Leaders Speakers Facilitates Public Speaking Workshop for Charlotte Graduate Program

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Leaders Speakers, a leadership soft skills training company located in Charlotte NC was requisitioned to facilitate one of their 2 day Master Presentations Workshops last week on October 13-14, 2017. The Childress Klein School of Real Estate is located at the UNCC campus at 320 E. 9th Street Downtown Charlotte. The Director of the Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) Program was looking for a company to facilitate a public speaking workshop for their students so that they could be prepared to deliver strong presentations in the business world. Leaders Speakers has performed many public and corporate public speaking workshops over the past few years and has helped many people overcome the obstacles that hold most people back from being able to speak in front of an audience. The workshop has also helps individuals to become more persuasive to deliver winning presentations using a unique formula taught in the 2 day Workshop.

The class of 20 students that attended the Public Speaking Workshop at the Childress Klein UNCC campus went through a series of exercise starting with how to give an introductory speech on themselves to serve as a benchmark and also have them get used to keeping track of their time speaking. Timing is a very important component as the audience is very sensitive to speaking time, going over will disengage the audience. The students then learned importance of how to build rapport with the use of stories. Stories not only engage the audience but substantiate an occurrence with a specifics who, what, where and when something happened to prove or sell your point. Finally the students were taught to use a story as a component for the formula to persuade.  The formula was actually developed by Abraham Lincoln at the Gettysburg address in which Lincoln only spoke for three minutes but was noted as one the most famous speeches because it was so successful in getting the country united. The simple formula has the speaker tell a story then shows a benefit that people will receive if they take a prescribed action by the speaker after telling the story.

After the class learned how to present a persuasive speech they were tasked to develop a four minute and then a final six minute presentation. They used their class skills to come up with a “solution” based title to hook the audience then come up with three main points ( the audience will typically not remember more than three) then to use a story or example to back up each point and then finally summarize their presentation in a concise manner to close the audience.

The best way to develop a winning memorable presentation is to design in a way that it presents a solution to which the audience came to obtain a benefit for which they were seeking to get from the speech or presentation.

 

How Public Speaking Can Help You With Any Fear You May Have

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You don’t have to be a famous key note speaker or a famous motivational speaker like Tony Robbins or Joel Osteen just to give a great speech. Public speaking to many people when performing such an act in front of an audience is every daunting and even more so intimidating.Fear is the biggest factor when it comes to performing a presentation in front of a sizeable audience let alone delivering a talk that you have created that you think may not be up to par for the audience.

A lot of people will take sky diving lessons then do the actual jump to face their fears. When they have completed a jump they tend to be more confident in everyday life simply because they have conquered a fear which in most cases eliminates other fears that they may have had. Public speaking in front of an audience can be of similar value in the same way. Think back to when you were a kid and you finally had to confront the neighborhood bully, once you pushed back or chased the bully away you conquered a large blockage and were then less fearful of many things. When you stand up in front of an audience to face that proverbial bully and attack that speech or presentation not thinking of how perfectly you want to deliver it but to actually perform it with you true self you will accomplish your goal of eliminating fear itself.

There are some tips that can help you be more fearless when you are speaking in front of large or even small groups. I myself actually have an easier time speaking in front of large groups for whatever reason. First of all knowing that ninety percent of your nervousness does not show to the audience is a known fact. Most people when they speak will get more nervous if they think that the audience can see some of those nervous things that go on inside or outside of your body like sweaty palms, nervous stomach or racing heart just to name a few, but the truth is that they can’t. Another biggie is that a lot of people get intimated by the audience. A good way to eliminate this fear is not to imagine them naked, but to scan the audience for friendly or receptive faces. This will give you the confidence that your presentation is being well received.

So if you want to kill two birds with one stone, get out there and give that presentation or speech at work, join a toastmasters club or volunteer to speak for a cause that you have some interest in or event some type of local city government or PTA and the list is basically endless and you will kill your fear.

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.

