When to think about your presentation audience

Many speakers focus all their pre-speech time on brainstorming, selecting and organizing the ideas and details on what they find most important about a topic. Whether they bring unique or already-prepared messages to their audiences, often the only focus they have is in what they want to say. That’s when they get in their own .. read more

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How long can you hold their attention?

Think it takes much to get and hold an audience’s attention? Consider this: Jerry Seinfeld, arguably one of the world’s biggest comics, reveals the difficulty of being in front of an audience in the movie, Comedian. When he decides to go on the road to test new material, Jerry says that it’s not as easy .. read more

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From the start – get motivated to speak!

If you want to take advantage of a speaking opportunity, then take your time planning, preparing and practicing in advance. Let me suggest a few tips that could motivate you immediately. Picture how you want the event to end. Applause, heads nodding, smiles, bodies shifting toward you with hands extended, etc. Plan questions that unify them .. read more

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On February 13th, 2013, posted in: audience, preparation, presentation by 1 Comment

Level Your Playing Field – Speak

Don’t have the advertising budget others have? You needn’t worry. You have something that levels the playing field. Solo practitioners often feel pigeonholed into getting only small-scale accounts and clients based on thinking their budgets are far too restrictive. With limited funds come limited reach, they think. Yet some have come to realize  they have .. read more

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On December 27th, 2012, posted in: attitude, attorneys, audience, business development by

Follow the Leader – How this really CAN apply to you

As a child, I welcomed following. When my sister or parents told me what to do, I did it. They did the thinking, I did the doing. In my young mind, following was easy. Now as an adult, I see I sometimes manage a balancing act: sometimes I hesitate to follow and other times I .. read more

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On November 13th, 2012, posted in: asking for help, attitude, audience, business building, networking by

Self-Talk – Use it or Lose it!

Not long ago I had coffee with a client who said, “I spend so much time focusing on where I fall short that I forget about my strengths.” The voice in this gentleman’s head, while reminding him of his problems, gave him no internal support. His coaching mechanism was nonexistant. Although it could remind him .. read more

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Thoughtful speakers get results

Yesterday I wrote about Waiting. It was Wednesday. Although my post also focused on being thoughtful, I wish to take a new angle on being thoughtful today. Because today is Thursday – a great day to be Thoughtful! When I think of speakers, I think of high energy, animation, laughter and smiles. Probably because these .. read more

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What Your Audiences Fear

When I first started speaking in front of attorneys, I feared they would not value topics in communication. Why? I didn’t relate to their world. Their training, their intelligence, their experiences all seemed a world apart from mine. Could I position the value I experience in such a way as to relate to them? If .. read more

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On May 15th, 2012, posted in: audience, Delivery, hone message, public speaking by 1 Comment

Get Feedback

I remember the adrenaline rush of being observed. When supervisors would step into my classroom where  I was teaching a lesson, or media critics had been spotted in the opening night audience, my mind would jump ahead to the moments later when facing these experts one on one. This always gave my adrenaline a boost. Why? .. read more

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On February 6th, 2012, posted in: adrenaline, audience, presentation by

Why I enjoy Observing Presentations

Several months ago I began the practice of observing speakers. I posted a plea on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for discovering Ohio-based presentations from folks in my network and have begun finding ways to be in their audiences. Sometimes they make the arrangements themselves for me, sometimes they refer me to the event planner for .. read more

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On January 17th, 2012, posted in: audience, presentation by