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Speaking Tips for Anyone Who Talks

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. Team Presentations
  2. Dear teach
  3. What if someone leaves something out of the team presentation?
  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/


Team presentations are usually way to important to be treated as cavalierly as they often are. That is, each presenter prepares individually, they have some conversation (best case scenario), and then come together for the first time in front of this important client.

Here's a more effective approach: Meet for about 15 minutes as soon as you get the assignment to agree on the outcome you're looking for and specifically what each needs to be responsible for.

Meet once again for another 15 minutes to get an overview of everyone's presentation and figure out how to logically transition from one to another. Decide who will lead off to give the overview and the closing.

Eliminate all boring slides and those that likely have the same flavor as your competitors' slides.

If you do that, and if you each pay attention while the others are presenting, you'll be way ahead.

And, if you have time to add one more component, get together to at least check the flow: Lead off gives opening words and overview, transitions to own presentation, and transitions to next speaker. That speaker picks up the transition and skips to close and transitions to next, etc. Last speaker then transitions back to leader for summary and close.

It would great if you could practice the whole thing, but even practicing the transitions will help.

And, if you can only do it all by e-mail, then at least do that. The presentation should be a unified one. Take the time to make that happen and you'll be delighted with the results.


Dave Beringer, Partner/CPA at Martin Werbelow LLP:

“I gave a eulogy for my best friend's 12 year old son, who died unexpectedly in his sleep this past May.

“There was an overflow crowd at the church mourners in the pews, in the aisles, in the walkways and out in the courtyard.

“The eulogy evoked tears and laughter and received applause at the end. I still have people tell me, both strangers and people I know, that it was the best, most heart-warming eulogy they ever heard which means a lot to me to be able to honor this wonderful boy in that way.

“ and I couldn't have pulled it off if I hadn't taken your class.”

“Thanks, Dave, for letting me know. What a great tribute to the whole family in a very difficult time. I'm glad I was a small part of it.”


This is a team presentation, and if you've coordinated it should seem seamless to the audience. Part of that is paying attention to each speaker as well as to how the audience is responding.

When you do that, it's fairly easy to incorporate that point into your own part, or, if you've really got a great rhythm going, you can conversationally inject it at some point in their presentation. You can get away with that if you're really tuned in.


“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go. ” Rachel Joy Scott

“Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you. ” Denis Waitley

“Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. ” Bern William


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.


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.


“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



“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.


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

“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

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