After two years of serving as CEO of a online video technology company I founded I’ve once again started working very closely with public speakers to help them earn more passive income from their work. What I’m essentially doing is taking their public speaking skill and building on it with advanced marketing knowledge, training and implementation. Most public speaking skills, such as that taught by Toastmasters, focuses on the fundamentals of good speaking.
In public speaking much of your communications occurs through movement and gesture. However, in a teleseminar your audience can’t see the movements or gestures. They can on the other hand, hear their effect on you. So you need to adapt your movements and gestures. Where a gesture was use to communicate an emotion you may still want to make that gesture to help the emotion show in your voice. But you will probably need to communicate that emotion using other less visual means as well.
The forth thing to remember is, you are a valuable source of information. Once you understand the value that you have to offer, the speaking process can become simple. Even though the speaking part may seem impossible, you can work through it with many different techniques. For example, you can try meditation style breathing techniques.
It’s understood that the opening statements are a time for the prosecution and defense to establish the facts and circumstances of the case. Time and time again, however, I’ve seen attorneys give dry and dispassionate presentations to the jurors and waste the opportunity for them to connect to their clients’ cases. When I work with attorneys on delivering opening statements I have them view themselves as storytellers first and attorneys second. Framing themselves in this way allows them to instill emotion in what they are saying and maximizes the impact their opening statements have on the jury.
However, when you combine a southern accent and someone who has poor presentation training then you have a disaster in the making. Still, it does give comedians something to talk about.
This concept is not to be confused with the mindlessly-boring presenter who feels compelled to base his entire presentation around a series of slides, photographs, charts and statistical tables.
As you read through the list were you able to see any familiar patterns in your own speaking history? Were you able to recognize a pattern within the sentences themselves? Perhaps some of you noticed that each of the sentences begins with the word “I”. This is a seemingly minor detail but it goes to the heart of why your pulse quickens and your palms sweat as you approach the jury box.
In our day to day life, we speak a lot on a lot of issues. But when it is public speaking, we become silent. It’s just because of our ignorance of what public speaking is and how it is to be delivered. Decision is on your hand whether you follow public speaking tips and become successful in public speaking or remain the unsuccessful and shameful public speaker.