Holding a university audience's attention would be tough in any decade, yet doing that in the late 1960s was especially difficult. That was the era when students demanded unprecedented rights and involvement in university decisions. Student movement leaders even held sit-ins for days at a time ... Views: 41
There is a right way and a grossly unprofessional way to introduce yourself to a speakers bureau. Be sure you know the rules before you call.
Before you embarrass yourself, be sure to read my article, “Bozo or Pro? Ten Ways Speakers Bureaus Know.”
That will give you great insight into ... Views: 74
You think you have what it takes to become a professional speaker. After doing a little web surfing, you call a speakers bureau, introduce yourself and say, "I'm a terrific speaker. I'd like to talk to you about getting on the speaking circuit."
"I see," the person says. "What do you speak ... Views: 66
Even if your topic is serious and not particularly fertile for comedy, it's always a good strategy to relax the audience with a lighthearted comment in your opening remarks. The very best kind of icebreaker, of course, is a quip that’s crafted specifically your audience. For example, at one ... Views: 69
Recently I heard a speaker I had heard before. My inner question: Could he be as captivating as when I listened to him previously? To my amazement, yes he was.
--Spoke without notes
--Used subtle, tasteful humor occasionally
--Seemed to carry on a conversation with the ... Views: 104
True, we live in a digital world, but still nothing quite beats a face-to-face meeting. There's something about being able to look into another's eyes, read their body language, and feel their intention that solidifies relationships faster than any other approach.
Which is why I implore you ... Views: 211
Were you to give a presentation with no vocal variety, no facial expression and no body language, what do you think the reaction would be of your audience? Unless you are a comedian and that characteristic is part of your ‘shtick,’ do not expect your listeners to be much enamored by your lack ... Views: 305
The answer is maybe. As an example, let's say that you are soft-spoken. If you are asked to repeat yourself a lot, others may think you lack confidence. This is just one description which comes to mind when I hear someone who doesn't speak at a normal volume level in conversation. However, I ... Views: 311
Ending your sentences on the upswing is what I call the Valley Girl sound. Basically, it means that your statements sound like questions. It may be cute for 16-year-olds, but it definitely does not lend credibility to a professional image.
If you are ending your sentences on a pitch higher ... Views: 426
Tap into the Second City’s Improvisation offerings
One of the most important elements of effective communication is the ability to think on your feet and adapt quickly. What better way to do that than discovering the tools and techniques inherent in Improvisation - and what city knows Improv ... Views: 504
There is an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal, by the same title, about the charismatic influence your voice can have in your professional life. Having analyzed the voices of leaders in countries such as Brazil, France, and Italy, scientists have found that those who exhibited ... Views: 491
Does this sound familiar? You hear a recording of your voice and you cringe? Perhaps you are embarrassed. Well, you are not alone. Most people do not recognize what they hear on the recording because it does not sound like the voice they hear in their head.
Unfortunately, the voice on the ... Views: 415
If you have ever been ticketed for a traffic violation, you are aware of how expensive tickets can be, but what you may not know is that by hiring a traffic attorney when dealing with traffic law and the fines with which they are associated, you actually have a fighting chance at contesting your ... Views: 331
If you have ever been ticketed for a traffic violation, you are aware of how expensive tickets can be, but what you may not know is that by hiring a traffic attorney when dealing with traffic law and the fines with which they are associated, you actually have a fighting chance at contesting your ... Views: 327
Color refers to those various effects in speech which give life to your delivery. Another way to describe color is the emotion and the animation heard in your voice and seen in your body language and facial expression when talking.
The interesting thing about color is that you don’t want too ... Views: 395
As a voice coach, I hate the word loud when it is used in conjunction with the speaking voice. Loud hurts your listeners’ ears; and, over time, loud can hurt your throat. I don’t want you to speak louder – I want you to speak with more power, with an increase in your volume which is not ... Views: 418
One of the best ways to build your business is to talk about it.
