What Is The Message Hidden In Your Stories?

Sure your speech has stories, but what is the message that is hidden in them?
Sure your speech has stories, but what is the message that is hidden in them?
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Most speakers understand that if they can work a story or two into their next speech they’ll have a better chance of both capturing and holding onto their audience’s attention. What a lot of us don’t realize is that often times the stories that we are so good at telling all have a common theme that runs through them. If we can take the time to pick out what that theme is, we may have discovered a way to make ourselves become an even more powerful speaker and make better use of the importance of public speaking.

Finding Your Common Theme

All of us have stories to tell. We’ve not been able to reach this point in life without running into crazy bosses, weird family members, or vacations that didn’t turn out the way that we had expected them to. What a lot of us don’t realize as we tell our stories over and over again is that these stories that we have generally have a common theme that runs through them. What you need to do is take the time to discover what the theme in your stories is. Once you have that identified, you then need to harness your message and go about framing it in a way that your audience will be able to get the maximum value from it.

What a lot of speaker’s don’t realize is that in order to have a set of stories with a theme in them, you don’t have to have climbed Mt. Everest. Instead, the stories that you tell your audience can simply relate to those things that we do on a day-to-day basis just to get by in this thing that we call life. It turns that how we are able to accomplish this on a daily basis is what our audience would like to hear from us. This message is truly “our message” and when we are able to share it with an audience then we have a real possibility of making a difference in someone’s life.

If you want to start the process of finding the theme that lies within your stories, you are probably going to have to get some help from outside. What this means is that you are going to have to sit down with your family and friends and ask them some very specific questions. One of the most important questions is to ask them what they have been able to learn from you when you’ve told them stories. After they have answered that question, ask them if they can tell what stories you tell them over and over again. The information that they provide you with is what we are going to be able to use in order to start to build “our message”.

Adding Power To Your Story

Once you’ve been able to identify the theme that has been hidden in your stories, you are going to have to find a way to go about making your stories become even more powerful. One of the things that you are going to want to start to do is to make sure that when you are telling one of your stories, you tell it in the present tense. It turns out that telling your audience about something that is happening right now is much more powerful than telling them about something that happened in the past.

We all know that adding humor to a speech can make the speech that much more memorable. However, just exactly how to go about adding humor to a speech can be a difficult thing for us to do at times. One way that we can accomplish this goal is to start to act-out the characters who show up in our stories. Instead of just narrating a person who is in your story, become that person and speak like they would. If you so choose, you can also add a voice to objects that show up in your stories.

When you wrap up your story, you want to make sure that your audience has been able to learn the lesson that you were trying to teach them. This means that you are going to want to end your story with the lessons that you hope that your audience has learned. This means that you’ll want to find a way to provide your audience with a takeaway from your speech. A great takeaway would be a suggestion for how your audience can take what you’ve told them in your speech and start to work it into their lives.

What All Of This Means For You

A lot of speakers have stories that they like to include in their speeches. These are the stories that we tell over and over again. What a lot of us don’t realize is that our stories often have a common theme that runs through them.

What we need to do is to take the time to find out what the theme in our stories is so that we can share the benefits of public speaking. Our stories don’t have to be about fantastic accomplishments, they can just be about how we are able to make it through each and every day. The best way to find out what our theme is would be to ask our friends and family what they’ve been able to get out of our stories. When we work a story into our speech, in order to maximize its impact we’ll want to deliver it in the present tense. In order to add some humor to our speech instead of telling it as a narrative, we can act out the characters. Finally, when we wrap our story up, we’ll want to leave our audience with a takeaway that they can use in their lives.

Stories are a powerful way for any speaker to connect with his or her audience. When we discover that the personal stories that we’ve been telling have a common theme, we can harness this to make our stories become that much more powerful. Use your theme and enhanced storytelling techniques to connect with your audience and make their lives that much better.

– Dr. Jim Anderson
Blue Elephant Consulting –
Your Source For Real World Public Speaking Skills™

Question For You: How many different stories do you think that you can work into a single 30 minute speech?

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Note: What we talked about are advanced speaking skills. If you are just starting out I highly recommend joining Toastmasters in order to get the benefits of public speaking. Look for a Toastmasters club to join in your home town by visiting the web site www.Toastmasters.org. Toastmasters is dedicated to helping their members to understand the importance of public speaking by developing listening skills and getting presentation tips. Toastmasters is how I got started speaking and it can help you also!

What We’ll Be Talking About Next Time

Let’s face it – we don’t give speeches just to hear ourselves talk. There is a reason that we go to the effort of creating a speech, practicing a speech, and then delivering a speech. The reason that we are willing to do all of this work is because we understand the importance of public speaking and we want to connect with our audience. We want them to understand what we are trying to tell them. We want to change their world. However, just knowing that we want to do this is not enough. We need to know how to do it.

How To Make Microphones Work With You, Not Against You

Microphones can be a speaker's best friend when used correctly
Microphones can be a speaker’s best friend when used correctly
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Not all speakers are equipped with a voice that could be heard in the back of a larger room. Back in the days before electricity, this was a big deal – only the very loud speakers had any chance of keeping the attention of an audience of any size and sharing the importance of public speaking. However, now with the invention of the microphone any speaker can be as loud as they want to be. However, if a speaker does not use a microphone correctly, then they are going to run into real problems. How should a speaker get the most out of a microphone?

Wireless Microphones

Anytime you are going to be delivering a speech using a microphone, you are going to want to make sure that you have a chance to check it out prior to your speech starting. The easiest way to do this is to show up early. Work with the people who set things up and make sure that the microphone system does not have any feedback.

If you are going to be using a wireless microphone as a part of your speech then you are going to be able to roam all over the stage and use your arms as a part of your speech. However, you’ll need to be careful if you speak softly or if the room is very large and can create feedback conditions. Since this microphone can’t be close to the mouth, it’s best if it is located in the center of your chest about 8 inches away from your mouth. Make sure that your clothes don’t either cover or brush against your wireless mic.

Hand-Held Microphones

Although we may not see them as much as we used to, a hand-held microphone is often a great choice for a speaker. The only real drawback to using this type of microphone is that it is going to fully occupy one of your hands during your speech. These types of microphones often provide the best sound quality of all types of microphones. Even the softest of speakers can get their voices amplified with very little risk of generating feedback.

