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People hate it when they get talked at, so don’t do it.

29 Oct

TALLspeaking tips before, during, and after your presentation!

  1. Don’t abuse your visuals – Usually your visuals are posters, charts, but never use PowerPoint .  Whatever your visuals may be, keep them simple and don’t put too many words on them. The audience isn’t there to read your slides, they are there to listen to you present.
  2. Look at the audience – If you ever wondered where you should be looking when presenting, the answer is right in front of you. Don’t just single out one person, but instead try to make eye contact with numerous people throughout the room. If you don’t do this then you aren’t engaging the audience, you are just talking to yourself. This can result in an utter lack of attention from your audience.
  3. Show your personality – It doesn’t matter if you are presenting to a corporate crowd or to senior citizens, you need to show some character when presenting. If you don’t do this you’ll probably sound like Agent Smith from the Matrix. Nobody wants to hear him present
  4. Make them laugh – Although you want to educate your audience, you need to make them laugh as well. I learned this from Guy Kawasaki and if you ever hear any of his speeches you’ll understand why. In essence, it keeps the audience alert and they’ll learn more from you than someone who just educates.
Always believe a guy in a bow tie!

Always believe a guy in a bow tie!

  1. Talk to your audience, not at them – People hate it when they get talked at, so don’t do it. You need to interact with your audience and create a conversation. An easy way to do this is to ask them questions as well as letting them ask you questions.
  2. Be honest – A lot of people present to the audience what they want to hear, instead of what they need to hear. Make sure you tell the truth even if they don’t want to hear it because they will respect you for that and it will make you more human and authentic.
  3. Don’t over prepare – If you rehearse your presentation too much it will sound like it in a bad way.  Never tape your presentation because you will start to look rehearsed.   Granted, you need to be prepared enough to know what you are going to talk about but make sure your presentation flows naturally instead of sounding memorized. Usually if you ask experienced speakers what you shouldn’t do, they’ll tell you not to rehearse your presentation too much because then it won’t sound natural.
  4. Show some movement – You probably know that you need to show some movement when speaking, but naturally you may forget to do so. Make sure you show some gestures or pace around a bit (not too much) on the stage when speaking. Remember, no one likes watching a stiff. People are more engaged with an animated speaker.
  5. Watch what you say – You usually don’t notice when you say “uhm”, “ah”, or any other useless word frequently, but the audience does. It gets quite irritating; so much that some members of the audience will probably count how many times you say these useless words.  Learn how to eliminate weak language from your everyday use.
  6. Differentiate yourself – If you don’t do something unique compared to all the other presenters the audience has heard, they won’t remember you. You are branding yourself when you speak, so make sure you do something unique and memorable.

Let me see you pose for employment….hmmmm

17 Oct

A study published last year, led by Amy J.C. Cuddy, an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, required participants to strike power poses for several minutes before beginning a mock job interview. Those who did so got better reviews and were more likely to be hired—even though evaluators never saw them in the poses.

So break old body-language habits and start power posing! –

Are you comfortable with yourself?

21 Jul

Know Yourself

Most people dread the moment when their interviewer utters the words – “So, tell me about yourself.” But it’s actually the simplest question to navigate once you get down to the root of what’s being asked. “Tell me about yourself” really translates to: “What can you tell me about how your personality, interests, work habits and background will help you rock this position?”

Before you answer, rewind back to when you applied for the job -– the moment you decided that you and the position would be a solid match. Usually, the reasons that ran through your mind before you chose to apply are the answers the interviewer is looking for. Since you’re the most well-versed on the subject of you, this is your moment to paint the picture of what you bring to the table and why you’re the most dynamic and capable person for the job.

Female leadership traits to get to the top

4 Jun

Confidence

Confidence can mean a world of difference between a woman who is able to live her dreams and one who is not–so often a talented woman is held back through lack of confidence. The former U.K. prime minister Margaret Thatcher was famous for her confidence and iron will–and for her slogan “The lady’s not for turning.”

Mentoring

Mentoring is essential to encouraging  female leaders of the future: Identifying and overcoming obstacles to their career progression at the early stages can have a huge effect on their eventual success. This should start in school and be a part of every stage of a woman’s education and training. If you can identify opportunities and encourage women early on then they will be able to fulfill their potential throughout their careers. Some of the most prominent women had great mentors–and they are often now working as mentors to the next generation themselves.

What is this TALLspeaking? Public Speaking made easy!

6 Nov

What do you learn through TALLspeaking lessons?

  • Create a great first impression.
  • Overcome nervousness, anxiety and the fear of public speaking while presenting in a clear, concise, and persuasive manner.
  • Learn and practice how to make a formal or informal presentation.
  • Deliver a clear, concise, and persuasive presentation.
  • Understand and design the components of a professional presentation.
  • Practice designing and delivering a presentation.
  • Understand personal voice projection, articulation, pacing, and fluency.
  • Enhance personal body language, eye contact, and gesturing.
  • Use public speaking media effectively.
  • Project control and confidence while presenting.
  • Overcome negative or distracting personal mannerisms.
  • Handle difficult audience questions.
  • Plan a presentation around the forces that affect business communication.
  • Structure a presentation to gain maximum effect.
  • Implement persuasive communication presentation techniques

In Today’s Tough Economy, You Only Get One First Impression “Marketing Me”

31 Aug

Marketing me

If you don’t want to spend money on yourself….. by TALLspeaking

4 Jul

Sure the economy is still tight and  your conservative about where you spend your money.    One of the best places to invest your money is in the next generation.    Do you feel that because of the  texting/facebook culture that they have forgotten how to communicate?  How are they going to survive in a new global economy with poor communication and public speaking skills.   Why not give your sons and daughters the gift of Public Speaking training?

Do you ever feel trapped in an elevator for 41 hours? – by TALLspeaking

22 Jun

Do you feel this way when you have to give a presentation?  

“I start getting anxious when I know that I will be in a meeting, or classroom situation where I will be asked to speak. I worry about it so much, I can’t even concentrate on the subject the group is discussing. I start wishing I could just run out of the room. What bothers me the most about public speaking, is the fact that everybody is looking at me while I am talking. It is as though I can feel their eyes on me.”

You don’t have to live your life feeling trapped where you can’t express yourself.  

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