You have to Build Rapport to Capture your Audience

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If you have ever been impressed with a speaker’s performance it is because they know how to build rapport with the audience. Most of the renowned speakers build rapport by integrating stories into their presentations or speeches. So how does this simple form of story telling engage the audience? You are probably thinking well anybody can tell a story right? These skilled speakers will draw on relative experiences or trials that they have gone through that relates to the title of theme of their speech which is why you came to the presentation in the first place. For example “how to overcome public speaking anxiety” was the topic de jour and most people are afraid of speaking in public, so they show up at the seminar to listen how they can overcome this issue.

The speakers of presenters have their speeches planned and organized precisely to hook you so that you will be on the edge of your seat most of the time. So how do the speakers magically draw you in? Well they use the skill of building trust and rapport. When you trust someone you will listen to them because they have established credibility through rapport. What is good rapport? When a speaker tells a story they will draw on a life experience that they had to overcome an obstacle to produce a successful outcome. The story itself will engage the audience because there will be many instances in the story that the audience can relate to, when this happens the audience will experience a commonality with the speaker and hence feel that they can relate therefore building the trust factor. For example if the speaker is telling of his or her first experience speaking in front of a group whether  it was in high school, college, PTA, work ect..  most of the audience if not all has had a similar experience. The speakers goes on to tell how his or her palms got sweaty , lost train of thought or froze up on stage so further relating to the audience. By the time the speaker gets through with their speech the audience has gained total “buy in” because they identify with the speaker and furthermore will believe that they will be able to overcome their fear of public speaking just as the presenter did because he simply built rapport with the audience which created trust and belief.

Stories are a very powerful means to attract attention of an audience because in addition to building rapport they also and should provide a specific time of occurrence, who specifically was involved and where it happened and finally what the outcome was. These aforementioned components establish factual credibility to further prove evidence to the story. Using rapport in your presentation properly will surely capture the audience for a memorable presentation of speech.

 

A Public Speaking Technique That Will Have a Lasting Effect on Your Audience

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Contrary to what many may think, repetition is an essential public speaking technique that you need to master if you want your audience to remember your presentation. Usually any presentation regardless of length can be boiled down to just 3 or 4 main points or even less. By skillfully repeating these points in various ways, the audience will have them imprinted on their minds without being bored. Below are four guidelines that will help you achieve

Use The Theme Or Title
 

Use the theme or title of your presentation effectively. Your theme will contain key thought containing words. Make sure you elaborate on those key words during your presentation. Keep linking your material back to your theme or title so it runs like a thread through the presentation much like the thread in a garment holds it together. The audience should be able to see the connection between what you are saying at any given time and the main subject or title of your presentation. 
Re-state Ideas 

Use repetition skillfully by re-stating the key ideas through the presentation, either using the exact same words or phrases or employing similar words to say the same thing. If you have a catch phrase or pithy slogan you want to remember, repeating it at strategic points in the presentation can be very effective. 
A summary early in the presentation can be a powerful method of repetition. For example, state beforehand the main points you are going to consider, then deal with them, and finally give a brief summary of the points you considered. 
The Progressive Summary 

Using a progressive summary of main ideas through your presentation to reinforce the ideas on your audience can be a very powerful public speaking technique, especially if you number or itemize them. For example, you might mention there are three main ideas to be considered, then briefly state them. Then say, “Let’s take the first point . . .” Afterward you can say, “So up to now we have considered Point 1 (restate in a couple of words). Now we’ll deal with Point 2.” After that you can say something like, “So far we have seen Point 1 which was . . ., and also Point 2 in which we saw . . . Let’s now look into Point 3.” Finally, you conclude by saying, “So what have we learned so far? Point 1 was . . . Then we considered Point 2. Finally in Point 3 we showed . . .” 
Using this formula of repetition is very effective in lodging key points in the minds of your audience so they will remember them easily after your presentation is finished. 
 Be Vivid 

Be on the constant look out for words you can use to add feeling and color to your presentation. 
You may discover them through your own reading or you may hear them from another speaker. If you see or hear a word that makes an impact on you, note it down and keep it for future reference when you might use it in your own presentation. Gradually as your vocabulary increases to include dynamic words full of vigor, your presentation skills will develop too as you convey vivid mental images to your audience. Using a variety of vivid words and expressions directly related to your main points and theme will give you the flexibility of being able to repeat them often but with a different flavor. 

Repetition is an essential public speaking technique. However, it needs to be used skillfully. The four  guidelines above will help a public speaker use powerful repetition without appearing to be boringly repetitive! 

Positive Attitude Can Lead To Successful Outcomes

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A good positive attitude in life will make things a lot easier to accomplish whether in the workplace or life situations in general. Most people have the need or want to succeed in both work and life. If you practice a positive mind set you can achieve what you set out to accomplish.

We often get to hear that the power of positive thinking can change and improve our life. It leads to happy living, perfect health and is your key to success. Is the glass half empty or half full? Becoming an optimist is a personal decision and one that has profound ramifications on how we see the world. If we think positively about ourselves, about others, and about the world around us, the world often meets our expectations. Optimistic people achieve their personal and professional goals easily. Continue reading “Positive Attitude Can Lead To Successful Outcomes” »

Body Language Affects Your Public Speaking Presentation

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Body language and gestures account for a whopping 55% of any type of conversation or public presentation that you perform. Vocal expression 38% and your words are only 8% ! Gestures are important for many reasons including coordinating comprehension centers of the brain.If your gestures are incongruent with your words it will confuse the listener’s brain and you will be not be as credible. Body language also serves as a means to further accentuate your Continue reading “Body Language Affects Your Public Speaking Presentation” »

Follow These Tips and Overcome Your Public Speaking Fears

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Most people DO NOT like to speak in front of an audience being that they experience great anxiety or public speaking fear issues in front of crowds. I run into many professionals that say that are great one on one and are great sales people but fail in front of audiences simply because they are afraid. Actually most of those people would love to be more comfortable speaking to a large audience, but either do not know how to remedy this fear or are not motivated to do so. The fix just takes a little courage and few simple tips that can be used with practice to overcome this affliction that is holding them back from being good presenters.

Public speaking Tip #1 – Know that 90 percent of your nervousness does not show to the audience. The folks out in the crowd cannot see things like your sweaty palms, nervous stomach, racing heart and many more, so relax and with the knowledge that  the audience does not know that you are nervous.

Public Speaking Tips #2 and #3 – Never try to memorize or recite your presentation word for word.  Many speakers fall into the trap thinking that they can deliver the perfect presentation if they memorize or recite but this feat is impossible and it will only lead to a broken presentation.

Public Speaking Tip #4 – Search the audience for friendly and receptive faces. This will give you the confidence that you are being well received.

Public Speaking Tip #5 – Show up early and get everything set up right. Being prepared and knowing everything is set will give you plenty of confidence at the beginning of your presentation because you will feel like you own the room.

Public Speaking Tip #6 – If at any moment during your presentation that you feel uptight or nervous , simply take a few deep breaths. Taking deep breaths brings more oxygen to the brain and will relieve your nervousness.

Incorporating these simple techniques public speaking when you are speaking in front of large or small groups will definitely give you the ability to overcome your public speaking anxiety.