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Monthly Archives: August 2011

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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Speech Critique: Carma’s Humorous Speech

A few weeks ago, I gave my first speech for my current Toastmaster’s club, Speak Out! It was probably the most challenging presentation I’d ever given. The goals of the speech were:

  • Entertain the audience through the use of humor drawn from personal experience and from other material that I had personalized.
  • Deliver the speech in a way that makes the humor effective.
  • Establish personal rapport with my audience for maximum impact.

And I had to do all this in 15 to 20 minutes.

Of course, not to do things the easy way, I added on the additional challenge of making it an “Icebreaker” or introductory speech that helps the club get to know me.

To be honest, I was so nervous that I was seeing blue and purple in the edge of my vision. I was almost afraid that I might faint during my speech.

Thankfully, my public speaking experience took over and I did fairly well. I asked several people if they could tell I was nervous … not a one had noticed. But now that I’ve seen this video, I can pick out my tells. The video is just under 20 minutes … can you find my tells?
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