Many excellent presentations sound “conversational.” However, be aware that there is a distinct difference between an ordinary conversation (with run-on sentences, unfinished thoughts, sloppy language) and a presentation delivered in a conversational style. Continue reading ‘Specificity – Leave That Sloppy Language Behind’
My remarkable friend, Dr. Jeff Salz is an anthropologist, explorer, expedition leader, and professional speaker. Jeff is an adventurer from birth. At seventeen, he was solo traveling around the globe – ice climbing in New Zealand and living on vampire bats in the jungles of New Caledonia. After decades of exploration and his study of human nature around the world, he is equally at home leading in a boardroom of Fortune 100 executives or around a bonfire with tribesmen in the Upper Amazon. One trait that makes Jeff an excellent speaker is his authenticity. Continue reading ‘Public Speaking – You Did Everything Wrong & You Were Great!’
Top sales and communications expert, Tod Novak reminds us that relationships are the basis for success in every area of our lives. I am looking forward to reading Tod’s forthcoming book, Has Technology Left Us Speechless? Restoring The Human Connection In Our Digital Age.” Tod makes the point that, “…smart-phones, email, text messaging, and social sites are no replacement for verbal, face-to-face communication in building relationships, whether in business or at home,” and I agree! Continue reading ‘How Do You Enter A Room?’
The opening lines of your presentation - whether it’s a sales, business, or professional presentation - can be compared to the opening scenes of a movie. We all know the thrill of a blockbuster that grabs our attention from the first frame, versus the agony of a slow-starter that leaves us squirming in our seats. The first 30 seconds (and also, the last 30 seconds) of your speech have the strongest impact on your audience, so it is worth giving your opening words some extra attention. Continue reading ‘Public Speaking – Three Options to Open Your Presentation’
My friend, Michael Hauge is a brilliant Hollywood story consultant, author, screenwriting coach, and speaker. His experience as a top Hollywood script consultant is evident in his masterful ability to bring out the emotional potential of any story. Following his expert advice, both business speakers and professional speakers can learn how to tell their stories more effectively. I share Michael’s article on character description: Continue reading ‘Storytelling – Help Your Audience “See” Your Characters’
What’s the worst experience you’ve had delivering an important presentation? Have you forgotten what you meant to say? Realized you should have edited your slides? Or even noticed your audience slipping away? In this brief video sample from Fripp Virtual Training, I share one executive’s worst presentation experience: Continue reading ‘Your Presentation – It Doesn’t Have to Be A Traumatic Experience’
You’re planning your company’s next meeting and you want everything to be perfect. You’ve got a location, theme, and date. The next thing to do is to hire a professional speaker. How do you choose the right speaker? And after you’ve found a speaker, is there anything you can do to help ensure that their program meets your expectations?
Here’s a checklist: Continue reading ‘How to Hire The Right Speaker & Get Your Money’s Worth’
I am excited to announce the annual start of the world’s largest speech contest. Before I became a professional keynote speaker, before I had the honor of serving as the first female president of the National Speakers Association, and long before I became an in-demand speech coach… I joined Toastmasters. Toastmasters International is a wonderful non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network.
Toastmasters Kicks Off World’s Largest Speech Contest Continue reading ‘Largest Speech Contest – 30,000 Contestants & Only One Champion’
I always say, “There’s no point in going anywhere if people don’t remember you were there.” Being memorable is key to effective networking, persuasive sales conversations, and powerful presentations. You can make yourself more memorable by building emotional connections and using “you-focused” language in all of your communications – and by cultivating your natural charisma. Continue reading ‘Charisma – You Have It Too’
It doesn’t matter how good you are if the world doesn’t know it! When you write an article with the intention of raising your visibility, how do you get it published in your targeted publication and in front of your ideal audience? I share this advice from public relations expert, Russell Trahan. He is the president of PR/PR – one of the amazing live streaming partners for this weekend’s The Lady and the Champs Speakers’ Conference.
Leverage Your Time When Getting Publicity! Three Important Steps For Maximum Impact
by Russell Trahan, President of PR/PR Continue reading ‘Publishing for Publicity – Three Steps You Cannot Overlook’