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Fast Talkers and Valley Girls: How a Message is Delivered Matters Just as Much as the What of It

By Claudia W. Brogan

One infamous quirk of the popular TV series “Gilmore Girls” was the quick pace of the dialogue between the two leading characters, the mother Lorelai Gilmore and her spunky daughter Rory.

The lead actress herself, Lauren Graham, even titled her autobiography “Talking as Fast as I Can.”

Being notorious for speaking quickly is one thing when used as a comic device in a TV show; it is altogether a different matter—and not a laughing matter—when used by public speakers.

Those who speak quickly when delivering presentations are often doing so …

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New Year’s Resolution to Conquer the Fear of Public Speaking

by Kelly Vandever

There’s nothing quite like a new year to do a clean sweep and set out to accomplish new goals. Hence, the New Year’s Resolution!

If your New Year’s Resolution is to overcome your fear of public speaking, congratulations! That’s a great cause.

We know public speaking can help you personally and in your career, so well done for stepping up and addressing your fears!

Where to begin? For most people, I recommend finding and joining a Toastmasters club.
The Mission of a Toastmasters Club
According to the Toastmasters International website, the …

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Energize a Cold Audience

By Tom Nixon

Many times a speaker, through no fault of their own, steps to the front of the room and faces a cold audience. It could be the time of day, the meal before or after the session, the previous speaker, an organization-wide situation, or even the temperature, setup, and/or lighting of the room. It could be anything. The energy and the expectations are bottomed out. You may well have to struggle to get the power level up.

A presenter can use a number of techniques to open their time and energize …

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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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3 Wonderful Ways for Warming Up

Claudia W. Brogan

Often overlooked, a few warm-up techniques can make a strong and colorful impact on the way your next presentation goes.

Common sense tells us that it’s not wise to head for a run without stretching and warming up. Just like runners who stretch their calves and rotate their hips, public speakers can benefit from doing intentional warm-ups. I have learned from my own experience that when I go into a speech “cold,” I can really tell a difference in the ease of delivery and, truthfully, the effectiveness as well. So …

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A Presentation is Essentially a Performance

By Sarah Browne

You climb a stage and speak into a microphone to address a packed room of live audience. Does that mean a stand-up comedian, a vocal artist, and a political leader are also delivering a presentation just like you? Does that mean you need to be as entertaining as they are for delivering a business presentation?

Public speaking or presentations happen on a stage, therefore it is essentially a performance. This part is often overlooked by most orators who are criticized as boring presenters. Yes, a presentation has to be entertaining …

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Knowledge You Learn, Wisdom You Earn

By Bob Goodyear

“Knowledge you learn. Wisdom you earn.” When someone asks me about how they can improve their presentations, I sometimes use this phrase. I heard this when I first tried to speak in front of a corporate audience. Let me explain.

When I was in the eighth grade, I decided to study computer science in college. I did that because I could work with machines and not people. While I didn’t know the word back then, I figured out that I was an introvert. The idea that I could work with …

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Poise, Power-stance, and Polish for Presenters

By Claudia W. Brogan

Once the design and writing have taken place in preparing a presentation, a good speaker continues to aim toward refining the speech and delivery. As the heart of a presentation is complete, then comes the time for a good presenter to add polish to preparations for a speech.

Three areas for finalizing and refinement will help add good finishing touches.

Poise

“The key to winning is poise under stress,” says Paul Brown. The more times a speaker has actually practiced saying the words aloud, the more that “muscle memory” will help …

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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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Handling Questions & Answers Like a Real Pro!

by Claudia W. Brogan

When coaching public speakers who want to polish their skills, one subject comes up without fail: What can I do to get ready to handle questions after my presentation?

Even the most seasoned, well-prepared speakers fear that audience members will try to trip us up. Or that an audience member will stand up to deliver his or her very own monologue at the end, explaining how our content or delivery — or both — were just less than satisfactory. Or a nagging thought comes to a speaker, that, “There …

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