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FOCUS ON SPEAKING SKILLS 08/04/11
Speaking Tips for Anyone Who Talks

LOOK FOR BARB'S BLOG -- 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: October 31, November 1, 2, 2011 (See details below.)

Have you missed issues of the newsletter? They're archived on our website, along with articles and tips to make you a better speaker. Go to www.GettingOverYourself.com.

In this issue:

  1. Conference Calls
  2. First person
  3. On the spot audience survey
  4. Quotes can make it lively
  5. Take a look at our resource list
  6. Attend another workshop for half price
  7. October Workshop in Pasadena/ In-house seminars

On my blog, someone suggested this website for quotations: http://shortquotes4u.blogspot.com/

CONFERENCE CALLS

There's a lot of crossover between presentations (in person) and conference calls. For instance, in both cases it's good to be clear on the outcome you're looking for and clear on the major points that need to be covered. In addition, plan on closing with something that clarifies why the presentation or the call took place and specific outcomes you want.

Interestingly, while focusing in front of a group seems challenging because of self-consciousness issues, focusing when no one can see you can be equally challenging.

It's easy to split your focus because “you're just on the phone.” But, if you want to maintain control of the direction and outcome of the call, you can't be doing anything else.

Focus on what you're saying (be in the moment) and focus on listening to others. Don't let yourself be distracted if you want to be good at this.

It's also helpful to stand while you're on the call. It helps your focus and it supports your voice. And, while I don't encourage pacing in a presentation, in a conference call you can pace to your heart's content.

FIRST PERSON

Sharon Talkington, Manager, Customer Relations, Performant Financial Corporation: “I have to say I was very pleased with the class and truly learned some skills that I can immediately apply to future presentations.

“After the first day I was thinking it may not give me what I needed but after day two I was sold; I could easily identify tools I learned to help me pace my presentations better and deliver more professional content.

“This isn’t a class you can take in a day and get the well rounded results I did from it. But after 3 days I felt I acquired some solid skills that I can work to grow on my own.

“I could clearly see on my DVD that my last presentation was far and above better than my first so I was very pleased with the results.

“Thank you so much for your time and expertise. It was one of the best classes I have ever taken.”

WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW

“How can I make my presentation relevant when I'm not able to hear previous presenters?”

It's always best if you can be there to hear previous speakers, but when you can't it will help if you do an on-the-spot survey of your audience.

You've all ready learned everything you can about your audience and their needs before you put your talk together. So, now it's a matter if asking them a few questions to find out what's been covered.

You could tell them the points you're planning to make and then get a show of hands or a verbal response as to which of those have been covered, or which of those they’re most interested in. Or, you could ask questions based on your material to see if they have the answers. You're not testing them, you're respecting their time.

A little time spent catching up with what they've heard will give you a much stronger presentation.

QUOTES TO MAKE YOU A BETTER SPEAKER

“Behave toward everyone as if receiving a great guest.” – Confucius

“Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.” – Plato

“A man who smiles at you ALL THE TIME is probably selling something that doesn't work.” – George Carlin

“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.” – Francis Bacon

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RE-ATTEND FOR HALF PRICE

As a refresher, workshop graduates (from any of my 3-day workshops) may attend for half price at any time. People have said they get as much or more out of the workshop the second time around.

WORKSHOP

"How to Overcome the Stress of Public Speaking"

Pasadena Sheraton: 3-day workshop October 31, November 1, 2, 2011

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 (888) 800-2001 or (626) 792-8075. Mailing address: P.O. Box 60521, Pasadena, CA 91116

Book
"Getting Over Yourself: A Guide to Painless Public Speaking and More" by Barbara Rocha, 210 pages, 2nd Edition, 2004, illustrated, cartoons $19.95.

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.

Audiotape or CD ROM
The "Getting Over Yourself" book read by the author.

Audiotapes (set of three): ($17.95); CD ROMs (set of two): ($19.95)./p>

Pocket-size books $9.95 each

"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 our 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

Video/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. VHS or DVD $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.

Orders

Think gifts. Someone you know is going to be giving more presentations soon. Give them a practical gift that will make those presentations easier and more effective. Learn more or Order Online.

Book
"Getting Over Yourself: A Guide to Painless Public Speaking...and More" by Barbara Rocha 208 pages, illustrated, cartoons $19.95

Audiotape or CD ROM
The "Getting Over Yourself" book on audiotape read by the author ($17.95) or CD ROM ($19.95).

Booklets by Barbara Rocha:
$9.95 each (+$1.50 Shipping and Handling)
"Pocket Guide for Presenters"
103 pages

"60 Ways to Spark Your Speaking: Just in time answers to frequently asked questions"
154 pages

"Love to Talk/Hate to Speak: Selected articles by Barbara Rocha"
121 pages

Speeches on Tape:
"From Bored Room to Board Room" $10.95
"Stand Up and Stand Out" $10.95

Video
"Getting Over Yourself: A Guide to Painless Public Speaking" featuring Barbara Rocha in excerpts from her book, seminar classes and interactive coaching. VHS $99.95

Learn more
Order Online
Call (888) 800-2001
E-mail: BouldinHil@aol.com
Write: Bouldin Hill Press at 17-555 Bubbling Wells Rd., Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241

Seminars

**How to Overcome the Stress of Public Speaking
Pasadena: 3-day workshop May 4, 5, and 6, 2011.

We have two public seminars each year: May and October/November. If you have several people who could use this training, contact us regarding an in-house seminar.

As a refresher, workshop graduates (from any of our 3-day workshops) may attend for half price at any time. People tell us they get as much or more out of the workshop the second time around.

Visit our seminars section for details or call (888) 800-2001

For more information, contact:

Barbara Rocha and Associates

PO Box 60521, Pasadena, California 91116

(626) 792-8075



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