Welcome back! Think back to the last speaker you heard. Do you remember the message they gave? What was the one thing that you remember distinctly about that speech? If you couldn’t remember what that speaker was talking about, then they didn’t do a good enough job in sharing their message. But if you did remember, then have you ever wondered how the speaker was able to get you to remember that point? Most likely they repeated their key points a few times. Repetition is such a simple concept yet so often overlooked in speaking. We as speakers always underestimate the minds of our audience and assume they always know what we’re saying. Yet the reality is that they always don’t know, don’t hear or don’t understand what we’ve just said and its our job to ensure that they do.
PowerPoint! The worlds most popular presentations tool. When used well, it really makes the presenter look like a superstar! But when not …. well lets just say a presenter hopes to leave that presentation with his or her tail between their legs! However there is one feature of PowerPoint that is seldom used. Mainly because most computer users just don’t understand how to or that it even exists. It allows you to present without the need for notes. Depending on how you setup your stage, you could look like a professional.
Typically, when we setup our computers or laptops and load up our PowerPoint presentation and we hit that magical “F5″ button to launch our presentation into the worlds of our awaiting audiences. But what we typically see is the full screen presentation that we also see on the projector. So our computers become utterly useless. To make this worse, we tend to have a stack of papers sitting next to our computers with our notes of what to say, what gestures to make, what stories to tell, where to stand on the stage, etc. So in essence we then rely on our notes making us look amateurish and unprepared. Now I’m not saying that notes are a bad thing, but suppose you presented without a stack of papers at your side, would that not propel you in the minds of your audience to the professional level? It all starts with this simple change to your PowerPoint settings. A setting known as “Presenter View”
Today we will look at three techniques that will help you get started and stay on track with any goal you desire to achieve. Too often we get a brilliant idea but when we start it, we never follow through on it. The key to succeeding is to take everything in baby steps. For without baby steps, the goal would feel to large to handle and that quite often is the reason for failure.
Take yourself back to the year 2000, when “the dot com” era was in high gear. Companies were forming left right and centre and they were getting millions and millions in funding for a simple idea. That idea, such as buying pet food or groceries on-line was enough to get a enough money to buy a Superbowl ad commercial. But what happened in the end? We saw companies close up shop as fast as they opened. Why? Because an idea wasn’t enough to achieve success. It was a start, but not enough. A solid plan needs to be in place to get to the next level. To produce that plan, we need to ensure we take baby steps – whether it be a relationship, a personal goal or a business goal.
Today, we’re going to look at 3 keys to building success, to building a goal and following through. Today we will look at your baby steps.
Interested in improving your speaking ability but aren’t sure where you can go to learn and refine your skills? Well today I’m pleased to welcome guest blogger and life coach Linda Bradley. She will share her experiences about Toastmasters.
Toastmasters? I’ve heard of them but isn’t that about public speaking? Gee, who wants to do that? I’d rather go jump in a freezing cold lake than get up and have to talk in front of people every week!
So, I guess I’m different than other people, because I am a Toastmaster. But not different than you because if you are reading this chances are you are a Toastmaster, or your contemplating being one. I originally joined my club to make new friends as I was new to the area. I didn’t mind public speaking so I thought it would be a win/win. I got more than I bargained for. Not only did I make several friends but I grew more than I ever could have dreamed that I would, in so many different areas of my life.
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be doing so well? Whether it be in terms of happiness or financially or athletically or anything else that comes to mind. Some of us look upon those people as people who ‘have it all’. Well what if I told you that there’s a secret and a system that anyone can follow to be come one of those people that ‘has it all’. But it starts with this first step. A step that is so simple yet often overlooked and taken for granted. Its something that is so vital that if ignored, will leave anyone aimless, depressed and lost. Its
Distractions, distractions, distractions! We’ve all seen, heard or been a distraction. But have you ever given thought to how to handle your audience when they’re distracted?
What if your audience member all of a sudden flips out their Smartphone to check email or Facebook while you’re about to make your most crucial point?
Do you let that throw you off? Or do you ignore it? Or worse do you stop and down-dress that person right in front of everyone?
In my last post, I spoke about how words can destroy a person and prevent them from achieving excellence.
Today, I take that discussion and turn it onto its head. How? Well after I published that post, I was reminded of the following:
You are the only person who can prevent you from succeeding!
… can break my bones but words will never hurt me. Or will they?
Do you remember, the last time someone made an off the cuff remark to you? Something so discouraging that you gave something up because of it?
Its amazing how the smallest comment, which may not mean anything to the speaker, can be so incredibly detrimental to the person its directed to.
I was attending an educational session on behavioral learning today and an interesting discussion came up.
Part of the series on Change Making ME 2.0. This is part of the Performance module.
Have you ever wanted to try something new and difficult and gave up because you thought it was way too hard? Did you look upon others who were doing the same thing with ease? Did that make it look all that harder and you wanted to throw in the towel before even trying?
Well today we’re going to debunk what I call a myth.
Today we look at and discover the inner strengths that you never knew you had. You’ll find that these strengths don’t necessarily come directly from you, but instead from those around you. You’ll discover that you don’t need to be an expert in health sciences to become a marathon runner.
You’re going to learn that They’re strengths are your strengths, so leverage your strengths!
That you don’t have to do it alone.