Jul
11

Speech Introductions for Public Speaking Success

Тhе Веst Туреs оf Ѕреесh Іntrоduсtіоns

This article is provides ideas on Speech Introductions, І strоnglу suggеst уоu tо рау vеrу сlоsе аttеntіоn tо thе dеtаіls аnd strаtеgіеs І рrоvіdеd bесаusе аftеr rеаdіng thіs, уоu wіll lеаrn grеаt рublіс sреаkіng skіlls аnd tірs thаt уоu саn usе tо mаkе уоur аudіеnсе fаll іntо уоur sреесh, rіght frоm thе vеrу bеgіnnіng.

Speech introductions, іn mу оріnіоn, are thе mоst іmроrtаnt раrt оf аnу sреесh bесаusе іt dеtеrmіnеs thе lеvеl оf соnсеntrаtіоn thаt thе аudіеnсе mеmbеrs hаvе fоr thе sреесh аnd sреаkеr. Аudіеnсе раrtісіраnts іn gеnеrаl stаrt tо gіvе аttеntіоn tо thе sреаkеr frоm thе vеrу fіrst sоund thаt thеу mаkе оr wоrd thаt thеу sреаk. Yеt, thе аttеntіоn tеnds tо fаdе аwау оnсе thеу hаvе lеаrnt thаt thе sреаkеr оr whаt іs bеіng sаіd (bу thе sреаkеr) іs nоt іntеrеstіng, thus nоt wоrth рауіng thеіr аttеntіоn.

Тhеrеfоrе, аs а рublіс sреаkеr, уоu shоuld lеаrn tо mаkе уоur speech introduction іntеrеstіng аnd аttrасtіvе еnоugh sо thаt уоur аudіеnсе раrtісіраnts аrе subсоnsсіоuslу аnd unknоwіnglу drаwn tо уоur sреесh аnd уоu. Whеn thеу аrе аttrасtеd tо уоur іntrоduсtіоn, thеу аrе mоrе lіkеlу tо fоllоw thrоugh уоur sреесh untіl thе еnd. Тhе fоllоwіng аrе dіffеrеnt mеthоds уоu саn usе tо іntrоduсе уоur sреесh іn аn іntеrеstіng wау.

1. Usе а bоld, strаіghtfоrwаrd stаtеmеnt

Тhеrе аrе sо mаnу bоld, strаіghtfоrwаrd stаtеmеnts thаt уоu саn usе suсh аs “gооd mоrnіng lаdіеs аnd gеntlеmеn, І wоuld lіkе уоu tо рау full аttеntіоn tо mу sреесh bесаusе І wіll уоu tеll sоmеthіng іnсrеdіblу іmроrtаnt tо уоur lіfе аnd wеll bеіng”, “guуs, І wаnt уоu tо соnсеntrаtе оn thіs рrеsеntаtіоn bесаusе thіngs І wіll tаlk about аrе rеlеvаnt tо уоu аnd those that your love”, “уоu mау nоt bеlіеvе mе, but І’m nоt gоіng tо bеgіn thіs sреесh unlеss І hаvе уоur full аttеntіоn. Саn І hаvе іt?” аnd еtс.

2. Веgіn wіth аn арреаlіng рrоmіsе

А рrоmіsе іs quіtе sіmіlаr tо thе bоld strаіghtfоrwаrd stаtеmеnt but іt јust gіvеs thе аudіеnсе sоmе kіnd оf hоре. Wіth thе hоре, thе аudіеnсе mеmbеrs tеnd tо lіstеn tо whаt уоu hаvе tо sау mоrе bесаusе thеу аrе рrоmіsеd tо gеt sоmеthіng bасk аftеr lіstеnіng. Аn арреаlіng рrоmіsе соuld bе “lаdіеs аnd gеntlеmеn, І rеаllу wаnt уоu tо рау аttеntіоn tо mу sреесh bесаusе І’m gоіng tо еlаbоrаtе tо уоu hоw І рrоtесt mуsеlf frоm gеttіng НІV”, “уоu wіll lеаrn hоw tо mаkе mоrе mоnеу іf уоu lіstеn аttеntіvеlу tо mу sреесh”, “guуs, І’m gоіng tо оffеr а gіft tо аnуоnе whо саn аnswеr mу quеstіоn аftеr І fіnіsh thіs sреесh. Ѕо, рау аttеntіоn tо gеt thе nісе gіft frее” аnd еtс.

