The Accidental Communicator

The Accidental Communicator

By Jim Anderson
Creating and delivering speeches that connect with an audience and cause change to happen is not luck, it’s a science. Nobody knows more about the science of public speaking than Dr. Jim Anderson.

“I don’t embrace speakers who give me excuses about why their speeches don’t work, I embrace solutions.”

Over the last 25 years, Dr. Anderson has transformed failing public speakers worldwide. Dr. Anderson will turn these ineffective talkers into powerful communicators.

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Master The Elevator Speech Pitch
So here’s a quick question for you: have you ever head of an “elevator  pitch”?  If you haven’t, then perhaps I should introduce to you what it  is and why it should be important to all of us. The thinking behind an elevator pitch is exactly what its title implies. The thinking is that if you found  yourself traveling on an elevator with a very important person who’s  attention you wanted to get, what would you tell them? An  elevator pitch is designed to allow you to use the importance of public  speaking to make an impression in less than 60 seconds.  As  speakers who don’t always control how much time we have to give a  speech, it turns out that mastering the art of the elevator speech is a  critical skill for all of us.
October 15, 2019
Keys To Creating A Great Speech
Nobody ever said that giving a speech was going to be something that would be easy to do, but sometimes it  sure seems like it is a lot harder than it should be.  What makes  creating a speech so hard to do is what we want the speech to do for us:  we want to be able to reach out, make a connection with our audience,  and then share with them the valuable information that we have for them  using the importance of public speaking. Getting a single speech to do all of these things can be quite a challenge.  What is the best way to create a speech that will work for us?
October 8, 2019
How A Speaker Can Help Others To Become Better
Let’s face it.  The world is filled with a lot of people who are not very  good speakers. We have a chance to hear these people speak all the  time. Since we have become at least comfortable with speaking if not  pretty good at it, what all of this means is that because of the  importance of public speaking we now have an obligation.  As accomplished speakers, it is our job to help those who have not yet  reached our level of speaking to improve. How can we go about doing  this?  Simple – by mentoring.
October 1, 2019
Use The Power Of The Triangle To Create Your Next Speech
What will the goal of your next speech be?  If you are like most of us, you understand the importance of public  speaking and you’ll want to grab your audience’s attention at the start  of your speech and then find a way to hold on to it throughout the rest  of your speech. Although this sounds like a great thing to do, the  challenge that we all run into is that it’s really not all that easy to  do. All too often the speeches that we create have no real structure to them and they end up leaving our audiences confused about what the main  point of our speech really was. We need to fix this problem.  We need to start to use the triangle.
September 24, 2019
Fast Ways To Jump-Start Your Speech Writing Process
This has pretty much happened to all of us at one time or another.  We’ve  agreed to give a speech and eventually we sit down to write the speech  and then bang – nothing comes into our mind. We draw a  blank. We might know what we’ve been asked to talk about, we might know  our audience, we might know the importance of public speaking, we might  know everything, but still we just don’t seem to be able to find a way  to start our speech.  What’s a speaker to do when this happens?
September 17, 2019
What To Do When You Can’t Write?
If you want to give a speech then you are going to have to write a  speech before you give it.  If you are going to write a speech, then at  some point in time you are going to have to sit down and start to write  it. However, this is the point in time that some of us run into a brick wall. We just don’t seem to be able to get started writing. The fancy term for what’s going on here is called “writer’s block”. There seems to be something intimidating about staring at a blank sheet of paper.  What’s a public speaker to do?
September 10, 2019
How To Be A Master Of Ceremonies
Not every speech that we will give will be the same.  There will be times  when you are called on to speak in public where the people running the  show won’t actually want you to give a speech. Instead what they are going to want to you do is to act as the master of ceremonies (aka emcee) at their event.  What this means is that all of sudden your on stage performance has  just become a critical part of the success of their event. If you do a  poor job, then you can end up ruining the event. If you do a good job,  then you can create an experience that shows off the importance of  public speaking and is both engaging and appears to be seamless.  The job  of the emcee is to make all of the speakers feel comfortable and to  allow the audience to feel included in the program.
August 27, 2019
How To Become A Paid Professional Public Speaker
This speaking stuff is actually quite hard to do. As with all such things in life, if  it is hard to do then there must be people who understand the importance  of public speaking and are willing to pay you to do it. Right?   The answer to this question turns out to be “yes”. Once you’ve been  speaking for a while you may start to think about “going pro” – having someone pay you to give a speech.   This can open a number of doors for you; however, before you take this  step you need to realize that there is a lot that you need to know  before you start making your living by giving speeches. 