The reason that this type of microphone works so well is because it can be held very close to the mouth. For those of us who have very loud voices or who are dealing with very loud sound systems, we can quiet things down a bit by holding the microphone further away from our faces. The best distance for this type of microphone is roughly one to four inches from your mouth.

Lectern Microphones

We are all probably quite familiar with lectern microphones. There are two basic varieties of these types of microphones: the long slender ones that you see on televised awards shows and the shorter fatter ones which are basically mounted hand-held microphones. The slender ones have a tendency to emit “pops” when your mouth is too close to them. Each one of these setups can have its own optimal distance between your mouth and the microphone. A good rule of thumb is between six and twelve inches.

When you are using a lectern microphone, you need to make sure that check the mic out for sound quality before your speech begins. Since these mics can extend over the lectern, you are going to want to make sure that they are not blocking your face from your audience. Additionally, you want to make sure that they won’t cover up any notes that you’ll be using during your speech. When you are using a lectern microphone, it is your responsibility as a speaker to remain in the same spot. If you turn your head away from the microphone, there is a good chance that your audience is not going to be able to hear you.

What All Of This Means For You

When you take the stage to deliver your speech, you have wonderful things to say and you want to share the benefits of public speaking. However, that’s not really going to do you a lot of good if nobody can hear you. That’s why knowing how to use a microphone is so important for speakers. However, there are a number of different types of microphones out there. How are we supposed to keep them all straight?

The most common type of microphone that we run into these days are the wireless microphones. These allow us to dance all over the stage and keep our hands free. However, we need to be careful to place them close enough to our mouths and to make sure that our clothing is not blocking them. The next most common type of microphone are the hand-held units. These will occupy one of our hands for the entire speech, but they give us the ability to get the microphone nice and close to our mouths. Finally, the lectern microphone is attached to the lectern and comes in two different varieties. We need to make sure that these units are not blocking our faces or our notes. Additionally, we have to make sure that we remain pointed towards them during our speech so that our audience can hear us.

Microphones have revolutionized the way that speeches are given. No longer does a speaker have to stand at the front of the room and scream his or her speech in order to be heard in the back of the room. We do need to treat these tools with respect and do some pre-speech checking in order to make sure that they will help our speech and not hinder it. Learn how to use microphones to your advantage and nobody in your next audience will be able to ignore your speech!

– Dr. Jim Anderson
Blue Elephant Consulting –
Your Source For Real World Public Speaking Skills™

Question For You: If you were given your choice of a wireless or a hand-held microphone, which one would you select and why?

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Note: What we talked about are advanced speaking skills. If you are just starting out I highly recommend joining Toastmasters in order to get the benefits of public speaking. Look for a Toastmasters club to join in your home town by visiting the web site www.Toastmasters.org. Toastmasters is dedicated to helping their members to understand the importance of public speaking by developing listening skills and getting presentation tips. Toastmasters is how I got started speaking and it can help you also!

What We’ll Be Talking About Next Time

Most speakers understand that if they can work a story or two into their next speech they’ll have a better chance of both capturing and holding onto their audience’s attention. What a lot of us don’t realize is that often times the stories that we are so good at telling all have a common theme that runs through them. If we can take the time to pick out what that theme is, we may have discovered a way to make ourselves become an even more powerful speaker and make better use of the importance of public speaking.

A Different Type Of Story Can Capture An Audience

Personal storytelling might be exactly what your next speech needs
Personal storytelling might be exactly what your next speech needs

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Hopefully by now everyone knows that one of the best ways to tap into the importance of public speaking and make your next speech become more interesting to your audience is to include a story in the speech. We’ve got a lot of different stories that we can draw on: fairy tales, folk tales, legends, myths, you know the list. As speakers we run into a common problem when we use these types of stories: our audience has already heard them. Perhaps once, perhaps a hundred times. As speakers what we need are a new source of stories with which to thrill our audience.

Say Hello To Personal Storytelling

More and more speakers are starting to realize that they need to include stories in their speeches that their audiences have never heard before. In order to accomplish this, they are starting to include personal stories. These are stories that cobbled together from the things that have happened to us during our own lives. We add detail to these stories based on what our own experiences have been. Everyone’s stories are going to be different. We all come from communities that are unique and cultures that are unlike any other culture.

These types of personal stories have become so popular, that a number of different speaking events have been created specifically to allow speakers to come and share their personal stories. One of the reasons that this type of story has become so popular is because our audiences have a real need for a sense of community. People exist in their communities, go to work, go shopping, and go home but they don’t interact with the other people in the community. These stories can open doors that have been closed to them. One of the things that makes a speaker’s personal story so attractive to his or her audience is that, unlike all of the classic stories that speakers like to tell, the audience does not know how the story is going to end. It’s not easy for a speaker to deliver a personal story – all too often we can feel as though we are standing on the stage naked as we revel our personal story to our audience.

What makes a personal story so compelling for an audience is that they are authentic. The audience understands that they are not listening to an actor who is sharing a story with them. Instead, they are listening to a real person who has really lived this story. Personal stories are true narratives. These stories have emotions in them that are both real and raw. It’s the presence of these emotions that causes our audiences to sit up and take notice when we start to share a personal story with them.

How To Tell Personal Stories

You would think that everyone knows how to tell a story, but you’d be wrong. A number of speakers who are just getting started using personal stories in their speeches make mistakes. One of the most common mistakes that speakers make is that they forget to be audience centered. What this mean is that how the speaker wants to tell their story can be very different from how their audience wants to hear the story.

When a story is being told, the speaker needs to remember who the most important person is: the audience member who is listening to the story. One example of a common mistake that speakers make is that they tend to provide too much background information as a part of their speech. This material may be significant to the person who is telling the story; however, it just serves to confuse all of the people who are listening to the story. A good way to make sure that this does not happen when you tell your story is to rehearse telling your story in order to build confidence.

What speakers need to understand is that the more of themselves that they are going to be willing to share with their audience, the better they will be able to connect with that audience. When a speaker is able to tap into their personal stories, they are then able to find a way to show their humanity to their audience. Sharing these types of stories are one way that a speaker can go about creating community.

