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It’s Not About You! Except When It Is!

Mary was so excited, she called me on the way home.  “I nailed it Kelly.  I nailed it!”  It was the day after Mary had attended a presentation skills workshop with me and she had an opportunity to apply what she’d learned the very next day.

“What made the difference for you this time?”  Mary, although a good speaker, was extremely anxious about public speaking.  I was eager to learn what helped her break through and be so excited about …

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You Know How Your Audience Is Going to React – So Adjust Before You Speak

We have a dog named Dude.  Dude is about nine months old lab-retreiver mix that we rescued him from the Humane Society in Atlanta.  We named him Dude because he seemed to have a laid back personality and because we like to make people laugh – and they usually do when we introduce our dog Dude.

I work from home in an office in our basement.  I’ve got a small dorm fridge in the basement where I store my daily supply of Caffeine Free Cokes.  As I was …

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Paradox of the Audience’s Wandering Mind

Sometimes I get in trouble with my family members because I’m a bit of a control freak.  It happened again this last weekend.  Nothing big.   Just enough that when it was all said and done, I felt badly that I’d fallen into the old habit again.  Then to top it off, I let my stubbornness and my pride keep me from admitting I was being too controlling and I didn’t enjoy the weekend as much as I could have.

If you were listening to these words, instead …

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Why You Don’t Want Your Audience to Applaud

I recently facilitated a workshop with World Champion of Public Speaking Dwayne Smith. In the section of the program about the fear of public speaking, Dwayne asked the workshop participants to take a few minutes to visualize what they heard, what they saw, and what they felt after a successful presentation.

What do you suppose the workshop participants said they saw and heard?

As professional speakers, we facilitators guessed we’d hear the participants say they saw and heard their audience applauding.   But surprisingly …

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It’s Better to Be Prepared than Good – The Importance of Rehearsal

I don’t think I should have won that one specific speech contest.  There was another contestant who I thought had a better speech.  She was more vulnerable with the audience.  She pulled in our emotions.   She talked about a subject that is more relatable to the audience.  She used great word choices.  If you look at content, hers was clearly better than mine.  Yet I won the contest.  Why?  Because I was better prepared.

My friends and family will tell you I’m a very competitive person.   …

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Love Your Audience!

Several years ago, I directed a community theater production of The Wizard of Oz.  During the weeks of rehearsals, I directed from the seats where the audience would eventually sit.  When the performances actually started, I watched from the back of the room behind the audience.  Only this time, I wasn’t watching the action on stage.  I was watching the audience’s reactions.

One night, during intermission, I was back stage with the cast and several were commenting that it was a “dead” crowd.  They weren’t laughing or applauding very …

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Unused Story Files Stories – Tough Gal Waitress

Does the Tough Gal Waitress Story Make a Point about Presentation Skills?

This will be my final post in my “stories in search of a point” series – but we’re going to change it up a bit.

I could see a few points that could come out of this next story but here’s the twist – I’d like to see if there’s a point I could make that relates to presentation skills.  After all, the programs I do are all geared toward presentation skills so it …

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Unused Story Files Stories – Serving Dinner to a Biker Gang

In my last post, I mentioned having several stories in my Story File that I’d never used in a speech or presentation.  I pondered on my blog if there were any points that could be made with these stories.

I mention my personal stories because I’m a firm believer in using personal stories for two reasons in particular.  (1)  If you tell a personal story, it will be new and fresh to your audience.  You know they won’t have just read the same story on the internet before …

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Unused “Story File” Stories – The Drunk Guy Who Fell Asleep in his Soup

Though I’m sure he wasn’t the first to coin the idea of a story file, it was Craig Valentine who I first heard talk about making a story file.  Since then, I’ve heard others talk about their versions of a story file.  Typically a story file is an electronic or a paper system which documents the stories of a speaker or presenter so he or she has a collection for use in future speeches and presentations.  Since stories add interest and impact to the spoken word, it’s …

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#NSAUN Twitter Stream – From the Webinar – Tweet Me Right: The Speaker’s Guide to Killer Audience Interaction Using Twitter

I’ve captured the tweets from today’s NSA Webinar:  Tweet Me Right:  The Speaker’s Guide to Killer Audience Interaction Using Twitter.

 

Click the link below to see the tweets.  And note, just like in the Twitter stream, the most recent posts at the top.

Twitter Stream NSA Tweet Me Right Webinar

 
If you have any further questions or want to add to the conversation, please add them into the comments!
 

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