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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.

Welcome to the premier podcast for quickly conquering your fears and improving your public speaking skills.
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Speakers Learn The Secret To Talking About Themselves
Let’s face it – the most interesting story that you have to tell is the  one that you tell about yourself.  At some point in time during your  speaking career, you will undoubtedly be asked to give a speech about yourself.  Now the good news here is that you are not going to have to do a lot of  research to come up with your material – you already know it! However, being asked to speak about ourselves can be a real challenge for some speakers.  We generally try to downplay our accomplishments and ignore the  importance of public speaking. If we are asked to speak about ourselves  it sure seems like we’ll be spending our time boasting. What’s the right  way to go about doing this?Let’s face it – the most interesting story that you have to tell is the  one that you tell about yourself. At some point in time during your  speaking career, you will undoubtedly be asked to give a speech about yourself.  Now the good news here is that you are not going to have to do a lot of  research to come up with your material – you already know it! However, being asked to speak about ourselves can be a real challenge for some speakers.  We generally try to downplay our accomplishments and ignore the  importance of public speaking. If we are asked to speak about ourselves  it sure seems like we’ll be spending our time boasting.  What’s the right  way to go about doing this?
September 15, 2020
The Challenges Of Speaking To Global Audiences
I think that we can all agree that giving a speech is a difficult thing  to do.  If you’d like to make things just a bit more difficult, then try to give your speech to a global audience.  Now we’re talking about a real challenge! The reason that addressing a  global audience and sharing the importance of public speaking with them  is so difficult to do well is because of the differences between you and  them. The way that you see the world and the way that you express  yourself is very different from the way that the rest of the world sees  things. This means that what you are trying to say in your  speech may become garbled or confused and you may not be able to clearly  communicate your points.  What’s a speaker to do?
September 1, 2020
Secrets To Moderating A Panel Session
As speakers, we are seen as being skillful at all types of speeches.   Although we may generally see speaking as writing a speech and then  getting up on a stage and delivering that speech, it turns out that due  to the importance of public speaking there are many different forms that  speaking can take. One of the more common ones is being asked to moderate a panel session.  The people on the panel, the smart people, are not necessarily speakers  and so it is going to be your job to find ways to allow them to share  what they know in a way that your audience will be able to understand.   If you were asked to moderate a panel session, would you know how to go about doing it?
August 25, 2020
How A Speaker Can Become A Speechwriter
So you are a speaker.  Congratulations. What’s your next step now? Have you ever thought about writing speeches for somebody else? I mean, you can write a pretty good speech for yourself, why not do it for somebody else? You might decide to do this simply because you are a nice person and you want to help somebody out, or you might decide that this is a type of business that you want to go into.  No matter your motivation, do you know how to go about writing speeches that another person will deliver?
August 18, 2020
The Problem With Allowing Fake News Into Your Speech
The reason that an audience will come to listen to what you have to say  in your next speech is that they understand the importance of public  speaking and they hope to learn something new.  The  thinking is that you have had an experience, done some research, or  experienced something that changed you in a way that you will now be  able to share with your audience. It is through your words that your  audience hopes to experience what you have experienced and by doing so  change their lives. However, when you are pulling your speech together you will probably do some research. You’ll find facts and include them  in your speech in order to lend more weight to what you’ll be telling  your audience. What if the information that you add to your speech is fake news?  What does this mean for your speech and your message?
August 11, 2020
How To Give A Speech That Will Connect With Your Audience
Let’s face it – sometimes our speeches just don’t “click” with our  audience.  We get up there, we deliver our speech, they hear what we have  to say, but nobody is moved. Nobody is motivated. We really have not changed the world by giving this speech.  We’ve not been able to show this audience the importance of public  speaking. Dang. This was a wasted opportunity. What we need to do as  speakers is learn how to make our next speech really connect with our audience.  If we can make this happen, then our time will have been spent well.
August 4, 2020
How To Impress Your Next Audience
Let’s face it – you are not the first presenter your audience has ever  seen.  In fact, they have probably seen lots of other presenters.  However, you would like to be able to use the importance of public speaking to become the presenter that your audience remembers.  You’d like this to happen if you are the only presenter that they are  seeing today or if they are going to be seeing a lot of different  presenters. When your audience goes home tonight, you want your words to  be the ones that are still ringing in their ears.  If you want this to  happen, then you are going to have to impress your audience.
