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Video Rehearsal – The Key to Improving

 

By Bob Goodyear

In an earlier blog post about rehearsing before presenting, I wrote about the importance of doing a video rehearsal. I talked about how hard it is to actually watch it. As a technical presenter, I want to believe that I know my presentation so well that rehearsal is not needed. I swallowed my pride and recently recorded a video in preparation for an upcoming presentation.
What do you do with the video rehearsal once you’ve recorded it?
I suggest that you watch your video three different times. That might seem …

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Welcoming Feedback

By Kelly Vandever

“How do you think it went?”

That was the question the facilitator of the train-the-trainer course asked me.

I was standing in front of a group of my peers. I’d just finished delivering a portion of a program and I anticipated that I’d be receiving feedback not offering my advice.

My focus as I delivered my segment of the training class was on remembering and delivering the material. I was prepared to receive feedback. I hadn’t really thought about how I felt about the material I’d just delivered.

I mumbled something, I forget …

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The Importance of Rehearsal

By Kelly Vandever
Toastmasters Speech Contests
I was once obsessed with Toastmasters speech contests. I have the picture to prove it!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Toastmasters, it’s a non-profit organization formed at the local level into clubs, and people have the opportunity to grow their public speaking skills.

Twice a year, there are speech contests which start at the club level, followed by additional levels. Those who win at the club go on to compete against winners from other clubs in their area. Then the winners in an area …

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“What do I do with these hands?” Smart Tips for Using Effective Gestures in Your Presentations

by Claudia W. Brogan

Recently, I was helping a woman improve her presentation skills—in particular, hand gestures. Even though it’s good to add hand gestures to speeches, not all gesture-additions are created equal. Over-gesturing can be a problem, as can under-gesturing. Adopting hand motions from other speakers which don’t naturally suit you make you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious and will certainly be distracting to your listeners. Then the gestures are self-defeating.

As noted in a recent TED-talk research project, some intriguing techniques were yielded. This observational study at the Science of People researched …

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Presenter, Know Your Audience

by Bob Goodyear

I have been working with a company to help them improve the presentation skills of their technical sales people. One challenge this company has identified is that their sales force struggles with giving the right information to the audience with whom they are meeting. In working together with their management, we have identified two areas where they can improve.

 
Before the meeting
Many technical sales people are asked to come to a meeting and present on a certain topic. When this happens, the person who is asked …

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Sound Check, Testing…1, 2

by Bob Goodyear

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.

We’re so glad you could attend

Come inside! Come inside!

– Emerson, Lake, and Palmer

You may be asking yourself, “What can this song lyric possibly have to do with speaking?” Well, come inside and I’ll show you!

One of the trivial tasks that a speaker has to do when getting ready for a presentation is to do a sound check. The purpose of the sound check is to test the venue’s sound system and get it tuned in …

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10 Most Popular Presentation Posts of 2013 (at least at this blog site anyway)

As the year draws to a close, it’s time once again to recap the top 10 most visited blog posts of the year here at Speaking Practically.

As you think about your upcoming presentations, I hope you’ll find these topics and thoughts helpful.

Thanks for a great 2013!

Kelly

 
#1 – What If I Don’t Like the Default Size 16:9 in PowerPoint 2013?

Currently, when opening a new slide in PowerPoint 2013, it will open by default to a larger sized slide.  Instead of the traditional 4:3 dimensions most people are used …

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Public Speaking – How Much Rehearsal Is Too Much Rehearsal? How Much Is Too Little?

“Try it again.”

That’s what my marine drill instructor said when I went to his office and tried to remember the protocol that he’d just taught us when requesting to speak with him.  I was at the Naval Science Institute, my version of boot camp for the Navy.

It was our first day being in the military.  I needed to ask the DI a question.

What I was supposed to do and say was…

Stand next to his door …

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Public Speaking Training Online? What Good Can Come from Practicing a Presentation Online.

I was talking recently to a college professor who is teaching public speaking in a “blended” learning environment.  I didn’t get the impression that it was his idea but portions of the class were conducted online rather than in a traditional classroom.

I must have involuntarily made a face because he said, “I know, it seems a little strange.  A public speaking class — online.  But one thing I notice is that the students, who had to record their speeches online for me to watch, …

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Common Reasons People Use Ums and Ahs in Public Speaking – And How to Avoid Them (the Ums and Ahs, Not the People) – Part 3

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, early on in Toastmasters, I was the Queen of Ums and Ahs.  I have gotten a lot better.  But even now, when the grammarian does his or her report, I still hold my breath when he/she calls my name.

The worst part about the number of ums and ahs I commonly said was that I was totally oblivious to just how many ums and ahs I was saying.  And you can bet that I had just as many ahs …

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