What All Of This Means For You

Speakers know that if they really want to share the benefits of public speaking and draw their audience into their speech, one way that they can make this happen is by adding stories to their speech. However, all too often the stories that we add are the old “tried and true” stories that everyone has already heard many, many times. Speakers need to do something different.

A great alternative is to add a personal story to your next speech. If you do this then you can create a story that is based on your own personal experiences. These types of stories allow a speaker to create a sense of community with their audience. Personal stories are authentic and they contain real emotions. When we are telling a personal story we have to do it correctly. This means that we need to limit the amount of background material that we include. The more of us that there is in the story, the better we will be able to connect with our audience.

Personal stories provide us with a powerful new way to connect with our audiences. Each of us has a virtually unlimited number of personal stories that we can share with our audiences. Take the time to craft a good personal story and then work it into your next speech. Doing this will allow to create a sense of community with your audience.

– Dr. Jim Anderson
Blue Elephant Consulting –
Your Source For Real World Public Speaking Skills™

Question For You: How many personal stories do you think that you can include in a single speech?

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Note: What we talked about are advanced speaking skills. If you are just starting out I highly recommend joining Toastmasters in order to get the benefits of public speaking. Look for a Toastmasters club to join in your home town by visiting the web site www.Toastmasters.org. Toastmasters is dedicated to helping their members to understand the importance of public speaking by developing listening skills and getting presentation tips. Toastmasters is how I got started speaking and it can help you also!

What We’ll Be Talking About Next Time

Not all speakers are equipped with a voice that could be heard in the back of a larger room. Back in the days before electricity, this was a big deal – only the very loud speakers had any chance of keeping the attention of an audience of any size and sharing the importance of public speaking. However, now with the invention of the microphone any speaker can be as loud as they want to be. However, if a speaker does not use a microphone correctly, then they are going to run into real problems. How should a speaker get the most out of a microphone?

How To Do A Good Job At Being A PA Announcer

PA announcers have a special type of speech to give
PA announcers have a special type of speech to give
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So here’s an interesting question for you. How many times have you been at a large event, more often than not outdoors, such as a convention, a sporting event, an inauguration, a grand opening, or any type of civic event? How do you know what is going to be happening soon? How do you know where you should be going? The answers to both of these questions is generally that the public address (PA) system that has been set up at the event has told you what you needed to know. What you may not have realized is that the person on the other side of that PA system is really giving a speech. The PA system is showing the importance of public speaking. How do they do that?

What Goes Into A Good PA Speech

Although acting as a PA announcer may not strike you as being the same as taking the stage and delivering a speech to an audience, they really are the same thing. You need to view being asked to be a PA announcer as being both an honor and a privilege – just like when you are asked to give a speech. You do need to understand that giving this type of speech will be different than just about every other type of speech that you have given. One of the biggest differences is that although everyone in your spread out audience will be able to clearly hear you, you may not be able to hear yourself!

Since nobody is going to be able to see you as you make your PA announcer speech, you are going to have some extra work to do. One of the most important things that is going to matter in this speech is how your voice comes across to the people who are listing to you. You are going to want your voice to sound inviting, warm, and even just a bit sophisticated. Keep in mind that at events like this, often the only thing that you’ll be called on to say is perhaps a person’s name. This means that you are going to have to find a way to work in the correct amount of excitement in order to find a way to set the proper tone for your message.

I can only speak for myself, but when it comes to pronouncing people’s names correctly I do a horrible job. When you are called on to act as a PA announcer, this is one area where you cannot drop the ball (like I do). What you need to understand is that when it comes to being a PA announcer, accuracy is everything. When you know that you’ll be a PA announcer for an event, take the time to study the names that you’ll be called on to announce and make sure that you fully understand the correct way to pronounce them. Your ultimate goal as a PA announcer is to find a way to shine the spotlight of attention on someone else.

Tips For Delivering A Good PA Speech

If we can all agree that the faceless PA announcer is performing a critical and required job, then the next question is just exactly how should we go about doing this task when we are called upon to perform it? Hopefully it goes without saying that the first step in becoming a good PA announcer is that you are going to have to practice what you are going to be saying. You need to reach out to the people who will be running the event and get a copy of the script. Because things always change, you are going to have to make sure that you fully understand the big picture of the event and how the event’s various pieces all fit together.

The real challenge of being a PA announcer is going to be to get people to pay attention to what you are saying. In order to make this happen, you are going to have to make them want to listen to you. What this means for you is that when you are rehearsing for your big PA speech is that you are going to want to read your script out loud. What you are going to be looking for by doing this is for words that, although they may look fine when they are written down, end up not flowing well when spoken. It is going to be your responsibility to change them so that they become easier for you to say and come across to your audience as being more conversational.

We all want to come across as being excited about what we are saying and find ways to capture our audience’s attention. As speakers this is generally not a problem because we are standing on a stage in front of our audience. However, as a PA announcer you will probably have the opportunity to sit and speak. You may want to consider standing. When you stand you’ll discover that you generate more energy. Additionally, you’ll also be able to be more expressive. Although as a PA announcer nobody is going to be able to see you or any gestures that you make, this does not mean that you should not make them. By using body language you are going to be able to an extra level of vitality to the words that you are saying.

What All Of This Means For You

When we think about giving speeches we generally think about standing on a stage and speaking to an audience. However, it turns out that there is an entirely new world of Public Address announcing that also requires people who understand the benefits of public speaking and know how to give speeches. If we can find out how to master this different form of speech giving then we can open new doors to public speaking for us.

We need to understand that when you are a PA announcer you won’t be able to see your audience but that they will be able to hear you. You need to control how your voice will sound to the people who will be hearing you. Taking the time to master how your pronounce people’s names will become of the upmost importance. You’ll need to get a script for the event and spend some time practicing what you’ll be saying. When you are practicing read the words out loud looking for words that don’t flow together. Make changes to make things flow better. When you are speaking stand up and use body language to add more energy to what you are saying.

Becoming a PA announcer is a different form of giving a speech than most of us are used to. It is a very important job and if we can take the time to master the techniques required to get good at this, then we can add this skill to our resume. Spend some time polishing your PA announcer skills and then go out then and find an event who needs someone who can do a good job at getting the word out!

– Dr. Jim Anderson
Blue Elephant Consulting –
Your Source For Real World Public Speaking Skills™

Question For You: Do you think that it will be important for you to see what is going on while you are a PA announcer?

