Speaking Tips for Anyone Who Talks
In this issue:
1) How to be comfortable speaking to your peers
2) Dear teach
3) Quotes to use in presentations
4) Free offer for quote collection
5) PowerPoint Viewpoint
6) First person
7) Book, tape, seminar info
Comfortable Speaking With Your Peers
If you're more comfortable talking to strangers than you are to
peers, you're not alone. Here's how to make it more comfortable.
Speaking to a group isn't the time to focus on being liked. Love
you, like you, feel lukewarm about you, your peers already know
who you are. And if you're not that person, everything you say
raises doubts. Consider it your #1 objective to deliver a clear
message, and be yourself. It's your job to make your audience
feel comfortable so they can benefit from what you have to say.
One part of this is: Include only the information they need or
care about and that you make it easy for them to get that information
from your presentation. Mention names, give examples, use stories,
make clear the connection between your words and their jobs. The
other part is: Be yourself. Talk to them. Look at them. Acknowledge
with your face, voice, words, and attitude that you recognize
them as the same people you see in the hall. If they recognize
you, they can relax and focus on your message.
"Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor
At last, the truth about presentations: A participant last week
in one of our 3-day seminars exclaimed on the second day, "I've
had a revelation! This class is about effective presentations,
not perfect presentations." Moral: Don't waste your time trying
to give a perfect presentation. Instead, commit to helping your
Connecting to your audience includes saying ear-catching things
and saying them in an engaging way. Regardless of the audience,
there is something you can say that will tickle their interest
bone. Start by collecting things you find amusing, interesting,
For instance, here are some Will Rogers quotes someone forwarded
to me that you might work into a business presentation.
Never miss a good chance to shut up.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it
back in your pocket.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from
If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now
and then to make sure it's still there.
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin'
After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started
roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him.
The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.
It won't take long for you to get a good collection you can choose
from every time you give a presentation.
To stretch your capabilities, right now think of a way you could
use one of these in one of your presentations.
Free Quote Collection
Free: To receive a partial collection of my saved e-mail
quotes, send us an e-mail with the subject line: "e-mail wisdom"
You're also invited to send us some of your own favorites.
Power Point View Point
Are you having trouble breaking away from PowerPoint? Go to http://www.fortune.com/fortune/careers/edge/2001/02/05/index.html
for Fortune Magazine's article "Ban It Now! Friends Don't Let
Friends Use PowerPoint: Only by thinking and acting differently
from the competition can you perform differently from it."
You don't have to be frightened of speaking. A participant in
last week's class was petrified of speaking. Her boss sent her
because she had such terror. She had a presentation to give to
a community group the day after class was over and she aced it.
"No notes, no lectern, no fear. I connected with them, looked
at them, and had a pretty good time. I'll never be afraid again."
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