3. Теll а gооd јоkе

Іf уоu аrе а gооd јоkе tеllеr, уоu соuld bе оnе stер аhеаd оf thе gаmе bесаusе аudіеnсе раrtісіраnts аrе usuаllу ехсіtеd bу а vеrу gооd јоkе, thus рауіng аttеntіоn tо thе sреаkеr аnd sреесh, usuаllу wіth thе hоре tо gеt mоrе еntеrtаіnmеnt. Аnуwау, іf уоu usе а јоkе іn уоur іntrоduсtіоn, еnsurе thаt іt іs shоrt (аs nоt tо wаstе tіmе), rеlеvаnt (аs nоt tо brеаk уоur аudіеnсе аttеntіоn frоm thе оbјесtіvе оf thе sреесh, аnd gеnuіnе (аs nоt tо оffеnd аnу реrsоn). Веsіdеs thеsе, уоu shоuld аlsо studу уоur аudіеnсе mеmbеrs wеll bеfоrе dесіdіng tо сhооsе а јоkе.

4. Νаrrаtе а stоrу

А stоrу аlsо wоrks wеll wіth thе іntrоduсtіоn еsресіаllу whеn thе sреаkеr іs rеаllу gооd аt nаrrаtіng іt. Тhе stоrу соuld bе rеаl оr mаdе uр. Вut thе tеllіng shоuld tаkе thе аudіеnсе аs сlоsеlу tо thе rеаlіtу аs роssіblе. Ѕо, thе stоrу nаrrаtоr shоuld usе dіffеrеnt tоnеs ассоrdіng tо thе рlоts аnd gеsturеs tо mаkе thе stоrу sееm mоrе rеаlіstіс.

5. Ѕtаrt wіth а thоught-рrоvоkіng quеstіоn оr сhаllеngе

Yоur аudіеnсе mеmbеrs соmе tо lіstеn tо уоu bесаusе thеу wаnt tо lеаrn sоmеthіng. Ѕо, whу dоn’t уоu сhаllеngе thеm tо lеаrn? Yоu саn dо thаt bу аskіng а thоught-рrоvоkіng quеstіоn іn thе іntrоduсtіоn. Іf thе quеstіоn іs rеаllу іntеrеstіng, thеу wіll lіstеn tо уоur sреесh іn оrdеr tо fіgurе оut thе аnswеr. То bе іdеаl, thе quеstіоn shоuld bе shоrt аnd sіmрlе sо thаt thеу саn undеrstаnd іt wеll.

6. Quоtе а rеlеvаnt rеsеаrсh studу

Тrust mе whеn І tеll уоu thаt уоu nеvеr knоw ехасtlу whо lіstеns tо уоu whеn уоu sреаk оn stаgе. Вut, оnе thіng thаt уоu shоuld knоw іs thаt mоst, іf nоt аll, оf thеm dо nоt wаnt tо lіstеn tо уоu еsресіаllу іf уоu hаvе nо сrеdеntіаls. Ѕо, tо аttrасt thеіr аttеntіоn, уоu shоuld lеаrn tо bоrrоw sоmе ехреrts’ knоwlеdgе tо hеlр уоu. Ѕuрроsе уоur sреесh was аbоut саnсеr, уоu wоuld hаvе tо quоtе а rеsеаrсh studу frоm а fаmоus саnсеr рhуsісіаn tо hеlр уоu. Тhе quоtе соuld bе sоmе kіnd оf nеw dіsсоvеrу оr shосkіng stаtіstісs. Yоu shоuld usе іt wеll tо аttrасt your audiences аttеntіоn tо lіstеn tо уоu.

 

Apr
18

Tips for Public Speaking Success, Exercises for Enunciation and Pronunciation

Enunciation is the articulation of speech from the perspective of how intelligible the speech is to the audience. There are quite a few simple exercises which can help individuals who are suffering with problems such as others misunderstanding what they are saying or not clearly following the speech.

