oMake Points and Support Them with Stories.
Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”
The formula for the body of your speech is: make several points, tell stories to reinforce those points. Personal stories if possible.
One of the fears people have of Public Speaking is, “I’ve got nothing to talk. What could I ever get up and talk about that anyone would have any interest in?”
Everyone has something to talk about. Let me tell you story.
I was teaching a special class; inner city church ladies. I speak the first night and I give them the components, parts, and elements of a speech, plus some other tips on public speaking and presentation skills. They come back a week later and gave five-minute presentations.
They blew me away! Outstanding! Outstanding presentations!
One lady, though, waits till the very end, she walks up to the front and she goes, “I-I-I don’t have anything to talk about.” She started to sit down.
I said, “Whoa! Don’t sit down. Didn’t I hear you earlier telling your classmates and you told them you speak to your kids every day?”
“I do,” she said.
I said, “Great! What do you tell them?”
She said, “Well, I tell them to keep away from gangs, don’t do drugs, work hard, be honest.”
I said, “That’s great stuff!
How many children do you have?”
She said, “I’ve got six.”
“Wow! Big family!” I said, “Wow!
What are those children doing today?”
And she says, “Let me think. Ah, four are in college, and. . .”
I said, “Stop!”
“You have four children in college?”
She said, “I do.”
I said, “You have four kids in college. I gotta believe there are kids in your neighborhood who don’t go to high school. You have four in college and you told the class you don’t have anything to talk about! We gotta hear how you did that!”
Isn’t that a great story? She was too close to herself.
I guarantee: your everyday – that could be somebody’s payday!
Your everyday – that could be someone Ah-Ha moment!
Each and every one of you has knowledge and experience people would love to hear about and would benefit from!
This stuff works!
Till next time, this is Fred Miller – NO SWEAT Public Speaking!
About the Author
Fred E. Miller is a speaker, a coach, and the author of the book,
“NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and “NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”
Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their
Networking, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills.
They do this because they know:
Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.
They also know:
We perceive really great speakers to be Experts.
Perception is reality, and we like to work with Experts.
He shows them how to:
Develop, Practice, and Deliver ‘Knock Your Socks Off Presentations!’ with –
- Keynote Speaker
- Workshop Facilitator
- Breakout Sessions
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- Lessening The Fear of Public Speaking with – NO SWEAT!
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- Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.
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Fred E. Miller