August 20, 2019
You Can Give A Dynamic Group Presentation
When we are asked to give a presentation, sometimes it comes with a twist.  The twist is that other people have been asked to give the same presentation at the same time. What this means for us is that we are now going to be part of a group presentation and the rules for giving a presentation have now been changed.   A group presentation can be a very powerful thing and can allow us to  share the importance of public speaking; however, if we going to do this  correctly, then we need to make sure that we know how to go about doing  it the right way. 
August 13, 2019
Everything Is Better When You Do It As A Group!
By now I’m pretty sure that most of us are somewhat comfortable with the  concept of giving a speech by ourselves.  Yes, it can be a very nerve  racking thing to do, but over time we get used to the process of  understanding the importance of public speaking and accepting the  opportunity, creating a speech, practicing it, and then finally giving  it. However, it turns out that this is not the only way that speeches  get given. There is also a variant called the group speech. This is exactly what it sounds like: a group of people get up on the stage and they all work together to deliver a single speech.  These can be great speeches to both give and listen to; however, they require special techniques to build them correctly. 
August 6, 2019
How To Give A Good Group Presentation
When it comes time to deliver a presentation, we don’t always do it alone.  Sometimes we are called upon to participate in a group presentation.  These can be tricky to do correctly. No matter who the presentation is  going to be given to, we need to realize that the most important thing  about the presentation is that it has to give the impression that it was all put together by a single person  in order to deliver the importance of public speaking.  This is the  challenge that you face every time you get asked to participate in a  group presentation. 
July 30, 2019
How Speakers Can Seduce Their Audience
So how do you feel about your audience?  Do you like them? Maybe we can  take this one step further – do you love them? Do you want them to love  you? When you consider the fact that your audience probably has never  met you before, this might seem like a bit of a stretch goal even if you  understand the importance of public speaking. However, as a speaker you have some pretty incredible powers.  You have the ability to make your audience fall in love with you if your speech can seduce them, engage their minds, and finally win their hearts. 
July 23, 2019
The Power, And Peril, Of Using Data In A Speech
When we give a speech, one of our goals for giving the speech is to find  a way to use the importance of public speaking to convince our audience  about something. In order to sway their opinion, we often go looking  for data that will support the point that we are trying to make.  Although data can be a powerful tool that can help us to get people to agree with our point-of-view, it can also turn an audience away.  If we use too much data in a speech or if we present it in a way that  causes our audience to tune out, then we will have hurt our chances of  convincing our audience.  How can use a speaker use data in the right  way? 
July 16, 2019
Challenges Technical People Face When Speaking
For some odd reason, technical people seem to have a deep set fear of speaking in pubic.   Now I’m a technical person, so I feel a personal linkage to this issue.  Where does this problem come from? I think that the problem originates  from the fact that people who have dived into a technical field more  often than not are less extroverted than other people.  They will often go to great lengths to avoid having themselves placed  into situations where they will be required to speak in public. This can  be a real disadvantage for them because often they have a great deal of technical information that they need to share with others.  How can we go about fixing this problem? 
July 9, 2019
How To Grab Attention And Never Let It Go
It takes a lot of effort to create a speech.  You have to write it,  practice it, and eventually deliver it. As long as we are going to all  of this effort and because of the importance of public speaking, it sure  seems as though we should also be trying to find ways to grab our audience’s attention and hold on to it throughout our speech.  As easy as this is to say, it turns out that it’s actually quite  difficult to do. One thing that we need to understand is that we know  how we view the world. However, what a lot of us don’t know is how the  world views us.  If  we can figure this out, then we can become more confident and even more  authentic to our audiences and we’ll be able to grab on to their  attention. 
June 25, 2019
A Speaker’s Best Friend And Worst Enemy: The Microphone
 How good of yeller are you?  I mean, if you were giving a speech in a  really big room that was crowded with people, could you yell your speech  loud enough to make sure that even the people in the back could hear  what you were saying? If you are like me, you might be able to do this  for a while, but you sure could not do it for an entire speech. That’s why we need help when we find ourselves in situations like this. This is when the microphone comes in to play.  However, it turns out that using a microphone is not as simple as it  might initially appear.  There is a right way to go about doing this and a  wrong way. 
