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FOCUS ON SPEAKING SKILLS 12/05/2013
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 14, 15, 16, 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. Speak like you mean it
  2. Dear teach
  3. How can I make the complicated simple?
  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

SPEAK LIKE YOU MEAN IT

I'm not good with those “Eat like you mean it” commercials. We tend to be all too willing to do that with not such great results.

On the other hand, “Speak like you mean it” would be far more effective and productive. (And I've even seen a number of people for whom “Walk like you mean it” would be an appropriate motto.)

All too often the noise in your head (the audience, the content, the slides) is so distracting that the actual speaking gets lost.

My son-in-law's motto is “It's better to be decisive than right.” And while I can think of a few instances where that's not true, it can make a huge difference when you're speaking.

Decisive doesn't mean argumentative and not necessarily assertive. Speak like you mean it still gives room for other perspectives but you'll get listened to more, get fewer questions, and get your way more often.

DEAR TEACH

Meg Rottman, Director Public Relations/Marketing, The Whole Child:

“I loved your use of humor in the class as well as the safe environment you created for us all making it easy to learn and hone our public speaking skills.

“It's only been a few days since your class and I'm all ready successfully using what I learned, not just when speaking to groups, but also in casual interactions. And I loved learning easy ways to write and remember effective speeches without using notes. I only wish I'd had the opportunity to take your class earlier.

“I've all ready recommended it to a coworker.”

HOW CAN I MAKE COMPLICATED SOUND EASY?

“How can I explain a complex change in our benefit program to a broad range of employees without over or under explaining?”

Your audience is lucky you care enough about them and the material to give this some thought.

So, what you're asking is how can you make it easier for them to get what they need. Here are some suggestions:

Choose vivid, specific words and engaging examples that your audience can relate to. Describe situations paralleling their lives that include the effect on their families and their paychecks.

Use creative visual aids that clarify the program— concise, meaningful and truly visual, not just a list of words. Show them (not just tell them); it will take less time and they'll remember it better.

Include audience members in role plays. Or use them as live game pieces to be moved through the benefit maze – a maze complete with names on the backdrop identifying parts of the benefit program.

Check your words and visuals with members of your target audience and get suggestions from them.

One woman demonstrated a similar subject by comparing the package to a salad-and used salad props (bowls and construction paper) to illustrate each point. Everybody got it.

Your goal isn't to get all the complex details in but to have them understand what matters most to them.

QUOTES TO MAKE YOU A BETTER SPEAKER

“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” — Charles R. Swindoll

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” — John Maxwell

“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” — Malcolm Forbes

“Believe you can and you are half-way there.” — Theodore Roosevelt

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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 14, 15, 16, 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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