3 Tips to Becoming a Better Speaker

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  1. Say this phrase over and over and put it to heart: “Thank you for you time. It has been my honor and pleasure to be here today.” Say it and really mean it. 
  2. Skip memorizing your speech word for word. Do an outline instead. Take the message you want to convey to heart. Break down your speech into chunks.
  3. Have others record you as you do your speech so you will know what areas you need to improve on.

For more tips on becoming a better speaker, please head to: 13 Ways You Can Become a Better Speaker Right NOW

 

3 Tips on How to Be a Strong Speaker

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So how does one become a strong speaker? Below are three tips you can apply to help you become more confident and strong when presenting or speaking in public:

1. Avoid using phrases that convey to the audience that the information you are telling them is coming from you. You do this when you use “just” phrases, for example, “I just thought”, “I just want to say”, etc.

2. Avoid looking surprised. A strong speaker knows his speech inside-out. There should be no surprises. So avoid saying words like “actually…”

3. Avoid diminishing the value of what you are saying. Don’t use phrases like “It just occurred to me…”, “I’m not sure but…” and the likes.

To get more insights on how to become a strong speaker, please head to this link: 3 Ways To Become A Strong Speaker

 

How to be Persuasive

keyboard-yes-button-key-red-apple-36272413We all have to sell something at some point in our life. We don’t have to be sales people to do this. Even as presenters and speakers, we have to be able to sell the ideas we are trying to convey to our audience. So how can we be persuasive?

There are seven things persuasive people always do that you might want to imbibe. Here are a few:

1. They Are Purposeful You don’t have to win every battle. By arguing and advocating less often, and doing so when you really have to and with power, that’s the time they become more persuasive.

2. They Listen … and Listen … Then Listen Some More By listening more to the people they are trying to persuade, they will understand better where they are coming from and from there be able to attack the situation in a more subtle yet persuasive manner.

3. They Create a Connection Because they have an emotional stake to the people they are convincing and because there is common ground and shared objectives, they are easily able to persuade the people concerned.

To know more about the seven things persuasive people always do, please head to: 7 Things Really Persuasive People Do

Questions to Ponder When Introducing a Speaker

business-introduction-3017699When introducing a speaker, it is important to answer four important questions that will let you create a pleasant harmony between the subject, the audience, the occasion, and the speaker.

What are these questions that you should take note of when introducing a speaker?

 

  • Why this subject?
  • Why this subject before this audience?
  • Why this subject before this audience at this time?
  • Why this subject before this audience at this time by this speaker?

Of course, you shouldn’t say these questions out loud then answer each. You just need to effortlessly let the answers to these questions flow as you make the introduction.

To guide you better how to do this, please head to this article: 9 Tips on How to Introduce a Speaker

 

 

How to Be a More Effective Corporate Storyteller: 10 Tips

storytellerWe all want to be an effective storyteller wherever we are. But if we mostly do our talks, speeches and presentations in corporate events and environments, how can we best do this? Below are ten tips you can follow to become a more effective corporate storyteller:

  1. Plan your story starting with the takeaway message. Think of your audience and what’s important to them. After all, the objective of your story is to help your audience.
  2. Keep your stories short for the workplace. People tend to have ADD in today’s world so make sure your story only lasts 3-5 minutes lest you want to sound boring.
  3. Good stories are about challenge or conflict. They make your stories more interesting.
  4. Think about your story like a movie. The goal is to always get your message across.
  5. Start with a person and his challenge, and intensify human interest by adding descriptions of time, place, and people with their emotions. The point is, be descriptive.
  6. Be creative. By doing so, you string people along with the ups and downs of your story.
  7. Intensify the story with vivid language and intonation. This way, you get to touch people’s emotions.
  8. When using a story in a PowerPoint presentation, use appropriate graphics/pictures to convey your message. ‘Nuff said.
  9. Practice. Tell your story in front of a friendly audience and get feedback.
  10. Realize that stories are how people really communicate. Accept this fact and being an effective storyteller gets much easier.

Doing these ten tips will help you get your message across more effectively. To find out more, please head to:  10 Tips for Becoming a More Effective Corporate Storyteller

 

Tips on How to Adapt to Your Presentation

adaptWhen you present or speak in front of your audience, are you able to tell if your they are interested and engaged? How do you know if they are listening well to you or how do you gauge if they see you as credible enough? Being able to analyze your audience right then and there will also help you adapt on the spot to your presentations. Here’s what you do. Follow N.E.A.R.:

  • Notice emotions – Open yourself up so you can experience your audience’s emotions. Be more aware.
  • Examine – Notice their body language. Are they sleepy? Uh-oh! You are not exciting enough. Are they leaning forward? Good!
  • Ask – Ask them questions to keep them engaged or ask them to do some physical activities to keep them alert.
  • Request feedback -Always have a Q&A portion at the end of your presentation so you’ll know if they were able to digest your speech or presentation.

