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FOCUS ON SPEAKING SKILLS 4/2/2014
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 7, 8, 9, 2014 (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. Three tips for feeling good when you start
  2. Dear teach
  3. When should I start practicing?
  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 TIPS FOR FEELING GOOD WHEN YOU

Nobody wants to have to recover from a bad start. So, here are 3 things that will help you get off to a good start in your presentation. Which makes it likely you'll do a better job all the way through.

Whistle a happy tune

Have something happy going on in your head. An upbeat song can affect your posture and your face. There's a woman I see when I'm walking in the morning and I can tell from her body language what kind of song is playing on her iPod. Make sure yours is a happy one.

Don't start until your brain is in gear

If you start because you think the audience expects it, they're in control . Not you. That's scary for both you and the audience. Who knows what will come out of your mouth? And it probably won't make you look good.

Take a breath. Focus. Make sure you know who you are and where you are. And then start.

Start with something easy

It'll be easy to remember and you're on a roll. There's an example or story or fact that connects to your point that resonates with you. Use it and all you have to do is visualize it and tell it.

Forcing it to be what you think you"should" say, means you'll probably use words and phrases that have no "pictures" attached to them. "Businesslike" rather than conversational. Hard to remember. Hard to say. So, you're stiff and uncomfortable.

Start with something easy. It'll make it easy to engage with your subject and your audience.

DEAR TEACH

Cynthia Holmes, Studio 33 Design:

“Thank you so much for your great support prior to my speech. Loving the audience and focusing on how I could help them really helped me get out of my 'self.' I was pleased with how my speech went and I hadn't been sure that would be the case.”

WHEN SHOULD I START PRACTICING?

Before you think you're ready. If you wait until you think you're ready you'll waste a lot of time and not get that much better. Almost always speakers are far more ready than they will allow themselves to believe they are.

Go walk around the block (without your notes) and say out loud as much of the ideas as you can dredge up. It's amazing how much that will be. And how many more ideas you will get whilst walking. And how much more confident you will be that you have a grasp on the topic.

QUOTES TO MAKE YOU A BETTER SPEAKER

“It is what we do easily and what we like to do that we do well.” — Orison Swett Marden

“How long should a speech be? As long as it's good. As soon as it stops being good, it should end. ” — Soundings

“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake somebody up. ” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“You can't plant a seed and pick the fruit the next morning.” — Jesse Jackson

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Thousands of people have to give presentations every day, and that includes people you know. Take a moment to forward this newsletter to them. And encourage them to sign up for their own subscription.

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 7, 8, 9, 2014

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

E-mail: BouldinHil@aol.com

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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