Archive for June, 2008

Introductions using a song title

June 29, 2008

Imagine if you had to introduce yourself or your business only using a song title, no speaking, no introductions, no self promotion, nothing….. just a song title

What a brilliant challenge.

Last week we looked at the 30 second elevator speech where the challenge was to introduce your self or your business concisely and succinctly in only a few sentences. Imagine if you were set a challenge to introduce yourself or your business via a song title, what song would you choose?

I found this a very difficult challenge, mainly because I can never remember the title of any song and I drive shop assistants mad as I try to sing them my version of the song that I would like to purchase.

So, I spent a couple of days looking at song titles that I thought would best represent my business – Public Speaking – and finally came up with “More than words” by Extreme.

So why did I choose this song title? I believe that public speaking is more than the words you use in your presentation. It’s about the way you present yourself, the body language you use and the vocal variety that you incorporate into your presentation, it’s about confidence, knowing your audience and knowing your topic.

The reason I started down this path of thinking about a song title that introduced either my business or myself was an interesting blog post that I read, see below.

What song would you choose to introduce your business or who you are?

http://www.chiefstoryteller.com/chief_storytellers_blog/2008/06/describe-your-c.html

Keep speaking – Carrol

The 30 Second Elevator Speech

June 22, 2008

Can you talk about your product or service for 30 minutes, 3 minutes or 30 seconds?

When you meet someone in an elevator or on a business trip and they ask you what you do, can you give them a quick response?

 

Being able to give quick, succinct presentations when requested can help you to win new business or build contacts for you.

 

There are a number or places that you can use the elevator speech.

 

Meeting new people

Networking

Sales Calls

Interviewing

 

The quickest and easiest way to give the elevator speech is to mention the following

 

Who you are

What do you do?

Why you’re the best at what you do?

Your call to action

 

Here is an example of an elevator speech.

 

Carrol Jones. I’m a consultant who empowers people to speak in public. I provide people with the skills required to conquer nerves, use vocal variety and body language so they can make concise and confident presentations to clients, colleagues and friends. I understand the fear that presenters go through and can help them overcome this. If you would like to become a more confident speaker, then I am the person you need to speak to.

 

Once you have your elevator speech, remember to practice it so that it rolls of the tongue easily and professionally.

 

Keep Speaking – Carrol

 

 

Facing your fear

June 17, 2008

Today I read a great post from The Henderson Group on “Public Speaking and the Value of freaking out” so thought I would share it with you.  Everyone has a “freak out point” it’s part of growing and learning and it should be something that we embrace and enjoy because it means that you are experiencing something new.

As we stretch ourselves, we stretch our comfort zone.

Hope you enjoy this article as much as I did.

http://speakfearlessly.net/the-value-of-freaking-out/

Keep Speaking – Carrol

Useful Transition Tools

June 11, 2008

What is a transition?

 

A transition is a bridge from one thought or idea to another. Having good transitions from one point to the next will help your audience to follow the flow of your presentation and build your argument for you.

 

 

 

 

 

There are many transitional tools, some lead an audience to the next point, some make the audience compare two ideas or draw conclusions.

 

Below are a couple of transition tools.

To Add:

And

Again

Also

Besides

Next

For example

For instance

In addition

 

To Compare:

Whereas

But

On the other hand

However

Yet

Where

Even though

In contrast

 

To Prove:

For

Because 
 

Remember to use a transition from one point to the next, from your introduction to your first point and from your last point into your conclusion.

 

 

Keep speaking – Carrol

 

 

 

 

 

 

3D Holographic Public Speaking

June 3, 2008

In May, Telstra chief technology officer Dr Hugh Bradlow made a presentation in Adelaide from Melbourne.  3D Hologram technology is now a reality, so having great non-verbal body language will become very important as this technology progresses.

This technolgy will make a big difference in corporate meetings and presentations.

If you’re in Australia and unable to attend a conference in the USA, you could view the conference through this new technology. This will open up the possibilty of seeing speakers and presenters that you normally wouldn’t have access too.

Perhaps all presentations will be given in this format in the future!

Read the article below

http://www.news.com.au/technology/story/0,25642,23762267-5014111,00.html

Keep speaking – Carrol