Archive for the ‘Public Speaking Success’ category

How To Tell A Captivating Story And Get Your Audience Listening?

September 18, 2008

When I conduct Public Speaking and Presentation talks and individual speech coaching, I get to hear the participants share and practice what they have learned. And from time to time, some of them present their speeches in a form of stories. The impactful storytellers will end up captivating the audience, getting them to listen, tune in and be on the edge of their seats.

What then can you do to present effective storytelling speeches? Here are some helpful pointers:

1. Develop a strong setting and background within your story.

2. Create the deepening plots at the most unexpected places.

3. Frame your story in the context of your audiences’ lives.

3 Proven Keys To Keep Your Audience Interested In Your Speeches

September 17, 2008

I was invited to Institute of Technical Education Toastmasters Club (ITE Toastmasters) as its Language Evaluator tonight. Amid its cozy environment were its friendly members who took extra care to ensure that you were well attended to.

The audiences in the club meeting were treated to an array of speeches that ranged from simple stories to personal incidents. We got to hear of their trials and challenges that they’ve encountered. In short, the speeches kept our interests.

In my speech coaching sessions and public speaking seminars, I’ve shared with the participants the proven keys to keep your audience interested when you are speaking. Here are 3 of these keys:

1. Provide the twist when the audience least expects it.

2. Use connective words to draw the audience into your speech.

3. Keep your body language consistent with your speech flow.

How To Power Up Your Presentations And Public Speeches?

September 2, 2008

Tonight’s meeting at the NUS Toastmasters Club saw several powerful speeches being presented. In this club of mine, we strive to ensure that member benefit the most from the Toastmasters program.

These are some things I had observed tonight as well as the elements to further power up your speeches and presentations:

1. Ensure that the structure of your speech is smooth flowing than awkwardly pieced together.

2. Creative acronyms can help the audience relate to your topic better.

3. Seek a balance between including beautiful words and having the emotional voice to carry it out.

3 Artful Ways To Add Humor And Laughter Into Your Speeches

August 21, 2008

Back at my other Club tonight was another meaningful meeting. I was definitely glad to be the Language Evaluator at Telok Blangah Toastmasters Club tonight.

In addition, I got to listen to an advanced speech and a speech about organization. Incidentally, both speeches centered about humor and laughter.

There are quite a number of places to include humor into whatever you are presenting. Here are 3 of the artful ways:

1. Check out for where you insert your punch line, especially in between paragraphs. Test them out for different punch lines will create different impact.

2. Note the high point of your speech and work some simple exaggeration into it.

3. Discover where the surprise of your speech is and follow it up with a one-two punch line.

Proven Tips To Boost Your Public Speaking And Presentation Skills (Part 30)

August 20, 2008

There comes a time where every Toastmasters Club must have recruitment for its members so as to sustain its growth. And last night was my Club’s demonstration meeting; a display to the student population on how Toastmasters can help them improve their communication and leadership skills. It was thus NUS Toastmasters Club’s recruitment campaign.

In the midst of the program, we had 2 project speeches to showcase how, as a Toastmaster, one can present their speeches and receive evaluations for improvement. This will enable the attendees to better comprehend and appreciate the proven system of Toastmasters. I was glad those who turned up last night had a much better understanding of what we do in a meeting and got their questions answered.

The showcase speeches were also helpful in demonstrating how different aspects of speeches needed attention. Some of the areas for improvement were as follows:

1. Avoid being distracted by the timing device; stay on your intended track of speech.

2. In presenting a structured organization, watch how you use your transitions and your connections between the pointers. You want to ensure that they keep to a coherent flow.

3. Experience the emotions within yourself first so that your vocals can be further marked with variety.

5 Practical Tips On Presenting Your Speeches With Abstract Concepts And Jargons

August 14, 2008

1. Be sure to not over introduce too many abstract concepts or use too many jargons in a single speech. This will only seek to confuse your audience.