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Note: What we talked about are advanced speaking skills. If you are just starting out I highly recommend joining Toastmasters in order to get the benefits of public speaking. Look for a Toastmasters club to join in your home town by visiting the web site www.Toastmasters.org. Toastmasters is dedicated to helping their members to understand the importance of public speaking by developing listening skills and getting presentation tips. Toastmasters is how I got started speaking and it can help you also!

What We’ll Be Talking About Next Time

Hopefully by now everyone knows that one of the best ways to tap into the importance of public speaking and make your next speech become more interesting to your audience is to include a story in the speech. We’ve got a lot of different stories that we can draw on: fairy tales, folk tales, legends, myths, you know the list. As speakers we run into a common problem when we use these types of stories: our audience has already heard them. Perhaps once, perhaps a hundred times. As speakers what we need are a new source of stories with which to thrill our audience.

1st Art Oil Painting Reproductions

When we are creating a speech, we often sit down and try to come up with ideas for what we want to present to our audience. One of the biggest challenges that we face is getting inspiration. It turns out that one place that we can go to get inspired for our speeches is when we take the time to look at high quality art work.

1st Art Oil Painting Reproductions – What it takes to be the Best

With art masterpieces going for up to hundreds of millions of dollars as shown in this article, any attempt at reproducing these works must be top notch. An artwork can only be described as a copy if it truly is a copy of the original. An art reproduction is not something you look at and go “Ew!” A true copy is a work you look at and ask if it is the original copy because it looks exactly like the original.

There are only a few places you can get this quality of reproduction job done. If we are to go by the reviews and feedback from folks who have used reproduction services before, 1st Art appears to be on top of this list. This is clearly something they have excelled at for years.

Before we go ahead to look at what makes a company excel at art reproduction, let’s do a brief review of the subject.

What Is an Art Reproduction?

Here is the simplest way to define it. Art reproduction refers to the copying of a work of art by someone other than the original artist. This can be done by print or by hand painting.

The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1503. There is one original which is on display at the Louvre Museum Paris, France. You cannot have this original even if you had the over $600 million which is what it was valued at in 2016 because it is currently not for sale.

That said, a master artist can paint this exact masterpiece for you on the same oil medium as the original such that it will be difficult to tell apart from the original. This painting of the Mona Lisa will be known as a reproduction regardless of how exactly like the original it is. You can go to this link: https://www.wikihow.com/Determine-if-a-Painting-Is-an-Original-or-Reproduction to learn the basics of determining if a painting is an original or reproduction.

What Makes a Great Art Reproduction Company?

From the reviews on Trust Pilot, there are a number of factors that made people review some companies more favorably than they did others. What are these factors and what do they offer that make them stand out? These are some of the issues we will be trying to address in this section.

Experience

The very first thing to consider is how much experience the company has acquired. The easiest way to ascertain this is to look at how long they have been in business for. In addition to this, find out their reputation among their previous clients, this will enable you know if they are likely to do a good job.

Quality of Clientele

Look at the quality and class of its clientele. Companies that serve high-class clientele are more likely to deliver top quality reproduction job. The simple reason for this is that this level of clients will not settle for just any quality of work.

Highly Talented and Trained Artists

The quality of a company’s staff will determine the quality of service they can deliver. Ensure the company you choose only works with the best of artists.

Hand Painted Reproduction

To get a really authentic oil reproduction job, look for those that do hand-painted reproduction.

Made to Order

Whether you are ordering a reproduction job or a custom job, each job should be done exactly to order. This can include size, packaging etc. Should be able to determine exactly what you want.

Number of Reviews Allowed

To ensure you get exactly what you want, you should be carried along all through the process of painting. You should also be given the opportunity to review the work. You should actually look out for companies that offer unlimited reviews.

Initial Deposit

What is the minimum deposit you are required to put down before work can commence? Companies that are sure of their quality take as little 10% before commencing work. This gives the client some confidence because the company bears most of the risk since you only get to pay at the conclusion of the job.

Guarantees

Guarantees are important in this business. Look for a company that will offer you some form of guarantee like no work is shipped out until the client has seen and approved it or a 100% money back guarantee. A top-quality company would always offer good guarantees.

The few points we have looked above are some of the major characteristics of top art reproduction companies. Any company that does not meet all or at least most of the above should not be considered for any serious work.

This is what it takes to be the best in the midst of intense competition. This is what the best looks like.

Why Your Stories Can’t Be All About You

Audiences are growing tired of the "my struggle, your lesson" talk
Audiences are growing tired of the “my struggle, your lesson” talk
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Congratulations – you’ve been asked to give a speech! As you sit down to use the importance of public speaking to pull this speech together, you decide that what this audience needs is one of your rousing “I overcame a mountain of obstacles” speech. Who doesn’t like that? They will be impressed with how successful you have been and will listen to your every word. Or will they? In all honesty, this “I’m so great” type of speech is that same speech that we’ve all been hearing for quite some time now. No matter if it is how someone climbed Mount Everest or how they brought a struggling company back from the grave, we’ve all heard it before. What you need is something different, but what?

The Mentor Story

In many of the stories that speakers tell, the hero of their story has all of the answers. After the car crash, the hero knows how to fix a tourniquet, what direction to go for help, and is able to clearly explain what happened to everyone who needs to hear his story. Or as his company is sinking, he know what steps to take to make sure that it won’t capsize. When the company hits its lowest point, he is already doing the things that will be needed to once again turn it into a big success. These stories sound great, but all too often they just don’t sit well with our audience.

So here’s an interesting question for you. If you broke your arm, who would you want to fix it for you: a doctor who has never broken his arm but who has fixed 100’s of arms or someone who has broken their arm in the past? That’s right, your audience doesn’t need you to have had their exact problem. They just need you to know how to go about fixing it. What they want is a story in which the hero struggles. We all struggle every day. What your audience is looking for is a story about a struggle that they can relate to. The bigger the struggle, the better the story.

When you stand up in front of your next audience and start your speech, what you want to happen is for all of them to be interested in what you’ll be telling them and for them to remain engaged in your speech. However, if you start to tell them the “you as the hero” speech what you’ll discover is that you will start to lose your audience. No, you won’t lose them all. However, you will lose enough of them that all of a sudden you will be talking to a small subset of the people who are sitting in front of you. This is not what you want. You need to tell a different type of story that is going to keep everyone engaged and wanting to hear more from you.