July 28, 2020
Mastering The TED Talk
So of course, the first question is do you know what a TED talk is?  I would suspect that most of us do by now. TED is an acronym that  stands for technology, entertainment, and design. There is one big TED  event each year at which all sorts of famous people come and present to  show off the importance of public speaking and then there are a host of  other so called “TEDx” events that are held in cities all over the  globe. What all of these have in common is a standard format (18 minutes  of speaking time or less) and the videos from these events get posted  for the rest of the world to see.  Getting invited to speak at one of  these events is a big honor; however, if you get invited will you be ready?
July 21, 2020
How Can You Write A Speech So That It Can Be Spoken?
I’m hoping that we can all agree that in this world in which we live in,  there are three types of writers out there.  There are the writers who  are able to write for the spoken word, writers who are able to write for  the written word, and writers who are just flat out bad writers. I’m  hoping that none of you fall into that later category.  However, when it  comes to writing your next speech, are you going to be writing it to be read off of a page or spoken on the stage?
July 14, 2020
What To Do When Your Mind Goes Blank
Let’s face it – because of the importance of public speaking, giving a  speech involves a great deal of stress.  This stress has a way of  affecting each of us differently. However, there is one thing that can  happen to any of us – our minds can go blank at exactly the wrong point in time.  Just like me, I’m sure that this has happened to you at one time or  another. You are standing in front of an audience delivering your speech  and you just got done saying something clever and now you can’t  remember what you want to say next.  What’s a speaker to do?
July 10, 2020
How Speakers Can Boost Their Self-Confidence
Is there anything in this life that is as scary as getting up on a stage and giving a speech?   There might be, but I’m not sure what it is. Despite knowing about the  importance of public speaking we all feel nervous and uncertain about  ourselves when we prepare to make a presentation. We’d like to be able  to become more self-confident and be able to face our fears head on.  The good news is that self-confidence is something that can be learned.  We don’t have to grow our self-confidence by making huge leaps, this is  something that can increase if we make even the smallest effort.  The key is knowing what you need to do to grow your self-confidence.
June 23, 2020
How To Create Slides That Will Convince Your Audience
When we give a speech, we want to accomplish something.  We want to be  effective in using the importance of public speaking to get our audience  to start to look at their world just a little bit differently. We want  our words to have connected with them and caused them to open their eyes  just a little bit more so that they can see the world around them in a different light. When we give this type of presentation we generally use slides and those slides are going to have to help us to accomplish our goal.  How are we going to make this happen?
June 16, 2020
New Tech Tools For Speakers
As a speaker, I must confess that I can get pretty comfortable with the  ways that things are.  I use PowerPoint, I have an automatic slide  advancer, and I know where to get royalty-free images. I have a bad  habit of thinking that I know everything that I need to know I order to  share the importance of public speaking. However, it turns out that time  marches on. What this means is that things are always changing and that if I really want to stay on top of my speaking game, then I  need to be aware of the new technology that has become available to me  that will allow me to make my presentations even better.  Let’s take a  look at what I was not aware of.
June 9, 2020
How Speakers Can Create Killer Presentations
Let’s face it – when we give a speech, we don’t want to go in there  defenseless.  If it was just going to be us standing on a stage talking  with an audience, we’d all feel rather exposed. To provide ourselves  with a sense of cover, we often show up with a deck of slides that we’ll be presenting during our speech in order to share the importance of public speaking with our audience.  This does afford us some protection; however, if we do a lousy job of  creating the slides then we’ll have sabotaged our presentation and we  may just be wasting our time up there.  What does it take to allow a speaker to deliver a killer presentation?
May 19, 2020
Use Stories To Inspire, Motivate, and Educate Your Audience
Any time that we give a speech, we want to find a way to ensure that that our speech makes an impact on our audience.   We want to be able to use the importance of public speaking to capture  our audience’s imagination, have them pay attention to what we are  saying, and with a little luck decide to take action based on what we’ve  told them when we are done speaking. What this means is that we’ve got  to find a way to connect with them in a way that will really get them  fired up. It turns out that we have a tool that we can use that will  allow us to do this.  It’s called a story.
