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FOCUS ON SPEAKING SKILLS 8/7/12
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: November 7, 8, 9, 2012 (See details below.)

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. Olympic wisdom for speakers
  2. Dear teach
  3. Other kinds of visuals besides PowerPoint?
  4. Quotes can make it lively
  5. Take a look at our resource list
  6. Attend another workshop for half price
  7. November Workshop in Pasadena/ In-house seminars

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

OLYMPIC WISDOM FOR SPEAKERS

Here's a gem passed along by the announcers as Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings competed in their Olympic beach volleyball playoff against the Italians: “Confidence is a little voice that says, “you belong.” ( A piece of wisdom shared with them by their sports psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais.)

You don't have to be an Olympic athlete to benefit from that piece of wisdom.

You're the one who gets to program that little voice. Your choice. An objective assessment of any given situation speech, networking, job interview, etc. can help you reach that conclusion: You belong. It's the counterproductive “noise” voice that gets in the way.

When you know you belong, you can trust your instincts and do or say the right thing-or keep your mouth shut.

Cultivate the “little voice” and just say, “no” to the noise.

DEAR TEACH

John Choma, Motivational Speaker, Leadership Challenge Facilitator and Super Bowl XIV Champion:

I have taken many classes in public speaking, but most of the things I learned I quickly forgot. That was not the case with the course I took from a person I now consider a public-speaking Master Craftsperson, Barbara Rocha.

Barbara facilitated the class in such a way that each person felt as if they were receiving personal coaching - no small task with a group of over 20 people! There were several exercises that I share with people to this day - even though the course was more than 2 years ago.

I will always be grateful to Barbara for her keen observation and memorable exercises. She worked with each of us to find our voice as a leader and to deliver our message with authority. She taught me to be “in the present moment” as I spoke and how that helped project authenticity. She was the first person I'd ever heard address the ills of “up-talking,” (ending sentences with an upward tone - as if they were questions). From that day, I've become a crusader against the societal plague of “up-talking.”

I highly recommend Barbara for all who are looking for a master to help create memorable positive change, communication that is delivered with power, and oratory that produces the greatest possible impact.”

OTHER KINDS OF VISUAL AIDS?

Is it appropriate to use physical visual aids rather than PowerPoint or flip charts?

Yes, physical objects can make powerful visuals.

Things to consider: Is it large enough to be seen by everyone? Can you handle it without being distracting (pick it up when it's making the point, put it down when the point is made)?

Common mistakes: handing it around as you're speaking, and handling it too casually.

Passing it around as you speak distracts everyone within two or three people of the object so they're not listening.

And, how you handle it is a visual cue of its value. Focus on the object as you pick it up with respect, and focus on it respectfully as you put it down.

Used well, these can be stronger than slides.

QUOTES TO MAKE YOU A BETTER SPEAKER

“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.” Hank Aaron

“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.” Winston Churchill

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice.” Wayne Dyer

FORWARD THIS NEWSLETTER TO A FRIEND

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 (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 November 7, 8, 9, 2012

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.

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)./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 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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