What Goes Into A Mentor Story?

When you start a speech, if you kick things off by telling your audience about the almost impossible struggle that you had to deal with, then you are going to be running the chance that you’ll come across as a very self-absorbed person. However, if instead you start by sharing with them a story about someone else’s struggle which you have either researched or you played the role of a mentor or helper, then you will have hooked your audience. Your goal here is to tell your audience a story that is not about you – it’s about someone like them.

In your story in which you are playing the role of a mentor to the hero, you need to be careful how much you share with them and when you share it. You can’t share too much too soon – they won’t be ready for it. As the mentor, you can’t do what needs to be done, only the hero can. There are three things that you are going to have to convince the hero of in your story: that they are the only one who can do this thing, that if they don’t do it bad things will happen, and that you’ll be with them every step of the way.

Taking the time to share mentor stories with your audience instead of stories in which you play the hero will result in you giving a great speech. You’ll find that your entire audience is engaged in your speech and they all want to hear how the story turns out. Additionally, instead of coming across as being self-serving you will come across as a valuable person to know. A mentor. Long after your speech is over and done with this is what your audience will remember about you.

What All Of This Means For You

As speakers what we want to be able to do is to deliver speeches that will allow us to both capture and hold on to our audience’s attention in order to share with them the benefits of public speaking. One of the ways that we like to go about doing this is by telling stories. We especially like to tell stories in which we are the heroes. Something has gone wrong, we jump in to save the day, and in the end everything is fixed because we made it better. However, it turns out that everyone has been telling these types of stories and now our audiences have started to tune then out when they hear them. Clearly we’re going to have to do something a bit different going forward.

What we need to discover is how to tell a mentor story. The hero story is no longer being well received by our audiences. What your audience is looking for is a story about a struggle that they are facing. You don’t have to have had the same struggle, but you do need to know how to go about solving this problem. Your audience wants to hear the mentor story. When you start your speech you need to tell your audience about someone who was facing an impossible situation. You have either researched this story or you played the role of a mentor to this person. You need to be careful that you don’t share too much information with the hero too quickly – they can’t handle all of that information. When you tell the mentor story you’ll keep the attention of your entire audience and you’ll be able to come across as being a valuable person.

The hero story has run its course. It’s time for us as speakers to start to change things. We need to start telling our audiences mentor stories in which we play a helping role to the hero. This will allow us to not spend so much time talking about how great we are, but rather how valuable we can be. Try this technique the next time you give a speech and watch your audience start to see you as the hero of your next story.

– Dr. Jim Anderson
Blue Elephant Consulting –
Your Source For Real World Public Speaking Skills™

Question For You: Do you think that you have to play a role in the story or can you just get away with telling someone else’s story?

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Note: What we talked about are advanced speaking skills. If you are just starting out I highly recommend joining Toastmasters in order to get the benefits of public speaking. Look for a Toastmasters club to join in your home town by visiting the web site www.Toastmasters.org. Toastmasters is dedicated to helping their members to understand the importance of public speaking by developing listening skills and getting presentation tips. Toastmasters is how I got started speaking and it can help you also!

What We’ll Be Talking About Next Time

So here’s an interesting question for you. How many times have you been at a large event, more often than not outdoors, such as a convention, a sporting event, an inauguration, a grand opening, or any type of civic event? How do you know what is going to be happening soon? How do you know where you should be going? The answers to both of these questions is generally that the public address (PA) system that has been set up at the event has told you what you needed to know. What you may not have realized is that the person on the other side of that PA system is really giving a speech. The PA system is showing the importance of public speaking. How do they do that?

How To Become A Better Speaker

We all want to become a better speaker, but what is the right way to do it?
We all want to become a better speaker, but what is the right way to do it?
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I’m pretty sure that we’d all like to find ways to become a better speaker. It turns out that this speaking stuff is actually quite hard to do. Sure, we practice creating the best speech that we can, we stand in front of a mirror for hours rehearsing how we’re going to deliver our speech, and then we try to remember everything that we wanted to do when we are actually in front of our audience because we understand the importance of public speaking. This is all fine and good, but sometimes it’s not enough. If we really want to become the great speaker that we know that we can be, we’re going to have to come up with a set of things that we can do that will transform us from the way that we are to the way that we want to be.

Write It Down!

If we really want to become a better speaker, we need to first take the time to think about what we are going to have to do in order to improve. If you are like me, this is going to result in a list of things to do. Coming up with a list is a great first step; however, it’s what you do next that is really going to make it matter. You need to take the time to write your list down. I’m a big fan of using paper and pencil – not a computer keyboard.

The reason that this writing it down thing is so important is because what it does to you. Taking the time to use your hands to actually write out what you want to be able to accomplish causes something to happen inside of your head. Those things that that you had thought of when you were coming up with your list start to transform when you write them down. They become solid goals that you are not going to be forgetting. Writing them down allows them to stick in your memory and going forward you’ll be able to easily recall them.

Get Your Priorities In Order

The one thing that none of us seem to have too much of is time. When we decide that we want to become better speakers, all of sudden our time starts to become that much more precious. We are going to have to stop doing things that waste our time (like watching television) and start spending our time working on things that will help us to become better speakers.

One of the things that we need to be aware of is that we probably have too many things to do – there just isn’t enough time to get it all done! What this means is that we are going to have to take the time to assign priorities to what we want to be able to accomplish. The highest priority tasks are the ones that we’ll be working on right off the bat. The lower priority tasks won’t go away, but we’ll be putting them off until we find the time to get around to them.

It’s All About Good Habits

Deciding that you want to become a better public speaker is a great start. However, it’s just that – only a start. If you are really committed to this “getting better” thing, then you are going to have to make some changes in your life in order to make it happen. What this all comes down to is the simple fact that you are going to have to start doing things that will make you a better speaker – you need new habits.

Adopting new habits is really not all that hard to do. The first thing that you are going to have to do is to determine what new skill or technique you are going to want to develop. Once you’ve got that down, you are going to have to come up with a series of steps that you can take that will allow you to improve that skill. When you know what you have to do, you then simply have to go ahead and do it. When you complete this task, stop, reset, and do it again. By making a set of activities that will improve your public speaking skills a habit, you’ll become better every time that you perform the habit.