May 12, 2020
What NOT To Say When You Are Giving A Speech
Just think about the last time that you sat down to write a speech.  The whole world lay out before you. You could include just about anything that you wanted to in your speech in order to share the importance of public speaking with your audience.  You were the master of your own destiny. Or were you? Is it possible  that every time that we create a speech, there are some things that we should not include in our speech? Things that won’t help us to make our points clear to our audience?  If  these things exist, what do they look like and how can we avoid them?
May 5, 2020
Bridging Communication Barriers When We Speak
Just going to the effort of creating and delivering a speech is a big  challenge.  However, once you start to spend some time thinking about who  you’ll be talking to, this challenge can become an even bigger deal.  When we realize that just about every audience that we’ll be talking to will contain people from other parts of the world,  this means that we need to tailor our speech so that we can share the  importance of public speaking with them and they’ll be able to  understand us. Although we may be open to doing this, many of us simply  don’t know how to go about making this happen.  We need some suggestions  on how to make our next speech one that that the entire world can  appreciate.
April 28, 2020
What You Can Learn From A Speech Failure
I’d like to be able to tell you that because of the importance of public  speaking, every speech that you give will be a big success.  The reality  is that this is not the case. In fact, some speeches that you end up  giving might even be classified as being a failure.  What’s a speaker to do when this tragic event happens?  It turns out  that giving a speech that turns out to be a failure may be one of the most important learning experiences that you will ever have.
April 21, 2020
Speakers Who Want To Sound Their Best Know To Use Vocal Variety
What will make your next speech really stick in your audience’s mind?  If  you have amazing content and stunning visuals, these are all going to  help. However, all too often we don’t have new information that will  really rock our audience’s world with the importance of public speaking.  Yes, what we are going to be telling them is important; however, we  need to find a way to make our words really stand out. It turns out that  there is a simple way to make this happen: use some vocal variety.  We all understand that delivering a speech in a monotone is never a good idea, but we may not know what we have to do to make things more interesting just by using our voice.
April 14, 2020
How Can A Speaker Be Funny Across Cultures?
As speakers we all understand just how tricky humor can be to deal with.   If we want to make things just a little bit more tricky, we can  introduce the challenge of trying to deliver a speech to people who belong to a different culture than we do and all of a sudden the whole humor thing becomes that much more difficult.  What’s the best way for a speaker to come across as being funny to different cultures?
March 31, 2020
Speakers Need To Learn How To Use Stories To Connect & Engage Audiences
The one thing that I think that I can say that everyone will agree with  me about is that when we go to the trouble of giving a speech, we want to be remembered.   In order to make this happen, what we say has to use the importance of  public speaking to connect with our audience. What we need to understand  is that the facts that we include in our speech are not going to be  tied to the audience’s emotions and therefore won’t be remembered.   However, if we can work stories into our speech then we will have  discovered our greatest tool that we can use to both connect with our audience and engage them.
March 24, 2020
Will You Be Ready For Your Next Impromptu Speech?
Isn’t it great when you have time to prepare to give a speech?  At home  you can sit down, think about what you want to say, lay it all out on  paper and then make changes in order to ensure that your ideas flow  smoothly from start to finish. This is all well and good; however, in real life we don’t always get the chance to prepare to give a speech.  No matter if its in a business meeting, at an organizational get  together, or when we’re hanging out with friends and family, there are  times that everyone turns to look at you and you are expected to deliver a speech right then and there.  What’s a speaker to do now?
March 17, 2020
How To Become A Better Presenter
When we are asked to give a presentation, one of the key questions that runs through our head is “what is the best way to go about doing this”.   I wish that I could tell you that there was just one thing that you  needed to make sure that you did in order to ensure that you could use  the importance of public speaking to make sure that your audience would  get the most out of what you tell them. Of course, this is not the case.  Instead, it turns out that there are a number of different things that you need to get good at doing.  The real challenge that you and I are facing is that we need to take  the time to understand what we should be doing in order to make our  presentations work well.  What we need here is some guidance.