June 18, 2019
How To Tell Stories As A Part Of A Speech
As speakers, every time that we deliver a speech, we’d like to be able to use the importance of public speaking to draw our audience into our speech.  We’d like to make it so that they experience what we are telling them. A great way to make this happen is to include stories in our speech.  Stories allow us to introduce outside characters, move the talk to a  new location, and if we want even to move through time. However, a story  can be a tricky thing to include in a speech.  As speakers we need to  make sure that when we include a story in our speech, we go about doing  it the right way. 
June 11, 2019
Speakers Need To Know When Too Much Is Too Much
Don’t get me wrong – data is a wonderful thing.   However, as speakers we need to be very careful when we encounter data  that we want to share with our audience. It can be too easy to just back  the truck up and dump a lot of facts and figures onto our audience with  the hope that they’ll be able to sort them out. The answer is that they  are not going to be able to understand what we’ve shared with them and  they’ll leave our presentation confused and lost.  What this means for us  is that when we try to use statistics and numbers to sway our audience, it’s going to be much better if we show them what we mean instead of telling them what we mean. 
June 4, 2019
How To Add Humor To Your Next Speech
The reason that we are willing to give a speech is because we understand  the importance of public speaking and we want to be able to connect  with our audience. We want the words that we say to change their world.   There are a number of different ways to go about doing this and each  one of them has their benefits and distractions. However, one of the  most powerful ways to ensure that your next speech will be remembered is  to add humor to it.   If you can get your audience to laugh with you during your speech, then  there is a good chance that they’ll remember what you told them. 
May 21, 2019
Becoming A Better Speaker Through Improv
So the question is do you want to become a better public speaker? If the  answer to this question is “yes”, then the next question has to be  “how?”  It turns out that there are a lot of different answers to this  question and some of them work, and some don’t. Through trial and error  and experimentation, what has been found to work is for public speakers  to engage in some improv.  It turns out that spending your time doing  this is a great way to engage in exercises that will boost your  spontaneity and allow you to hone your communication skills. 
May 14, 2019
What’s The Best Way To Deliver A Roast?
In the world of public speaking, there are a number of different types  of speeches that we can give. One of the most difficult speeches is called the roast.  Just in case you’ve never given a roast before, a roast is intended to  both honor and gently tease the guest of honor in front of his  coworkers, family, and friends. All too often what speakers forget is that a roast is not done to punish  the person being roasted, but rather to honor them and pay tribute to  them. The problem is that many roasts are not done very well and end up leaving the person being roasted feeling bad.  What’s the right way to do a roast? 
May 7, 2019
Does Storytelling Have A Place In The Business World?
Any time that we give a speech, we’d like that speech to be remembered by our audience.  In order for that to happen, we need to use the importance of public  speaking to make sure that the content of our speech is something that  is going to capture the attention of our audience.  We all know that stories are a great way to make this happen.  The big question that we need to answer is if stories are appropriate  for a business speech. The good news is that they are.  When we use a  story to allow our audience to visualize a situation it permits them to empathize, appreciate, and identify with what we are talking about. Now all you have to do is get good at telling business stories! 
April 30, 2019
How Speakers Can Stop Using Filler Words
I bet that your next speech is going to be great! You’ve got an exciting  topic, your audience wants to hear what you have to say, and you’ve  created a speech that virtually crackles with great content.  However, you can still blow this speech  and take away from the importance of public speaking. If instead of  delivering a tasty speech with great content to your audience you  instead provide them with a speech that is stuffed with filler words like “and”, “um”, “ah”, and even “so” then you will have failed in your attempt to win their hearts and minds.  What’s are speakers to do? 
April 23, 2019
Speakers Need To Learn That It’s Really Not About Them
I’m sorry to have to be the one to share this with you, but when you are giving a speech your audience really does not care about you.   Oh yeah, you picked a topic that you thought would appeal to them, you  have some experience or expertise in this area that you told the world  about in order to get people to show up for the speech, and so on.  However, as your audience sits there in those uncomfortable chairs, it  turns out that they really don’t give a darn about you.  Instead, when it  comes to your speech, they want to know whats in it for them. How are  you going to make this happen? 
