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Monthly Archives: May 2011

Video Critique: Confidence Building Techniques With Jay Jay The Illusionist

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.
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Color in Public Speaking Does Not Refer to What You Are Wearing

Nancy DanielsBy 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?
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