Would you like to wear a hat during your next presentation? This week, I talk a little bit about wearing a hat when you get up to speak, including all the things you need to consider when selecting your hat or deciding to wear one at all. – – […]
Monthly Archives: May 2011
I recently watched this video below presented by Gideon Shalwick, who helps people better use online video in their business. The topic was how to confident in front of the camera. And, for that topic alone, the video is worth watching. I especially liked the advice that Jay Jay gives near the end: act like you’re in love with the person on the other side of the lens. I’m not sure I could do that, but I at least try to act like I really, really care about the person on the other side of the lens. It might get too mushy otherwise. 🙂
Anyway, another reason I share this video is because I want you to notice how natural they both are. Yes, they um and ah, but it’s not distracting. In fact, it just makes it feel more like they are in the room with you and you’re having a conversation with friends.
Of course, there are going to be times when you want your presentation to be more formal, and so you should watch those verbal fillers. But, don’t become paralyzed with the fear of uh. If your content is good, people will more than likely not even notice, and if they do, they’ll forgive you.
By Featured Speaker Nancy Daniels
One of the requirements for dynamic speaking, whether it is at the lectern or just in normal conversation, is to be expressive when you talk. This is known as color and refers to your vocal variety, facial expression, and body language. All three elements work hand-in-hand to make your delivery more interesting.
There are some who are colorful in conversation but freeze at the lectern. All color drains from both their face and their voice as they hastily spit out a pile of words, hoping to get the ordeal over with as soon as possible. And, there are others who lack color in speaking whether they are addressing an audience or just talking to a friend or family member.
Why is color so important? Because without it, you are boring. It is difficult enough to keep your listeners’ attention. Our ability to focus for any great length of time has decreased considerably. With the overwhelming amount of visual and aural stimuli with which we are constantly bombarded, this should come as no surprise. Did you know that the amount of time spent on a website page is less than 40 seconds?
If you want to be a good speaker, you need to understand your innate talents and develop them so they become better. In this sneak peak of Billy Arcement’s interview, he shares his thoughts on developing your own public speaking super powers.. – – – – – Do you […]
My dad once told a story about when he was in college. He was involved in a production of West Side Story and for the closing scene, when the angels take the hero away, the actors playing the angels were dressed up as Keystone Cops with glow-in-the-dark paint on their face and hands. Well, at one performance, my dad’s friend, who played one of the angels realized he had to take a leak … after his make up was put on. So, he tries to do it as carefully as possible, but alas, he got glow-in-the-dark paint on his fly. After dad finished the tale, we all laughed and then I said, “So, I guess you could say he had a firefly.”
Dad was so proud of my little funny. Apparently I can be funny when I need to.
Most professionals lace at least a little humor into all their presentations. Making people laugh wakes them up, gets them engaged and can help them drop their walls, at least a little, so they are open to receiving your message.
By Featured Speaker Billy Arcement
With the continuously surfacing scandals in Corporate America, the idea that any form of ethics exists in business is suspect. We are also seeing similar situations within the ranks of government and religious leaders. And, the lack of ethics is not confined to America. It’s global!
By definition, ethics reflect the type of morally permissible standards of conduct a group places upon themselves. It is basically a contract with the society an entity serves. Greed, the desire for power, and blind ambition are some of the factors that have all but eliminated ethical standards. We have lost our conscience. It seems that anything one can get away with to reach their defined pinnacle of success is becoming more and more acceptable.
No one wants to listen to a presentation delivered in a monotone. Tone, pitch and volume all convey meaning … and they help keep the audience engaged. That’s the power of vocal variety.
But, like all powers, vocal variety is a tool that can be used to both make your presentation more powerful … or just plane confusing. It is the finesse with which you use vocal variety that can make or break your speech.
Use too little and your audience falls asleep.
Use too much and your audience wants to run away from you!
Here are some tips for making vocal variety work for you:
How loudly or softly you say things adds emphasis. For example, when you suddenly say something louder than the rest of your presentation, you wake up the audience. You startle them into paying attention.
Lower your volume and you make them lean in toward you to take it all in. Lowering volume can also have a calming effect.