Speaker Alert: Make Me Laugh — Or Else

Stop. How funny was the last speech that you gave? What – you were talking about how best to diversify a 401k basket of investments in order to incorporate more foreign exchange funds & there’s nothing funny about that? Wrong. You’re not trying hard enough. Stop being not funny. Learn To Be Funny From A … Read moreSpeaker Alert: Make Me Laugh — Or Else

How Boys Can Talk To Girls (And Visa Versa)

Man, as though giving a speech wasn’t hard enough already, then you go ahead and throw that gender thing in there and all of a sudden it gets that much tougher! It can be a challenge when you are asked to talk to an audience made up of members of the opposite gender. How can … Read moreHow Boys Can Talk To Girls (And Visa Versa)

Speaker: You Are What You Wear!

The purpose of giving any speech is to be able to reach out and connect with your audience. No matter whether you are trying to inform them, entertain them, or convince them to take some action, none of this can be done unless you are able to make a connection with them. What you say … Read moreSpeaker: You Are What You Wear!

The Secret To Becoming An Expert In Anything

If you forget all of the advice that you’ve ever been given about speaking, then please at least remember this: audiences come to hear experts speak. No matter how badly you stutter, lose your place, don’t make eye contact, etc. an audience will always forgive a presenter whom they believe is an expert in what … Read moreThe Secret To Becoming An Expert In Anything

Ambush: When Experienced Speakers Develop New Public Speaking Fears

Even the most accomplished public speakers can develop a sudden phobia about speaking in public. In order to get over this phobia, you need to recognize what kind it is and how to deal with it. These phobias can show up out of the blue and you’ll never see them coming. Judith Pearson is an … Read moreAmbush: When Experienced Speakers Develop New Public Speaking Fears

Size Matters – Shaping Your Speech To Match Your Audience

Have you ever heard the expression “one size fits all“? I’m not sure what this phrase was invented to describe, but I can tell you that it sure wasn’t public speaking. Something that too many public speakers don’t realize is that you need to create different speeches for different size audiences. There is no such … Read moreSize Matters – Shaping Your Speech To Match Your Audience

Persuasion Power – How To Win Over An Audience

Not all speeches are the same. Graduations, weddings, corporate pep-rally’s – those are all pretty straightforward. One of the most difficult types of speeches to give is one in which you have been brought in to convince an audience of something. As difficult as this type of speech is to give, if you can become … Read morePersuasion Power – How To Win Over An Audience

Can You Hear Me Now Is What Presenters Need To Know

When we are given an opportunity to address a group, we spend a great deal of time preparing what we are going to say and how we are going to say it. This is all well and good, but we may be forgetting one critical factor: our audience may not be able to hear us … Read moreCan You Hear Me Now Is What Presenters Need To Know

Hey Speaker – It’s Tool Time!

When you find yourself giving a speech, you quickly realize that what you are missing is any sort of tools with which to give the speech. If you were a painter, you’d have a canvas, brushes, paints, thinners, etc. with which to make your creation. However, when you are giving a speech it’s just you … Read moreHey Speaker – It’s Tool Time!

Presenters Who Use Naughty Words – Good Or Bad?

If you are under 18 (or if you were at one time), please cover your ears as you read this posting. Let’s talk about naughty words. What words do I mean you say? I’m talking about all of the common ones like $^#!, *&@^, &%$#, and of course &#&@. Just for good measure we should … Read morePresenters Who Use Naughty Words – Good Or Bad?