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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Speaking 101

Over the past several posts, I’ve shared excerpts from a workshop I did on basic public speaking skills. In effect, I’ve created a mini-course in how to develop your first speech. To make it easy for you, I’ve organized these video excerpts into an eight-week course in basic public speaking. Enjoy!

How to use this mini course:

The information is structured as an eight-week course, with one module per week. Although it is possible to go through this material all in one day, I don’t recommend it. Take in one module at a time to allow yourself to absorb each piece of the overall public speaking puzzle. Do one module a day (or week) and you’ll be fine!

The core of each module is the Lesson video or videos. Each video is around 2 to 4 minutes long, so they won’t take up much of your time. Everything else is supplementary and there to enhance the lesson. They are there as additional supplementary material for you to use if you want to.

Tools you’ll need to get the most out of this course

  • A spiral notebook to journal about your experience and write your assignments
  • A digital video recording device to record your presentation for self-critique.

Would you like help moving through this course?

Carma Spence, author of Public Speaking Super Powers, is available for private and group training in public speaking. She can help you through these modules and provide you with feedback and accountability. Contact her for more information.
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Don’t give too much away in your introduction

A good speaker introducer shows restraint. That is, they don’t go overboard in talking about the speaker or the presentation. In this third (of five) excerpt from a presentation based on Toastmaster’s International’s “Better Speaker” series of educational presentations, I share some tips on how to do that.
 

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Drafting an introduction

It is always safer to draft your own introduction rather than leave it to chance that the host will introduce your presentation in an effective way. In this second of five excerpts from a presentation based on Toastmaster’s International’s “Better Speaker” series of educational presentations, I share some tips on how to draft a speaker’s introduction … whether you are writing one for the speaker or are writing one for your introducer.
 

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General essentials of creating an introduction

Now that you know the difference between an introduction and an opening, let’s go into how to create an introduction. In this first of five excerpts from a presentation based on Toastmaster’s International’s “Better Speaker” series of educational presentations, I talk about why an introduction is important, as well as some things that need to be included in one.

In summary, an introduction provides two main things for a meeting or event:

  • A smooth transition from one part of the meeting to another.
  • Sets audience’s mindset, preparing them for what is it come

Also, an introduction should include:
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