No matter how good your material and how well you delivered it, there will be some in the audience who will give your talk a failing grade. IF . . . You researched your topic well and know it enough to have "Confidence in your Competence." You practiced multiple times. (My Ultimate Practice Tip is HERE.) IF Read More
Developing A Presentation/Speech
Stand Out From Others By – SPEAKING!
Because Many Won't! Picture this: You’re at a meeting, seminar, or event and the leader asks, "Does anyone have something to say?" Yes, you do have something important to communicate. You practiced in your mind’s eye, out loud, and maybe even recorded yourself. You start to raise your hand, but . . . You don’t. That Read More
Five Slide Presentation Mistakes
DON'T Make Them! 1. Lots of Text and Bullet Points No one comes to read your presentation. If they are reading it, they are usually ahead of the bullet point you are discussing. There is a dis-connect and they won't get the point of your message. 2. Templates with noisy backgrounds, logos, and multiple lines of Read More
Less is often MORE!
For Presentations, Sometimes WAY MORE! From Wicktionary, and spot on for this post: That which is of smaller quantity could be of higher quality. That which is less complicated is often better understood and more appreciated than what is more complicated. Brevity in communication is more effective than Read More
BLOGGING: How to increase the reach of your posts!
One of the best pieces of advice ever given to me about blogging was this: "Content is King!" Blog regularly, about three hundred words or more, and watch your audience grow. Admittedly, it isn’t that simple. Keywords and a variety of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) factors come into play. However, the BIG thing Read More
Here are Three Simple Ways to . . .
Improve Your Presentation. Transcript Fred Miller. “NO SWEAT Public Speaking! Here are three simple ways to improve your presentations. Number One: Simple Language. No buzzwords, acronyms, or techno speak. You don't impress people with words, I don't know. You make them feel stupid and you will lose Read More
A “WARM-UP ACT!” will . . .
Prepare your Audience for You and Your Presentation! Watch and Listen to Mine! Rock Concerts, Boxing Matches, and Las Vegas Headliners have a "WARM-UP ACT" precede them. If that act is a good one, the audience will be "primed and ready" for the speaker and will help to "jump start" the main event. All the Read More
Deb Gaut, Tiny Sparks Big Flames, Interviews ME!
Red Pencils and Bucket Lists with Fred Miller Description This lively, informative interview features Fred Miller, a compelling speaker, writer, and international coach. Fred is the author of five popular books in his No Sweat Public Speaking series. In this episode, Deb Read More
Use PATTERN INTERRUPTS to . . .
• Keep Your Audience's Attention. • Make Them Receptive to Your Message. Your audience has the attention span of a gnat! Not only that, they are easily distracted by others in the audience, their phones, and a variety of things the speaker cannot control. A Pattern Interrupt is: something not expected and out of Read More
Use a DISCLAIMER to increase Audience Attention.
Transcript Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” Here’s a great way to hold your audience’s attention throughout your presentation. Start with a DISCLAIMER. Here’s one of mine: "We’re going to talk about Elevator Speeches and I’m going to show you my way. It works really, really well for me and lots of Read More