The Value of Simplicity

Robert Graham has written a great post based on the value of simplicity.

He makes a powerful point.

The theme also proved to be a useful hook for hanging some very basic but vital tips … on any sort of communication, not just public speaking.

You can read his post on the Henderson’s Group’s blog Speak Fearlessly.

How to be funny

Let’s be honest. We all LOVE those individuals that make us LAUGH.

The funnier you are, the more people like you, and the more they pen up to your speeches.

Well, how funny are YOU?

Our natural humour skills are vial to our public speaking.

What if you could suddenly become EVEN FUNNIER, just by following a few simple rules?

Master wit Max Matterson has worked in the comedy world for the past 20 years. He’s the co-author of “Comedy Writing Secrets” and trained many of the big late night show hosts.

He knows EXACTLY how to train ANYONE to become super-witty in just minutes. Matterson claims there are just a series of simple rules that ANYONE can follow to become hilariously funny!

Do YOU want to discover his COMEDY SECRETS?

Visit his website online and learn more:

Public Speaking Fear – Will They Reject My Words?

Guest post by Janet Hilts

Is your fear of speaking really a fear of rejection? That’s at the bottom of public speaking anxiety for a lot of people. The way to deal with this fear is to first take a closer look. What are you afraid might be rejected? Your words?

Rejection Of Your Words
Here are a few facts to consider:

Fact A: Your words only count for 7% of the actual message that you deliver. 7%! Can you believe it? The biggest part of your message is conveyed through your body language, facial expression and tone of voice. So that seriously takes the pressure off your words, doesn’t it? When you’re speaking – whether that’s to a client or a big audience – your intention is to connect with them, isn’t it? That’s what communication is all about. And people connect at the heart. That’s where those nonverbal elements come into play. They’re watching your eyes. They’re looking to see if you’re paying attention to them. They want the feeling that you care about them and their problem.
Fact B: They want to feel positive emotions from hearing you – relief, hope, peace of mind. That experience does not come from your words. We’ve all heard words that sound empty, where the emotion doesn’t match the actual words. Picture an eye-rolling teenager saying “I’m sorry” to a scolding teacher. The words aren’t conveying their real meaning, are they? See how this reduces the pressure for you to get your words perfect? If your fear of rejection is about words, I hope your fear is shrinking.
On the positive side of things, think of the people you enjoy doing business with. They’re just regular people, right? Just like you.

Now think of their speaking styles. Do they all have perfect grammar? Are they all fabulous speech writers and award-winning orators? Is their language completely clear of “uh” and “y’know”? Of course not!

And yours doesn’t have to be either. For now, stop worrying about your words and focus on relaxing so your voice, face and body can react naturally. That’s what helps you connect to people so you can really get your message across.

Once you get some practice speaking naturally, you’ll find it much easier to work with improving your actual words if you want to. It’s ironic that once you let go of the fear about the words, your options for words open up. Your creative ability and willingness to experiment with new phrases totally expands once your speaking anxiety is gone.

And to get a head start with feeling calm when you speak, I invite you to get your FREE copy of 5 Simple Secrets To Stress-Free Speaking when you go to

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From Janet Hilts at Speak Up & Shine | Clearing Pathways

9 Secret Ways to Persuade and Influence People

Persuasiveness is one of the most important skills anyone can learn because it is useful in countless situations. At work, at home, and in your social life, the ability to be persuasive and influence others can be instrumental for achieving goals and being happy.

Learning about the tricks of persuasion can also give you insight into when they’re being used on you. The biggest benefit of this is that money will stay in your pockets as you realize just how sales people and advertisers sell you products that you don’t necessarily need.

Here are 9 of the best tricks to be persuasive and influence others: 

Read more in Pivotal Magazine

Friday freebie

Today’s freebie is a set of tips on public speaking ….

Keeping Audience attention.

It’s just so basic, so crucial to your success as a speaker. And particularly for beginners, it can be very nerve-wracking, wondering how to make sure your audience stays with you. What will you do if they get bored? What if they start chatting, or worse still, go to sleep, while you speak?

From the First Steps series, this set of tips will be sent by email. It will give you strategies for the planning and for the execution of your speech to make sure the audience gets you and gets your message.

Just send me an email … and I’ll send you the tips.

Thought for Thursday

“Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. ”
— Sir Winston Churchill

Well, that’s William Churchill’s thought.

My thoughts …?

Broadly speaking of course.

Keeping it simple always works in any endeavour including in public speaking, but short varied with long will have more power.

Old words – ah that appeals. There is so much less chance of misunderstanding, and people feel comfortable with the familiar.

And here is Churchill using the rule of three for great power, not to mention repetition and building to a climax.

Love it!!

