Winston Churchill – Speaking

winston churchillWinston Churchill once said: “A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt: long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.”

“Take this advice to heart. Even highly gifted speakers like Churchill would never ask an audience to listen for more than 25 minutes or so. Extending a presentation beyond half an hour will stretch any group’s attention span.”   ~Richard Branson

So, exactly how long is long enough? Well…

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Show#31- “A Speakers Preparation”

It’s not the software that an audience dislikes…~TjD

A Speakers Presentation Preparation … You know the typical advice: Use this or that software(Powerpoint and/or Keynote are the most common choices) to create your Slides. Be careful of the number of Words per slide, not too many it can be confusing… maybe not text at all, only an image…there’s more,

Oh, yes…and Font size & Color can make a big difference. Then there’s bullet-points: should you use them or not??  … and if you do use them, how many per slide? and what kind of Bullet: star, dot, square? and should it be the same color as the font…or not? Bigger, smaller…It gets pretty crazy after awhile.

Sure, there’s a library of books on amazon, and websites with lots of “free” guidance available on the subject. But still, after all is said-and-done, generally, most Powerpoint shows fail to inspire an audience. Fail to inspire support, fail to make the sale, fail to change opinions.

So, With that in mind, I thought I’d throw this interesting idea into the mix for you to consider:

Instead of preparing your next Presentation as a Presentation,
Prepare it as You would prepare a Speech. Hmmm, interesting idea,
but does it work?

Yes… want to know why & how? Watch this Show.


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Show#30- Speedy Speakers Lose.

Speedy Speakers lose? Talking too fast is a characteristic of many Speakers. This habit presents unnecessary difficulties for a Speaker, but more importantly is the effect on the  audience.

1.  The Audience doesn’t become… [Read More]

Show#13- “Presentation Gold”

Presentations are a central part of life for many: people in business, corporate, professionals, academics, medical staff and so many more. At any time they’re addressing all kinds of organizations, Business, Social, Political, and Non-profits, etc. Speakers must consider how Best to… [Read More]