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If you’ve ever been to a presentation, and felt a strong desire to do something or change afterward, then you’ve been in the presence of a great motivator. Motivation plays a critical role in achieving goals and business objectives and is equally as important for companies that work in a team-based environment or in a workplace comprised of workers who work independently. It is also important in other areas of life, such as rehabilitation from addictions, speaking to young people to help them prepare for their future, or any number of things.

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Funny things happen all the time in public speaking. Sometimes you can use that humor to make your speech better relate to your topic. Sometimes, you’re embarrassed. Here are a few humorous stories from public speakers.

  • This was reported by Shel Horowitz, Author (with Jay Conrad Levinson) of Guerrilla Marketing Goes Green: Winning Strategies to Improve Your Profits and Your Planet. This is an example of how to use something funny to enhance your speech.

I once gave a speech on marketing to a group of contractors. They met in a divey bar. I noticed that the men’s room was decrepit—so I threw away my planned opening.

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Even people that are very intelligent sometimes make mistakes in grammar when speaking. If, however, you consistently speak in a way that says you can’t communicate effectively, most people would rather hire or listen to someone else. Listening to a speech that’s filled with “he don’ts” or “suposablys” is very difficult for professional people to not tune out. For some of you, it’s been a while since you learned grammar, and you probably live in an area where people probably talk like that all the time. You’ve picked up the dialect. Trust me, everyone doesn’t speak that way, and it’s not acceptable when you want to be a professional speaker. You can choose to talk that way and be wrong and appear to be an idiot, or you can speak professionally. Here are a few helpful reminders of things you can do to speak professionally and make yourself appear more intelligent. Here are some words that sound alike or common mispronunciation errors that are commonly used, and the proper way to use them.

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We all want to be heard when we speak. If you want to enhance your voice, as in being heard and listened to, here are some tips to do it.

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  • Limit the number of times you speak– If there is too much of even a good thing, the value of it decreases. It’s the business theory of supply and demand. If your presentations are frequent and hard to get, then people want it more.

How can you expect to inspire someone to do their best when your speech isn’t your best? Your speech needs to be the best you can do to get your message across effectively. Attention is the key to a successful speech. That is, keeping your audience’s attention. The key to presenting is so that they don’t even realize you’re lecturing to them. Entertain them, and keep them focused on your every word. The more positive you are the better you’ll be and the more confident you’ll become. It won’t be long until you don’t even think of it as work. It will be something you enjoy ding. Here are some helpful ways to enhance your presentations and make them something your audience won’t “have to” listen to. They’ll “want to” listen to it.

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If you want to get started in public speaking, sometimes it’s good to be part of a panel discussions. These are useful forums for people to gain large amounts of information on a topic by experts, scholars or leaders in a given field all at the same time. Panel discussions are often held by businesses, professional and academic organizations and fan conventions. Each of these panel discussions need someone to lead them. This is the moderator of the discussion. Moderating a panel effectively requires knowledge, preparation and the ability to organize time effectively and so that they can decide and recognize when it’s time to cut someone off.

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What kinds of people do you really listen to? Not those you let what they say go in one ear and out the other. I mean the ones you actually hear. Everyone has people in their lives like family, friends, teachers, media personalities, etc that when they open their mouth, you make sure you are focused on what they say. Why do you do it?

It’s all about who you value. Value is the relative worth, merit, importance. It’s about what you do with something that matters. What about words? Do you put a value on what people say? If you really listen, then you do.

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This can be a great tool for presentations, but it is often misused. The program is only as good as the person using it at the time. If you want to effectively use Power Point, then here’s what you should remember:

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  • The presentation should be a design, not a script. Designing your presentation makes it more interesting. Analyze your audience. By knowing its interests, needs, levels of education, etc. you can create an excellent outline of your presentation. It should include an opening, your objective, the main points, and if needed, a question and answer section, the conclusion, and finally the close. After you have all of these facts outlined, you can determine what you want on your slides. Make sure you use things that stick to each area, and use only relative information on your slides.

As a speaker, we all enjoy the praises of others. Feedback, positive or negative, has an effect on all human being. Things people say to us, and how they say them, affect our self esteem. Some people seem to take great pride in tearing others down. The problem is, they never take into consideration what else the person might be going through. Sometimes we feel that even the smallest insult is the straw that broke the camel’s back. It is very difficult to ignore that type of comment and move on with our lives.

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If you have to give a presentation, remember that you are an intelligent person. You’re bright and well educated. You can handle a board room, so when you speak, don’t leave your audience bored. Speaking in public is a skill that improves with practice. Speaking to the public the right way, can do a world of good if you know what you’re doing. Here are a few common mistakes or “wrongs” when giving a speech, and how you can do it “right.”

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  • WRONG: Starting with a boring introduction like thanking whoever gave your introduction.
 
 
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Alex C Ryan has been helping individuals master their speaking skills and become better, confident and higher paid public speakers. He personally instructs his clients step-by-step how to launch their own coaching businesses enabling them to retire at an early age and work with more freedom.
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