PowerPoint Therapist

Excellent video from the master Power pointer and comedian, Don Macmillan

Uncommon Model for Speaking as Much as You Want— And Being Paid Handsomely for It

Tired of chasing the latest technology-dependent business model? Exhausted at the idea of having to post another tweet, blog, Facebook or LinkedIn update? Want a dependable income model that allows you to speak in your home town (if you want)—and get paid really well to do it?

During four decades, Ed has perfected this model. He’ll share how he fills his 3-day programs by selling dozens of seats to the same handful of companies over and over and over again. His 80-person courses are full far in advance without any ongoing marketing, giving him time to speak more—if he wants—or go on a motorcycle trip. And he never has the stress of updating his PowerPoints or having his technology fail—he doesn’t use any!

This 77-year-young speaker has lots to share with other, less experienced speakers. Learn to adapt his ideas to your market and life preferences and you’ll be as energetic as he is!
You will learn how to:
• identify and approach companies you want to work with
• sell the program once and have a steady stream of participants that lasts for years, if not decades
• use this model when a traditional approach for public workshops doesn’t
• capitalize on why companies value this approach better than having a speaker/trainer conduct in-house workshops
• double your participants and increase their take-away value with one easy suggestion
• maintain this model, even with diminishing education budgets

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… to be what we can be

“Our prayers are answered not when we are given what we ask,
but when we are challenged to be what we can be.”

— Morris Adler

Tips on Public Speaking: The Seven Secrets You Need to Know

With the information age upon us, and immense knowledge being constantly shared, people are being asked more frequently to address public audiences. The need to define study tips on public speaking is rapidly growing. More and more people are standing in front of their audiences with nothing to say, or it seems that way. These following tips on public speaking will show you why it is important to target you message to an audience that will enjoy it. => http://bit.ly/jscZjQ

Secrets To Sizzling Seminar Presentation

In an arena where there is a surfeit of presenters you need to hone your skills and develop techniques that will take you into the realm of presenter extraordinaire. To break into that rare sphere where the population of speakers, seminar leaders, teleseminar and webinar presenters have their audiences figuratively eating out of the palms of their hands, hanging onto their every word, and wanting more; you have to ramp up your game. You have to muster all the skills at your disposal and then some. If you have been yearning to raise the ante and deliver speeches or seminars that resonate with your audiences; get top billing and higher fees; you need to put more punch into your presentations.

Here are some suggestions that will help you to present with greater panache –

Do your homework. Research your audience, find out what they need to hear, what they need to know, what pushes their buttons then offer information that is pertinent, current and specific to the particular group of people with whom you will be interacting.

Learn all you can about the venue, visit it if possible. Find out the numbers expected, the seating arrangement, the type of microphone available; what type the audio visuals will be at your disposal; whether copies of your handout will be made ahead of time or if you have to bring those yourself.

Understand why you were hired. Be clear about the objectives and the reason you were hired; possibly are you were hired to educate, motivate, sell to, solve problems and possibly all of the above. Craft your message to address the issue or issues as they were laid out to you.

Know your Key Message and stay with the theme of your message, do not wander off topic; you are there for a purpose, understand the purpose and speak to the purpose.

Customize your presentation to each and every audience; one speech does not fit every audience. Always remember that each audience is different, as is the venue, caliber and expectation of those in attendance.

Bond with your audience, the earlier you do that the more successful you will be. One way of doing that is arriving before your scheduled time and talking with some of the participants, that way you get a feel of the audience and they feel comfortable with you and your style.

Treat your audience with respect, they are not infants; do not treat them as such. Interact with them, involve them. You may disagree with someone’s point of view, but do not argue with anyone. Respect their point and say so.

Add humor where appropriate and present with passion. Speak in language that they understand, if they do not understand what you are saying you will lose them.

Get your facts straight; do not depend on hearsay or old stats. Be willing to listen, you may learn something new. Answer questions to the best of your ability, and if you do not know the answer, be honest about it. You will score high points if you sent the answer to the question asked, within twenty four hours of making your presentation.

Dress appropriately. They hired a professional and expect to see and hear a professional. Dress and behave like one.

A smooth, professional presentation that offers solutions and answers the questions implied and those directly asked; that is delivered with passion and honesty will assist in propelling you into that category of extraordinary presenter.

