"Spontaneity is being present in the present." Wei Wu Wei
In my classes, I ask that my students learn their lines by "rote." This means without emphasis or inflection. It is a mechanical way to learn your lines, where you don't attach any emotions or objectives to the words. This process was ... Views: 114
Human beings are designed to make mistakes, irrespective of age, qualifications and past achievements we are all prone to go wrong. However, it is so fascinating to learn how people respond after making mistakes.
A mistake loses it’s hold as soon as feelings of failure, resentment, anger or ... Views: 179
At each of our presentation and public speaking skills workshops we ask our delegates one very important question. We ask them to cast their mind back to the most recent business presentation they attended and to tell us what they remember from it that either:
- Made and impact on them they ... Views: 395
You are not alone, most people are terrified of public speaking but there is something you can do about it. With practice, a mentor and a system everyone can become an incredible speaker. One of the best ways to start is joining Toastmasters (http://www.toastmasters.org/). This organization has ... Views: 411
Having spent many years in senior executive roles experience tells me that when it comes to succeeding at work it isn’t necessarily about how much experience you have, how many qualifications you hold or even how knowledgeable you are.
It’s about how you speak!
It’s clear to me that the ... Views: 382
Recently I had the pleasure of seeing the Tony-nominated production of The Crucible. I am a huge fan of director Ivo Van Hove's work and loved his powerful production of A View From the Bridge earlier this season. Needless to say I was really looking forward to this evening at the theater. ... Views: 432
The very fact that many people rank the fear of speaking in public as one of their greatest sources of anxiety could be hurting their professional and personal life.
It’s far more common than you may ever imagine; perhaps you’ve even experienced it yourself.
Sweaty palms, feeling nervous, ... Views: 502
As an expert, one of your greatest opportunities to build your market reach and client base is to get on the platform and give a “knock their socks off” presentation.
If you’re an entrepreneur, there are very few strategies that compare to getting on the platform in order to build your ... Views: 629
The dream of becoming a professional speaker took hold many years ago. I was working for a small radio station in Santa Rosa, California. My primary job was to sell airtime. Yup! I sold air. Because the station was so small, it was easy to wear many hats. Within a very short period of time I ... Views: 672
Before jumping into the ocean of Live Streaming, there's a few things you should know. Find out the four basic types of fish in the live stream sea and which one you are most like. Only then will you know what to consider before live streaming.
"You take this way too seriously," a viewer ... Views: 583
Here are some strategies that I employ to help make public speaking a more joyful and less nerve-wracking experience:
Prepare: The more prepared you are, the less nervous you will be. Do your homework on whatever the topic is that you’re speaking about.
Practice: Before you go into a ... Views: 634
As performers we want to be present and "in the moment." That phrase is thrown around a lot, but what I mean by "in the moment" is taking in the information that is currently happening. One way we can encourage this is by opening up our bodies before we get on stage. All performers should do a ... Views: 561
5,000 experts on the platform in 2016! That’s my goal and my vision…to help 5,000 experts get their message out in one of the most powerful ways possible.
I plan to do this in a number of ways; through webinars, teleseminars, training programs, workshops, masterminds and one-on-one ... Views: 445
Have you ever considered what part the sound of your voice plays in the role of your success? In the book Voice and Diction it says, "People who have poor speaking voices - the kind that set your teeth on edge- are almost always unaware of this."
When I was in broadcast school I had to read ... Views: 633
In your job search, you know that the interview reigns supreme in the decision making process. Even when your degrees, certifications, accomplishments, and referrals surpass your competitors, your interview time will lead to either “Thanks for your application, and we wish you well in your ... Views: 439
During the eighteen intensive months of an American presidential campaign, business leaders could potentially hear hundreds of candidates speaking. Executives and managers might mistakenly assume that these public figures got to the forefront because they are superb speakers—and therefore role ... Views: 471
Public performance isn't limited to singing, acting, dancing, or performing other acts of entertain in front of others. It is any activity in which you engage, in front of other people where you are in a position to receive criticism, judgment, feedback, or praise. Giving a speech or ... Views: 574
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: 430
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: 579
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: 426
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: 393
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: 425
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: 569
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: 701
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: 662
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: 1151
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: 724
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: 1374
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: 704
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: 574
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: 545
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: 660
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: 1039
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: 555
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: 635
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: 662
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: 672
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: 590
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: 518
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: 672
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: 591
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: 663
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: 636
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: 850
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: 792
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: 839
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: 888
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: 809