2. Do provide the background or history to your concept so that we can understand its basis and fundamentals.

3. Help us appreciate your sharing by letting us know why you chose these concepts and why is it relevant to us.

4. Where possible, simplify your contents and examples to the point where we find it easy to apply or connect with the subject from our points of view.

5. Back up your concepts by citing some sources or indications of research.

How To Present A Research Topic?

August 10, 2008

It was just a few nights ago when I was evaluating an interesting form of presentation. This presentation includes the need to show that researches have been done. Such presentations are different because they are usually content based and the subjects are linked with facts.

Some of my recommendations for the particular presentation include:

1. Despite the hard-facts nature of the presentation, the title of the speech can always be re-worded to make it more intriguing or captivating, eg “Do you think you can dance?”

2. Show us how the facts can help us link or understand the culture better. In this way, we can have a better image of the subject based on our own experiences.

3. Sprinkle “factual proofs” through out your presentations. You can use statistics, quotations by experts, definitions from dictionary, research data, ancient mythologies, testimonials of people and other appropriate evidences to help support your presentation.

10 Extremely Crucial Things You Must Know When You Are The Master Of Ceremony

August 9, 2008

I was conducting a personal coaching today for a friend who will be performing the role of a Master of Ceremony in a few days’ time. Being the MC is always one of the most challenging yet enriching appointment you can take on in any function. There are always preparations needs beforehand and you are to cope to unforeseen changing situations during the function.

In aid you in better fulfilling this all-important role, you must definitely know about these crucial things:

1. You are one of the leaders of the event; therefore you are responsible on how the function runs.

2. You set the pace and the mood of the function by how you begin.

3. Taking responsibility to ensure things are in order before you commence.

4. Pay attention to how you transit from one event to another.

5. While you are the most upfront person, you do not work alone. Get the rest of the organizers into the act from the background.

6. Ensure that the speakers and guests are ready and aware that it’s their turn to be on stage before you introduce them.

7. Get the audience involved into the events. They want to “participate” in some way. “Tease” their minds.

8. Lead the applause; show them when to clap and when to listen.

9. End the function on at least a pleasant note. Leave a nice aftertaste. If you are up to it, make it end on a high note.

10. When you are in front, you have only yourself to rely on at the end. Be confident and go for it!

Proven Tips To Boost Your Public Speaking And Presentation Skills (Part 29)

August 8, 2008

Yesterday night, I paid a visit to one of the Clubs I am mentoring, Nee Soon East Toastmasters Club. This meeting is the second meeting organized by the newly installed Executive Committee. I must say that their commitment and cohesive was evident, looking from the way they support and help each other out. While most of them are young adults and new Toastmasters, I’ve no doubt that, with their stalwart hearts and relentless earnestness, this team will carry the Club through to greater heights.

The meeting had already indicated clues that this Club will get better. We got to witness quality speeches by eagar speakers who book their slots sometime back. At the same time, the speakers were also humble enough to take feedback in their stride.

On the note of sharing improvement tips, here are some of them relevant to last night’s presentations:

1. If you want people to remember something about you better, you can help us link yourself or your name to someone famous.

2. Build credibility by showing us that you have prepared your speeches.

3. There is a difference between showing off your talents and attempting to teach the audience a concept. Choose your intention and craft out your structure smoothly.

3 Fundamental Tips You Can Apply To Your Introductory Speeches

August 7, 2008

In a recent Communication and Public Speaking Workshop, I’ve come to encounter a number of participants who are speaking for the first time. I’ve pleased and hearten by their courage to take on the challenge of speaking to the public. It will definitely be a worthwhile education and a most rewarding experience. This I assure you.

Adding on, I’ve also provide some improvement pointers to these speakers. Some of these include:

1. If you intend to use a unique theme, be sure to play out the scenario so that the audience can be absorbed into the “freshness” of your theme.

2. An introductory speech about you is not a listing of your life event. Strive to weave the significant events in your life into a natural flow or transition.

3. Avoid throw out strings of big pompous words that end up confusing the audience. While they may sound impressive, the audience might become more enamored with the “beauty” of the phrases than the intended meaning behind them.