What All Of This Means For You

One of the challenges that we all face as public speakers is that we know that we can become better. Knowing that we can become better is a great first step, but then we need to take the next step and actually start to work to become better so that we can share the benefits of public speaking with our next audience. We’re never going to be able to accomplish this if we don’t first take the time to find out what steps will be required.

When we decide to become better public speakers, the very first step that we need to take is to start to write down what we want to accomplish. The process of actually putting pencil to paper causes what we want to do to become fixed in our head and we’ll be able to remember what we’re trying to do. The next thing that we’ll want to do is to get our priorities in order. There is never enough time to get everything that we want to do done. This means that we’re going to have to prioritize our tasks and work on them in the correct order. Finally, wanting to become a better speaker and becoming a better speaker are two different things. The secret to becoming a better speaker is to create habits that will improve your speaking and then executing those habits over and over again.

The great thing about public speaking is that it really is a skill. Because it is a skill, this means that we can become better at doing it. We just need to take the time to figure out the specific things that we want to improve in our speaking and then take the time to write them down, prioritize them, and then create new habits in order to become better.

– Dr. Jim Anderson
Blue Elephant Consulting –
Your Source For Real World Public Speaking Skills™

Question For You: How many new habits do you think that you should create in order to become a better speaker?

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Note: What we talked about are advanced speaking skills. If you are just starting out I highly recommend joining Toastmasters in order to get the benefits of public speaking. Look for a Toastmasters club to join in your home town by visiting the web site www.Toastmasters.org. Toastmasters is dedicated to helping their members to understand the importance of public speaking by developing listening skills and getting presentation tips. Toastmasters is how I got started speaking and it can help you also!

What We’ll Be Talking About Next Time

Congratulations – you’ve been asked to give a speech! As you sit down to use the importance of public speaking to pull this speech together, you decide that what this audience needs is one of your rousing “I overcame a mountain of obstacles” speech. Who doesn’t like that? They will be impressed with how successful you have been and will listen to your every word. Or will they? In all honesty, this “I’m so great” type of speech is that same speech that we’ve all been hearing for quite some time now. No matter if it is how someone climbed Mount Everest or how they brought a struggling company back from the grave, we’ve all heard it before. What you need is something different, but what?

How To Become A Professional Speaker

Tony Robbins is a very successful professional public speaker
Tony Robbins is a very successful professional public speaker
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After you’ve been giving speeches for a while and you understand the importance of public speaking, you may run into someone who tells you that you are really good. In fact, they may say that instead of just speaking for free, you really should go pro. Just like all of those famous professional speakers out there like Tony Robbins, Bill Clinton, etc. you could get paid a lot to go to the effort of doing what you are already doing! This brings up a very good question. Just exactly how hard is it to make a living doing the professional speaking thing?

Getting Gigs

If you want to be a professional speaker, then you are going to need to be able to get people to agree to pay you to come and speak. You know how good of a speaker you are, but they don’t and that’s why they may not be calling you. I’ve had the privilege of attending a number of National Speaker’s Association (NSA) meetings and I was surprised that this is the topic that the professional speakers there spend the most time talking about.

The reality of life is that if you want to get booked as a professional speaker you are going to have to submit proposals. A lot of proposals Each of these proposals is going to have a lot of paperwork associated with it and that means that it’s going to end up taking a big chunk of your time. In order to get noticed and invited to apply to speak at an event, you are going to have to write articles for newsletters and magazines, appear on TV, and generally become well known in the circles in which you want to speak.

Professional Speaking Takes Time

Just deciding to become a professional public speaker does not mean that all of sudden the offers to speak are going to come rolling in. Instead, what is going to happen is that you’ll submit a proposal one month, three months later you’ll be informed that you’ve been selected to speak in four months and then after you are done speaking you’ll end up getting paid a month later.

What you are going to have to realize is that it can take several years before you are going to be able to get enough paid speeches that will allow you to generate a decent living. Yes, there are always those stories about professional speakers who go from zero to hero overnight. However, in your case it is much more likely that it’s going to take time before you will be able to develop the momentum that you are going to need in order to turn this into a career.

It’s All About Your Fee

Speaking professionally means that you are going to get people to pay you to come and give a speech. In order to make this happen, you are going to have to determine just exactly how much you are going to be charging for one of your speeches. Something to keep in mind is that that different speeches should have different prices: a keynote is not a general purpose speech is not a training session speech. You are going to need to create multiple fees.

The other thing that you are going to have to realize about your speaking fees is that the people who pay for speakers are always going to be trying to talk you down. You are going to have to be careful what you agree to. The world of paid speeches is actually quite small and if you agree to lower your prices for one event, then everyone else is going to find out and will want the same deal.

A Professional Speech Is A Long Speech

Finally, something that can be a bit too easy to overlook is the fact that a paid professional speech can be a lengthy affair. You are probably not just looking at a single 45 to 60 minute speech. Instead, meeting planners often like to have professional speakers give multiple speeches or run workshops after their speech is over. This allows them to fill their event with speakers and reduces the amount of airfares that they have to pay.

A key question that you are going to have to be able to answer is if you have enough material to support a professional speaking career. Your keynotes will probably consist of you delivering a speech with the help of some PowerPoint slides However, if you are running a workshop then that will probably require you to create questions and answers, perhaps a skit, and some role playing opportunities. You are going to have to get creative and make sure that you can fill the time that you’ve been paid to fill.

What All Of This Means For You

For some of us, not all of us, after we have been speaking for a while we may get bit by the professional speaking bug. What this means is that we are confident in our speaking ability and we’d like to venture out and find out if people who understand the benefits of public speaking would be willing to pay us to come and talk to their organization. While this might represent a great opportunity, we need to make sure that we have the answers to some questions before we do this.

The first thing that we need to make sure that we can do is to get booked to deliver paid speeches. This is going to involve filling out lots and lots of forms. We also have to understand that the time line for giving speeches may be stretched out and not line up with how we’d like things to be going. When you offer to give a professional speech you are going to have to know what your speaking fee is. Be careful because the people who book speakers will be trying to talk you down to a lower fee. The speeches that you’ll be booked to give will turn out to be long speeches and you may be asked to give multiple speeches at one event. Make sure that you have enough content to pull this off!