To know more on how you can determine your audience’s reactions and be able to adapt on the spot during your presentation, please visit this link:  HOW DO YOU ADAPT YOUR PRESENTATION ON-THE-SPOT?

 

Why do you need to practice as a speaker?

We all know that practice makes perfect. But here are 7 reasons to give you a better and clearer understanding of why it is crucial and essential for speakers to practice, practice and keep practicing.

Look like you didn’t need practice – Yup, the more you practice your presentation or speech, the more flawless and relaxed you’ll look on stage. And when you look very natural on stage, the more your audience will focus on what you have to say than how you act or sound like in front of them.

Remember more of what you wanted to say – By practicing your speech, the less likely your mind will go blank on stage.

Roll with the punches – Experiencing technical difficulties won’t be much of a problem if you know your speech by heart.

Work out your stumbles ahead of time – If there are phrases, sentences or sentiments that you are not confident in sharing to your audience, you will get better at it in time or you can change it in advance and avoid acting awkward about it in front of your audience.

Try a new speaking skill with lower risk – If you’re going to talk about a topic that is entirely new to you, with practice, you will minimize mistakes and even sound like you’re already an expert at it.

Build a stronger structure for your speech or presentation – By practicing your speech, you have more time to plan   a more engaging speech from start to finish.

Hit those grace notes – Through practice, you can take your speech from good to great.

For more insights about this, please head to: From the vault: 7 secret advantages of the speaker who practices

 

6 Secrets of Newbie Presenters

Being a newbie speaker is not so bad. Sometimes, it’s even advantageous because they have something that seasoned speakers don’t. Actually, they have 6 secrets that more experienced speakers don’t get to take advantage of anymore. Here they are:

1. No bad habits to unlearn – Truth be told, it is oftentimes harder to unlearn bad habits than to learn new ones. So get training as soon and as fast as you can before you develop the wrong speaking habits.

2. A healthy respect for the audience – As newbie speakers, they take into consideration what their audiences feel, perhaps because it hasn’t been too long since they’ve been part of the audience themselves.

3. The appropriate level of nervousness – Because newbie speakers and presenters haven’t had much experience yet, they tend to prepare more which is good and which seasoned speakers should continue to practice too.

4.  A willingness to prepare – In consonance to no.3, newbie speakers are always very willing to prepare which seasoned speakers more often than not overlook or skip. You should remember that preparation is always key to giving great presentations and speeches no matter how experienced or inexperienced you are.

5. The honesty to admit what you don’t know – Newbie speakers don’t bother pretending to know everything hence they get insights and learning from admitting that they don’t know something.

6. A seemly reticence –There’s a certain modesty that exudes from newbie speakers which makes them care about their audience more than themselves.

For more insight on this matter, please head to: 6 secret advantages of the newbie public speaker

How Do You Prepare for a Presentation?

I’ve shared with you some tips before on how you can prepare for your presentation. These tips mostly deal with preparations weeks and months in advance. But how about on the few days leading up to your big day? What do you do? More importantly, what should you do?

Here is a sample timeline you can use as you approach the date and hour of your presentation:

  1. The Night Before – finish your rehearsal early and try to relax.
  2. The morning of your presentation – eat a good breakfast and make sure you’re properly hydrated to keep your energy levels up.
  3. The minutes before your presentation – mingle with your audience to help you feel more at ease with them.
  4. The seconds before your presentation – smile, breathe and deliver your first few words confidently.
  5. During your presentation – smile, make contact with your audience and be aware of the speed with which you are speaking.
  6. After your presentation – reward yourself for a job well done.

To learn more tips on what you can do as you approach the day of your presentation, head to: Preparing for a presentation or speech – Part 2

Do You Know the Types of Audience Tension?

As a speaker or presenter, you must be sensitive enough to know the kinds of tension your audience goes through as they try to focus on your speech, and more importantly, to be able to address those tensions so you can be sure that they will be able to take with them the lessons  you intended to share with them in the first place .

Here are the six kinds of audience tension I learned from Rich Hopkins today:

  1. Audience v. Presenter
  2. Audience v. Audience
  3. Audience v. Materials
  4. Audience v. Environment
  5.  Audience v. Technology
  6. Audience v. Themselves

The goal of knowing these kinds of audience tension is to be able to hold your audience long enough for them to stay focused and engaged. Learn the details of these types of audience tension on Rich Hopkins’ blog post:
Types of Audience Tension or A Review from an Evening with Ed Tate