It's not just talking to your clients or prospective clients that helps your cause. Taking the conversation to a bigger stage can give your business a significant boost.
Talking to larger groups as a speaker can establish you ... Views: 299
While it is true that most people do not like to hear themselves on recording equipment because they do not like or recognize the sound of their speaking voice, there is another group of people who are also surprised by their lack of clear diction. And it does not just happen to those in which ... Views: 359
One of the most fascinating things I find on television or in the movies is that everyone’s speech is clear and understandable. Whether the actors are playing hoodlums or heroes, whether the characters are from Harlem or Park Avenue, they all speak distinctly. This particular characteristic is ... Views: 378
When you increase your volume, does your throat hurt? If you root for your favorite sports team, is your voice hoarse the next day? Perhaps you have no voice by the next day. All three of these situations are known as vocal abuse. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, then you are not ... Views: 356
In the present modern world, everybody needs to learn how to speak effectively by standing before the audience. Irrespective of the job or position, you may be required to make a speech on one day on some particular topic or concept before the audience. So, each one of us must improve our public ... Views: 351
When I first heard the phrase, ‘imagine your audience is sitting in their underwear,' I thought the speech coaches who suggested this were kidding. But they’re not. They are serious. They believe that by focusing on this visualization, you will eliminate your nervousness.
The last thing ... Views: 299
For 5 months of the year, my garden is brown, lifeless, and dull. Were it to remain colorless through the rest of the year, I would have no passion or interest in gardening.
That which makes the voice interesting to listen to – by means of your vocal variety, facial expression, and body ... Views: 380
How To Become An Excellent Public Speaker
By Dr. Yomi Garnett
Speaking to an audience can be a nightmare for most of us. However, there is an amazing, yet simple secret to speaking brilliantly on a podium. Here it is!
An Amazing Secret!
Whether you are speaking publicly for the ... Views: 304
There is much debate as to the idea of thanking your audience. Some suggest never doing it while others recommend it be done as your parting words. There are even those who prefer that you thank your audience twice, both in your introduction and in your closing.
Thanking your audience in ... Views: 381
As a people, we are concerned about the image we project. Certainly in business we want to project a professional image. Does your speaking voice complete that image or does it detract? By the way, I’m not talking about the voice you hear in your head. I’m referring to the sound you hear on ... Views: 403
Some years ago, Barbara Walters interviewed Kathleen Turner, commenting on Turner’s “low, wonderful voice.” The actress responded that she could not understand how a woman could spend thousands of dollars on her clothing, hair, and makeup and not spend some of that money on her voice, as she ... Views: 549
Gaining your audience's attention at the beginning of your presentation is crucial for two reasons: your audience will remember the first things you say (primacy effect), and they will decide to stay engaged with you. Here are 4 ways to start your presentation on the right path for ... Views: 465
A presentation skills coaching client recently landed a radio interview. She was excited because it would help her build her business, but also nervous because she had never been interviewed on the radio.
After we got done celebrating, here are the 8 tips that I shared that will help her ... Views: 553
Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy which has its roots in the Toyota Production System and focuses on creating customer value while eliminating waste.
These principles have been applied to many industries and services. And as a presentation skills coach with work experience as a ... Views: 583
Your voice is a key part of your presentation delivery. And having a tired, hoarse voice can negatively impact your presentation.
I’ve conducted many training programs where I’ve had to present for five or six hours a day for five days in a row. And I’ve also sung in choirs and as a ... Views: 570
When you’re giving a presentation, it’s crucial that you don’t go over the time limit.
Whether you’ve set it yourself or have agreed to a time limit set by the meeting organizer, you need to prepare so that you can cover your topic within that time limit. No one will usually complain if ... Views: 554
Someone in a recent presentation skills training program asked, “How do I project my voice and also, project authority?”
It's a great question because your voice is an important part of your presentation and should communicate that you’re confident, knowledgeable and engaging.