Joanna Parris is a leading expert when it comes to good manners and proper etiquette. She is a speaker, an author and offers training programs and interactive workshops for anyone needing to enhance their image and etiquette. Joanna can be reached at joanna@bossselfpro.com

Beat Your Nerves and Communicate at Your Best in Any Situation

The Confident Speaker: Beat Your Nerves and Communicate at Your Best in Any Situation

Harrison Monarth

EAN:978-0071481496
Format: Paperback
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Published in: United States
Published: April 2007

Banish the fear of public speaking and become a world-class communicator – in a meeting of five, or at a conference of a thousand. Combining breakthrough research on how to conquer speaking anxieties with battle-tested strategies, Larina Kase and Harrison Monarth will give you the confidence and skills to become a world-class speaker in any situation. Using real-world scenarios and powerful tools, the authors help you banish your fear of public speaking and unleash your innate powers of persuasion. ‘Packed with simple, enjoyable, workable ways to overcome speaking anxiety and project a strong persona’ – Dottie Walters, C.S.P., author of “Speak and Grow Rich”. => http://bit.ly/iF2mP3

Off the beaten track

“Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, but by going off the main road; by trying the untried.” — Frank Tyger

How to be a Great Emcee

I’ve been an emcee for a few gigs — and being a female doesn’t always put me as a first choice in the stereotyping! I do wear a black tuxedo (women’s style — classy) with red bow tie and cummerbund, with heels.

Tips:

Look the part to begin with! (whether male or female) — it ADDS to the show ambiance.
Interview people in the audience about this event — that night — they are already there — dressed up and ready to have fun! I did this at a large retirement roast for the big wig. During the happy hour, I walked around and interviewed his friends and colleagues, asking: “If you could describe Greg in one word, what would it be?” People loved it — got them in the mood for the event — and were thrilled how those words (quoting the individuals) were used throughout the presentation and introductions.
What doesn’t work? Like ANY presentation, to show up unprepared — either by not knowing your subject (or roastee), your audience, or not knowing your material!

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I speak on humor and I often do “master of ceremony-ing”. I have found several things that work well:

Research all of the people/programs you will introduce. Find out anything you can so that your introduction is not canned but sounds more like you know the people well.
Plan to use humor and interesting comments as segues from one person/program to the next. I have a database of jokes/stories/quotes and I find the ones that fit with the topic or person that I am introducing and then use it as a segue.
Comment on what just happened. Nothing is worse than for something to happen on stage and the emcee goes right on with the next introduction as if he/she missed the point. I make it a rule to find something humorous or meaningful about the previous person/event when I come back on stage and I use that to begin my transition to the next introduction.
Keep it short. If the emcee takes too much time, it takes the focus away from the event. That doesn’t mean that the emcee can’t be funny and meaningful but it should always support the main event.

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Most speakers’ calendars are pretty empty around the holidays while mine is fully booked because I emcee corporate holiday parties earning as much or more than I usually earn for a keynote speech.

I believe that the job of the emcee is to be “invisible.” We should make everyone else the “stars,” make the event fun and keep the program on schedule. Know your audience and be as helpful as possible to the company you are working for.

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Probably the biggest tip for emcees is to tell the client that as emcee, during the event, you will only answer to one person and you will only make changes in the program if that one person approves. This reduces confusion and makes life a lot easier for the emcee. Every single emcee program I have done has gone smoothly as a result.

These tips and many others are included in the booklet “How to Be a Great Emcee,” available for download for only $4.95.

These tips have been collected from top professional speakers who know how to run a meeting successfully.

Sixteen Sensational Storytelling Ideas

This article is aimed at people working with children, but would be just as effective for a group of adults. Storytelling is such an important skill for the public speaker, that any of these ideas could stimulate an improvement

Oral storytelling is one of mankind’s oldest traditions. It’s probably the origin of teaching too. Storytelling skills are excellent ones for children to learn, and attending storytelling sessions given by an adult will pay dividends. Kids learn to improvise, gain an understanding of basic story structure, sequence a story correctly, speak with confidence and engage an audience.

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Silence – a sage thing

“A sage thing is timely silence, and better than any speech”

Plutarch