Essential Public Speaking Tips

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Effective Public Speaking

By Leaders Speakers® Public Speaking and Team Building Workshops

Public speaking is part of our personal and professional life. If you want to establish yourself as a leader, there is no avoiding the path of public speaking. We all have to encounter it at some time or the other. Apart from overcoming fears associated with public speaking,it is also important to know how to do it right. Though some individuals maybe born with great oratory skills, most of us require training and need to follow some basic rules.


Just like most things in life, there are some basic principles behind successful public speaking. Here are a few public speaking tips.

  1. Stop trying to be the speaker that you are not. It is important to connect with your audience as a speaker. In order to connect with them, you must try to be your original self. Audiences look for someone they can relate to or find interesting. Your public speaking abilities should have a touch of your day to day casual conversations. The key is to be as direct as possible and focus on what you’re saying rather than the audience.
  2. Having the right body language can go a long way in boosting your effectiveness as a speaker. Even if you possess the natural ability to speak confidently, having a bad body language can interfere with the way people perceive you. It won’t matter how knowledgeable you are, if the audience perceives that you are not confident.
  3. Stop using filler words such as umm, uh, or ah. This makes you look unprepared and uninformed. It is better to pause between sentences or words without being abrupt. This will provide you with enough time to gather you thoughts and also help you appear more polished in your communication.
  4. Rehearse your delivery before the actual speech or presentation. No matter how much of an expert you are, there is bound to be some nervousness while speaking publicly. Rehearsing as often as possible can help you improve your tone and refine your delivery. Once you reach a certain comfort level, you will be able to go about with your speech or presentation with ease.
  5. Try to be as personal as possible when you speak. Using a personal experience or story adds credibility. It helps the audience relate to you better and also puts you at comfort, since you are sharing your own experiences.
  6. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Mistakes are common with even the most prolific speakers. The key is to continue with your speech uninterrupted, even if you make an error. An apology can be made only if the error is significant like the misinterpretation of a fact or stating wrong numbers from a statistic. Small errors are rarely noticed by an audience, especially if the overall content of your talk is engaging.

Public Speaking Tips Summary

These are just a few of the principles that will help you become a more confident and effective presenter. There are full-fledged public speaking programs that are aimed at improving every aspect of your public speaking ability. If you are interested there are workshops that you search to help you improve your speaking skills.

Team Building; A Refreshing Solution to Re Energize Your Personnel and More!

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Team Building; A Refreshing Solution to Re Energize Your Personnel and More!

When companies have their conferences during the courses of the year they usually hire a company to do a team building activities for the workplace, most of the time they are looking for an activity to break up the monotony of all the sit down and listen sessions. The events coordinators for the respective companies scan the internet for Corporate Team Building Activities, or Fun Team Building Activities , get a few quotes from a few companies not really thinking that they can get a bigger bang for their buck if they sift through some the team building programs that some companies offer to get a great fun team building activity and a valuable team building experience in which there are some key discoveries realized by the company personnel while they are involved in these activities.

How fun team building activities distract employees form everyday issues

First of all the team building activities should afford the opportunity for your personnel to get the feeling that they are going to be participating in a fun energy driven activity, this will relax them and take their mind off any current work issues. There should be a fair amount of physical activity and creative activities as well. This gets the teams into a refreshed mind set almost resetting their nature. I have been witness to many team building events in which I have started the events with ice breakers and then divided the participants into random groups at which point they were relaxed and ready to start on a new adventure of team challenges together.

How team building activities exercises improve cooperation and communication

There are many team building activities from bicycle building, cooking, scavenger hunts, and pure physical challenges. When choosing a fun team building activity you’ll want to make sure that you are getting your money’s worth by finding one that will offer a fun experience and will also provide some take -a – ways such as reestablishing communication between individuals that previous to the event did not have the best communication between them or establishing a better cooperation between departments that have not been in synchronization lately. I had the opportunity to do a team building event with a distribution warehouse (fortune 500 companies), one of the managers before the event had mentioned to me that they had some interdepartmental issues. I took his concern into account and tweaked the activities so that we could address that issue. During the event the Manager had witnessed two of the teams that were in different groups were cooperating in the team building exercises. In most cases a good team building event will have the ability to remedy a situation like the above.

