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Monthly Archives: December 2010

5 Things Event Organizers Want from You

5 Things Event Organizers Want from YouTo make yourself more attractive to event organizers, cultivate these five things in your speaking business.

Know your audience
Take the time to get to know the audience you’ll be speaking for. If you are targeting specific associations, get to know their members before approaching them. Once you’ve been booked, take measures to get to know the audience even better. You can do this with a pre-event questionnaire, a pre-event survey or even just having a detail conversation with the person who booked you. Also, once at the event, take some time to mingle if you can.

Be a promotional partner
Event organizers often hire speakers they know have a decent following of potential attendees. Helping to promote the event by letting your following know about it can go a long way to building a good relationship with the organizer … leading to you getting booked for future events.
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Should You Eat Before Giving a Presentation?

Nancy DanielsBy Featured Speaker Nancy Daniels

The question of whether you should eat before speaking is very individual. Some people want to eat – others don’t. By the way, you are not alone in this dilemma. Most professional athletes, stage actors, and musicians do not eat a large meal before performing.

There have certainly been times in the past when I’ve been teaching a private session on an empty stomach and my stomach started to growl. In a situation like this, it is a good idea to have some type of snack food available like a granola bar or some fruit that you can nibble on; however, when it comes to the speech or presentation, chomping on an apple is not in the picture.
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Foods to Avoid Before Giving a Speech

foods to avoid before speakingJust like athletes watch what they eat before competition, speakers should watch what they eat before giving a presentation. Certain foods can have a negative effect on your voice, such as increasing phlegm or causing you to loose your train of thought.

Below are a few the usual suspects, although all of them may not have the same effect on you. But, just to be safe, you should probably just avoid them anyway.

Mucous producing foods

Increased mucous in your throat can cause you repeatedly clear your throat and sometimes even block your voice all together. Foods that can increase mucous or phlegm include:

  • Dairy
  • Caffeine
  • Hot spices
  • Soft drinks
  • Refined sugars
  • Chocolate
  • Iced drinks
  • Alcohol

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Three Explosive Ways to Grab Your Audience’s Attention and Keep It!

Arvee RobinsonBy Featured Speaker Arvee Robinson

Speakers can open their presentation using one of a host of methods. So why do most non-professional speakers begin their speech with those attention-grabbing words, “Ah, I am so-in-so, ah . . . um”? Beginning your speech with filler words such as “ah” or “um” immediately tells your audience that you are an untrained speaker. In a flash, you’ve lost credibility as a speaker, or even worse, as an expert in your field, and your audience has taken a mental exit. You might as well be talking to an empty room.

Why do speakers self-sabotage their speeches by beginning this way? It’s simple. It’s because they haven’t clearly defined or prepared their opening. Consequently, nervously, they search for what to say next and fill in this awkward gap with a filler word, “ah” or “um.”
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What Are Your Questions About Public Speaking?

Public speaking can be a powerful tool in your business and self-promotional toolbox. Over the next year, I’ll be providing public speaking video tips and I need your help to come up with the content. All you need to do is ask me your questions, and I’ll get them answered either from my own knowledge and experience, or from audio clips of my interviews with the many talented featured speakers.

How To Submit Your Public Speaking Questions
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