The Power of the Mind: Reduce Your Fear of Public Speaking

Lisa Braithwaite has shared her experiences with panic attacks and anxiety on her blog.  I admire her candour, and am thankful she shared her experiences, because this sort of story encourages those who feel trapped by the condition.  I went through a similar time – panic attcks and anxiety, and certainly would not recommend it.

But in this particular article Lisa has given us all a new way of looking at the situation, especially as it applies to public speaking, with some incredibly powerful tools to use.

If our mind is powerful enough to create fear from “nothing,” it’s also powerful enough to reframe our thoughts to propel us forward in a positive way. There have been many books written about the power of positive thinking – the most well-known of these is Norman Vincent Peale’s, first published over 50 years ago. Recent medical research shows, for example, that a positive expectation of a medication has real measurable physical effects (not just the psychological “placebo effect”) on our health.

How does this apply to you as a public speaker? You can control the amount of fear and anxiety you experience around public speaking. You have the power to turn negative and fearful thoughts into positive ones. How do you do it?

Here’s how …

Presenting to Teach and Inform — PowerPoint for Education & Training

You are invited to a training webinar.
Training webinar: Presenting to Teach and Inform….   presented by Ellen Finkelstein.

….Wednesday, February 24th at 11am PT, 12n MT, 1pm CT, 2pm ET

Ellen Finkelstein delivers high content in everything she does. She explains her material simply, demonstrates and provides follow-up support after the event.

At the end of this webinar, you’ll know how to:

  • Present so your students understand and remember
  • Avoid the common, deadly mistake that ensures that your students won’t hear what you’re saying
  • Avoid the ineffective way of putting images on a slide and use the effective way
  • Use animation in a way that’s helpful, not harmful to learning
  • Apply simple principles for maximizing educational results

Here’s what you’ll learn about:

  1. How to design slides for best comprehension
  2. Images: The good, the bad, and the ugly
  3. How to combine verbal and visual information
  4. Charts: An easy, step-by-step approach
  5. Why business presentations are different from educational ones
  6. How to encourage effective note taking
  7. Dealing with daydreaming
  8. Simple legibility principles
  9. Research that backs up the principles in this webinar
Click here for more details and to register

Public Speaking and Adult Learning Principles

If you haven’t already–as a public speaker, you should dedicate yourself to a lifetime study of adult learning principles. It will pay you colossal dividends.

And there’s a lifetime of “adult learning stuff” to learn. Today we’ll look at one such principle; Elaborative Rehearsal.

It’s more than practice. It’s a proactive approach of making the most out of past learning in order to maximize new learning.

For your audiences to make the most out of this proven learning and memory technique, you will have to teach them. Most adult learners just aren’t aware of these methods. Here are five tips you can pass along to all of your audiences.

1. Proper Note Taking. For a learner’s notes to enhance one’s memory, it is important that a learner is able to record the speaker’s ideas in their own words. And, as a presenter you need to tell them so.

2. Paraphrasing. This is like the above note taking, except that care is given to the actual words the note-taker uses. Ideally, the words the learner replaces the speaker’s with has equal or added meaning to the learner.

3. Predicting. It will help a listener to project a speakers message into the future. This “projection” allows a person to simulate the material they are learning in the theater of their mind.

4. Questioning. A good Q and A will help your audience learn your principles better. Challenge your audience to come up with creative and meaningful questions, and then dig into them together.

5. Summarizing. There much talked about the concept but it is seldom used in most learning environments. Plan a specific, “Now what did we learn here today?”

There’s a lot more to the idea of Elaborative Rehearsal than these five tips, and we’ll discuss them in future articles.
The “take-away” today is the need for the public speaker to “train” their audiences how to use elaborative rehearsal to their greatest learning benefit.

One thing that will help your audiences to be able to “practice” your message is a strong visual representation of your message. The presentation world calls these graphics by many things, Process Models, Method Maps, Matrix’s, and Hierarchy Models, etc.

Wayne Kronz

Wayne Kronz is the host of Visit it today for the best free, online information about the design and use of visual aids in public speaking. You’ll discover many actual models you can use in your next presentation plus a host of videos showing you how the top pros are using visual aids in their public speaking. And a lot more!

Eight Speakers Look Ahead to 2010

Kate Mytty writes:

Like many industries, the speaking and publishing businesses have just breathed a sigh of relief that 2009 is over, and are looking forward to a better 2010. All the experts are saying that the recovery will be slow; that’s the conventional wisdom. But for a deeper, more thoughtful look ahead, we went out to some of our favorite speaker-authors and asked them what they’re thinking about right now as they ponder the year to come. And they came back in great form, with unusual insights and perspectives. Here’s a sneak peek what they’ll be telling audiences around the world this year.