Public Speaking and Presentations Skills Specialist, Executive Speech Coach and Speaker www.suzannahbaum.com
A public speaking trainer, executive speech coach, and creator of the Create A Signature Speech That Sells program for entrepreneurs and experts, Suzannah Baum is an award-winning speaker who helps organizations and individuals unleash their ultimate speaking potential so that they can create structured, engaging and powerful presentations. www.suzannahbaum.com.
If we go a little deeper and break down the components of this speech, we can see that it's the STRUCTURE of this speech that allows it to flow so well, that connects with the audience, and that leaves its audience with a clear call-to-action, and a sense of hope over the mostly bleak picture that she paints.
I went to a wedding a few weeks ago, and had the opportunity to listen to at least 7 different speeches given by the family and friends of the happy couple. The content of all the speeches was great -- all were very heartfelt and warm, and written from a place of deep caring for the couple. But some were greater than others. Here's what I learned.
It's the most common question I get asked by those who deal with a fear of public speaking: "Should I picture my audience naked?" If we were speaking to a room of supermodels and firemen fresh off the...
Silent prayer aside, there are many things that can derail your speaking awesomeness. Technology, traffic, timing, too-tight shoes and other terrible things can wreak havoc on the unprepared speaker. Luckily, most of these things can be avoided with a little planning.
In August 2015, Mohammed Quatani was crowned the winner of the 2015 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking with his speech, The Power of Words. Mohammed rose above 30,000 contestants to take this prestigious title in the finals of the world's largest public speaking contest.
How do you deal when the reaction that you get is NOT what you expected? When you don't even know if, after all that work, time, and effort, your presentation hit the mark... or missed it altogether? Many of my clients often say to me, "When I give a presentation at work, even if I've worked hard on it and I know it's got the right information, the people I'm presenting to look at me with blank faces.
A few months ago, I was hired to give a full-day training program to a group of executives on how to master their public speaking skills. At 10:30 a.m., when we reached our first break, I practically crawled to the washroom, where I hauled myself up onto the counter, my feet absolutely throbbing.
Some touching acceptance speeches, some political activism, and some complete disregard for the "start wrapping up your speech, please" music. But who can blame them? Here's exactly WHY the actors and actresses rocked their speeches, not only for WHAT they said, but HOW they said it.
Without a thorough understanding of your audience, an understanding of who they are, what their challenges are, and why they've come to hear you speak, your story -- and your speech -- will fall short of having the impact that can really engage them. The best content, the best stories, the best experience means nothing if the audience doesn't relate to it.
Indeed, giving a presentation is a huge responsibility. Part of that responsibility is sharing valuable content, staying focused, and showing respect to your audience. The other responsibility is choosing your words carefully, so that there are no distractions or irritations that keep your audience from leaving your presentation anything but informed, intrigued, and inspired.
As a speaker, how we say what we say is crucial to our success in moving our audience. So how do we make sure that when we take that all-important spot in front of the room, we can stay in control of ourselves, and of the audience's attention?