Here’s a gem of an idea from George Leonard’s book “Mastery”. This Public Speaking Hack invites you to take your foot off the break and “surrender” to the journey that you are on as a student of public speaking.
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Have you ever felt the exhilaration of being looked at, deeply in your eyes, by a speaker on stage? Ah, the bliss! This Public Speaking Hack celebrates what effective eye contact entails and encourages you to learn how to do it.
Make it your mission to “be on stage” as much as possible, because the more you practice, the better you’ll get. This Public Speaking Hack challenges you to keep your eyes open for opportunities to speak and stages to perform on.
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There is no ONE template or formula for public speaking. Each person has their own “public speaking fingerprint”, making their performances unique. This public speaking hack celebrates diversity and authenticity in speaking.
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We’ve all seen it before, a speaker is using PowerPoint and uh oh! Something goes wrong. What happens next is a predictable dance of apologizing and technical fiddling. What would happen if you didn’t use PowerPoint and instead went old-school…inviting the audience to do more and to put their skin in the game? This public […]
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What if I told you that the art of performing with your voice was really about the art of breathing… This Public Speaking Hack unpacks three “deceptions” related to public speaking and reveals the truth.
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Folks, what I am talking about here is none other than “Speaker’s Bliss”…that magical feeling you have when you have NAILED your speech! This feeling comes at a very high cost and is not easily achieved…no, it is EARNED after rehearsal, after rehearsal, after rehearsal. This Public Speaking Hack describes what this process looks like […]
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Whew! Your presentation is over, you did it…it’s done! Now you can celebrate…but wait a moment…the work isn’t over yet. You still have to debrief and evaluate yourself. Learning to take a moment after your talk to write down your observations about what you have done, is an important part of the process of delivering […]
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What happens when someone introduces you the WRONG way? From mispronouncing your name to missing important information about your background…the true cost of a bad introduction is…your credibility. This Public Speaking Hack unpacks what a bad introduction looks like and delivers solutions for how to keep this from happening to you.
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Sometimes speakers go off the deep end and try things out on audiences that make the audiences feel “unsafe”. Awkward, deeply personal and ill-timed exercises that take you way out of your comfort zone, so much so, that you wish you were somewhere else! This Public Speaking Hack let’s rip some heart-felt feelings about this […]
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How to sound alive, alert and engaged on a conference call. Many of us spend time participating in meetings via conference calls. These calls have many benefits: They are efficient, save travel time and can bring people together from different parts of the world. But, despite these perks, they also have their drawbacks. One of […]
The Three Stages of Rehearsal A question that I get asked a lot as a professional speaker coach is “How much do I need to practice…” for my presentation, my speech, my keynote address? My answer is always the same…”until the speech feels like it’s a part of you.” I believe that the process of rehearsal […]
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What to do in those ten minutes just before it’s your turn to give a presentation We’ve all been there, the nervousness building up just before you know it’s your turn to go up and speak. The sweaty hands, the thumping, loud heartbeat, the dry mouth… Instead of submitting to the full-on panic that could […]
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Discovering Your Personal Presence, Which Circle Are You In? In 2007, Patsy Rodenburg, a renowned British voice trainer and Shakespeare coach wrote a book called “Presence”. In it, she described that performers have different energies or levels of personal presence. There is the FIRST CIRCLE: Here people are introverted and drawn into themselves. They are small […]
How to Create a Transformational Public Speaking Experience On May 15 & 16, 2017, High Performance Public Speaking, a two-day Master Class in the Art of Effective Public Speaking, launched in Lausanne, Switzerland. Forty-five participants from a wide range of backgrounds, nationalities and professions congregated at the Deutsch Museum in order to take their public speaking skills “to […]
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