The good news is that there are a lot of people out there who do make a living as a professional speaker. However, this is not an easy path to take. You will be running a business and you will have a single product that you are trying to sell – yourself! Keep what we’ve discussed in mind and who knows, you could find yourself sharing the stage with Tony Robbins!

– Dr. Jim Anderson
Blue Elephant Consulting –
Your Source For Real World Public Speaking Skills™

Question For You: If you became a professional speaker, do you think that you should focus on one topic to speak about or have multiple topics?

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Note: What we talked about are advanced speaking skills. If you are just starting out I highly recommend joining Toastmasters in order to get the benefits of public speaking. Look for a Toastmasters club to join in your home town by visiting the web site www.Toastmasters.org. Toastmasters is dedicated to helping their members to understand the importance of public speaking by developing listening skills and getting presentation tips. Toastmasters is how I got started speaking and it can help you also!

What We’ll Be Talking About Next Time

Congratulations – you’ve been asked to give a speech! As you sit down to use the importance of public speaking to pull this speech together, you decide that what this audience needs is one of your rousing “I overcame a mountain of obstacles” speech. Who doesn’t like that? They will be impressed with how successful you have been and will listen to your every word. Or will they? In all honesty, this “I’m so great” type of speech is that same speech that we’ve all been hearing for quite some time now. No matter if it is how someone climbed Mount Everest or how they brought a struggling company back from the grave, we’ve all heard it before. What you need is something different, but what?

How Speakers Can Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism is bad, but how can we avoid it?
Plagiarism is bad, but how can we avoid it?
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When you are creating a speech, how do you go about coming up with what you want to say? If you are like most of us, you spend some time looking things up, you might consult a book or two, and then you get busy writing your speech. However, this is where things can start to get a bit tricky. When you are writing that speech, are the words that are flowing out of you yours or do they really belong to someone else?

What Is Plagiarism?

So let’s keep this nice and simple. The simplest way to go about defining what plagiarism is would be to say that it is the act of using someone else’s words or ideas as your own and not giving them the proper attribution that they deserve. If this was all that there was, then it would be pretty simple to determine if someone had committed an act of plagiarism while sharing the importance of public speaking. However, it turns out that there is actually a great deal of grey area when it comes to plagiarism. It’s even possible that someone could be committing plagiarism and not even know it!

One of the most important things that we need to realize is that different cultures view plagiarism differently. In fact, today’s modern online plagiarism checkers have been taught to detect up to 10 different unique types of plagiarism. One of the tricky issues that shows up when you start to talk about plagiarism is just exactly who “owns” words. In the Western world, we tend to view the words that we say or write as being a part of our intellectual property and so we own them and others should not use them.

As speakers, we need to take a step back and think about what we are doing when we are creating a new speech. What we’d like to be able to do is to communicate with our audience using our own voice. We’d like to be able to use the skills that we have developed in order to establish a connection with our audience. We’d like to avoid committing plagiarism because if it happens, then all of sudden we are not presenting our true selves to our audience. Instead, we are trying to come across as someone else and that really is not fair to our audience. If we choose to borrow someone else’s material, we’re going to have to make some judgement calls as to just exactly how much of it we are borrowing and if we need to give credit to the person who created it.

How Can Speakers Avoid Plagiarism?

If we can agree that plagiarism in public speaking is a bad thing, then we need to spend some time thinking about how we can prevent ourselves from using other people’s material. Assuming that we are not deliberately trying to copy what someone else has said or written, then we’re facing the challenge that we could make a mistake and use too much of their material inadvertently.

One of the easiest ways to make sure that we are avoiding plagiarism is to create a speech that just contains our own personal stories. If it’s our story, then there is no way that we can be copying from anyone else. The good news is that every audience enjoys it when you tell a good story. The fact that it’s your story will help you to establish a deeper relationship with your audience. If you do choose to include someone else’s work in your speech or in one of your stories, then make sure that when you do you give them credit for their content.

One of the most important things that you can do when you are researching a new speech is to take notes. These notes will serve as the raw material that you use when you start to pick the words that you’ll use to create your speech. However, you can quickly run into problems if you take a look at your notes and you can’t tell if what you’ve written that is your own original content and what is copied from someone else’s material. What you are going to have to do in order to prevent problems from showing up is to become a very good note taker. Make sure that anytime you take notes, you very carefully cite the source that they come from.

There are times that we want to invite someone else’s words to play a role in a speech that we are giving. We do this by quoting them. However, quotes can be tricky beasts – it’s important that we get the quote correct. If you decide to quote someone, don’t try to do it from your memory. Instead, take the time to find an original source for the quote so that you’ll know that you’ve got it correct. Likewise, make sure that you are 100% sure who you should be crediting for this quote. Feel free to use the internet to check any clever phrases that you think that you’ve thought up all by yourself – often it turns out that we’re just thinking about something that someone else has already said!

What All Of This Means For You

As speakers we prize originality in all of our speeches. Our audience has shown up to hear us speak and get the benefits of public speaking from us, not someone else. What this means is that we want to be able to deliver to them original content in our speech. This means that we need to be very careful to not plagiarize. Sure, we all know what we need to not do, but it turns out that in the right circumstances we can end up accidently committing plagiarism.

Plagiarism occurs when we use someone else’s words or ideas and we present them as our own. The problem with plagiarism is that there is a lot of gray area when it comes to what is permitted and what is not. Our upbringing, our culture, and how we personally view intellectual property can all play a role in where we draw the line when it comes to plagiarism. If we want to avoid plagiarizing someone, we can include a lot of personal stories in our next speech. These are our stories and will prevent us from using other people’s material. Additionally, when we are researching a speech, we need to take the time to take very careful notes. We wouldn’t want to make a mistake and include someone else’s material thinking that it was our own original content. Finally, if you are going to quote someone, make sure that your double check the quote to make sure that you get it right and that you attribute it to the right person.

Creating a new speech is hard work. As all of those ideas flow though our heads, we need to be very careful to make sure that we are able to determine which ones are unique and which ones are ones that we’ve heard other people say. Plagiarism is a fine line and we want to stay on the correct side of it. Take the time to carefully collect the information for your next speech and make sure you give credit where it is due!

