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From the desk of Steve Lowell, Master Speaker and Mentor to those who speak in public.

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SPEAKING MYTHS TO CLEAR UP RIGHT NOW!

Myth One - FEAR=“False Evidence Appearing Real”

Myth Two - The Fear Is All In My Head

Myth Three - Great Speakers Don’t Get Stage Fright

Myth Four - There Is No “Right Way” To Do It

Myth Five - Great Speakers Can Just Wing It

Myth Six - I Have Nothing Important To Say

Myth Seven - I Have To Be Funny

Myth Eight- I Could Never Be a Great Public Speaker

Myth Nine - A PowerPoint Presentation Is All I Need

 

THE SPICE FORMULA OF SENSATIONAL SPEAKING

S Is For Simplify

Gist Before Details

P Is for Personalize

I Is For Intermittent Incongruity

C Is For Confident Delivery

Be an Expert Who Speaks

Be a Reporter Who Speaks

Be a Philosopher Who Speaks

E Is For “Empathy”

 

TELL A COMPELLING STORY

Decide What Stories To Tell

Find the Profundity In the Mundane

Let Your Story Make Your Point

The First Ten Seconds Are Critical

Chronology Isn't Important

Speaking Is a Transference of Emotion

Use the Active Voice

Get Into Character

Speak In the Present Tense

 

PREPARING TO MASTER THE STAGE

Know Why You’re There In The First Place

Start With the Goal and Work Backwards

Use Sticky Notes to Help You Prepare

For Every Point, Ask, “Is This Really Important?”

Memorize Key Phrases But Not the Entire Presentation

There’s Power In Three

Remember the Ten to Twelve Rule

Present A “Holy Sh*t!” Moment

Avoid Jargon-Creep

 

PREPARING YOUR MIND FOR STAGE MASTERY

Don’t Worry About Being Perfect

Your Self-Talk Matters

Acknowledge Your Stage Fright, Then Go on

Apply the Switching Strategies

Take a Leap of Faith

Who Should You Emulate?

Become A Better Listener Of Life

Pay Attention to the Person in the Mirror

Rehearse Everywhere, All the Time

 

PREPARING FOR A POWERFUL DELIVERY

Use PowerPoint Sparingly

Avoid Bullet Points Like the Plague

Use More Pictures and Less Text

Please Don’t Ever Do This…

Provide Evidence

Get the Facts

Answer the Tough Questions Before They’re Asked

Be Prepared To Go Off Course

Remember To Repeat

 

ARRIVING AT THE GIG

Be Early

Check the Equipment

Get To Know the AV Person

Have A Plan B for Everything

Look At the Room

Feel the Room

Listen To the Stage

Scan the Stage or Platform

Find Someone Friendly and Speak With Them

 

JUST BEFORE SHOW TIME

Find Somebody Friendly to Speak With

Review Your Notes

Rehearse Your Opening Line

Take Some Quiet Time

Stretch Your Face

Loosen Up Your Voice

Get Your Body Moving

Adjust Your Mental and Physical Posture

Don’t Rely on Them to Tell You

Prepare to Laugh at Yourself

 

TAKE THE STAGE

Enter From the Audience’s Left (Stage Right)

Avoid the Apology

Avoid the Ramp-Up

Make Eye Contact and Nod

Step Away From the Podium

Speaking With Gestures

Pockets or No Pockets?

Don’t Just Play the Notes, Play the Music

Converse With Them Instead

 

GAINING AND KEEPING MOMENTUM

How to Completely Kill the Moment

Stay Within Your Time Limit. Always!

Use Flip Charts Backwards

Whatever Happens, Make It Look Deliberate

Have Fun

Share the Stage, But Be Careful

Audience Engagement

Asking Questions, What’s the Point?

If You Don’t Know the Answer…

 

BEING SENSATIONAL

Write Your Own Introduction

Humor? You Must Be Joking!

Smile

Speak Slower Than You Think Is Natural

Learn The Rules, Then Break Them. Carefully!

You Never Know Who’s In the Audience

Lighten Up, Will Ya?

Stick Around. People Will Want to be Close To You

Go Forth and Change the World!

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