To be powerful and persuasive, you must connect with your audience both intellectually and emotionally. Enhance your connection with your audience by customizing or personalizing your message for each specific audience. Customization is indispensable for professional speakers. However, even if you’re not a professional speaker, you will find that taking the time to tailor your next presentation to your audience’s unique interests and concerns will help ensure your success. I share this brief video sample from FrippVT that explains the importance of customizing your speeches and presentations:
Every successful speech begins with an underlying structure. When organizing your thoughts to create a speech or presentation, start with the basic key elements – your opening, your closing, and your premise. I explain how in this brief video sample from Fripp VT and share several questions you will want to ask yourself about the make-up of your audience and what questions they will likely have going into your presentation: Continue reading
Tell me what you say you want. Show me one week of your life and I will tell you if you will get it. The start of a new year is naturally a time to challenge everything you do, expand your thinking, refocus your efforts, and rededicate yourself to your future. If you haven’t done this already this year, why not do it today? To help you, I share my article that was recently published in The International Coach Federation Blog. Adopt these five practices to reach your career goals:
5 Ways to Get The Professional Life You Want
1. Take advantage of every opportunity. Continue reading
If you remember hearing a powerful speech, sermon, or business presentation, I guarantee that one reason it was memorable is that it contained an engaging story. A relevant story is the best way to masterfully explain the complex, persuade, motivate, or inspire. In this video sample from FrippVT, I explain why stories are essential to powerful and persuasive presentations:
Seven strategies to become a great speaker:
1. Consider learning to speak to be a long-term goal, not a one-day seminar.
2. Learn from someone who knows more than you do on this subject.
3. Practice with safe people – your supportive friends or others with the same goals.
4. Use web-based training for repetition and reinforcement.
5. Take your message to an audience. Continue reading
Last summer, I was honored to deliver the opening keynote at the annual Toastmasters International Convention in Las Vegas. In case you aren’t already familiar with Toastmasters International, Toastmasters is a non-profit educational organization teaching public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network. I share Toastmasters’ roundup of the most buzzworthy speeches of 2015. Enjoy! Continue reading
As an executive speech coach, people often ask me, “How do I come up with original stories to illustrate my key points?” Fortunately, you do not have to have survived an avalanche, founded a pioneering tech company, or won a Nobel Prize to tell a good story – because audiences identify with and delight in stories drawn from ordinary life. In this video sample from FrippVT, I share a few strategies for finding stories and examples in your own life, or the lives of your colleagues, friends, and family:
A powerful, persuasive, professional presentation may appear effortless to an audience… but even an “effortless” presentation requires that you first devote time and energy to organizing your content around a strong basic structure. Presentations are comprised of content, structure, and delivery. The more you clarify your content and organize your structure, the easier it will be for you to sound professional in your delivery. I share this brief video sample from FrippVT to help you develop your presentations: