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The power of the professional speaker's pause. Effective Public Speaking. When we are giving a presentation, there are certain key words we use to ’signpost’ different stages in our presentation.

Effective Public Speaking

5 Secrets of Powerful Speakers. Here are five principles that seem to guide the great speakers I've seen recently, whether they're talking about a vision for the company or the rollout of a new ad campaign.

5 Secrets of Powerful Speakers

It's interesting that three of the five secrets I'm looking at are counter-intuitive--for example, did you know that a great grabber may not be the best opening for your talk? Instead, you should start by answering one three-letter question. Two of the principles require you to reach inside before you reach out to listeners--it seems if you don't believe in your message, no one will. 1. Answer the question, "Why? " Public speaking tips. It’s no secret that public speaking strikes terror into many a heart.

Public speaking tips

For some, even piping up at a meeting can induce anxiety. Bill Hoogterp, co-founder of Own the Room, has made it his goal to attack this scourge. Hoogterp, 52, began his career in the nonprofit world, and his sense of mission endures. His firm trains executives at companies like Facebook, Siemens, Visa, and Time Inc. (Fortune’s parent) in presentation and leadership skills—most of all, helping people to get out of their own way. How do you get an audience to hang on your every word? The best speakers focus on the audience, not themselves. What makes a speech memorable? The brain translates words into pictures and emotions. Public Speaking 101: How To Wow An Audience. Late Night's Seth Meyers's Top Interview Tips. 9 Habits of Remarkably Persuasive People. Show me a successful person and I'll show you someone incredibly good at persuading other people.

9 Habits of Remarkably Persuasive People

Oh, I know: "Persuasion" implies manipulating, pressuring, cajoling … all the used-car salesman stereotypes. But if you think of persuasion as effectively describing the benefits and logic of an idea to gain agreement, then everyone needs to be able to persuade--to convince others a proposal makes sense, to show stakeholders how a project or business will generate a return, to help employees understand the benefits of a new process, etc. That's why the ability to persuade is critical in any business or career--and why successful people are extremely good at persuading others. 8 Conversational Habits That Kill Credibility. Dressing for success may create a good impression, but people judge your intelligence and credibility based upon what comes out of your mouth.

8 Conversational Habits That Kill Credibility

Here are eight verbal habits that immediately mark you as somebody who's either foolish or shifty: 1. Jargon Jargon (aka "biz-blab") consists of hijacking normal words and using them in odd ways to make them sound "businessy. " Example: "We're reaching out to our customer advocates to leverage a dialogue on.... " 4 Speaking Tricks That Work Every Time. For some reason, the old rules use every trick possible to...well, trick you.

4 Speaking Tricks That Work Every Time

If something makes you uncomfortable, the rules immediately look for a workaround, some way to avoid the issue. So here’s a shocker--attempting eye contact can make some people pretty nervous. Therefore, we have the awful Rule to Break #1, “Scan the back wall to simulate eye contact.” Over the last six years, I’ve been taking an informal poll. It’s entirely anecdotal and has no official record. What’s the funniest part of this? It all goes back to making an authentic connection with the audience. So what’s the answer? If you really do become nervous looking into the faces of other people when you present, I have several ideas I’d like to share with you.

Plant a friend There’s nothing like a smiling, familiar face. Just remember not to direct your entire presentation to them. Practice in conversation Become aware of times when you make eye contact in a casual, enjoyable conversation. Tasty metaphors spark brain's 'emotional centers' We’re so used to metaphors about tastes that when we hear a kind smile called “sweet” or a nasty comment called “bitter,” the descriptions almost seem literal.

Tasty metaphors spark brain's 'emotional centers'

New research shows that taste-related metaphors actually engage the emotional centers of the brain more than literal words with the same meaning. A new study in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience is the first to experimentally show that the brain processes these everyday metaphors differently than literal language. In the study, participants read 37 sentences that included common metaphors based on taste while the researchers recorded their brain activity. Each taste-related word was then swapped with a literal counterpart so that, for instance, “She looked at him sweetly” became “She looked at him kindly.”

Interestingly, the metaphorical and literal words only resulted in brain activity related to emotion when part of a sentence, but stimulated the gustatory cortices both in sentences and as stand-alone words. ‘Sweet’ vs. Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen. 10-things-speakers-should-never-say-th. While it's really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it's really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation.

10-things-speakers-should-never-say-th

To make sure you don't lose your audience, here's Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, serial entrepreneur and founder of TwitterCounter and The Next Web, with ten things you should never say during your presentations: 1. "I'm jet-lagged/tired/hungover. " Not sure where this comes from, but one in five presentations at any conference starts with an excuse: "They only invited me yesterday," or, "I'm really tired from my trip," or some other lame excuse the audience really doesn't want to hear. We, the audience, just want to see you give it your best. 2. This is how many people start their talks. It isn't your responsibility to check the audio. But if you do speak into the microphone and get the impression it's not working, just relax, count to three, and try again. Throughout, smile at the audience and look confident.

How to Cut the 'Ums,' Uhs,' and 'Literallys' When Speaking. If there were "Survivor" for words, I'd vote off "literally.

How to Cut the 'Ums,' Uhs,' and 'Literallys' When Speaking

" It's inserted into sentences for no real reason. Consider: I am literally the hungriest person in the world right now. I am literally going to break this printer in a minute. The coffee machine is literally the slowest thing on the planet. Sound familiar? Others include: Bad Speech Habits.