December 19, 2014

Connection made simply

Fellow speaker,

To connect with your audience:
  • Audience analysis - analyze who the audience is that you are or that you want to speak to
  • Find their pain - understand what the problems are for your audience and target your speech to focus on those problems
  • Begin with the benefits - let the audience know at the beginning of the speech what they will get and how your speech will help them solve their problems and cure their pain
  • Use the "you" - use the word "you" repeatedly in your speech to make your speech personal and impactful
Connected,

Tim Wilson
Professional Speech Coach
Free speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
Twitter: @PblcSpkngLibr

December 18, 2014

Move it and groove it

Fellow speaker,

World Champion Speaker Craig Valentine has a few tips to help you move better on stage:
  • Move when your story indicates - If you are telling a story where you are standing in line, you don't need to move. But if you are telling a story about how you moved from Dallas Texas to Boston Massachusetts, move on stage to indicate the change in location of your story.
  • Move along a timeline - When talking about time, move along the stage in a forward direction along your timeline. In the US this indicates moving from your audience's left to your audience's right. Outside of the US the natural movement of time may look different, depending on the culture you are talking to. Research to find the most appropriate movement to indicate moving in time for the culture you are talking to.
  • Move only as much as you need to move - Keep your movements onstage as small and focused as possible. Only move when you have a need to move and only move as far as your speech situation indicates.
Moving,

Tim Wilson
Professional Speech Coach
Free speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
Twitter: @PblcSpkngLibr

December 17, 2014

Questions and Answers 3

Fellow speaker,

Designer Garr Reynolds suggests you make your Question and Answer sessions:
  • Questioning - also ask questions of audience to encourage a conversational discussion
  • Timely - Keep a time limit on the session and beware of it taking over the presentation
Questioning,

Tim Wilson
Professional Speech Coach
Free speaking tips at: http://speakingquicktips.blogspot.com
Twitter: @PblcSpkngLibr