Using the Mouth More Often

A mouth which doesn’t open wide enough is one of the reasons why some people have a blurred speech or voice. There are couple of exercises that could help people with such a problem. One would be to watch others speak especially those who are known to be good orators or speakers with clarity in their voice, for example News Readers. Noticing how much they open their mouth is critical here. This problem is also referred to as the Great American Jaw, where people with rigid jaws aren’t really able to bring about clarity in their voice. Jaw related exercises allowing the lower jaw to fall down a bit will allow one to move the jaws and opening the mouth wider. In fact, even yawning turns out to be a great exercise for the jaws.

Some Pronunciation Exercises

There are some pronunciation exercises which can help individuals with their speech. These pronunciation exercises include combining words that begin with similar consonant sounds followed by similar vowel sounds. Individuals must try listening to the various sounds by repeating the line slowly, a few times and keeping the sound distinct. For example, a series consisting of words like big, beat, bet and bat would help individuals focus on consonants and vowels.

Forming Vowels and Consonants

An important way to master the formation of the vowels is by concentrating on the resonance of the vocal cavities. Watching the words end and ensuring that you pronounce every single letter in the word except unless when the letters should be silent will help in pronunciation.

Breath Support

Breath support exercises like breathing from the diaphragm and making a sound and allowing it to fall on you rather than forcing it through will help individuals control breathing while they speak and use it as their advantage.

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Apr
07

Fun Facts and Statistics on Public Speaking

There are some interesting facts and statistics about public speaking which would really take you by surprise. These are facts and statistics that one wouldn’t have imagined possible or thought about. While some facts are pure fan, others are a revelation.

The Greatest Fear

It is incredible to note that the fear of public speaking tops the greatest fears that trouble people according to a popular survey. In fact, this fear comes ahead of people’s fear of death, spiders, heights and confined spaces. This shows that people feel public speaking is a greater torture than any of these including death itself. Fear of public speaking is referred to as glossophobia and it is bigger than the fear of death or necrophobia. Surely public speaking cannot be that difficult if you try.

The Longest, Shortest and the Speech that Killed

William Henry Harrison is credited for giving the longest speech at an inaugural ceremony. The speech comprising of 8445 words exposed him to cold and wet, killing him a month later through pneumonia. George Washington, on the other hand didn’t stress his vocal chords giving an inaugural speech just 135 words long. The longest speech record in the House of Commons though stands since 1828. It lasted 6 hours.

The People Who Grow Anxious

3 out of every 4 people, amounting to 75%, have speech anxiety and this suffering troubles them when they deliver public speeches. An almost obvious fact that we are led to from this is that a lot of people don’t make it to the higher echelons or are not as successful as some of their equally talented colleagues because of this speech anxiety. If you are trying to make a career out of something, make sure you are a more confident public speaker. Although statistics show that more women than men suffer from speech anxiety, it is true that the phobia or fear of public speaking affects both men and women equally.

Commercial Aspect

At any given time, 5% of the world’s population aged between 5 and 50, suffer from the fear of speaking in open to others. That is why more men and women look for a solution to this fear by turning to hypnosis therapy and self help books than for any other reason. No wonder then that the self help books that are sold most are those that help people with public speaking tips and promises of success.

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Apr
03

Goofed Up a Presentation? Keeping Calm is the Answer

Goofing up in front of a large audience or an important audience or both is quite embarrassing. There are days when you will goof up in spite of all the practice and preparation. However, the best presenters and speakers usually don’t let the embarrassment or the event itself hamper the rest of their presentation. If anything, you should try and take it up by a notch, so that you negate the goof up and the audience has better things to remember.

Use your Humor and Wit

A good presenter almost always knows what to say in such scenarios instinctively. If you goof up and you know that the audience has witnessed the same, try to apologize not in words but through tongue in cheek humor, which usually endears you to them. There is no point trying to cover up something that is obvious.

Prepare with Some Standard Lines for Common Goof Ups

There are some goof ups that you can predict. The mike squeaking and creating problems every now and then, the presentation not turning up on the projector, forgetting an example or story you wanted to narrate at the last minute, etc. are all situations you can prepare for. For example, a common witty line when you goof up is to say, “I have some strategies to impress the audience in a presentation, but this was definitely not one of them.” Similarly, there are interesting lines for lighting, mike problems, presentation problems or even tripping on the stage.

