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I am a proud Introvert and a Public Speaker?

19 Aug

Introverts can be public speakers!

Introverts can be public speakers!

Do you freak out when your cell phone is down to 10 percent and you can’t find a plug to charge anywhere?  You may debate – should I turn it off to save the battery or just hope you get to a place to charge in time?  For me by Friday afternoon my battery is red-lining.  I am desperate for some solitude – to get away from conversation and interaction.  I need that time to put all my thoughts in order and to make sense of the world.

People think that only extroverts can be good public speakers because they gain their energy from people.  They think that introverts can’t stand people and only want to live on a remote island.  That type of talk is rubbish and completely ignorant and irresponsible.   Anyone can be an amazing speaker but they have to know their temperament and limitations with stimulation.  I have learned that I must have some time before a presentation (10-15) minutes to put my thoughts in order and find that inner solitude.  So, my introverted friends – don’t let an emotional condition hold you back from communicating with the world?

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Saying “So” makes you sound weak and afraid to voice your opinion!

15 Jul

“So” may be the new “well,” “um,” “oh” and “like.”

To begin a sentence with “oh,” she said in an e-mail message, is to focus on what you have just remembered and your own concerns. To begin with “so,” she said, is to signal that one’s coming words are chosen for their relevance to the listener.

The ascendancy of “so,” Dr. Bolden said, “suggests that we are concerned with displaying interest for others and downplaying our interest in our own affairs.”

Perhaps we all live now in fear that a conversation could snap at any moment, could be interrupted by so many rival offerings. With “so,” we beg to be heard. We insist, time and again, that this is it; this is what you’ve been waiting to hear; this is the “so” moment.

Saying “So” make s you sound weak and afraid to voice your opinion.  It makes you look like you have to fight for attention.  It shows that you can’t pause and let silence fill the room.  “So” is a filler word to delay an answer and it dulls your listening audience.  Break the habit of “So” via training from a speech coach such as TALLspeaking.

Nail the First Five Seconds

9 Jul

Use a Landline

Use a Landline

Tips on Rocking your Phone Interview:

Turn on the Radio

In a phone interview, your voice will make your big first impression, so get a head start on prepping your pipes a week pre-interview by tuning into talk radio. Whether it’s Cosmo, NPR, or the Red Sox game, notice the words and tone the hosts use to create a mental picture for listeners.

Polish Your Language

On that note, avoid filler words like yup, ummm, like,or you know.

Use a Cheat Sheet

One awesome thing about a phone interview is that it’s like an open-book test—you can have your notes right there in front of you, which gives you an extra confidence boost. Print out your resume, the job description, and a list of thoughtful questions to ask.

Nail the First
Five Seconds

Whether in person or on the phone, the manager’s initial impression  of you is the most important part of the interview. The key to rocking it? Find common ground that’ll make her feel connected to you. Instead of getting right down to business, start on a personal note, like, “I noticed you have a 202 number—I went to school in DC.” It makes you seem more human, not just a voice at the other end of the line.

5 Public Speaking Tips to succeed in business!

25 Jun

  • Have something interesting to say. This is 80 percent of the battle. If you have nothing to say, you shouldn’t speak–end of discussion. It’s better to decline the opportunity so no one knows you don’t have anything to say than it is to make the speech and prove it.
  • Cut the sales pitch. The purpose of most keynotes is to entertain and inform. It’s seldom to provide you with an opportunity to pitch. For example, if you’re invited to speak about the future of digital music, don’t talk about the latest MP3 player your company is selling.
  • Focus on entertaining. Many speech coaches will disagree, but the goal of a speech is to entertain the audience. If people are entertained, you can slip in a few nuggets of information. But if your speech is dull, no amount of information will make it great. If I had to pick between entertaining and informing an audience, I would pick entertaining, knowing that informing will probably happen, too.
  • Understand the audience. If you can prove to your audience in the first five minutes that you understand who they are, you’ve got them for the rest of the speech. All you need to understand are the trends, competition and key issues facing the audience members. This simply requires consultation with the host organization and a willingness to customize your introductory remarks.
  • Overdress. My father was a politician in Hawaii. When I started speaking, he gave me this advice: Never dress beneath the level of the audience. That is, if they’re wearing suits, you should wear a suit. To underdress is to communicate, “I’m smarter/richer/more powerful than you. I can’t take you seriously, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” This is hardly the way to get an audience to like you.

Keith Scott – So, like, why am I saying “um”?

16 May

Filler words, anxiety, public speaking

So, like, why am I saying “um”?

Why do we use filler words? The simplest answer is that we have been conditioned to answer questions immediately from an early age. When our mother or father asked us a question, we were sure to answer right away—either because we wanted to show respect or because we were afraid of what would happen if we didn’t answer. Consequently, we feel the urge to speak when spoken to.

The next time you are asked a question, take a couple seconds to think about what you want to say. This pause serves two important purposes: it will help you begin powerfully, and it will help you avoid using a filler word. Pause, think, answer.

The same public speaking technique applies when you are transitioning from one idea to another. While you may be tempted to fill the silence between ideas with a filler word, remember to pause and give yourself a moment to think about what you want to say next. It is important that you don’t begin speaking until you are ready.Remember: Pause, think, answer.

It may feel unnatural to pause, especially since you have responded to questions right away for your entire life. I assure you that you will deliver more powerful responses and reduce your chance of using filler words if you give yourself time to think.

What do you learn with a Public Speaking coach?

26 Oct

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

Security experts say LinkedIn suffered data breach – TALLspeaking – Your Speech Trainer

6 Jun

Security experts say LinkedIn suffered data breach

BOSTON/NEW YORK | Wed Jun 6, 2012 7:05pm BST

(Reuters) – Computer security experts in the United States and Europe warned they have uncovered evidence that the social networking site LinkedIn has suffered a data breach that compromised the passwords of an unknown number of its users.

The one amazing thing about being a great speaker – your data can never get breached – even if someone steals your files or spills coffee on your speech you can still perform.  Your brain can not be breached.  Even though Social Media is all the rage and can expand your reach it is never totally safe.    Don’t wait for that moment that you must communicate off the cuff be ready and trained so that your not tongue twisted but smooth and crisp.

 

 

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