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Public Speaking: COOL COLOR COMMENTARY

Flip Chart Color

=> Blackblue and green inks have the greatest visibility.

=> Blue is the most pleasing color to look at with red coming in second (note: pleasing to look at and visibility are not the same)

=> Do not do the whole chart in red ink. 

=> Avoid purplebrownpink and yellow inks.

=> Permanent markers give the most vivid color but dry out faster if you leave the cap off. They also frequently bleed thru to the next page. Forget trying to get the ink out of your clothes.

=> Watercolors are less vivid and squeak when you write. Ink will wash out of clothing.

Use Color Thoughtfully 

=> Use bright colors for small graphics to make them stand out.

=> Use subtle colors for large graphics so they don’t overwhelm.

Use Color Psychologically 

According to Greg Bandy in Multimedia Presentation Design for the Uninitiated certain colors evoke certain emotions.

=> RED = Brutal, Dangerous, Hot, Stop!

=> DARK BLUE = Stable, Trustworthy, Calm

=> LIGHT BLUE = Cool, Refreshing

=> GRAY = Integrity, Neutral, Mature

=> PURPLE = Regal, Mysterious

=> GREEN = Organic, Healthy, New life, Go Money

=> ORANGE / YELLOW = Sunny, Bright, Warm

=> WHITE (if I make the example white you couldn’t see it) = Pure, Hopeful, Clean

=> BLACK = Serious, Heavy, Profitable, Death Since “death” is a pretty heavy way to end this section, I will give you a reference to find out more about outstanding visual design.

 

Public Speaking: The Differences Between a Man and a Woman . . . in the Audience that is . . .

There is nothing I like better than an all-female public speaking audience. All female audiences tend to laugh more easily and louder than all-male audiences. All-male audiences are the toughest because the male ego gets in the way of laughter. They look around to see if anyone else is laughing before they laugh, and they won’t laugh as loud because they think they will look less powerful.

If you speak to an all-male audience it is more critical to bond and be “one of the guys” especially if you are a female speaker. I’m not being sexist here. I don’t believe in sexist language. I’m just giving you the thoughts to keep in mind if you are a female speaker and you want to be successful speaking in front of a general all-male audience. You must realize: not all males out there in the business world are as sensitive as me (send all big hugs to me in care of my publisher). If your all-male audience consists of a general public audience, not from the same company or field, stick to sports, business, and money to best connect with them.

One of the hardest audiences to deal with consists of a group of executives from the same company when the CEO is present. If you say something funny, the executives will start to laugh, but they choke it off until they check to see if the CEO is laughing. If he or she is laughing, then they go ahead and laugh. This kind of audience will create timing nightmares for you. If you are the CEO and you are in the audience for a presentation, it is your obligation to laugh and at least act like you’re having a good time to “give permission” to everyone else to laugh. As a good public speaker, you can sometimes take it upon yourself to gently explain to the CEO how everyone will look to him or her for approval.

Audiences that consist of more than 50 percent women is good too because. The presence of the females provides a good buffer and makes it OK for the men to laugh since so many other people are laughing.

 

What You Should Know About Speaking In Public

Eventually, we all have to speak in front of others. It can be tough to graduate from school if you never do it. Perhaps it is part of your job. Use the information here to improve your public speaking abilities.

Your audience will not remain attentive unless you work to keep them listening. You have to put in an effort to keep the audience interested in what you’re saying. This is actually a type of performance, and that means that you must work hard to obtain the desired results.

When delivering a speech, always face your audience. This will limit a number of distractions that you have. You are trying to convince your audience of something, which means that it is very important for them to have your full attention.

Practice makes perfect. This will allow you time to tweak the speech if needed. Practice your pace and breathing. Be sure to allow time in your speaking for pauses or interruptions, which you hope to be audience applause. Try to practice using the equipment at the location where you will be delivering your speech.

If you have skipped some of the information in your speech, continue talking rather than getting yourself and the audience confused by an awkward flow of words. If you stop and backtrack and try to correct your error, you will end up with a big mess. If you ignore the mistake, your audience is less likely to notice.

Try some deep breathing exercises to get over nerves when speaking in public. Doing some deep breathing and full exhalation prior to speaking helps calm you down. Breath using four-count nasal inhales and five-count mouth exhales. Repeat this until you feel your breathing and heart rate calm down.

Practice really does make perfect. Try practicing before a mirror or recording your speech to revise and spot areas in need of improvement. However, doing a practice run for family or friends is ideal, as they will be able to critique you well.

Do not drink alcoholic beverages prior to giving a speech. While you might think a drink will calm your nerves, it can cause you to slur words and become forgetful. You’ll regret it when you’re standing there and forget your speech because your brain is too fuzzy.

It is important to know your material if you want to feel confident about speaking in public. Pick a topic that really interests you and that you have a personal connection with. Keep a conversational tone, you are sure to impress the audience with what you know.