– Dr. Jim Anderson
Blue Elephant Consulting –
Your Source For Real World Public Speaking Skills™

Question For You: Do you think that you should get someone else to read over your next speech in order to detect any plagiarism?

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Note: What we talked about are advanced speaking skills. If you are just starting out I highly recommend joining Toastmasters in order to get the benefits of public speaking. Look for a Toastmasters club to join in your home town by visiting the web site www.Toastmasters.org. Toastmasters is dedicated to helping their members to understand the importance of public speaking by developing listening skills and getting presentation tips. Toastmasters is how I got started speaking and it can help you also!

What We’ll Be Talking About Next Time

After you’ve been giving speeches for a while and you understand the importance of public speaking, you may run into someone who tells you that you are really good. In fact, they may say that instead of just speaking for free, you really should go pro. Just like all of those famous professional speakers out there like Tony Robbins, Bill Clinton, etc. you could get paid a lot to go to the effort of doing what you are already doing! This brings up a very good question. Just exactly how hard is it to make a living doing the professional speaking thing?

What Role Should Slang Play In Your Next Speech?

Too much slang in a speech can trip you up
Too much slang in a speech can trip you up
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So when you sit down to put a speech together, what language do you use? I’m not talking about English vs Spanish vs French here. Rather, I’m talking about the use of slang. You know what I’m talking about, slang is a type of language that consists of words and phrases that are regarded as very informal. Do you feel comfortable including this type of language in a speech? Do you think that it could contribute to the importance of public speaking? Should you be including more of it?

The Role Of Slang In A Speech

When we construct a speech, all that we really have to work with are words. That’s why the words that we choose to use are so important. If we choose the correct words, then we’re going to be able to capture our audience’s attention and hold on to it. If we choose the wrong words, then we’ll never have a chance. The reason that you might want to consider using slang in your next speech is because the words that make up slang can add gusto to your speech. View slang words as being a sort of spice that can make any speech tastier. However, you also have to keep in mind that too much spice can make any meal not taste so good.

Slang has always been viewed by public speakers with a bit of distrust. We view slang as being those words that are understood by a lot of people; however, at the same time they are not accepted as examples of good or formal word usage by the majority of people. What this means is that we view slang words as being just outside of what is proper. However, at the same time most of us could not communicate clearly without using some form of slang.

What I believe that a lot of us don’t fully understand is that slang has been around for a long time. Slang has been a part of all known languages over time. People who research such things have found evidence of slang in India’s Sanskrit writings. Even William Shakespeare used slang in several of his plays. There are a lot of different reasons why we tend to use slang. One of these reasons is because people enjoy variety and novelty in both their lives and in their words. The reason that we are always creating new slang is to satisfy these urges.

How To Work Slang Into Your Next Speech

When we are giving a speech, one of the most difficult things for us to accomplish is to form a connection between us and our audience. This is where the real power of using slang in a speech can come in. When we work some slang into our speech, it allows us to find a way to break the ice with our audience. By using slang, we are able to shift the delivery of our speech into a more casual and friendly tone. When we can accomplish this, we have a much better chance of getting our audience to accept both us and the message of our speech.

Let’s face it, some of our speeches can come across as being both long and boring. Although we may have a great deal of information that we’d like to convey to our audience, we don’t want to lose them by boring them. Once again, this is where slang can come to our rescue. In a business setting, if we work slang into one of our speeches it can come across as presenting our audience with a sense of playfulness that can help to retain their attention. Since our goal is always to find ways to hold on to our audience’s attention and all that we really have to work with are words, the real power of slang comes from the fact that slang presents us with fresh figures of speech.

One of the reasons that slang terms are so powerful is that they have the ability to create lasting word pictures in our audience’s mind’s eye when we use them. A lot of the slang terms that are available for us to use are in some way related to sports. The reason that there is such a tie in between these two areas is because they involve comparisons. Slang and sports comparisons are talking about competitions in which some form of team effort is going to be required in order to be successful. This lends itself to the creation of new slang terms. In the end, as speakers we need to realize that slang is a powerful tool that we can use and that it allows the language that we are speaking in to stay alive and to continue growing.

What All Of This Means For You

When we sit down to create a speech, we often start to think about what we want to say in formal terms. However, there’s a good chance that we may be missing something here. If what we’d like to be able to do during our speech is to find a way to connect with our audience and share the benefits of public speaking, then perhaps we need to lighten things up a bit. Perhaps we should start to work some more slang into our next speech.

Any discussion of slang requires us to understand just exactly what slang is. It turns out that slang is words that are understood by a lot of people; however, at the same time they are not accepted as examples of good or formal word usage by the majority of people. Slang is not something new. It’s been around for a long time and it has always existed in many different languages. Using slang in a speech allows us to break down the barriers that exist between us and our audience. Using slang in a speech makes us come across to our audience as being more casual. Slang can be use in a business setting in order to keep and retain our audience’s attention. Slang’s ability to help our audience build word pictures in their mind can help to make our speeches unforgettable.

As speakers it is our obligation to become aware of all of the resources that are at our disposal when we go to create a speech. One powerful tool that we have is the ability to work slang terms into a speech. By doing so we will make our speech more colorful and we’ll have a better chance of engaging our audience. The next time that you create a speech, carefully pick what slang terms you want to add to your speech. Doing so just might turn your regular speech into an unforgettable one.

– Dr. Jim Anderson
Blue Elephant Consulting –
Your Source For Real World Public Speaking Skills™

Question For You: Do you think that it is possible to include too much slang in a speech?

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Note: What we talked about are advanced speaking skills. If you are just starting out I highly recommend joining Toastmasters in order to get the benefits of public speaking. Look for a Toastmasters club to join in your home town by visiting the web site www.Toastmasters.org. Toastmasters is dedicated to helping their members to understand the importance of public speaking by developing listening skills and getting presentation tips. Toastmasters is how I got started speaking and it can help you also!

What We’ll Be Talking About Next Time

When you are creating a speech, how do you go about coming up with what you want to say? If you are like most of us, you spend some time looking things up, you might consult a book or two, and then you get busy writing your speech. However, this is where things can start to get a bit tricky. When you are writing that speech, are the words that are flowing out of you yours or do they really belong to someone else?