Whether you are a musician or a quarterback, an actor or a public speaker, nervousness is indeed something you should embrace and not something you should try to eliminate. Seasoned professionals in their field – be it athletes, musicians, actors, clergy, or public speakers – all experience ... Views: 1
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: 29
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: 26
Absolutely not. Some people talk a bit slower; others a bit faster. However, there is a general rate of speed which everyone should fall within. This rate of speed lies somewhere between 140 and 180 words per minute.
Whether you are on the podium or just in conversation, your listeners ... Views: 42
When you hear your voice on a recording, what first comes to mind? Would you say that your voice is wimpy, weak or too soft? Perhaps it is throaty, raspy or hoarse. Do you find it higher in pitch than you thought? Maybe you sound too young. You may find it breathy or whispery or the exact ... Views: 52
One of the most interesting comments I have heard from my clients was a man who said that he really loved the sound of his voice but he didn’t like how he sounded on recording equipment. What this man did not understand was that the way he hears himself in his head is not his true sound. And ... Views: 69
Your visual image makes a statement; your verbal image makes a statement. But what about your vocal image? Have you ever considered what the sound of your speaking voice says about you? When we hear a rich, resonant, deep voice, like that of Catherine Zeta Jones or James Earl Jones, we are ... Views: 79
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: 55
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: 85
You do it when you talk to your friends, your family, your colleagues, and even the clerk in the grocery store; however, you may not be doing it in public speaking. What am I talking about? The pause. That moment in time when you stop speaking ever so briefly, categorize your thoughts, and ... Views: 86
Imagine a voice that can captivate your listenersâ€¦
Imagine a voice that sounds more matureâ€¦
Imagine a voice that can be projected without hurting your throatâ€¦
Imagine a voice that doesnâ€™t embarrass you on your voicemailâ€¦
Imagine a voice that is heard in conversationâ€¦
Imagine a ... Views: 122
Recently I attended my stepson’s wedding and when the best man stood to speak, not only could we not hear him, but he also did not know his material. Stuttering and stammering, this unprepared young man made a fool of himself. He knew it; we knew it; and, we all suffered. It was embarrassing ... Views: 135
One of the exercises I provide for my clients is to read a nonsense paragraph, making it interesting for the listeners by means of color and tone. Color refers to the vocal variety in your voice as well as your facial and body language. Tone, on the other hand, deals with the vocal expression ... Views: 183
When you need to speak with more volume, do you know if you are yelling or are you projecting your voice? If you are like most people, you probably yell to be heard. The problem with yelling is that it is hard on your throat and vocal cords. And, it can also be hard on your listeners’ ... Views: 186
You’ve practiced your script; you know your material; you’re excited about your upcoming speaking engagement; your delivery is very strong. However, your audience’s reaction to you is less than stellar. What went wrong? Why didn’t they enjoy your presentation?
There are many reasons why ... Views: 168
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: 204
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: 179
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: 275
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: 236
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: 267
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: 220
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: 249
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: 192
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: 197
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: 192
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: 228
Did you know that your vocal cords are an organ? And, just as the other organs in your body need good nutrition, plenty of sleep, and the avoidance of smoking and drugs, your vocal cords do as well.
Consisting of two small bands of muscle, the cords were previously thought to act like the ... Views: 200
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: 235
If a persistent sore throat or chronic hoarseness is something you are experiencing, you need to find out the cause. If you don’t, it will likely get worse and possibly result in serious damage to your vocal cords. What I am talking about is vocal abuse and it is becoming more and more ... Views: 196
I hear it all the time. People complaining that their voice is boring; that it lacks excitement or emotion. Let me ask you a question. If you feel this way about your voice, can you give yourself permission to show some emotion, to allow for some excitement in your expression?
You may find ... Views: 259
When creating your material for a speech or presentation, it is important to consider ethics in what you say because your integrity depends on it. Your ability to establish a career as a public speaker will be determined not just by a dynamic delivery but by several other factors as well. Is ... Views: 172
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: 217
If others ask you to repeat yourself – a lot – is it because your diction is not clear? Too often, those who are asked to repeat themselves are not being understood because of unclear or indistinct articulation or diction.
There are certainly several other reasons we are asked that timeless ... Views: 215
If you want an image that exudes confidence, one of the things you should do is to stop the rise of your inflection at the end of your sentences. I call this the Valley Girl sound or Valley Girl-ese. Unfortunately, it does not sound mature.
Inflection refers to the rise or fall of the ... Views: 217
We tend not to think about it because the voice we hear in our head sounds pretty good. When we are confronted with our voice on an iPhone or voicemail, however, we are disbelieving. It’s a little like looking in the mirror when you're 50 pounds overweight and seeing yourself 50 pounds ... Views: 261
Mistakes will occur in public speaking. It is a fact. However, there are things you can do to avoid some mistakes if you know your audience.
It was a lovely Saturday at a resort on Lake Huron in Canada. I was scheduled to give an afternoon talk to a few hundred lawyers and their spouses. ... Views: 191
Don’t you just hate it? The voice you know in your head sounds fabulous and then your hear yourself on your voicemail and suddenly you are subjected to a whiny, nasal sound that is unrecognizable. You may also find it embarrassing, appalling, or disgusting. Whatever your reaction, what you ... Views: 232
The reasons for public speaking are many and varied. Valedictorians deliver graduation speeches. Politicians address audiences for their votes. Best men toast grooms. College students are required to give speeches as part of their communications courses. The list goes on and on. Some of ... Views: 194
Are you aware of how powerful a tool you could have in your speaking voice? Think about those voices which make you stop and listen. When you hear the likes of Diane Sawyer, James Earl Jones, Kathleen Turner, George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, and Felicia Rashad, you are drawn to listen. These ... Views: 256
‘What did you say?’ How many times do others ask you those four simple words? Frustrating, isn’t it?
If you are tired of constantly repeating yourself or having others ask you to repeat yourself, don’t you think it is time that you did something about it? Your volume is not something that ... Views: 269
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: 288
What is the most important thing you focus on when you have a date to speak? Is it your content? Perhaps it is your nerves. Maybe you focus on your delivery. What is important to recognize if you are interested in improving your presentation skills is that the reason for public speaking is not ... Views: 247
In less than a week, millions of Americans and Canadians will get together with friends and family to watch the largest sporting event in our country. And, during those 4 hours of play, a lot of fans will experience sore throats, hoarseness, and possibly even loss of voice. Many people will ... Views: 265
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: 304
Considered one of the most demanding actors/singers in Hollywood, Barbra Streisand strives for perfection in all her films and recordings. In either of these 2 situation in which you can edit, touch up, add or detract her, you might be able to say that the finished product is perfect. However, ... Views: 227
While public speaking may be man’s greatest fear, you don’t have to allow it to be yours. Begin by thinking of it as a conversation between you and your audience. Such being the case, what do you normally do when you are talking to others?
1. You talk about a subject familiar to you, ... Views: 215
Sometimes, the least inspiring part of the Sunday service is listening to the lector read the lessons for the day. If you are a lector, why not paint a picture with your voice when you tell the story? Instead of their eyes being glued to their programs or Bibles, your congregants will be ... Views: 346
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: 336
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: 409
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: 346