March 10, 2020
How A Speaker Should Accept An Award
We all like to to be recognized for our accomplishments.  What this means  is that when we have done something that is memorable, people like to  give us awards to celebrate our accomplishments. These are fantastic  times – in front of our coworkers, peers, and potentially even our  family members and friends, we get to be recognized for our accomplishments. However, it turns out that all of this recognition comes with a price. We need to know the right way to accept an award or else the whole event can come off as being flat and meaningless.   What is the right way for a speaker to use the importance of public  speaking to accept an award?
March 3, 2020
Can Repeating Yourself Make Your Next Speech Better?
So why do we give speeches?  In all honesty, there are probably a bunch  of different reasons. These reasons can range from trying to use the  importance of public speaking to provide our audience with new  information that they don’t have to trying to win them over to our way  of thinking. No matter why we are giving a speech, our goal is always  the same: we want to make sure that our audience hears what we  are telling them and, most importantly, remembers it after our speech is  over and done with. As speakers, all that we really have to  work with are words.  How can we use our words to make sure that what we  tell our audience will stick in their minds?
February 25, 2020
How To Host A Panel Session That Won’t Put Your Audience To Sleep
The next time that you are asked to host a panel session, are you going to be ready?  We all understand the importance of public speaking and as speakers  what we need to do in order to both grab and then keep the attention of  our audience. However, with a panel session,  even if you have done everything that you can think of to get ready,  the final result might still be something skips over the benefits of  public speaking and ends up putting your audience to sleep.  What can a  speaker do?
February 18, 2020
When Building A Speech, Choose Strong Nouns And Verbs
So let’s spend a moment or two thinking about the next speech that you  will be giving.  You are going to be sitting down to create a speech and all that you are going to have to work with will be words to convey the importance of public speaking. What this means for you is  that you are going to want to very carefully choose the words that you  believe will allow you to get your message across to your audience as  powerfully as possible. What you have laid out before you will be the  types of words that we use every day: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc.  Which ones should you use?
February 11, 2020
The Importance Of Creating Modular Speeches
As a speaker, we control the world when we are on a stage.  Unless there  is somebody with a big hook waiting for us offstage, while we are  speaking time stands still and our audience only has ears for us as we  share the importance of public speaking. However, the biggest problem  that we all face is that we don’t yet control the world.  What this means is that although we may have been asked to come and  give a speech, a great deal can change between when we were asked and  when we take the stage. That speech that you have worked so hard to  prepare may no longer be the speech that you want to give or your  audience wants to hear by the time you are taking the stage.  What’s a  speaker to do?
February 4, 2020
CIOs Need To Know: Just Exactly What Is Artificial Intelligence?
Welcome to the 21st Century.  For some reason everyone seems to be talking about artificial intelligence as of late.  What’s the big deal? This stuff used to only exist in science fiction  movies and now it sure seems like it is in the process of taking over  the world.  The person with the CIO job is going to be affected by  the arrival of artificial intelligence and so it sure looks like we are going to have to make sure that we fully understand what is going on here.
January 29, 2020
What Do You Do When You Are The Emcee?
As public speakers, we are not always called on to give a speech.   Sometimes, because of our public speaking skills and the importance of  public speaking, we’ll be called on to run an event where other people will be speaking. In these cases we’ll be playing the role of the master of ceremonies or an emcee. For many of us this may be a new role to play.  The key is to understand how you can use your public speaking skills to be a successful emcee.
January 28, 2020
Working More Of You Into Your Next Speech
As speakers we’d all like to be able to give speeches that captivate and  interest our audiences – that’s what the importance of public speaking  is all about.  However, the challenge that we have every time that we sit  down to write a speech is coming up with something to say that will be interesting.  As hard as this may seem to be to do, it turns out that we all have the  answer to this problem. It turns out that the most interesting thing  that you have to talk about is yourself.  What we need to find out how to  do is to work more of our story into our next speech.
January 14, 2020
How A Speaker Can Moderate A Panel Discussion
For some odd and strange reason, people seem to think that just because  we can do a good job of giving a speech we’d also be able to moderate a panel discussion.   You know what I’m talking about: one of those events where you get a  group of people up on a stage and have them talk about something that  the audience is interested in. What you may not have realized is that  each one of these events has someone running the show –  they kick it off, keep the speakers on track, and then wrap things up  when times up.  If you get asked, that person is going to be you – will you be ready?
