Archive for May, 2008

Strategies for remembering your speech – Auditory

May 30, 2008

Last week we looked at Visual Strategies to help us remember our speeches.

Today, I would like to look at Auditory strategies to help us remember our speeches

  1. Practice your speech in an exaggerated voice. For this I like to think of the actor Jim Carey because I imagine that if he had to practice a speech, no two practice sessions would be the same. He would use the voice of a child, a woman, a politician, someone with an accent, Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck
  2. Tape your speech. Tape your speech and then play it back to yourself. Even though you’ll be thinking, “I don’t sound like that do I?”, what you’re doing is creating an auditory link in your mind which will help you to remember your speech.
  3. Use music. Music helps the right side of the brain stay alert. Play soothing or rhythmic music quietly in the background while you write or practice your speech. When the brain is alert it’s much easier to remember things

The sense of smell has a huge recall factor, think of a smell and it can take you right back to a specific point in time. We can use this to our advantage: If there is a particular smell you like, surround yourself with it while you practice your speech. If someone is cooking something that smells fantastic, this is the time to practice your speech because you can recall the smell and it will take you back to the time you were rehearsing your speech and you’ll be able to recall more information.

Hope these strategies help

Keep speaking – Carrol

Strategies for remembering your speech – Visual

May 23, 2008

Visual Strategies:

Last weekend I ran a workshop at the District 73 Toastmaster Convention. At the workshop I talked about strategies that you could use to help you remember your speech.

For every speech there are only two parts you need to memorise: your introduction and your conclusion. You want to memorise your introduction so you appear confident and professional, likewise you want to memorise your conclusion because people will remember what they heard last and this is where you have summarised what your speech is about. The bulk of your speech, you just want to remember key points.

  • Dot Points – dot points is one of the most common ways to remember your key points. Have some fun with your dot points, turn them upside down, exaggerate them, use different colours. Humans love colour and exaggeration so the more unusual the dot points the more likely the brain is going to remember them.
  • Acronym – Create an acronym for your key points (Family, Employment, Activities, Travel – your acronym would be F.E.A.T)
  • Sticky notes – these are great as they are colourful and the human eye loves colour. You can use a different colour for each point you want to talk about. If you’re not happy with the flow of your speech you can move them around until it sounds right or if you find a new story or quote you would like to use you can just add a new sticky note to your list. I like to keep the sticky notes inside a manila folder so that I can take it with me and look at it on a regular basis.

The mind thinks in pictures so using pictorial strategies will help you to remember your speech.

  • A mind map – is like a snap shot of your speech, use colour and exaggeration to aid retention. In the middle of your page write the title of your speech and then draw a box around it. From the box have 3 – 5 lines radiating out, like branches on a tree. The lines will be your key points, on each line write the key point that you would like to discuss or talk about. If you make each line a different colour, this will aid retention.
  • Storyboarding – is your speech laid out in pictures. Use photographs, cut out pictures from magazines or draw the pictures yourself, each picture should represent the point you would like to make in your speech.

Did you know “We remember 20% of what we hear, we remember 80% of what we hear and see, when images are vivid, we remember 95%”

Why not try a new way to remember your speech. Next week we will look at using auditory strategies and the sense of smell to help us remember our speech.

Keep speaking – Carrol


The matador who wasn’t nervous

May 19, 2008
I found this great tip on Anne Millers website: and wanted to share it with you.

Presenting – No one ever died of a presentation. Do you know the story of the matador who was killed by the bull on the only day he wasn’t nervous?

Nervousness is the rush of adrenalin. Just as that adrenalin rush helps you play better in sports, it helps you as well in the presentation. Welcome it. Let it work for you.

Keep speaking – Carrol



Two World Champion Speakers – Part 2

May 15, 2008

For those of you who enjoyed the interview with Darren Lacroix and Vikhas Jhingram, you’re going to love part 2 of this interview. During this session they answer questions about:

  1.  When do they write a speech – is it when they are inspired or do they allocate a block of time
  2. Do they give a speech before it is ready and then go back and work on it
  3. How do you become a profitable, marketable professional speaker

Enjoy and keep speaking – Carrol


Two world champion speakers

May 12, 2008

What happens when two world champions get together to answer questions on speaking?

Darren Lacroix and Vikhas Jhingran have both won the title of World Champion of public speaking and recently sat down together to answer a couple of questions about how to keep your material fresh and interesting and how to keep your stories tight.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Keep speaking – Carrol

The hidden benefits of public speaking

May 10, 2008

When you see a professional speaker you might think “wow, they were impressive, I wish I could speak like that but I could never stand up in front of a group that size and speak so confidently and eloquently”. You start to compare yourself to the professionals, we use them as a benchmark not as someone to aspire to and so we don’t learn this vital skill.


There are many hidden benefits to learning to speak in public and you may be surprised at how relevant they are.


Taking that first step into the public speaking arena can seem daunting but this is a skill that could potentially have a huge impact on the rest of your life.


So why would you want to learn how to speaking in public?


1. Imagine going to a job interview, sitting across the table for 1, 2 or more people knowing that you can speak confidently about your qualifications and the experience you have. When they ask you a question you don’t panic, you think about the question and then calmly give your reply.


2. Your boss asks you if you can give a presentation to the team next week at the team meeting. You feel confident enough to say “Yes, I can do that”. You walk over to your desk and start to draft a list of the items you would like to talk about.


3. Being a small business owner you need to be able to market and promote your business in the best possible light to clients, the bank manager or investor. With your speaking skills you are able to articulate why they should buy your product, or lend you some money to help with growth, new staff or expansion.


4. The big day has arrived, your best friend is getting married, it’s been months in the planning and you have been asked to give a speech. You have the opportunity to express how you know the couple, tell a funny tale and wish them well. You have never spoken to over 200 people before, but you have the skills to handle the situation.


There are many hidden benefits to learning how to speak in public effectively both in the workplace and in your personal life, why not unearth the opportunities that are there for you?


Keep speaking – Carrol

How does your audience listen?

May 2, 2008

 Yesterday I found myself on a teleconference call for over an hour. I’m not really an auditory person, I’m more visual and so my mind kept wandering. This got me to thinking about our audience and whether they’re paying attention to what we’re saying.

If the person speaking on the teleconference call had used words that I could relate to, I would have found it easier to listen to the conversation.

How does your audience listen?

There are three main ways that people process information: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. We tend to lean to one style more than the others, eg highly visual or highly kinesthetic. When we’re listening to someone speak, if they use words that relate to the way we process information, we’re more likely to stay engaged with that speaker.

As speakers, we need to incorporate all of these styles in our presentations to ensure that we’re reaching everyone in our audience.

Visual People: They usually have to see something to understand what is being said. For visual people you need to incorporate details so they can see the whole picture. Words they like to hear include: look, see, watch, imagine, focus.

Examples: Picture this, Look it over, Take a peek, See for yourself.

Auditory People: They like to hear how something is done or achieved. They respond to the tone of your voice, words or music. Words they like to hear include: listen, hear, sounds, tune in.

Examples: Rings true, Hear me out, Clear as a bell, Falls on deaf ears.

Kinesthetic People: They learn and memorise by doing, they like to touch and feel. Words they like to hear include: feel, grasp, touch, solid.

Examples: Gut feeling, Keep in touch, Have a feeling, On the other hand.

Think about the vocabulary that you’re using in your presentations, do you have visual, auditory and kinesthetic words to keep your audience listening?

Keep speaking – Carrol