flip Cams – get as many as you can to record yourself (you can even ask your audience to record you) and come up with an awesome video of your talk
  4. The King’s Speech DVD – to inspire you
  5. Stylish speaking outfit – because you want to feel dignified and respected

I got this list from Nick Morgan’s blog post, 5 last-minute gifts for speakers, and I think they’re perfect!

Ten Holiday-inspired Rules for Public Speaking by Nick Morgan

It’s six days before Christmas and Nick Morgan is giving away ten of his best and most favorite rules when it comes to being a better public speaker. No one is perfect and even the most talented and veteran ones do make mistakes from time to time. With these rules in mind, it is my hope that public speakers and those aspiring to be one will have more reason to be better at practicing their skill.

  1. Don’t take on a technical problem alone. – Ask the audience if there’s any technical expert in the room who can help you. This way, you’re involving the audience and not letting them hang in the air.
  2.  If the audience is much smaller than expected, throw away your script and make it a conversation. – Deliver a shorter version of your speech and throw in a Q&A.
  3. Have a 3- and 20-minute version of your talk ready to go, in addition to the long one. – This is especially helpful during those times when there isn’t enough time left and you’e forced to shorten your talk.
  4.  Ignore the negative people in the audience.  – Focus instead on those who are nodding, agreeing with you and showing positive participation.
  5. If you have a heckler who won’t shut up, go to him and stand facing the same way as he is sitting, right next to him or just behind him. – This act will hush them up.
  6. Don’t save Q n A to the end. – Do it instead half hour into the talk then finish it with a strong close. This way, it’s the powerful conclusion that they will remember.
  7. If someone asks a question, the most important response is to repeat the question, clarifying it for the whole audience. – This will not only make the question clearer for everyone, but it will also flatter the one who asked the question.
  8. Acknowledge the elephant in the room ASAP. – This way, you won’t lose the interest of your audience.
  9. Finish a little bit early.  – Attention spans of audiences wane. They will appreciate you more if the talk doesn’t run long.
  10. Close with “thank you” – and wait for the audience to applaud. – Don’t walk out in the middle of the clap. Wait for them to finish clapping. It’s their way of showing you their appreciation for a job well done.
To find out more of Nick Morgan’s thoughts on his rules, head to:Morgan’s 10 Holiday-inspired Rules for Public Speaking – Especially When Things Go Wrong

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What can we learn from Lady Gaga’s Rome Europride speech?

 

I’m a fan of Lady Gaga, and so when I heard about this famous speech of hers, instead of just sharing the link on twitter, I wanted to have a copy on my own blog, hence this post.

The moment I heard her voice and that thunderous cheer of thousands of people, I just knew that her speech would be great. And it was. It really was. I had goosebumps all over while watching the video.

Lady Gaga is not only a one-of-a-kind singer and fashion icon… she’s a leader… she’s timeless. Her sheer passion for the things she believes in is what drives people to be drawn to her (myself included).

Anyway, enough chitchat. Do watch the video and see for yourself.