January 7, 2020
How Can You Give A Speech That Works Across Cultures?
Let’s face it, giving a speech is hard work.  You decide what message you  want to convey to your audience, you write out a speech, you practice  it, and then on the big day you summon up your courage and, because you  realize the importance of public speaking, you deliver it as best you  can. This is all fine and good as long as you are going to be talking to  an audience of people who are just like you.  However, if you find  yourself in a cross cultural situation where your audience is not like you, what is a speaker to do then?
December 17, 2019
Good Speaking Is All About Having The Right Notes
Every time that you have a chance to give a speech, you want it to turn  out well.  You’d like to be able to walk off of the stage feeling good  about the speech that you gave and because of the importance of public  speaking the impact that it had on your audience. In order to make this  kind of speech happen, there is a lot of information about your speech  that you are going to have to be able to remember and then tell your audience.  There are many different ways to go about doing this, which one is the best?
December 10, 2019
How Can You Become More Persuasive In Your Next Speech?
So why do you even bother?  Why go to all of the effort to give a speech? I mean, if you agree to give a speech you are really signing yourself  up to pick a topic, do the research needed, write the speech, practice  the speech, and then finally go to the effort of actually delivering the  speech. Man, that sure seems like a big commitment. Why do it? If you  are like most of us the reason that you are willing to give a speech is  because you understand the importance of public speaking and you see  this as yet another opportunity for you to persuade an audience to see the world the way that you do. Great thought.  Now just exactly how does one go about persuading an audience?
December 3, 2019
What Does Humor Look Like In A Speech?
Speakers understand that if they really want to connect with their audience, they need to find ways to make them laugh during their speech.   By doing this, a connection between the speaker and the audience will  be created and this will open your audience up to hearing what you are  trying to tell them and they’ll start to understand the importance of  public speaking. However, getting an audience to laugh is never an easy thing to do. It turns out that there are a number of different ways that we can go  about adding humor to our next speech.  We all have the ability to take  the humor that happens in our everyday life and add it to a speech.
November 20, 2019
Humor Is Something That Can Be Learned
Just about everyone who has ever given a speech knows that humor is a very powerful tool.  If you can get your audience to laugh with you, then you will have used the importance of public speaking and grabbed their attention and they will pay attention to what you have to say. Some people seem to be naturally funny and are able to work humor into every one of their speeches. For the rest of us, humor is something that we have to work at. The good news here is that you don’t need to be born funny to use humor in a speech.  You can learn to be funny.
November 12, 2019
Picking What You Will Talk About
I’d like to be able to tell you that every time that you get asked to  give a speech, you’ll be told what the people running the show want you  to talk about.  However, as is the case with all such things in real  life, it never seems to work out this way. Instead, somebody who is  hosting a show realizes that they need another speaker to fill their  slots and they come and find you because you understand the importance  of public speaking. Great, so you’ve been asked to give a speech, but you have no idea what you’ll be talking about.  What’s a speaker to do?
November 5, 2019
What’s The Best Way To Start A Speech?
When we are creating a speech, we’ve got a lot of work to do in order to  capture the importance of public speaking.  There’s the opening, the  middle, and the ending. Each one of these parts is important. However, we might be able to say that the opening is just a little bit more important because of the impact that it can have on our audience. When we start a  speech, our audience is trying to make up their minds as to if they  should pay attention to us.  How we begin a speech will determine if they  decide to give us their attention…
October 29, 2019
How To Add More Flair To Your Next Speech
So why do we go to the effort of giving speeches?  I think that it’s  pretty safe to say that the reason that we do this is because we want to use the importance of public speaking be remembered.  We want the words that we shared with our audience to remain in their  heads long after our speech is over and done with. This presents us with  quite a problem. All of us engage in lots of different conversations  every day and by the end of the day if you asked us to remember any of  them we would be hard pressed to remember them.  What we need to do as  speakers is to find a way to add more flair to our next speech.
October 22, 2019
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