Possibly, you might have been asked to MC a function because you get on well with people. Or maybe, you are a confident person and have a good sense of humour. Sometimes you get asked because you’re well know or have some public speaking experience or you volunteered for the role. Whatever the reason, it’s quite an honour. If you pull it off successfully, it can set you up as a can-do and go-to person.
The cardinal sin of public speaking is to be boring. When you speak in a monotonous voice with little tone, pitch or volume variation, you won’t connect and most likely send your audience to sleep. Have you ever heard someone use their Continue reading “Vocal Variety”
When you were a teenager, did you belt out your favourite pop song holding a hairbrush to your mouth? What’s with that? Yet, I bet it made you feel like a star, made you feel powerful. A real microphone can give you that same power, authority and impact that all presenters seek. As the famous American TV personality, Willard Scott once said, Continue reading “Speak Up – Microphone Use”
A presentation preparation is more than just writing and rehearsing your speech. Often the venue will be different to the previous venues you may have presented at. It pays to get there a few days before the event or at least early on the day or night, to check out the stage lay out, the Continue reading “Presentation Preparation”
There’s preparation, practice and rehearsal. Preparing involves putting your ideas together. Practicing is developing your speech actively and verbally. Rehearsal is presenting your final version over and over again to memorise all aspects of your speech. Whether you are a sports person, a musician or speaker, you know Continue reading “Speech Preparation, Practice & Rehearsal”
Why impromptu speaking or speaking off the cuff? Well, have you ever had a job interview? Did you nail it? Do you gravitate towards people you all ready know, or do you enjoy meeting new people and finding out all about them? One last question, have you ever gone blank during a presentation? Ok, you get the general idea. But impromptu speaking skills come in handy even if you only need to introduce someone, introducing your song or proposing a toast.
The thing about evaluations is that you evaluate everyday. You evaluate things, people and your own performances. Evaluation is a form of constructive feedback and it needs to include a predominance of positives, or strengths, as well as areas for improvement. It’s the same with speech evaluations. Note that evaluating is not judging, coaching or criticising. It’s constructive feedback. And even then, it’s only your opinion. The techniques you’ll learn in this blog, works. Especially when my wife wants me to do something. This stuff is so powerful, that it will help you deal with your colleagues, your family and your partners. It’s the reason why it is considered Continue reading “Better Speech Evaluations”
Props can be very powerful if used well. It’s best used when it can speak louder than words. When it can say something more clearly, more succinctly and with more impact then you could verbally. It helps however, Continue reading “Use of Props”
What is a foundation phrase? If you’re an Australian, and you hear, “Puts a rose in every cheek!”, you probably, immediately remember the advertising jingle that promoted Vegemite. Mind you, I hate the stuff. But that’s beside the point. I also suspect that in every English speaking country, they’ll know Continue reading “Foundational Phrase”