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FOCUS ON SPEAKING SKILLS 10/6/2014
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: Nov 12,13,14, 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. 3 ways to open that may annoy your audience
  2. Dear Teach
  3. When should I think about the audience?
  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

3 WAYS TO OPEN THAT MAY ANNOY

The most important part of any presentation is connecting with your audience (because they’re more likely to listen to you), so it’s sad to see people annoying the audience with their first words. So you want to avoid these:

  1. Starting with a question that doesn’t actually engage the audience. Make sure if you ask a question that they feel as though they’re helping you by answering or that makes them think. See my short YouTube video for more on this subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkezB6tElQc
  2. Starting before your brain is in gear. It causes you to say meaningless things that you had no intention of saying. You’re not focused, not making the audience feel important, and not encouraging them to listen. You and your audience will be much happier if you wait until you’re focused. You can watch more about that at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJHsSxUSEpE
  3. Opening with an abstract, generic statement. It’s not likely to get them to stop texting because it doesn’t actively engage them. Even if they’re eager to hear your subject, they won’t start listening until you say something that’s meaningful to them. Something that’s said in a little different way. Pull them in by describing the problem. Or giving an example. Or telling a story that illustrates why they should listen..

Work on that opening so you’re not annoying them with your first words.

DEAR TEACH

Joseph Marfi, Director of Sustainable Design & Construction: “I loved your course and your personal touch in delivering the material. You have a special talent in bringing out the best in everyone. Look what you did to me: I am now teaching at a local university, lecturing internationally and giving 8 hour courses on Green Buildings AND loving it!

“I remain eternally grateful to you and feel blessed to have attended your seminar.”

Joseph's note underscores that this learning sticks with you since he took the course about 15 years ago!

WHEN DO I NEED TO THINK ABOUT THE AUDIENCE?

“When am I supposed to think about the audience, since you're always saying not to think about them?”

You're right. You do need to think about your audience. A lot. Just never what they're thinking about you. Think about them before you organize your talk, and all the time you're talking (you need to notice whether you're meeting their needs as you talk).

From organizing right on through delivery, consider what you can do for them and how best to get them to consider your message favorably.

Analyze your audience before you organize your speech, and use that information to craft a presentation in a way that is most likely to get them to listen – the analogies, examples, and facts that mean something to them.

Always think, “How can I help you?” – never, “What are you thinking about me?”

QUOTES TO MAKE YOU A BETTER SPEAKER

“Don't let the negativity given to you by the world disempower you. Instead give to yourself that which empowers you.” — Les Brown

“Reversing your treatment of the people you have wronged is better than asking their forgiveness.” — Elbert Hubbard

“Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” — Sam Levenson

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” — Winston Churchill

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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 Nov 12,13,14, 2014

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

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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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