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Time Management in Public Speaking

No one ever complains about a speech being too short. ― Ira Hayes You guessed right. Time and tide waits for no man.

Timeliness is a very important aspect of delivering a speech. By ending your speech on time, you are showing respect to your audience. If you have superb command of vocabulary, planned your speech objectives well and rehearsed it in advance, yo should not have any problems in ending your speech on time.

Under the best conditions, a person will concentrate on your speech for as many minutes as their age. A two-year-old child will listen for two minutes, a five year old will listen for five minutes, a fifteen-year-old child will listen for 15 minutes and so on up to the age of 20. After that, it tapers off. As a result, it is imperative to get to point within your allocated time.

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I have not come across an audience who ever said “Man, I wish that speaker went over by 15 minutes.” Time limits are there for a good reason. Respect those limits to show you care about your audience.

Good Luck in your next presentation.

Now that you have gained some useful pointers on how to become a better public speaker, I encourage you not to stop here. Keep “sharpening your saw” by getting practical experience on public speaking. Grab the opportunity to speak in public as often as possible. The more stage time you accrue, the higher your self-esteem and confidence will become. Do purchase my book called Fearless Public Speaking at http://www.betterpublicspeaking.com/fearless-public-speaking-2/ This 11,500+ word book will give you more pointers towards becoming a seasoned orator. I look forward to that wonderful day in your life when you will become ‘complete’ and you will discover your true purpose in this world. May you discover it through your public speaking endeavors.

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9 Tips for Handling a Question & Answer Session

How you handle a question & answer session can often be the crucial factor as to how your presentation is viewed upon. If you’re pitching for business, then you better handle the questions properly.

1. Be prepared for questions

– When you rehearse your sales pitch, anticipate what you’re likely to be asked and what your answer is going to be. If you have done the same presentation more than once, this should not be a problem anymore. Your previous experience in handling similar questions will give you the necessary confidence. You might not want to answer a particular question there and then, so think about what you’ll say to satisfy the audience. Perhaps giving them your email address & asking them to write to you might help. This is especially necessary for long winded questioners & equally long winded answers.

2. Set the rules at the start

– You may want to take questions as you speak or at the end of your talk. Whatever your decision, mention it at the start and stick to the game plan. I would suggest questions at the end of a particular subject & before moving on to the next subject. This will help the audience to fully understand the first subject before moving on to the next subject. If you take questions as you go, then your timing will be affected. You may also lose your train of thought & deviate from the original matter. Remember, your audience won’t forgive you for taking half an hour when you were only supposed to speak for fifteen minutes.

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3. Don’t keep the Q&A session to the end

– It is better to ask for questions five or ten minutes before the end, handle the questions and then sum up your speech for an elegant finish. This will ensure that you conclude your speech on your terms & not on the terms of the audience. Quite often, presentations finish on questions and the whole thing goes a bit flat – especially if you don’t get any questions from the audience. Worse still, what if you were facilitating a controversial subject in which the audience were hostile towards you? If you terminate your speech immediately after the Q&A session, you are going to increase their hostility towards you. Therefore, I would suggest that you summarize your speech elegantly after the Q&A session before you leave the stage.

4. Listen

– When asked a question, listen with your eyes & ears. Many people “listen to answer” instead of listening to understand. When you practice listening with both your eyes & ears, you will eventually learn to listen with your heart. When you listen with your heart, you will be able to answer from your heart. This ability will open a whole new dimension in communication skills for you. Your audience will simply love you because you now “seek first to understand” before attempting to be understood. The question may be something you’ve heard a many times before. Treat the questioner with respect and don’t trivialize their point.

5. Thank the questioner

– It’s only polite, it shows that you respect them and it buys you a bit more time to craft your answer. Thanking the questioner will also encourage others to ask questions. Hopefully, this is what you want… 🙂

6. Repeat the gist of the question

– The rest of the audience may not have heard the question so your answer may not make any sense to them. The people who did not hear the question could get mentally “disconnected” from you in the process. Again, repeating the essence of the question gives you more time to think of a good answer and it makes you look knowledgeable.

7. Answer to entire room

– Don’t get caught into having a one-to-one dialogue with the questioner. Remember, while the question may “belong” to the questioner, the answer belongs to everyone in the room. This is because the answer may be relevant to more than one person in the room. If they happen to be near the front then step back, look at the entire audience before answering.

8. KISS

– Keep It (your answers) Short & Simple. Some speakers, have the tendency to give long winded answers. This could be an indication that they are afraid to take on the next question. Therefore, they buy time by rambling. If you had prepared your presentation well, you should not be worried about handling questions. After all, if you don’t understand or don’t want to answer a particular question, you can always ask the audience to email the question to you 🙂 So don’t worry, be jolly 🙂

9. Don’t fake an answer

– If you don’t know the answer to a question, say so and promise to find out. Ask the questioner to leave his email address with your staff so that you can reply to him at a later stage with a proper answer. Your audience will respect you for your humility. It can even be a good way to make further contact after the presentation. Remember, there will always things you simply don’t know, and it’s pointless to try to talk your way out of a question. Frankly speaking, I’ve never had all the answers to all MY questions all my life. Therefore, if I can’t answer many of my own questions, I don’t suppose that I can answer every question from the audience.

It’s also possible that you may not be asked any questions and you then have that deafening silence. People may be digesting what you’ve just said and may require more time to ask. They may also be a bit shy and may take a few minutes to come out of their cocoon. Under such circumstances it is best to have a set of “frequently asked questions” to get the ball rolling. If you still fail to get any questions after you have exhausted all your FAQ’s then go straight into your summary and closing statement.

Handling a question and answer session well, demonstrates your professionalism and will reflect well on you. I wish you well in your next Q&A session. Remember, nothing beats adequate preparation so prepare well in order to heighten your level of confidence.

Be brave, just do. Be brave, be you!

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6 Tips for a Keynote Speaker

As you rise to high levels of leadership in your community, you are bound to be invited as a keynote speaker to highlight some important occasion. You could be the keynote speaker or the guest of honor. This “career progression” is inevitable. It’s going to happen to you some day. You will be most likely selected due to your popularity and / or achievements. Your profession or nature of accomplishment must have been in some way related to the occasion in order for you to be invited.

Regardless of the reason, know that you were invited because your community had held you in a high level of admiration or respect. To leave a long lasting impression on the audience, you need to improvise methods to keep their attention glued to you.

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The good news is, by virtue of their respect for you, they will, to a certain extent give you their full attention anyway. However, you can’t take things for granted & expect them to be attentive towards you throughout your entire speech. It is said that with each year of a person’s age, his attention span will grow by one minute. Therefore, theoretically speaking, 15 years old kids will generally start to lose their concentration after 15 minutes if you do nothing about it. It’s also said that after 20 minutes, regardless of the age of the person, this growth in attention span starts to taper out.

Therefore, if you are the invited guest speaker of an event, the suggestions below may help to keep your audience listening instead of mentally “tuning out.”

Keynote Speaker Tip 1

Speak in a clear, crisp & comprehensible voice with an enthusiastic tone. The audience must feel the essence of your emotions through your enthusiasm. Avoid mumbling. Try not to swallow your words as if there’s a gum in your mouth. In order for you to know whether you are guilty of any of the above, make an audio recording of your speech using your mobile phone. Pass this recording to a friend in order to get an (hopefully) unbiased opinion about your speech.

Keynote Speaker Tip 2

Your speech should be congruent with the purpose of the gathering, touching on issues relevant to its objective and applicable to the current needs of the audience. This would certainly require you to do some homework prior to attending the event. If you are a member of a Toastmasters Club, you could do a test run of your speech there & get unbiased feedback from the qualified evaluators. If you are not a Toastmaster yet, it’s about time you became one today.

Keynote Speaker Tip 3

Incorporate humor into your presentation to keep the audience alert. Studies reveal that, when humor is used, audiences find the speaker interesting to listen to. A note of caution though. Your humor must be relevant to the subject matter. Only then it will look natural & be meaningful. Try your best to use humor to reinforce your message rather that to use it simply to make people laugh. Remember, this is not a stand-up comedy session. This is a keynote address.

Keynote Speaker Tip 4

When you raise an issue, a suggested way to project it is by citing instances or examples. Correlate the example and the issue clearly. You could follow the following structure which goes by the acronym P.R.E.P.
P – Point. State your point.
R – Reason. State your reason.
E – Example. State an example.
P – Point. State your point once more.

Keynote Speaker Tip 5

As a keynote speaker or guest of honour, you will be most likely required to deliver an inspiring / motivational speech. Therefore, strive to deliver a speech filled with positive thoughts like forecasting a bright tomorrow. You have the power to turn a depressive atmosphere into an enthusiastic one. If you are well versed with the industry & have a good proposal to make, then say it. In the process of suggesting your proposal, plant the image in the minds of the audience as to how the industry will look like 5 or 10 years from now. Plant the image of positivity. Be specific and realistic in your projection. If hard work is required, say so. Sometimes, it pays to call a spade a spade 🙂

Keynote Speaker Tip 6

Leave a lasting, meaningful message as you conclude your speech. In order to do this effectively, try to end your speech with a personal story that reinforces your message. Personal stories have a queer way of lingering in the minds of people long after the speech is over. Such speeches will also leave the audience remembering you for a loooooooooong time…

All the best to you in your next keynote address. Remember, it was no accident that you were selected as guest of honour. It was meant to be…

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Attention Grabbing Technique for Public Speakers

There are many attention grabbing techniques we can employ to keep the audience glued to us. Here’s a surefire method: Find some excuse to get someone on stage with you. When a member of the audience is on stage, trust me, the rest of the audience will concentrate fully for the following reasons:

1. They probably want to see what is going to happen to a fellow member.

2. Maybe they are mentally preparing themselves to be up on stage too.

3. Some of them may be worrying to death that they may be asked to be up there.

Whatever the reasons may be, congratulations, you have grabbed their attention.

