How to Introduce the Speaker Without it Sounding Like an Obituary

“Now, without further ado…” Does that trite introduction make your eyes glaze over if you aren’t already half asleep from listening to a preview of the speaker’s obituary?Isolated angel character with halo and wings

On and on and on. The host endlessly reads every word of a biography submitted by the speaker or his PR Department.

Or, the introducer has done her due diligence, researching articles and books the speaker has written, his degrees, and every job he’s every held. Then she rolls them all up into an endless introduction that could easily double as the speaker’s obituary.

If you’re the speaker, …Read more…

Should You Take Drugs to Overcome Your Fear of Speaking in Public?

hand with a pillYes, you read that right. Some individuals have such bad stage fright that they are resistant to coaching.

This post is not meant as a prescriptive that everyone take “something” to calm their nerves. Most people, with presentation or media training, can overcome their anxieties. They are content experts, but not experts at presenting themselves.

Drugs or Not?

Then there are the speakers who are content experts and understand the rules of making a presentation and answering the media’s questions. …Read more…

Do You Know What Your Audience Wants From Your Presentation?

audience 2One of the lessons learned from our many coaching sessions is this: don’t allow yourself to get complacent and think you can do the same old, same old as you plan your speaking engagements and media interviews.

Analyzing Your Audience

Speakers often go wrong by not doing a thorough audience analysis. …Read more…

You Can’t be Listening if You’re Always Interrupting

Did you hear what I just said? It would be an interesting exercise if a speaker stopped in the middle of her presentation and asked a member of the audience to repeat what she said. Most likely she’d get a blank stare in return.

That’s because most people aren’t listening. They are daydreaming or thinking about how much more important their ideas are. …Read more…