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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 …

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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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Pecha Kucha – Turn On’s & Turn Off’s

I just got home from my first ever pecha kucha event, sponsored by the Social Media Club #SMCAtl.  For those not familiar with Pecha Kucha, it’s a unique form of presentation… the presenter has 20 slides that automatically advance every 20 seconds… if my math is correct that’s like 6.666667 minutes per presentation.  Interesting concept, eh?

Six minutes or sixty minutes, I think certain things are universally a turn off and a turn on when it comes to presentations.  See if you agree.
Turn Off – Flagrant …

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Improving Your Presentation Skills – What to Do about Your Presentation Weaknesses – Part 3

“And, And, And!  You’re saying it wrong.  It’s and not And!  Stop saying And!”

The director at a local community theater was trying to coach an 11-year boy to say the word “and” with an English accent.  But what I noticed was she said the Americanized “And” more times than she said what she wanted, the British sounding “and.” To me it seemed that the time would be more effectively spent saying and asking the boy to pronounce “and” rather than repeating the “And” she did not want.
Find …

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