Practice making your speech every day. This will help build your confidence when it comes time to deliver your speech. Even if you have committed your speech to memory, always take some notes with you to the lectern. You may draw a blank and the notes can help jog your memory.

Public speaking is hard to avoid for quite a few people. You may need to do it as a final school project, or you might have a job that requires you to do public speaking at some time or another. Some social events may require you speaking in public. Still, public speaking can be simple if you keep the things you read above in mind.

Become larger than life when you speak

To say that there is no ego in a person who does public speaking regularly or for a living would be clearly a false statement. But for those of us who only speak from time to time, when you see a speaker who can walk out in a room of 30 people or a auditorium of 3000 and literally “own the room”, it really is an amazing transformation. To imagine how you could ever be that much larger than life is mind boggling.

But in a lot of ways, when you step out to talk to a group of people, you do become larger than life. That is because you are doing the impossible. You are having a conversation with dozens of people all at once. Now, whether you feel like you are having that conversation or not isn’t important. If your talk is not interactive, you may not know the dialog is happening. But in the minds of every single individual in that hall, they are interacting with you. What you are saying is getting down inside of them and they are reacting to it. But even more than what you are saying, how you are saying it is having an even bigger impact.

So are there things you can do to “become” larger than life? Well there are some ways of behaving in front of a crowd that differ from daily life. We do have to accept that you will develop a “stage persona” that is different from your daily personality when you speak to a group. Does that make you a phony? No. Both of those personalities are you. It is just a different you when you relate to a group than to people one on one and it seems strange because that form of you only comes out on stage. But it isn’t a Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde thing. Just as you speak to a child differently than you speak to an adult, you will develop a way to talking to a group that differs from speaking to an individual.

Part of becoming larger than life is learning to what they call “own the room”. This sound egotistic and strange but it really does work when you are about to speak. Owning the room simply means that when you step out in front of that crowd, they are no longer some random group of people, they are YOUR people. They are there to listen to you and what you say is of value to them. If you had any ego problems before you stepped out in front of that audience, check that ego problem at the door.

You must assume that you are adored when you speak to a group of people. This doesnít mean you strut about like God’s gift to the world. But it does mean that you recognize that your value to this group is as a speaker and that your services are wanted and needed here. In fact, the only way you will be an effective public speaker is if you own the room. Treat that room like it was your home and these people came here just because being with you is just that great. If you step out there with that attitude, the audience will buy into your attitude and they will give you the room and be glad you took it over.

It can be a bit strange if you watch yourself become larger than life. But you can be humble about it and just recognise it is part of the craft of becoming a great public speaker. And if being good at this art you are gifted to give to the world means owning rooms and becoming bigger for an hour or so, well then why deny the world that experience? Enjoy it and let others enjoy it too.

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Public speaking – the first 3 minutes

  • This is it! You’ve landed your first Public Speaking engagement. You’ve have prepared and rehearsed. You are all ready to give your best presentation ever.

    As you begin you have exactly 3 minutes of your presentation to grab the audience attention and build rapport to ensure they buy into what you have to say.

    In the first 3 minutes of your presentations, your audience is sizing you up. They are deciding whether they like you and whether are you worth listening to. If you lose your audience in the first 3 minutes you will be playing catch up for the rest of the presentation.

    Why at the first 3 minutes of your public speaking engagement is the most important period of your presentation? This is the time where the attention of the audience is naturally high and focused. Here is where the audience decides to hear you out or not. First Impression counts and you have only one chance at it.

    In this crucial period, you need to build rapport with your audience. Rapport is a prerequisite for effective communication. Before presenting any material you must build rapport with your audience.

    When people are like each other, they like each other. When you have enough rapport with your audience, they will feel acknowledge and engage with you in your presentation.

    You can build rapport with your audience by;

    – Using the words they use. Use their Jargon’s and preferred terms.

    – Use the same tonality and say it like they do

    – Use the same gestures and postures.

    People create bonds with each other by finding shared experiences. Tell a story to your audience which relays to them that you are exactly like them. Meet as many of your audience before the presentation and build rapport with them individually.

    Right from the start let your audience define their own expectation and do your best to meet those expectations. Experiment with different types of openers to see which builds more rapport for you and with your audience. Be flexible, use as many different openers and evaluate your results. The openers which build more rapport with your audience for you will be the best ones. The types of openers that you can look into are;

    Current Events

    Humorous

    Pictorial

    Anecdotal

    Pertinent Quote

    Real-World Situation

    Rhetorical

    Musical

    If you have built enough rapport with your audience in the first 3 minutes of your presentation the rest of your presentation will move smoothly. You will have an engaging audience and you will be able to have fun with them and be yourself on stage.

    Remember the first 3 minutes of your presentation is the most crucial of all. Start off your presentation with the right foot.

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