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FOCUS ON SPEAKING SKILLS 02/10/2015
Speaking Tips for Anyone Who Talks

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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 6, 7, and 8, 2015 (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. “Good morning, you guys” isnít an opening
  2. What if youíre the last speaker of the day?
  3. Quotes can make it lively
  4. Take a look at our resource list
  5. Attend another workshop for half price
  6. May Workshop in Pasadena/ In-house seminars

“GOOD MORNING, YOU GUYS” ISNíT A OPENING

Your opening is almost the most important part of your talk. It's where they decide whether it's worth the effort to listen. Recently I heard someone who was speaking to the World Affairs Council in Washington, D.C. start with “Hello you guys. Hopefully I won't bore you too much.”

It's hard to justify that as your opening unless she was really nervous and hadn't quite gotten focused yet. Her speech was fine and it was clear she knew what she was talking about. But with an opening like that it's harder to seem credible.

For your learning pleasure, I believe you can see that you wouldn't want to address your audience as “you guys” and certainly it wasn't appropriate in that audience. Nor do you want to draw everyone's attention to yourself and apologize that you might be boring.

In your opening you want to immediately embrace your audience in your thought, and be focused on why they're there and how your talk will be useful to them.

Perhaps that wasn't how she meant to open and she just started before she was ready. Or, perhaps she hadn't given any thought to how she was going to open.

So you can avoid both those problems by a) thinking about an opening that engage your audienceís thinking (see my YouTube video for hints on avoiding problems with questions if thatís the direction you're thinking of going), and b) Take a moment to get centered and focused before you start speaking Ė so you can start strongly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkezB6tElQc

WHAT IF YOUíRE THE LAST SPEAKER OF THE DAY?

How do you engage them when they're tired and would just as soon leave as to listen to another speaker?

Whatever time has been allotted you, cut it by at least one-fourth. Finishing early makes you a hero. It also is more likely you'll be more concise and focused which will make it snappier.

Start with a story that has a point and will resonate with them. Don't put in anything that is “nice to know” info, only “your house will burn down if you don't know this” info.

See what you can do to make it interactive. Have them tell you what part of your subject affects them or their work. No matter the size of the audience, there will be people who will respond.

If you can give them a brief stretch break without losing control, do so. Have them raise their hands over their heads and count to 10, or something more creative that relates to your subject.

Connect every piece of info you give them to their specific needs. Try to stay with stories and examples. And be totally engaged yourself.

And if you can do it in half the allotted time, so much the better. If you've connected with them and they want more, they'll get in touch with you.

QUOTES TO MAKE YOU A BETTER SPEAKER

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. ” — Albert Einstein

“Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right.” — Henry Ford

“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” — Robert G. Ingersoll

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery. ” — James Joyce

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WORKSHOP

“How to Overcome the Stress of Public Speaking”

Pasadena Sheraton: 3-day workshop May 6, 7, 8, 2015

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

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