Team Building events prove to be valuable for interdepartmental conflicts

I have witnessed and have been informed by event coordinators and participants and the end of the event of the some of the breakthroughs that have believe it or not happened in a two hour session of fun and flurry. One participant came to me at the end of one of my events and said that this activity had opened up communication between she and another manager, she was so relieved and excited to tell me “that for months her and I have not been able to see eye to eye and this event has helped us resolve our differences “Once again there was evidence that proves that you can find team building activities that will suffice your need to provide a fun exciting activity and solve some necessary personnel issues.

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Why You Should Master Public Speaking and Presentation Skills?

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Why You Should Master Public Speaking and Presentation Skills ?

By Nickolove Lovemore

Public speaking and presentation skills are skills that we all need at some time in our lives. Many people have a deep fear of public speaking phobia and fear it more than even death.

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”
Jerry Seinfeld

While you can’t cheat death, anyone can learn to master public speaking and making presentations. Surely it would be better to master these skills than to quiver with mortal fear anytime you were asked to make a presentation? Wouldn’t it be great to see such requests as a great opportunity to sell yourself, your products and or services?

Now selling is one of the most loathed professions but everyone is in the business of selling whether you want to believe it or not. Nothing happens without a sale. Robert Louis Stevenson said “Everyone lives by selling something” and one of the world’s greatest orators said:

“Half my lifetime I have earned my living by selling words, and I hope thoughts.”
Sir Winston Churchill

Fundamentally, when you are engaged in making a presentation you are selling words but it is your ability to organise and deliver words in a coherent, congruent and compelling manner that counts. To be able to sell effectively you must have great communication skills.

Topher Morrison, master NLP Trainer and speaker said that a friend of his wanted to buy an expensive watch. They visited a local shop in Tampa, Florida but because the salesman lacked good presentation skills his friend left without making a purchase. When you are about to spend thousands of dollars you want to be served in a particular manner. In fact, his friend took a trip to the Bahamas just to purchase his expensive watch justifying the trip by saying the savings he made by buying the watch duty-free paid for the trip.

How much money are you losing every day because you lack  and presentation skills?

John Childers, described as the “millionaire maker” and who teaches one of the world’s most expensive public speaking training courses describes public speaking as “the world’s most profitable skill.” He has trained some of the biggest names in the public speaking arena – individuals such as Alex Mandossian, Armand Morin, Mark Victor Hansen, Mike Filsaime, Debra Johnson and the list goes on and on. They all know the value of using public speaking to grow their businesses. Irrespective of the different products and services they offer, they all use their public speaking skills to promote their products and services as well as those of others.

Through public speaking and making presentations you increase your visibility and the visibility of your company or organization. You cannot achieve success if no one knows about you. Public speaking is one of the best ways to gain visibility and build your business. Arvee Robinson who describes herself as a “Persuasive Speech Coach” says that every time she speaks she get new clients.

How much is a new client worth to you?

Don’t think that these skills are limited to standing on a stage in front of scores or even hundreds of people. Don’t think that a presentation has to be hours long. It can be mere minutes. Christine Comaford-Lynch, author of “Rules for Renegades” said that she once camped out in the reception area of a company for six hours to get the opportunity to meet with its CEO. She wanted him to join the board of directors of one of her companies. If she was successful in her mission it would’ve have added enormous value to the perceived financial value of her company. Millions of dollars were literally at stake. After waiting for hours for a chance to speak to this CEO she had minutes to persuade to get on board. Can you see how critical presentation skills would be in a situation like this?

When you introduce yourself you use these skills. Do you want to make an immediate impact? Do you want to be a person that people gravitate towards and want to get to know? Or do you want to be the person that no one remembers. An introduction can last mere seconds and yet leave a lasting impression. You want that impression to be a favorable one.

Some people are natural orators but even they have to practice. The best professional public speakers spend years honing their craft. Dave Lakhani, speaker and author of “Persuasion: The Art of Getting What You Want” says:

“Speaking is a business and a process and processes are built on the back of education.”