 

Time Management – How to Protect your Valuable Time

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Many people tend to take time management for granted and it is not hard to do at all. If we do not manage out time well though we will not accomplish our goals we originally set out to do. How many times to we set or plan to accomplish a list of goals just before the beginning of the week and then by Friday you may be lucky to have accomplished fifty percent of those goals, and this is always reoccurring week in and week out. The good news is that you can fix this issue with a few new rules and disciplines.

Identify Sources of Poor Time Management

You can approach the aforementioned to get a better handle on time by simply categorizing and prioritizing the things that you do to reach your goals. It just takes a simple discipline, organization and a little implementation. Probably the best tool to use are some simple time management techniques in which you would place your priorities and that is where many people get sidetracked and miss their goals. Below are the four main areas of priority and if you approach your goal setting with these in mind you can instantly increase your goal attainment.

Very Important Very Urgent – (ex. IRS Tax Deadlines) these are goals that require immediate attention and cannot be put off to the future. You would think that everybody would not have any issues with this category, but when other things can and do distract you therefore upsetting the goal. Below are some things that can upset your immediate goals.

Very Important – Not Urgent – There are goals that can be done within a certain period of time but are not immediate concerns. A good example of this type goal may be that you have to post monthly blogs on your web site, so have 30 days to get the post up.

Very Urgent – Not Important – This is where you can get sucked in by external distractions, interruptions. The most common interrupters are phone calls, emails, paper clutter and visitors. This is your opportunity to be able to say “no” to all distractions including helping someone else out when your priorities are at stake. We are able to help our fellow workers when we have completed our tasks.

Not Important – Not Urgent – Sometimes we are either tempted to fill in on the golf course of serve as a companion on a long lunch break, but these long stints way from work will certainly not help you accomplish your goals.

In summary you will find that if you stick the a disciplined plan using this simple method of prioritizing your goals you will be able to increase the percentage of the goals you set to accomplish.

 

 

 

 

How to Recover From a Broken Public Speaking Presentation

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You are giving a very important public speaking presentation to the board members and midway through something overwhelms you and you can’t for the life of you remember exactly where you were in the presentation. You are giving a sales pitch on a new product to one of your biggest customers and you just lost it and lost your train of thought right in the middle of a flowing sales presentation. Knowing how to recover from a broken public speaking presentation is a very important skill that you can develop, It’s just that no one wants to prepare for a failure that may occur because the last thing you want to think of is messing up during your presentation, so we just do not prepare believing that if we are thinking positive we may mess up. The reality is that we should be prepared for a failure during our performance.

Below are four methods that you can employ if something happens to interrupt your flowing presentation. If you practice and understand these remedies to recover from a broken presentation they can save you a lot of stress and embarrassment. So take a look at each of these and just how easily you can employ any of these public speaking tips to save rescue yourself from a broken presentation.

Method 1: Make It Look Planned

This is what Jack Elliot did by pausing, saying “This next part is so important that I need to read it to you”, consulting his notes, then starting up again. One key lesson here is that you should always have your notes easily accessible. I keep mine in my pocket as a safely blanket; I rarely need them, but having them there sure make me feel good.

Method 2: Paraphrase Your Previous Content

“You will have to excuse me, but I am so passionate about my topic that I sometimes get ahead of myself. Allow me to review my previous point.” Nine times out of ten, retracing your steps will help you find the path forward.

Method 3: Ask Your Audience A Thought Provoking Question

“What seems to be the most important point so far?” I feel that this technique would work better in a public speaking presentation that is highly interactive to begin with. However you can use this as a rhetorical question to either buy time with a long pause or to precede a review of your previous content (i.e. a lead-in to Method #2).

Method 4: Review Your Overall Speaking Purpose

Every speech should have a central theme – preferably encapsulated in a three to twelve word catchphrase. Repeating your theme is always welcome by your audience so a memory lapse is a reasonable time to throw it back out there.

In Conclusion, the idea here is to help you be able to think on your feet as well as being able to deliver a public speaking presentation. The best presenters and public speakers have the ability to adapt to their situations and be able to react in a professional manner as to not ”get rattled”. If you employ the above tips you will be able to confidently recover from a broken presentation.

 

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