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Public Speaking: Dispelling the Top Ten Myths

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Public SpeakingThere are many misconceptions about how to speak effectively to an audience. People look for formulas and rules to follow with the belief that public speaking is a mechanical process.  It’s not. It’s a human process. Other people think they could never become a public speaker-they just have no talent. While exceptional speakers usually do have a real talent for it, this doesn’t mean that we all can’t give a speech that will engage our audience and be a personally rewarding experience at the same time.

The more you hold onto old-and often misguided-beliefs about public speaking, the less effective you’ll be on the platform. You must go in with an open mind and, in some cases, work to change your thinking about giving presentations.

With that in mind, here are ten of the most common myths about public speaking-along with some food for thought to help you dispel the myths in your own mind.

1. I’m  not a public speaker. Wrong. Everyone is a public speaker. Every time you speak at a staff meeting, you’re speaking in public. Anytime you stand up and introduce yourself at an association meeting, you’re giving a presentation. The waiter who recites the specials of the day is presenting. When you complain to the customer service department or go on a job interview, you’re presenting yourself. (more…)

Polishing Your Presentation Skills

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Public Speaking and Communication SkillsPerhaps you think your career does not entail delivering any presentations. Well, this is where you might be wrong because no matter what your job is, presentation skills ultimately will come into the picture in some ways. This article, therefore, focuses on the significance of presentation skills in the marketplace and in your career.

You have heard it before … public speaking is the number one human fear. Studies show that this fear ranks ahead of the fear of death for many people. Some people are born presenters. Most are not. Hence, you are not alone when you say that you do not enjoy delivering presentations and speaking in front of a large audience. Stage fright is inevitable. And yet, speak well and you can rise to the top of your organization or industry. Good presenters are quickly recognized as rising stars and catapult over their “mouth-full-of-sawdust” colleagues.

Communication is a vital key in this new century. All of us will, at some time or another, chair meetings, deliver presentations, training or workshops, either to internal or external customers. It gives an edge to keep abreast with the fast pace of the times. Presentation skills definitely work towards this goal. Maybe you are up for a presentation delivery soon and you need valuable tips. Or perhaps, you see the link between success and effective presentation skills, and have realized that effective presentation skills can be a great ally. (more…)

3 Quick Memory-Improvement Tips

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

1. When learning or memorizing anything, it helps to break the information down into small, basic units. Our short term memory retains a relatively small amount at a time, so a large amount of information or a lengthy list is best broken down.

For instance, think about the way children learn the alphabet…the letters in the alphabet song are broken down into chunks of no more than one to four letters: (ab-cd) (ef-g) (hi-jk) (lmno-p) (qrs) (tuv) (w-x-y-z).

The same technique could be applied to something you want to memorize at work, such as the organization’s mission statement.

So, if this were your mission statement:
We are dedicated to providing insurance products that offer quality protection with value pricing. We wish to establish a successful partnership with clients, staff members, and insurance companies that respect the interests and goals of each party.

You may want to break it down into these small units:
• dedicated to providing insurance products
• offer quality protection with value pricing
• establish successful partnerships
• clients, staff members and insurance companies
• respect the interests and goals of each party

2. Create some kind of internal organization. It is much easier to remember something that is organized and has meaningful structure than something that is random or abstract. One way to organize is to look for a natural hierarchy in the material to be learned.  Another way to organize would be to make up a story or narrative chain to relate events to one another.

Sample:
If your license plate number is:  2DN1231
• You could assign the word “To” to the number 2
• You could see DN as an abbreviation of the name “Don” (especially if you have a friend or relative named Don)
• And, you could see “1231” as December 31st or New Year’s Eve.

Your narrative could then be:  I’ll Give a Ride To Don on New Year’s Eve

3. Find some kind of external organization. Some relationship must be found between the new information you are trying to retain and information which has already been learned so that one fits the others.

Example:
You are about to do a brief presentation that will encompass:
• An introduction
• A topic overview (e.g. “Lead Generation: Well Worth The Time It Takes ”)
• Three different topic points (for example):
–  Generating Leads through Social Networking
–  Generating Leads through Advertising
–  Generating Leads through Cold Calling
• Closing statements

You could think of the different elements of your presentation as different locations within your house.
• the front door = your introduction or opening remarks
• the entry (from which point you can see a number of rooms) = your overview
• the living room (where crowds gather) = social networking
• the family room (where the TV is located) = advertising
• the office (where you often make business calls) = cold calling
• the back door = your closing statements

Recall is accomplished by visualizing the location and discovering the speech element associated with that location.

Taken in part from the Leader’s Guide for the classic program “Memory” © 1980 CRM Learning, L.P.

Training Resource: Speaking Effectively… to 1 or 1000. Memory plays a big role when delivering a speech or presentation. This entertaining and effective program gives practical advice on how to deliver a compelling message to a group of any size.

How Stories Inspire Action

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

“Once upon a time…”

What child doesn’t love and look forward to story-time?  Whether at the library, in the classroom, or curled up on the couch with a parent or elder sibling, story-time is a time for imagination and dreams.

And story-time is a time for learning.  The classic stories, from Grimm’s fairy tales to Dr. Seuss’s flights of fancy, teach important lessons to children even as they entrance and entertain.

As adults, we still love story-time – we just call it watching television, reading books, or going to the movies.  Even if the book we’re reading or program we’re watching falls into a nonfiction category, there are still stories being told; and even if it’s the most far-out fiction, there are still important lessons being learned and ideas being conveyed.

Of course marketing professionals are well aware of the power of a good story.  After all, what’s a product testimonial or case study but a story?  And in all areas of business, leaders who use storytelling to inspire action are leaders who know how to communicate effectively, motivating and engaging their employees to work towards organizational goals. (more…)


 

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