Through mastering public speaking and presentation skills you can build a career that will serve you a lifetime and can provide you with an income anywhere in the world. Even if you don’t want to become a professional speaker through mastering your public speaking and presentation skills you can vastly improve your business profit margins and enhance the quality of your life.

Discover how you can master your public speaking skills and leverage public speaking to grow your business. Visit Public Speaking Mastery

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Eight Tricks To Better Speaking

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Good presentations do not happen and excellent presenters are not born. A good presentation is one that is carefully crafted and an excellent presenter is one that hones her skills and uses her tools appropriately.

Here are tricks you can incorporate to make your presentation a success.

  1. Create a clear message – Know what you want your audience to know and do when you are through speaking.
  2. Develop good visuals – Create visual aids that are interesting, clear, and to the point.
  3. Know your audience – Audiences often miss the message when visual aids (PowerPoint Presentation in particular) are poorly designed.

Research the group before you arrive. Take time to meet individuals before you speak. During the talk, pay attention to the energy of the audience.

  1. Allow for adequate time to prepare

Preparation is critical if you are to deliver a credible and moving presentation. Create an outline, good visuals, practice; and know how to use your equipment. The first time you deliver a talk should not be in front of a “live” audience.

  1. Make your audience comfortable

Audiences that are uncomfortable in their chairs, hungry, thirsty, in need of a break, or in a room with poor temperature control, will have a difficult time paying attention.

  1. Set up the room to meet your needs

Arrange the seats, tables, lectern and the screen so it works for you and your audience.

  1. Present yourself appropriately

The audience will judge you based on your dress, language you use, and your level of organization. Watch your use of “French”, jargon and technical terms.

  1. Evaluate your work

Check your success based on the goals you set in the first step. Revise your presentation ideas to improve your oral presentation skills.

In truth, these are not “tricks” at all; these are tips you can use if you want to present well. Yes, it takes time to create and deliver a oral presentation that is memorable, a good speaker works to engage and motivate their audience – but is worth the effort.

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The Value of Team Building Activities

By David J Clark

Team building activities

These are often seen as wastes of time and money, particularly by employees. This misconception can end up with inadequate team building days being organized, as management deem them necessary in principle but demonstrate no understanding in what they are really meant to achieve, beyond some abstract concept of ‘team building’. The result is employees who aren’t engaging with the day and take no benefit away from it.

A properly organized team building day, with well thought out activities can result in tremendous results for productivity. Bausch and Lomb Orlando Art sake actionMost companies feature a workforce of people that do not know each other well outside of the workplace and therefore are not entirely at ease with each other. A natural amount of camaraderie will most likely develop between people who interact with each other on a daily basis, particularly those who sit next to or near each other, but people at slightly further reaches of the organization are sometimes left with a faceless impression of each other, sometimes resulting in an unjustified animosity.

Team building days

are therefore primarily designed to allow people to get to know each other in a relaxed and informal environment who otherwise would not be given the opportunity to meet each other outside of a professional situation. Any bonds made during the day can increase the co-operation between employees on an organization-wide level and therefore have a positive impact on the efficiency of the workplace. If someone in marketing is comfortable with someone in accounting, these departments will find themselves co-operating much more effectively, rather than competing so much for their separate interests. This kind of competitive antagonism is fairly commonplace, and something that your organization can do without.

Aside from the co-operative benefit, employees who are more comfortable with each other are more likely to bring up issues they may have rather than awkwardly compromising to avoid conflict or raising issues in a manner that is likely to offend and cause bad feelings, thus damaging the efficiency of the workplace. The ability to communicate both good and bad messages to each other is an essential component of any effective workforce.

Overall, team building day should aim to give workers a sense of common purpose and bonhomie. If employees feel like they are all ‘in this together’ and working towards a common goal, they are more likely to co-operate rather than pursuing their own individual goals. You can’t force employees to like each other, but by affording the opportunity to get to know and trust each other outside of the workplace, team building days can significantly improve communication between disparate employees and departments, boosting  efficiency of the workplace as a result.

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