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FOCUS ON SPEAKING SKILLS 02/07/2013
Speaking Tips for Anyone Who Talks

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A STEADY FLOW OF SOUND ADVICE AND IDEAS at http://gettingoveryourself.wordpress.com

Take the next step in your speaking life by registering for our next “How to Overcome Stress in Public Speaking” 3-day workshop. Don't put it off.

WHEN: May 1, 2, 3, 2013 (See details below.)

All our books are now available as e-books on our website. Kindle versions are also available on Amazon.

Past newsletters are archived on my website, along with articles and tips to make you a better speaker. Go to www.GettingOverYourself.com.

In this issue:

  1. 3 things to do for sharper presentations
  2. Dear teach
  3. How can I start when the audience is talking?
  4. Quotes can make it lively
  5. Take a look at our resource list
  6. Attend another workshop for half price
  7. May Workshop in Pasadena/ In-house seminars

3 THINGS YOU CAN DO

Here are 3 things you can do to sharpen your presentations:

First, are you spending enough time really getting to know what your audience cares about in life and in your subject. It's pointless to tell them what you want them to know if you don't arrange it around what they're interested in and how your topic relates to them.

Second, seamlessly weave in something everyone's thinking about or familiar with. This month offers several possibilities. It's not too late to find something about the Super Bowl that helps your point. Or Valentine's Day, or the Academy Awards. If you do a good job of connecting the dots between these and your subject your audience will stay awake and gt your point. It'll also be easier for you to give.

Third, don't blow off the closing. Ever. Give it your full attention while you're planning what to say so that it sounds and feels like closure to you. And then do the same when you're delivering it. Bring your whole self to the party as you say it rather than letting yourself think about sitting down.

Do these 3 things you'll have sharper content, have a happier audience, and feel good about what you've accomplished after it's over. Give it a try.

DEAR TEACH

Joe Elliott, President at Elliott Management:

“It's been more than 15 years since I took your course offered in-house by my employer at the time, Turner Construction. I went from not that comfortable to someone who can secure a job with a presentation. Amazing. You're fantastic and I still refer to my notes from the course when I prepare.”

HOW CAN I GET THEM TO LISTEN?

Sometimes everyone in the audience is talking and I need to start. What should I do?

Maybe you've been one of those people in the audience who kept talking. You may have been so engrossed you didn't even notice the speaker.

If the speaker handled it well, you were happy to stop. If not, you may have been annoyed. Remember that as you're trying to get attention.

First, I'd stand and pay attention to them. Get a feel for what's causing the chatter and how committed they are to it.

Next you can just say, “Hello,” or “Good afternoon,” and look at them like you care about them. Don't say anything else for a bit because somebody heard you (probably several somebody's) and they'll start to help you out.

You can catch eye contact with someone and give them a friendly wave.

If you need to, you can say “Good afternoon,” again.

Just don't feel fussed or annoyed. Love their energy and patiently wait. Because the “tapping your foot and glaring” approach will just get you off on the wrong foot.

QUOTES TO MAKE YOU A BETTER SPEAKER

“The more you explain it, the more I don't understand it.” — Mark Twain

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.” —Ambrose Bierce

“Regardless of the changes in technology, the market for well-crafted messages will always have an audience.” —Steve Burnett

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RE-ATTEND FOR HALF PRICE

As a refresher, workshop graduates may attend for half price at any time. People say they get as much or more out of the workshop the second time around. To register at the discounted price go to: www.gettingoveryourself.com/seminar/repeat.htm

WORKSHOP

“How to Overcome the Stress of Public Speaking”

Pasadena Sheraton: 3-day workshop May 1, 2, 3, 2013

I have two public seminars each year: Spring and Fall.

Registration for the 3-day workshop: $1095. Discount for three or more attendees from the same company.

If you have a number of people who could use this training, please call or e-mail regarding an in-house seminar.

Visit www.gettingoveryourself.com for details
or call (626) 792-8075.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 60521, Pasadena, CA 91116

BOOKS, AUDIO and VIDEO

Book

“Getting Over Yourself: A Guide to Painless Public Speaking and More” by Barbara Rocha, 210 pages, 2nd Edition, 2004, illustrated, cartoons   $19.95. (E-book Version   $13.95)

The basic text you'll definitely want to walk you through the pitfalls of public speaking. If you're not comfortable speaking, you must have this book.

CD ROM

The “Getting Over Yourself” book read by the author. (set of two): ($19.95)

Pocket-size books     $9.95 each
E-book Version     $5.99

“Pocket Guide for Presenters,” 103 pages

The Cliff Notes version of “Getting Over Yourself.” No cartoons, and less explanation of the whys and hows. Just the right size to take with you for a quick reminder of all those points you learned in the full size edition or in my seminar.

“60 Ways to Spark Your Speaking: Just in Time Answers to Frequently Asked Questions,” 154 pages

Answers specific questions you may have with “what to do when . . .” questions, such as how to deal with a boss who takes over during your presentation, or how to handle your visual aids in a crisis, or how to proceed if everyone is focused on your broken nose.

“Love to Talk, Hate to Speak? How to Gain Confidence in Front of Any Audience,” 121 pages

A collection of short vignettes on various parts of speaking you'd like to know more about, such as more information on holding the audience's attention at the end of your presentation, being confident in those first moments before you start to speak, or using the elements of a good conversation to make it easier and more natural speaking to a group.

Tips booklets $5. each. Can be ordered in quantity for a discount.

“111 Tips for Getting Results When You Speak”

“108 Tips for Engaging Your Audience and Solving Those Pesky Speaking Dilemmas”

“17 Myths of Speaking”

Speeches on tape:
“From Bored Room to Board Room,” $10.95

“Stand Up and Stand Out,” $10.95

DVD
“Getting Over Yourself: A Guide to Painless Public Speaking” featuring Barbara Rocha in excerpts from her book, seminar classes and interactive coaching. 48 minutes. $99.95

To Order:

Call (888) 800-2001

Order online at www.gettingoveryourself.com

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Write: Bouldin Hill Press at 17-555 Bubbling Wells Rd. Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241

Send a check for the amount of the order plus $3 for each item. For 3 or more items, add $2 per item. Or include your credit card information (name as shown on card, card billing address, expiration date and phone number), as well as shipping address.

For more information, contact:

Barbara Rocha and Associates

PO Box 60521, Pasadena, California 91116

(626) 792-8075



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