Don’t forget or confuse your purpose

One of the most common mistakes we make is that we forget what we’re trying to do. Most people can identify with that moment when you find yourself peering into your guest room closet or turning on the light by the hot water boiler, and you have no recollection as to why you ventured there in the first place.

In the case of public speaking and presenting, it’s safe to say that this is our purpose: we want to help an audience ...

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Get Your Act Together

A revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I opened recently at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

Yul Brynner, the great actor who devoted much of his career to The King and I, was known to prepare for each performance by trying to push down the brick wall at the back of the theater.

If you ever saw one of his performances, you may remember his first entrance.  He burst into sight in a cloud of energy in silk pantaloons ...

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How Not to Bore an Audience (2 of 3)

Remember, your goal as a speaker should be to have inscribed on your tombstone, “He Made His Point, and Bored Them Less.” To accomplish this lifetime achievement, review part 1 for our first 3 tips: Ditch the slides, Stuff the Bag, and Begin, Be Brief, Be Seated. Then, dig in.

4. So, How to Begin?

Begin with the pitch, not with the windup! Any communication that you are willing to pay for begins effectively. Newspaper articles begin with a headline. News broadcasts ...

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Show, don’t tell to be an effective speaker

As we’ve learned in the previous blogs, the basics of how to be a great presenter–or rock star speaker–never go out of style.

Need proof?  We’re reviewing the techniques of a Brooklyn preacher in the 1850s named Henry Ward Beecher.  In his day, he was arguably the most famous man in America.

Show, Don’t Tell

“He was theatrical, using his whole body to communicate the whole range of human emotion, with dramatic gestures and subtle facial expressions. Audiences were startled by his imitation ...

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More ways to be a rock star speaker

We’re looking at ways you can pump up the “AWESOME” of your presentations.  Surprisingly, we’re not scrutinizing the communication techniques of Steve Jobs–we’re looking at a guy from the 1850s named Henry Ward Beecher.

It isn’t crazy.  Beecher was a rock star of a preacher whose church in Brooklyn seated 2,800. In the 1850s, he was arguably the most famous man in America.

Plus, it proves that the basics you need to be a great communicator never go out of style.

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How to be a rock star speaker

When Steve Jobs got into high gear as a speaker, many people reported that he seemed to have a reality-distortion field around him. No matter how unrealistic his claims at any given moment, people said they couldn’t help being mesmerized: his enthusiasm could suspend their disbelief.

In the 1850s, there was another spellbinder not unlike Jobs–a guy named Henry Ward Beecher, a rock star of a preacher whose church in Brooklyn seated 2,800. In the 1850s, he was arguably the most ...

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