April 9, 2019
How To Speak To A Global Audience
As speakers we understand the importance of public speaking and so we  tend to spend a lot of time thinking about what we want to say in our  next speech. We’ll worry about what words to use, how we should stand  when we are on stage, and the importance of making good eye contact with  our audience.  However, it turns out that there is something even more  important than this that we should be spending our time thinking about.  We should really be spending our time thinking about our audience.  Just exactly who are they? Perhaps even more importantly, where did  they come from?  I think that we can easily answer this question when our  audience is a local audience, but what are the correct answers when we are dealing with a global audience? 
April 2, 2019
Time, Time, Your Next Speech Is All About Time
As we are putting together our next speech, we may get caught up in the  moment and the importance of public speaking. We have so many great  things that we want to share with our audience that we we keep adding  more and more content to our speech in order to make sure that we share  all of it with them.  This, of course, brings up a significant problem  for every speaker. We have only been allocated so much time in which to  give our speech. We need to make sure that we don’t run over the time that we’ve been given.  What’s a speaker to do? 
March 26, 2019
How Speakers Can Boost Their Vocal Power
When you give your next speech, how do you think that your audience will  be judging you? It turns out that, not unsurprisingly, a big part of  how your audience will be judging you is going to be based on how your voice sounds to them.  You may not be aware of it, but as humans, we are wired to have our emotions, memories, and in some cases even thoughts automatically triggered when we hear someone else’s voice.  What this means for you as a speaker is that you are going to want to  make sure that your audience likes listening to your voice so that they  can experience the importance of public speaking.  How can you go about  making this happen? 
March 19, 2019
Positioning Your Message So People Say Yes
Before we look at some strategies to help you position your message  for a favorable response, I encourage you to first look inside yourself.  How do you approach asking? Are you an asker or a guesser? Let’s talk  about both.  Some people are fine with asking questions without regard for the  outcome. In other words, they’re fine with asking anything at all and  are readily willing to accept no. Other people fall into the guesser  category. Those in this category avoid making “the ask” without being  pretty certain the answer will be yes. People in this category will  often put out feelers to better predict the outcome. These people often  ease into the ask, or don’t even have to make it at all. By edging  closer and closer to the desired outcome, their audience will often be  persuaded through this strategic, indirect approach to persuading.   Let’s explore three ways of positioning...
March 12, 2019
Do You Know What Your Speaker Blind Spot Is?
So here’s an interesting question for you: could you drive your car if  it didn’t have any mirrors. I’m thinking that the answer would be yes,  but boy-o-boy would we all be nervous as we first backed up, and then  headed off down the road. We’d have no idea what was behind us or what  might be passing us on either side.  Driving would turn into a bit of a  nightmare. Now we all do have mirrors on our cars and that’s a good  thing. However, it turns out that those mirrors are not perfect – we can still have blind spots where things (cars, people, bikes, etc.) can exist and we can’t see them. This can be a big deal.  Is it possible that when we are giving a speech we may also have blind spots that we don’t know about? 
March 5, 2019
The Stage Is Your Friend
As speakers, we really don’t have all that many tools that we can work  with to show the importance of public speaking when we are delivering a  speech to an audience. Sure we have our voice and some body language, but is there anything else that we can use to give some impact to our speech?  It turns out that the answer is yes: the stage that we are standing on. All too often, speakers don’t fully understand how to make the best use of this wonderful tool. It’s there to help you to transform your speech into a spellbinding presentation. 
February 26, 2019
Speakers Who Want To Be Funny Need To Learn How To Twist Their Words
So can we take just a moment and talk about being funny? It sure seems  like some speakers have no problem getting their audience to laugh. They  take the stage, they open their mouth, and almost instantly everyone is  giggling and laughing. Then there are the rest of us.  Clearly they understand the importance of public speaking. Look, I like to laugh just as much as the next person; however, getting other people to laugh has always been a bit of a challenge for me.  What to say? When to say it? How to say it?  Well, it turns out that  there is a fairly simple way to get people to laugh – you just have to  know how to twist your words. 
February 19, 2019
Speakers Need To Give A Speech, Not Have A Conversation
When you stand up in front of an audience to give a speech, something  happens to you. You are transformed from just another person who happens  to be in the room into the person that everyone is going to be  listening to.  What’s interesting about this transformation is that it has to have an impact on your voice also.  However, sometimes when I’m listening to a speaker I’ll realize that  they didn’t transform their voice and it’s impacting the speech that  they are giving.  Do you change your voice when you give a speech? 
February 12, 2019
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