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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Can’t They See I’m Nervous?

NOTE: I celebrated my birthday over the last few days so I took the weekend off from producing a video for this week. We’ll return to the weekly video on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011.

One of the most frequent questions I’ve been asked … after “How do I deal with nerves/fear?” … is “Can’t they tell I’m nervous?” And, frankly, the answer really is “It depends.”

The answer could be yes if you display any of these tell-tales signs of nervous energy:

  • Speaking too fast
  • Blushing
  • Your hands are shaking
  • You don’t look in the audience’s direction at all
  • You have too many filler words

That said, you can do all these things and still have no one notice that you’re nervous!
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Types of Speeches: The Persuasive Speech

If you decide to become a professional speaker or use speaking as an integral part of your marketing strategy, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of speeches you might be asked to give. In this series of posts, I’ll give you the basics on a variety of types of presentations you can prepare. At the end of this post, I’ve listed previous articles in this series.


What is a persuasive speech?
A persuasive speech urges the audience to do something specific. I can be to change their mind about something, to vote for (or against) something, to join or support something, or even to buy something. If you are trying to influence the audience to think, feel or do something, you are giving a persuasive speech.

How do you persuade?
There are several ways you can appeal to your audience and persuade them to take the action you desire.

  • Emotionally — you appeal to their emotions on the topic and get them to take action based on how they feel
  • Intellectually — you provide a logical argument based in facts and figures
  • Through credibility and trust — you use your credibility and authority to get the audience to do something because they trust you as a person or expert … sort of like, “if so-and-so thinks this, it must be true!”
  • Through their need to belong — you use “mass appeal” to get the audience to do something because “every body else is doing it”

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Types of Speeches: The Q & A

If you decide to become a professional speaker or use speaking as an integral part of your marketing strategy, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of speeches you might be asked to give. In this series of posts, I’ll give you the basics on a variety of types of presentations you can prepare. At the end of this post, I’ve listed previous articles in this series.


What is a Q&A Speech?
There are many situations as a public speaker where you will need to lead a Q&A session:

  • At the end of presentations
  • At press conferences
  • On teleseminars and webinars

And although it can seem pretty simple on the surface — your audience asks questions and you answer them — there is an art to leading a successful Q&A presentation.

Q&A Etiquette
First, there are some basic rules of the road you should follow to truly respect your audience and improve the flow of the Q&A dynamic.
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Leadership Takes GUTSS

Wally AdamchikBy Featured Speaker Wally Adamchik

Leadership can be one of the most rewarding things a person experiences in their life. The exhilaration of knowing you orchestrated a team that came together and accomplished some worthy objective. Leadership can also be one of the most frustrating experiences in life when the objective is not met or when people on your team let you down. Ultimately, it takes guts to step into that position of leadership. Apply these GUTSS principles and your likelihood of leading successfully goes up dramatically. GUTSS stands for grace, urgency, tenacity, scoreboarding, and support.

Grace
For the theologically inclined, Grace is being a forgiven child of God. Well, I am not talking about that kind of Grace, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. What I am really talking about is being gracious. Being a good person. Being a person of character. Respect for yourself and for others. This gets to the credibility you have with your people. Bottom line here is that if they don’t respect you, then they will not follow you. Notice I said respect, I did not say like. Leadership is not a popularity contest. Far too many people that are new to leadership positions make this mistake. I saw it in the Marines when a young Officer would try to be a buddy to his men. The young Officer mistakenly thought that if his people liked him they would follow him.
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