Here are 7 ... Views: 595
Lean manufacturing is a management philosophy which has its roots in the Toyota Production System and focuses on creating customer value while eliminating waste (in Japanese, "muda"). Building on the original 7 wastes that Lean identified, here are the 7 wastes that you should eliminate from ... Views: 527
When you are preparing a presentation, an important question to consider is: Do I really need to use slides?
The answer, of course, is it depends. It depends on your purpose, your message, the time limit, the audience and the technology available. Consider the question carefully before you ... Views: 462
If you’ve decided to use slides in your presentation because you believe they will help your presentation, it’s crucial to think about what to include in your slides.
Resist the temptation to write your script out in the slides. Not only is that boring for the audience to see slides full of ... Views: 461
One high-stakes presentation that entrepreneurs have to give is in front of potential investors. While it can be intimidating to present in front of people who can fund your business, service or idea, following these 6 tips will improve your presentation and make it more likely that the ... Views: 534
The number of adult voices I hear which sound like teenagers, preteens, or younger still is astounding. Add the familiar Valley Girl sound to the picture and you have an image which does not project maturity. I am not talking about sounding old. I am talking about a voice which you would call ... Views: 522
A motivational speaker could be anybody! A graduate of a university with several MBAs, a world traveler, a celebrity or a navy seal. What truly makes a motivational speaker a motivational speaker is their willingness and ability to motivate and help others.
So what do these people do when ... Views: 482
Often the purpose of our seminar or workshop is to turn audience members into customers.
Presenting your one-off workshop as a portion of a much larger body of work creates subtle selling without the hard-sell. Here are four ideas that provide this sense:
1. Use your book as a ... Views: 774
With the world becoming a huge melting pot, we are hearing accents wherever we go and whatever we listen to. This article is not about getting rid of your accent. Accents are part of what makes you, you. I would never advocate trying to eliminate it. The only problem with an accent or even ... Views: 587
One of the difficulties people have with their speaking voice is that they have no control over it. They push hard from their throat and vocal cords to speak instead of allowing their sound to be powered by their chest cavity. And the difference between these two practices can be quite ... Views: 556
When I was in graduate school studying music composition, my singing professor told me that I was not using my ‘real’ voice when I spoke. I had no idea what she was talking about. I thought the voice you had was the voice you would always have. She then explained that the pitch of my ... Views: 649
One of the 1st things you do when you start a new business is to create a business card. While the purpose of the card is to identify you and your business, your goal with that card is to project a positive image of that business. In fact, you should probably hire a creative talent to design ... Views: 573
If a persistent sore throat or chronic hoarseness is something you are experiencing, your 1st step is to find out the cause. If left unattended, it will likely get worse and possibly result in permanent damage to your speaking voice. What I am talking about is known as vocal abuse and it is ... Views: 618
When I first started my voice business, my husband remarked that he did not understand what my clients were saying in their ‘before’ recording. He was, however, able to understand everyone in their ‘after’ clips. Why were my clients speaking more clearly in their ‘after’ recording? While I ... Views: 549
The answer really depends on your topic. There is one situation in which the answer would be, ‘no.’ Let’s say, for example, that you have survived a death-defying event and are being interviewed on TV to talk about your experience. Labeling yourself as an expert is a non-issue. However, if ... Views: 424
I love to hear the excuses my clients give for why they did not do well at their last speaking engagement. Whatever the excuse, in most cases, the real reason for this problem is lack of preparation. I cannot tell you how many people tell me that they went over their material several times and ... Views: 541
To successfully motivate a team, you must follow a series of important steps. Once you've set these preconditions in motion, you can then persuade your audience to act towards a particular goal or direction. Motivational speeches work well with both, small groups needing some pep talk, and with ... Views: 296
Today there are numerous ways you can improve the sound of your speaking voice. There are books, CDs, DVDs, webinars, private sessions, group sessions and even Skype. I find that one of the most effective means of discovering your ‘real’ voice is the 2-day workshop.
While voice training ... Views: 646