Ask for Questions

If you had just finished making a point on a particular topic before the goof up happened, you can invite the audience to ask questions. This will give you the time to relax and get back your focus and will also give the audience something else to think about. In fact, it is important to remember where you were in the presentation and you need to keep calm to not lose focus. Take a deep breath and ask an audience poll question if you may. These couple of minutes would be sufficient to get your attention back and help the audience focus on the presentation too. Probably, you could take a sip of water too, while the members in the audience are coming up with their questions. At the back of your mind, you have to tell yourself that a goof up isn’t really so serious as to change the course of the presentation, although you should put in efforts to not let it happen again.

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Mar
30

Your Public Speaking Checklist

Public speaking is all about practice and constantly ironing out the creases until the big moment. As the years go by and you gain valuable experience things will become smoother but it will always help to have a checklist of things to make sure you have considered all possible aspects of your speech. Here is a list that could help you be better prepared while speaking to a large audience.

Learn about your Audience

Every speech has its own purpose and it mostly depends on the target audience that you are speaking to. Ensure that your speech keeps the audience in mind and you present the picture from their point of view. To do so, you will have to learn about the audience; try to find out what their competence levels are with the subject and how you should approach the theme. If you are speaking in a different country, you will have to know a thing or two about their culture too. Asking some quick poll questions and surveys at the start of your speech could help you as well.

Dress Smartly and Comfortably

Make sure you look decent and respectable. At the same time make yourself comfortable. For example, you could do away with the blazer in most occasions if the auditorium is hot.

Keep your Cards and Visual Aids Handy

You might be depending on your PowerPoint presentation a lot when you are giving your speech. However, it does you no harm to keep visual aids and cards handy in case the equipment doesn’t work when required.

Arrive Early and Do a Dress Rehearsal

Don’t add unnecessary pressure onto yourself by arriving late and then rushing to the podium without having enough time to calm your nerves. You should always arrive as early as possible, give yourself a few minutes to calm your nerves, test the equipment, see if the presentation works fine and go for a dress rehearsal if you want to. Don’t forget to have a bottle of water close by, especially if it is a long speech.

Have a Timer Ready

Timing your speech is very important, not only during preparation but also in the final delivery. This is even more important when you have a slot in a whole day’s events. The last thing you would want to do is to cut short your speech or leave yourself with no time to answer questions.

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Mar
27

Tony Robbins – Professional Public Speaker

Anthony (Tony) Robbins is an American self-help author and success coach. He is a major figure as a professional public speaker and has released a host of books in the genre of self-help and personal motivation. He has also advised or consulted with some of the most famous leaders in the world.

Robbins is a best selling author and his books discuss the topics of health and energy, enhancing relationships, overcoming fears and persuasive communication. He has published four titles. The first of which, Unlimited Power : The New Science Of Personal Achievement Tony Robbins   Professional Public Speaker was released in 1986. His last book, Notes from a Friend: A Quick and Simple Guide to Taking Charge of Your Life Tony Robbins   Professional Public Speaker was released in 1995. He has also contributed to no less than nine other publications and released six CDs/DVDs.

Robbins conducts seminars in which he addresses large crowds. The main focus of his seminars is the ability to release one’s personal power, take action and thus have the potential to achieve greatness. During some of his events, participants from the crowd are inspired to walk barefoot on hot coals at the end of a session to portray how seeming impossible goals can be achieved with self-belief.

He is regarded as one of the most influential public speakers today. This is largely due to his charismatic onstage persona and self-assurance. He uses a basic, casual lexicon, providing his message in the clearest possible way and doesn’t overwhelm his audience with overly complex language. Robbins builds a rapport with his crowd by being conversational and asking questions, he is speaking to them and not at them. His body language is very much relaxed and at ease with being under the spotlight. This immediately removes any awkwardness felt by him or the crowd and his facial expressions are often exaggerated.

Robbins’ onstage persona is so effective because his performance comes across as entirely natural. He articulates his speech using very few hesitancy features. These are the natural ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’ people use every day when speaking. This skill wasn’t achieved overnight, it would have taken a lot of work. At the beginning of his career, Robbins did hundreds of gigs and it was only by accumulating vast experience did he become a successful public speaker.

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