March 30, 2015

Take a memo

Fellow speaker,

Presentation professor Andrew Abela suggests you create a 5 part "memo" become clear about what you will recommend in your board room presentation:

  1. Idea - What do you want the audience to do?
  2. Background - What does everyone in the audience agree is the problem/situation?
  3. Workings - your proposal details 
  4. Benefits - Why should they do this? (e.g., fits with company strategy, proven in the market, profitable/cost-effective, etc.)
  5. Next - What next steps need to be taken? 
Memoed,

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

March 29, 2015

In what reality is that possible?

Fellow speaker,

A powerful humor principle you can use in your speeches is reality vs. fantasy. The way it works is someone in your speech represents reality, how things really are. At the same time, someone else insists on fantasy and creating an imaginary rule that the reality person KNOWS isn't true. The humor comes in the reality person trying to talk the fantasy person into their world and the fantasy person trying to talk the reality person into their world.

John Cleese and Michael Palin had great comic success using this principle in the show Monty Python's Flying Circus. In "Parrot Sketch" (video below) notice how John Cleese (reality) and Michael Palin (fantasy) interact, each trying to convince the other to come over into the other person's world:

Really really,

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

March 28, 2015

Short shrift

Fellow speaker,

World Champion Speaker Craig Valentine suggests you keep your stories short (4 minutes or under). Use the rest of the time to show the reactions of the characters to the story and to bring the audience into the story.

Briefly,

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