However, you need to create some counter measures to tackle reason number 3. You need to keep your shy or sensitive audience from withdrawing from your program altogether because of the fear that they may be asked to stand up in front of everyone.

I’ve experienced this situation myself. Often I’m invited to a Tamil speaking function. As a Tamil leader, I am expected to address the audience in Tamil. Unfortunately, my command of the Tamil language is pathetic. Therefore, I cringe with embarrassment every time I face the possibility of addressing the audience in Tamil.

Similarly, your audience may also cringe with embarrassment for various unknown reasons.

Therefore, the technique that I employ is to first plant one or two ‘volunteers’ among the audience. These ‘volunteers’ would have been briefed in advance on what to expect and do. Once I get the ball rolling with these ‘volunteers’ the others will gain the courage to come forward voluntarily.

In order to minimize the chance of withdrawal you can also make the following statement:

In a moment I’m going to ask for a volunteer to come on stage with me. Don’t worry. No one will be forced to do so against their will.

If you have a high percentage of shy audience members, you will be able to feel their relief.

Once they are on stage, you can proceed with some sort of demonstration which you planned for. Make sure you give them some kind of prize. One of your products is usually good because it gives you a chance to mention it without using a hard sell. And just about always lead the audience in a round of applause for the demonstrator as they return to their seat.

Good Luck in your next presentation.

Now that you have gained some useful pointers on how to become a better public speaker, I encourage you not to stop here. Keep “sharpening your saw” by getting practical experience on public speaking. Grab the opportunity to speak in public as often as possible. The more stage time you accrue, the higher your self-esteem and confidence will become. Do purchase my book called Fearless Public Speaking at http://www.betterpublicspeaking.com/fearless-public-speaking-2/ This 11,500+ word book will give you more pointers towards becoming a seasoned orator. I look forward to that wonderful day in your life when you will become ‘complete’ and you will discover your true purpose in this world. May you discover it through your public speaking endeavors.

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Finding A Good Keynote Speaker

A keynote speech is a talk that lays the foundation of the main underlying theme. It establishes the framework for the subsequent program of events or convention agenda. A keynote speech also serves to emphasize a larger idea.

Therefore, a keynote speaker needs to know exactly how to cater the talk to suit the occasion. From an angler’s point of view, it’s all about baiting the hook to suit the fish.

Now that you have understood what the keynote orator is supposed to do, here are some suggestions on how to find a good one.

Confirm the date, venue and budget of your event. These factors will significantly impact the pool of keynote speakers available to you. Your date, for instance, will affect which keynote speakers are available, whereas your budget will limit whom you can and can’t afford to employ. In order to reduce the cost of the keynote speaker’s transportation, you will probably have to examine the distance between where he or she lives and the location of your event.

Establish the type of presentation you want and the time of day when it will take place. Do also mention the time limit of the speech. You wouldn’t want the speaker to ramble for hours, would you?

Here’s something to think about. Just because a particular speaker is skilled in debates, doesn’t necessarily make him / her good at providing keynotes. I’ve observed how some politicians spew the political agenda at fund raising campaigns of homeless kids instead of delivering a speech that was relevant to homeless kids. Therefore, it would be a good idea to feed the keynote speaker with some relevant facts about your organization, event, dignitaries, mission statement, etc in order for them to cook up a good speech. The core decision makers in your organization will be able to guide you based on their vision.

Clarify in your mind why you want to hire a keynote speaker. Some common reasons include the desire to:
Educate
Motivate
Persuade
Take action
Raise funds
Promote a cause or organization
Entertain

If you have a record of past keynote speakers who have been successful with your group or a group similar to yours, very good. If you don’t, well you’ve got to start somewhere. Get in touch with a Toastmasters club in your neighborhood. They will be able to point you in the right direction. Alternatively, post a message on your Facebook.

Consider the demographics of your audience. Do you need a keynote speaker who will appeal to a general audience or one who will interest a specific demographic group (e.g., an all-men’s group)? Again, it’s about baiting the hook to suit the fish 🙂

Now that you have gained some useful pointers on how to find a keynote speaker, I encourage you not to stop here. Why not become one? Keep “sharpening your saw” by getting practical experience on public speaking. Grab the opportunity to speak in public as often as possible. The more stage time you accrue, the higher your self-esteem and confidence will become. Do purchase my book called The Fearless Speaker at http://www.betterpublicspeaking.com/fearless-public-speaking-2/ This 11,500+ word book will give you more pointers towards becoming a seasoned orator. I look forward to that wonderful day in your life when you will become ‘complete’ and you will discover your true purpose in this world. May you discover it through your public speaking endeavors.

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